Saturday, July 28, 2007


Sat., July 28, 2007 - EPIC 2015

EPIC 2015
From the site:
“Set in 2014 it charts the history of the Internet, the evolving mediascape and the way news and newspapers were affected by the growth in online news.

It coined the word "Googlezon" from a future merger of Google and Amazon to form the Google grid, and speaks of news wars with the Times becoming a print only paper for the elite culminating in EPIC Evolving Personalised Information Construct

As a flash animation, this film is extraordinary, not just for it's use of technology but for it's fantastic perception looking forward.”

EPIC 2014 is a flash movie released in November 2004 by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson with original music by Aaron McLeran. It was based on a presentation they gave at the Poynter Institute in the spring of that year. The movie is 8 minutes long and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-Non Commercial license. ( )

The movie is presented from the viewpoint of a fictional "Museum of Media History" in the year 2014.

EPIC 2015 is an update to the original movie, released in January 2005. The movie follows the general direction of the original, but also examines the roles of podcasting, GPS and web map services such as Google Maps.


Sat., July 28, 2007 - Kurt Vonnegut

Sites found in:

News from The Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 12:25:03 -0400 (EDT)

A Poem by Kurt Vonnegut
This poem was included in a letter from Kurt Vonnegut to the students of Marshall E. Bean.
Shortened URL:

Page includes the following links:

New York Times Obituary:
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Times Links of Web sources:
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AP Story of Authors Reflecting on Vonnegut:
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Vonnegut Website:


Sat., July 28, 2007 - FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

Sites found in:

April. 13-19, 2007


FTC Issues Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children
“The Federal Trade Commission gave a mixed review of the movie, music, and video-game industries’ self-regulatory programs and their marketing of violent entertainment products to children in its latest report to Congress.”

Link to full report (PDF; 1.44 MB)

FTC web site on entertainment ratings


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Sat., July 28, 2007 - From Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, April 19, 2007

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 19, 2007
Read This Online :


The Roman Empire in the First Century
Companion website to a documentary series about the Roman Empire, providing "a detailed look at the emperors of the time as well as other important historical figures ... [and] the daily life of ancient Romans." Features transcripts from the series, interviews, a timeline, an Augustan family tree (showing the relationships between Julius Caesar, Claudius, Caligula, Nero, and others), games and activities, video clips, lessons plans, and more. From Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The American Presidency Project
This website contains a searchable database of tens of thousands of documents from U.S. presidents from 1789 to the present. Includes inaugural addresses, press briefings, signing statements, and debates. Also features data on topics such as popularity and number of public appearances, election results back to 1828, and an archive of audio and video clips. A collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Chernobyl Catastrophe: Consequences on Human Health
This detailed April 2006 report evaluates the current and potential health consequences of the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Topics include cancer (thyroid, leukemia, and other cancers), and non-cancer illnesses (immune functions, endocrine status, premature aging, and more). Includes a report summary and many data tables and graphs. Opens directly into a PDF document. From Greenpeace.
Shortened URL:
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The United Nations and Chernobyl
This website "is part of an overall UNDP efforts to raise awareness about the many challenges facing the region affected" by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. Features "UN official documents on Chernobyl nuclear accident as well as the updates from UN Coordinator of international cooperation on Chernobyl," and links to related sites. Available in several languages. From the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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Your Child: Television
This article considers the effects of watching TV on children's health and family life. Topics include how TV affects brain development, TV violence, TV's influence on children's attitudes toward themselves and others, and the relationship between watching television and obesity, alcohol use, and smoking. Includes links to related sites. From the University of Michigan Health System.
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In Search of Shakespeare
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) four-part series "exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer." The site features a timeline of events during Shakespeare's time, a description of the places and people Shakespeare knew, an overview of the documentary evidence used as the basis for the series, and brief synopses of Shakespeare plays, Also includes lesson plans and other materials for educators, a multimedia database, a game, and more.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
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Friday, July 27, 2007


Fri., July 27, 2007 - Websites for Countries and Multi-Cultural Themes

Websites for Countries and Multi-Cultural Themes
A collection of kid-friendly internet sites (K-4)


Fri., July 27, 2007 - Word Search Maker

Word Search Maker
From the site:
“Create your own custom word search worksheets! A variety of options are available including font size, font style, lowercase or uppercase letters, grid shape, word placement, and more.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., July 27, 2007 - High School Ace / Teachers Hub / Science Niche / Quiz Hub /

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #68 from April 15, 2007


High School Ace: A website for high school students.
From the site:
“The Academic Homepage for High School Students. Subject Guides & College Prep Resources”
[NOTE: Formerly High School Hub.
See Also:

