Friday Time Killers

Friday Time Waster

Which population is larger...

the number of librarians worldwide -

- or -

the population of North Dakota?

The population of North Dakota or the population of Austin TX?

The population of Baltimore MD or the number of librarians worldwide?
Read on to find out...

Not Sure How to Spend Your Weekend? Try Bibliomancy

From one of my favorite sites, Anu Garg's wordsmith (a.word.a.day) here's a word that might inspire something new and exciting this weekend....

BIBLIOMANCY (BIB-lee-o-man-see) noun

Divination by interpreting a passage picked at random from a book, especially from a religious book such as the Bible.

[From Greek biblio- (book) + -mancy (divination).]

Here's the step-by-step method:

1. Pick a book you trust a lot.

2. Put it on its spine, and let it fall open.

3. With your eyes closed, trace your finger to a passage.

4. Interpret the passage as your lifemap to the future.

You could even add more randomness to the process. To do that at the macro level, visit a library and pick a book at random from the shelves. At the micro level, instead of interpreting a passage, pick a single word and let it point you to your path.

Those "Dark and Stormy Night" Entries...

In case you didn't have a chance to thoroughly peruse the winners of the recent Bulwer-Lytton Contest , here they are in descending order:

WINNERS OF THE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT CONTEST (run by the English Dept of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first sentence of a bad novel.

10) As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber he would never hear the end of it.

9) Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens.

8) With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small, straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description.

7) Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the east wall 'Andre, creep...Andre, creep...Andre, creep...

6) Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex change surgeon to become the woman he loved.

Don't you want to know what the winning sentence was? Read on...

Archive of JEOPARDY Questions for past 2 Decades

Search Engines WEB writes "How long have you been watching JEOPARDY .... - do you remeber as a kid, thinking "these people are so smart" - now YOU are the one so sophisticated and erudite - why not go back in time and see how you would have done on these same questions that seemed so esoteric way back when.... http://www.j-archive.com/listseasons.php http://members.aol.com/tdciago/jeoparchive/index.h tml#gameindex"

Mark April 28 On Your Calendars -- It's National Hairball Awareness Day

Here's probably more than you'll ever want to know about feline hairballs. Hair balls - or trichobezoars, to the veterinarily inclined - rank among the most common ailments suffered by cats and, subsequently, by their owners.

"Usually you find them in the morning, with your bare feet," says Ed Zigon Jr., a lab technician who lives with six cats in Morrisville. For people who own cats - a third of all American households, half of those with two or more - hair balls are an issue that keeps coming up.

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?

DIY Book Binding For Fun And Profit

Since all librarians love books, there's not doubt in my mind you would love to make your own books! Here's a couple of interesting little How-To sites that will help you along the way: Fun and Easy How to Guide to Binding Your Own Paperback Books At Home...FAST and one from PBWiki,
DIY Bookbinding, which is part of an article that appears in heavily edited (in a good way) form in Make magazine, Volume 5.

I Want to be a Librarian MP3

Tom writes "A musical friend of my wife, Rebecca Angel, has new MP3 on her MySpace music blog, "I Want to be a Librarian". It is techno (not her usual style) and has a fingernail-on-chalkboard screechy intro, but the theme's a winner, doncha think? The song is in the last slot on her blog's MP3 music player."

Edit Some Pages at LISWiki

A good way to kill some time this Friday (assuming you're not going to the St. Patricks Day parade) might be LISWiki.com. Have a look at What's Been Added, or maybe start with The Index, add onto a Stub, or browse the LISWiki Categories.
The LISWiki:Community Portal has some good Article Ideas: Stumped on what to write about? See if you can fill out the Categories some more, develop the shorter entries (some are blank) and stubs, or help fill the needed entries (titles linked to twice or more), or just browse the Recent Changes or help finish up the categorization scheme, it could use some ontological overhaul.

Entries and categories targeted for enhancements include:

LISWiki is a free and open publishing system. Everyone is encouraged to share information in your areas of interest or expertise. Anyone can edit existing articles or create new ones. New articles are welcome! If it doesn't already exist, a "create an article with this title" link will appear in a search for your article title.

Digital Lives / Digital Loves

Check out the student work in this... "Reflections on Livin' Digital" ... by students in We Media, Carleton College (MN) Cinema & Media Studies, John Schott, Professor. Projects (all with video clips) include cell phone use,video technology, blogging, facebook, technology functionality, obtaining music, filesharing, gnucleus, ipod use, news sources, xbox, digital photography and gaming.

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