Friday Time Killers

Friday Time Killers

Answers.com Debuts Unusual Trivia Game

Search-Engines-Web asks: What is blufr?

blufr is a new trivia-type game that hopefully gets people of all ages addicted to learning obscure facts. There's no evil agenda. Just play and keep playing. Each bluf shows the percentage of people who were fooled by it. As you continue playing, you'll notice your blufr score going up or down. When you're done playing, click "claim score" and enter up to three initials. If your score is high enough you'll show up in the "top scorers" window. We will be adding more and more blufs on a regular basis so come back often, tell all of your friends and bookmark blufr.com! We promise to keep blufr free and open (right now you don't even need to register to play).

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.

You can't force cats to do anything..

I'm going to stick with my cats theme for my Friday Time Killer this week because as you kow, Everyone knows all librarians have cats. If you're reading this you're probably a librarian, so chances are good you have a cat! I spotted this Reuters Article Wednesday on Russian clown Yuri Kuklachev. Yuri has a troupe of cats who do handstands, crawl along high wires and balance on balls and he says the secret to training them is realizing that you can't force cats to do anything. The Village Voice interviewed him last year, The Christian Science Monitor did the same several years ago as well. Sharing his secrets over caviar and blintzes in Brighton Beach, a New York neighborhood known as Little Russia, Kuklachev said he plans to write a book about how to train cats since so many people are asking him.

Kuklachev, 56, said his cat-training method also can be applied to children.

For You Cool Library Cats Out There...

Have your computer-literate cat, at home or at the library check this out !

How to Teach Your Cat to Give a Handshake

Everyone knows all librarians have cats. If you're reading this you're probably a librarian, so chances are good you have a cat! So why not spend some time this Friday training your cat. Cats are some of the most amazing, intelligent animals on earth. They're also some of the most stubborn. But that doesn't mean they can't be taught to do tricks on command. With a little patience and a lot of love, your kitty can be a world class performer in no time! How to Teach Your Cat to Give a Handshake is from over at wikiHOW. You may also want to check out How to Bathe a Cat, How to Leash Train Your Cat or How to Pet a High Strung Cat

A Very Inter-taining Way to End your Work Week

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Check Out worth1000.com Imagine choosing from .... Photoshop Photography Text Multimedia Daily High Quality Creations sent in by VERY Creative professionals, and voting on your favorities.... Extremely entertaining way to end your hard work week, neutralize those after Holiday Blues ..or even penetrate those Monday Morning - Back to work - Blues"

Take a Cartoon Break

Today's Front Pages

"Today's Front Pages" is an online presentation of one of the Newseum's most popular exhibits. Every morning, more than 400 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet. When the Newseum opens in 2007 in downtown Washington, D.C., the Front Page Gallery will give visitors an up-close look at the day's news on 80 newspaper front pages from every state, the District of Columbia and countries around the world. The gallery — featuring a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol — will provide the perfect setting for visitors contemplating the relationship between press and democracy.

Until then, the full selection of each day's front pages is available on newseum.org by 9:30 a.m. daily.

Catch the Sudoku Craze

Friday Time Killers
(a new feature from LISNews)

The fastest growing craze in puzzles these days is Sudoku, a 9-grid number puzzle. Your patrons may have asked you about them (mine have!). Addictinggames.com has a version you can play online--three new puzzles every day.

Waste your time and stave off Alzheimer's, all in one blow!

Browse Webcams From Around The World

These webcams were found automatically through a variety of clever search techniques. Their owners might or might not have intended for them to be public. But they obviously are. Many of them are security cameras in companies or semi-public places. If you hover over the picture you'll see what location information is available. If you click on it, a window will open and you can see a live video feed, plus comments and ratings and other information. 1288 webcams are available as of last scan. I've seen several libraries come up from time to time.All these cams Should Be safe for viewing at the reference desk, though I make no promises.

If you want to go hunting for new cams, See More Googleable unsecured webcams, Still more random Googleable webcams or Googling unsecured webcams, from BoingBoing.

"Friday Time Killers" is a new "just for fun" topic @LISNews. Each Friday we'll point to a fun & interesting site. Suggestions Are Welcomed.

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