Teachers Hub
The Online K-12 Teaching Resources Center

Science Niche
Educational Resources for Science Teachers & Students. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics

Quiz Hub
The Fun K-12 Online Interactive Learning Center
NOTE: Quiz Hub previously posted - requires paid subscription for full access. - Phyllis ]

------ A Web Site for Word, Language and Quotation Lovers
From the site:
“Welcome to, the web site devoted to the literary and rhetorical device known as chiasmus (pronounced ky-AZ-mus). If you aren't sure what chiasmus means, you have a lot of company. Most people--even the most sophisticated and literate people--aren't. Chiasmus occurs when the order of words is reversed in parallel expressions. While you may not be familiar with the word, you're well acquainted with the phenomenon, for it shows up in thousands of famous quotations, like:
"One should eat to live, not live to eat." -- Cicero
"Quitters never win and winners never quit." -- Popular Saying”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Archives for this ezine are available online here:


Fri., July 27, 2007 - Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words
From the site:
“These are some of the pairs of words that are most often confused with each other.”

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Thurs., July 26, 2007 - Glossary of Internet Terms

Glossary of Internet Terms


Thurs., July 26, 2007 - Girls and Computers

Sites found in:
InfoBytes Newsletter
April 13, 2007
Shortened URL:
Featured Topic - Girls and Computers

Examining the Gender Gap in Technology
Shortened URL:
“This University of Michigan site explores why we should be concerned about the low numbers of women in technology fields, and offers solutions for narrowing the computer gender gap.”
Sections include: Evidence and Explanations of the Gender Gap, Why we should be concerned,
Possible Solutions, and Links

From the page:
“This part of the site contains a variety of links that can serve as resources for educators with brief descriptions of each site.”


Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age
The AAUW reports its findings about challenging gender and technology issues, and offers seven key recommendations for how schools and communities can address them.


Girls Tech
This site from Douglass College presents suggestions for helping young women become interested in computers and technology, and how to evaluate electronic resources and determine their appeal to females.


Girl Geeks
Sponsored by the Bay Area Video Coalition, this site is an online community for women and girls interested in technology and computing. Click on the Education tab and then Links and Resources to view a comprehensive list of online resources, and try the Streaming Video link to view videos of influential women talking about technology.


Thurs., July 26, 2007 - The Kings of Africa / Medical Dictionary Terms

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 450 4/12/07

The Kings of Africa

For centuries the continent of Africa was a roughly sewn patchwork of
descendant dynasties ruled over by tribal kings. While Imperialism by
various European nations divided Africa into a conglomeration of individual
countries run by modern governments, there are still many tribal monarchs
that hold both significant spiritual and traditional power in their
respective lands.

Daniel Laine is a photographer who spent the better part of three years
shuffling around diplomatic bureaucracies and cultural boundaries to
compile this amazing collection of images entitled "Kings of Africa". The
project and its official website display Mr. Laine's stunning portraits of
these descendant tribal leaders, as well as information on the history of
many of the dynasties, kingdoms and clans that once ruled throughout Africa.

Medical Dictionary Online

Medical students, nurses and health-care professionals will want to
bookmark this website. Created by Medicine Net, the MedTerms Medical
Dictionary is an online resource that has definitions and explanations for
over 16,000 common medical terms which users can access with a simple click
of the mouse.

Browse the extensive dictionary by either phrase or keyword to find every
medical term from Adenine to Zygote. Additionally, the site also has other
health-related features including the latest news from the world of
medicine, a medical "Word of the Day", and sections on "Medications",
Procedures & Tests", and "Health & Living".
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 26, 2007 - 20th Century Great American Business Leaders

20th Century Great American Business Leaders
From the site:
“The Great American Business Leaders database was compiled in an effort to identify and chronicle the lives of 20th century men and women whose business leadership shaped the ways that people live, work, and interact.”
Browse by name, industry, birthplace, era, gender, ethnicity, or education. Entries include company, tenure, industry, and brief biographies."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Wed., July 25, 2007 - Kids' Habitat

San Diego Natural History Museum: Kids’ Habitat
From: PBS’s Blythe Bennett Recommended Site
Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Canines, Oh My!
Swim among the sharks and run with canines as you learn interesting facts, take a quiz, and engage in puzzles on this science related site about bioluminescence, minerals, the eye and vision, dinosaurs, sharks, and canines.
[NOTE: Pages on Dogs and Sharks previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., July 25, 2007 - Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit

Site found in:
14 April 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit—A Teacher’s Guide for Hands-On
Mineral Education Activities, (suggested by Cher Cunningham,
Science Information and Education Office, USGS), this General Interest
Product (GIP-17) is a teacher's guide for hands-on mineral education
activities designed to meet National Science Standards. The exercises
educate students on basic geologic concepts; the processes of finding,
identifying, and extracting the resources from a mineral deposit; and
the uses of minerals. Publication is available in PDF format to read
on-line, download, or print and is geared to elementary and middle
school students.


