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Need a gift for a bookloving friend or colleague? Looking for cool book-related items (well, they're not all book related, but they're pretty cool anyway) to add to the library store or sell at the circ. desk?
Here's a slew of suggestions from Wanda Jewell, Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.
Even if you don't buy right away, you can always browse! TGIF.
The guys and gals at ShoeBox greeting cards have their own blog. Checkout their posts on everything from suggestions that don't cut it for what their looking for to funny little drawings. It will keep you entertained and laughing all day.
Based on my experience, out of five or so categories (classic and people), the game was able to answer two out of five times before the twentieth question. The three tougher answers were answered with fewer than thirty questions.
The game FAQ tells us about the possibility of 'contradictions', explaining: "Since 20Q learns everything it knows from the people who play, it is dealing with opinions, not facts. It's more like a folk taxonomy. Folk taxonomies are generated from social knowledge and are used in everyday speech. Since the opinions of people often differ, 20Q must do its best to sort out conflicting information. Contradictions are also one of the main ways that 20Q learns more about something. If enough people contradict what it currently thinks, it slowly changes its mind about that subject and eventually the contradictions will no longer happen." Try 20Q!
Welcome librarians, MLS candidates, and other interested pursuers of knowledge; welcome one and all to Library Science Jeopardy. Just like the popular television version, the primary rule remains to provide your answer in the form of a question. There are six categories to select from, each containing five answers in ascending order of difficulty. Click on any of these from the game board below and you will encounter your first answer. Below the answer will appear four possibly correct questions, from which you must select the correct question. If you are of the competitive sort, you might want to have pencil and paper handy to keep score. There are no prizes, but, if you guess correctly, you will win an expanded explanation of the correct question.
Self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passes on a few Latin zingers that he adapted from the traditional curriculum he learned in school (a long time ago).
"Nescio quid dicas" -
(I don't know what you're talking about)
"Ita erat quando hic adveni." -
(It was that way when I got here)
"Vescere bracis meis" -
(Eat my shorts)
"Noli me vocare. Ego te vocabo." -
(Don't call me. I'll call you.)
"Canis meus id comedit" -
(My dog ate it)
"Die dulci freure" -
(Have a nice day)
"Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem" -
(Stand aside, little people! I am here on official business)
"Utinam barbari spatioum proprium tuum invadant" -
(May barbarians invade your personal space)
"Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure." -
(I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.)
"Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant" -
(May conspirators assassinate you in the hall)
"Non sum pisces" -
(I am not a fish)
"Senito aliquos togatos contra me conspirare" -
(I think some people in togas are plotting against me)
"Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est" -
(The cheque is in the post)
"Non illigitamus carborundum" -
(Don't let the b'stards grind you down)
"Nonne macescis?" -
(Have you lost weight?)
"Braccae tuae aperiuntur" -
(Your fly is open)
"In dentibus anticis frustum magnum spiniciae habes" -
(You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth)
"Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat." -
(It's not the heat, it's the humidity.)
mdoneil writes "Rebang is Chinese for 'Hot Ranking' and Google Rebang will be a Chinese language Zeitgest.
Why is this not hosted on Google's China-based search engine — Google.cn? Because doing so would mean that Rebang would fall under Chinese legal jurisdiction and since not all people who search for Chinese language terms on Google live in mainland China, Google Rebang should show a more transparent and honest view of what people are searching for in Chinese. From searchenginejournal.com Go ahead and rebang, you know you want to."
Today's Friday Column over at Conversational Reading (One of the Blogs To Read this year) is The Literary Pop Quiz. The quiz includes Famous First Lines, Current Events, Strange Things Authors Do and Author Quotes.