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Gallery of Photoshopped Pictures

In light of the recent flap over the slimming of Katie Couric via image manipulation, CNET is running a exposé on Pictures that lie.

Highlights include Time's darkening of OJ Simpson's mug shot, and a PC maneuver straight out of The Onion.

Missing shots include the

9-11 tourist,
evil Bert, and
Kimberly Williamson Butler.

You can see more touch-up work done by
Greg Apodaca,
Brian Dlig, and (surprise)

Does your library adjust images being digitized?

The Eggcorn Database

An Anonymous Patron writes "We're always trying to grab the attention of our students during bibliographic instruction. Here's a site that has a humorous side that might hit close to home--lexical errors of the English language such as, "preying mantis," "mute point," "lip-sing," and "give up the goat." (Remember the FedEx commercial, "French Benefits"?) Also worth noting-- the related "First Person" article, "Like a Bowl in a China Shop," by Mark Peters (Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/11/2006, p. C2-3)."


Science in your backyard from USGS

As reported in Marylaine's 'Neat New Stuff I found on the Net This Week', Science in your backyard is a database in which one can choose a state and find links to real-time information on that state's water, drought, and earthquake activity, to biological, mineral and recreation resources, and Geological Survey news releases.


Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Collective images of the World can be accessed from Global Memory Net made available through UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.

Excerpt: "Global Memory Net, an online image library and gateway to cultural, historical, and heritage images around the world, has just been launched with a number of collections included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme."

Read the full article at:
Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Mooch it!

Molly K writes "Boing-boing reports on a new website called BookMooch, where users can "give away your old books, get others". Salient points: it's free (the only cost involved is shipping your book to it's new owner), it works on a point system (you have to give away books to receive them) and you can donate your unused points to charities (like hospitals or a library fund). Nice site design too."

University MO Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies: LISRadio

Welcome to LiSRadio. This is a new and exciting series of interactive webcasts brought to you by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our aim with these webcasts is to help in "...creating and exploring the intersection of information and learning." We hope to present interesting and stimulating conversations with movers, shakers, and the odd gadfly or two in libraryland. Watch the calendar for future programs in all series."


Google Maps / Public Libraries Hack

Here's a neat idea. Ender, Duke of URL has started putting together a Google Map of of libraries in Maricopa County, Arizona. He writes "If anyone has any familiarity with block loading, so that my points could be made to dynamically load in a larger set of cooridinates, or to include uris/urls and links in my text-boxes, I'd appreciate the help. I've been told that after loading up several hundred points it starts to crawl, and you can't put more than a thousand in one map. It'd be cool to contribute towards a nation-wide map of libraries... "


Scanned Images, Engravings & Pictures From Old

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Over 1130 images scanned from more than 90 different old books, most with multiple high-resolution versions and many with text excerpts! They are mostly public domain (copyright-free, out of copyright) here in Canada, and often in other countries too, unless otherwise noted, and can be used as historical reference in teaching, royalty-free stock images, scrapbook clip art, or even on your own Web site (learn how). You can also get them on CD-ROM, or can donate money to encourage Liam to scan more images, or to help pay for the books.

Text to Speech Conversion--Try it

Click here: Oddcast TTS Demo, text to speech conversion plus translations into any of thirteen languages.

You get to try it a few times before you are directed to their website should you wish to 'integrate our speaking characters into your web pages and web applications'.

So how many of you freaky librarians asked Kate to say something 'slightly off-color', hmm?

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 849 journals to institutions in 69 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.


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