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Wed., July 25, 2007 - Rube Goldberg Contest

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 12, 2007
Read This Online :

Rube Goldberg Contest at Purdue
Details about this competition inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, in which "college students nationwide compete to design a machine that uses the most complex process to complete a simple task," such as screwing in a light bulb, in 20 or more steps. Provides a FAQ, results of past competitions (back to 1999), photos of some of the machines, and background about Rube Goldberg and the contest. From Purdue University.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Includes announcement of the 2008 competition. – Phyllis ]

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., July 25, 2007 - Engineering Interact

Engineering Interact
From the site:
“Engineering Interact is a new and exciting free educational resource for school children aged 9 to 11.

The resource provides fully interactive, engaging game environments and high-quality learning material.

Information about real world applications and cutting edge research motivates children and introduces them to the exciting subject of engineering.

This resource has been created by the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering”

Games include:

Light (Alien Attack)
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Sound (Ocean Odyssey)
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Forces & Motion (ParkWorld Plot)
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Earth & Beyond (Astro Adventure)
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Electricity (Silicon Spies)
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Discover more about each of these topics:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Tues., July 24, 2007 - Bookwink: Book reviews for Gr. 3-8

Bookwink (Gr. 3-8)
From the site:
“Through podcasting and web video, we hope to connect kids in Grades 3 through 8 with books that will make them excited about reading. The videos are approximately 3 minutes long and are updated monthly. Each video booktalk is about a different topic, and additional read-alikes can be found on the Bookwink website. You can look for books by subject, grade level, author or title… Bookwink was selected by the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) to be included on their list of Great Websites for Kids.”


Tues., July 24, 2007 - Ocean County BookFest 2007

--------Forwarded Message--------
From: Walker, Scott
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 11:43:02 -0400
Subject: Bookfest 2007 (Saturday, September 29)

It would be very much appreciated if you could you please run this PSA for
us. Last year we had around 4000 people attend this event. Thank you

BookFest 2007, a New Jersey festival of reading, will celebrate the joys of
cooking and reading by connecting authors and their readers. All are invited
to come and enjoy featured author presentations, local writers, music, book
signings, children's activities and Sparks, the Ocean County Library mascot.
BookFest promotes reading, heightens awareness of literacy challenges and
showcases the rich culture of the written word in New Jersey.
Featured authors include Biker Billy, Delilah Winder, Father Joseph E.
Orsini, Oswald Rivera and many more!
For further information please call 732-349-6200 or go to
<> and click
on the BookFest link.
This program is free and open to the public.

The BookFest link is

The link includes two youtube commercials!

Scott B Walker
Senior Library Assistant
Public Relations Department
Ocean County Library
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-349-6200 X5914


Tues., July 24, 2007 - PBS Teachers: Math / Two on Virginia Woolf / The Power of Place: Geography

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
April 13, 2007
Volume 13, Number 14
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


PBS Teachers: Math [pdf]

PBS has developed a number of websites for educators, and their PBS Teachers
site has received a number of accolades and high praise from diverse
quarters. First-time visitors to the site may wish to first use the drop-
down menus here to select a grade range and a topic that interests them.
After doing so, a set of relevant materials will be offered to them,
organized by topic and intended grade level. Also, visitors who sign up can
customize their searches and sign up for reminders and newsletters. The site
also provides definitions of the general topics, such as applied
mathematics, discrete mathematics, and statistics. If visitors find
themselves a bit overwhelmed, they can also just click on some of the
“Featured Educational Resources” to get a feel for the materials contained
within the site’s archive. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Two on Virginia Woolf
The International Virginia Woolf Society [pdf]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

BBC Four: Virginia Woolf [Real Player]

During her life, Virginia Woolf distinguished herself through her novels and
her excellent essays. She is counted as an important influence by many of
today’s preeminent writers, and there are a plethora of websites dedicated
to her. The first website offered here leads to the homepage of the
International Virginia Woolf Society, which is an allied organization of the
Modern Language Association of America. On their site, visitors can learn
about the events they sponsor, look over their annual bibliography of Woolf
studies, and join up to receive the postings of the Virginia Woolf listserv.
The next site is a real treat, as it leads to a seven minute excerpt of a
radio feature recorded by the BBC in 1937. Here visitors can listen as Woolf
gives “a eulogy to words”. It’s rather delightful, and those with a passion
for Woolf will enjoy both websites. [KMG]


The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century

The field of geography is undergoing something of a renaissance, and more
and more schools are including it in their basic curriculum. Educators (and
the generally curious) will be delighted to learn about this informative
series created by the Cambridge Studios in 2003. It has since made its way
online to the Annenberg Media website, and it can be viewed in its entirety
here. The series includes academic commentary from various scholars, maps,
illustrative animations, and it covers a wide range of topics. Some of the
individual episodes include “The Transforming Industrial Heartland”, “Global
Interaction”, and “Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada”. Visitors can watch any
of these twenty-six episodes after completing a free online registration
form, and they can also look at a separate website created just for this
particular program. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other videos from
posted. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.


Tues., July 24, 2007 - Curious George: PBSKids Interactive Learning Tools

New Curious George Web Site from PBSKids Has Interactive Learning

The Curious George PBS KIDS web site offers interactive learning tools
and activities for children ages 3 and up. Since its September 2006
launch, the Curious George site at
ranks as one of the most visited sites. The site debuted
with an average two million visits per month. Statistics also show
that kids who visited the site stayed on average for an impressive one
hour. The Curious George web site-like the TV series-introduces young
kids to key concepts in science, math and engineering in a way that is
fun for them and accessible to parents, caregivers and educators.

From: URLwire

Monday, July 23, 2007


Mon., July 23, 2007 - Who's on First? (Shakespeare, not Abbott & Costello)

Who’s On First – by Shakespeare


Mon., July 23, 2007 - Types of Poetry

Types of Poetry
From the site:
“Poetic form refers to rules followed by different types of poems. The rules may describe the rhythm of the poem, the length of a poem, its rhyming scheme, the use of alliteration, or the poem's shape on a page. Don't know your cento from your cinquain? The following sites explain all.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 Annotated, 3 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., July 23, 2007 - From ResourceShelf, April 6-12, 2007

Sites found in:

April 6-12, 2007


Fast Facts: This Day in Legal History
A daily post often with related resource from FindLaw and Justice Talking

Source: FindLaw
Cost: Free
Online photo editing. Cool!


Quotation Websites


Glossary of Poetry Terms & Other National Poetry Month Resources
April 10, 2007 - Permalink
Shortened URL:

This free public service web site gives the public, law enforcement, military, and government individuals a visual tool for studying domestic and international terrorism and security incidents. Shirl’s note: Fascinating map, but accuracy here is hit-and-miss.
Incidents noted on the map include:
+ Airport/Aviation
+ Biological Incidents
+ Chemical Attacks
+ Bombs
+ Dams
+ Shipping/Maritime
+ Bridge/Tunnel
+ Terrorist Arrests
+ Many other categories
+ Browse or Search


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Mon., July 23, 2007 - GeoHive: Global Statistics

GeoHive: Global Statistics
From the site:
“Welcome to GeoHive, a site with geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find here is population statistics of regions, countries, provinces and cities. Next to that there are some statistics on economic factors like wealth, infrastructure; statistics on natural phenomena; ....... and yet, even more.”

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Sun., July 22, 2007 - National Geographic: Global Warming: Big Thaw

From: National Geographic Resource Library

Global Melting: Big Thaw
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Some of the other listings from the National Geographic Resource Library previously posted.
Shortened URL:
Shortened URL: Phyllis ]


Sun., July 22, 2007 - Earth: The Living Planet

Earth: The Living Planet
Earth: The Living Planet, is designed to provide students and educators with a wide variety of information about the planet, from geophysical and ecological to geographical and historical….It covers topics like why the Earth is able to support life; how the planet has changed over time; and tangential topics, such as why Earth is considered a planet, while some people do not consider Pluto to be a planet.
In addition to textual information, the site also provides maps, quizzes, and images, as well as links to relevant external sites reviewed by World Book editors, according to the company. World Book also said that the Earth spotlight site "ties to state curriculum standards."

See Spotlight Archive for additional articles on World History and Culture, Aviation and Space Exploration, Plants, Animals, and the Environment, and Natural Disasters


Sun., July 22, 2007 - Discovery Channel: Planet Earth Guide

Planet Earth Guide
Featured Habitats: Mountains, Deep Oceans, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Shallow Seas, Great Plains, Jungles, Fresh Water, Forests, and Caves


Sun., July 22, 2007 - Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology

Today's site, from the American Institute of Physics, presents a
fascinating and comprehensive exposition on the scientific development of
astronomy and its related disciplines. Gentle Subscribers will discover an
historical overview of man's view of the heavens.

"From the ancient Greeks to the Hubble Space Telescope - the story of the
colorful individuals, startling ideas and ingenious tools that brought us
knowledge of the vast and strange universe we inhabit. Written by leading
historians of astronomy, richly illustrated." - from the website

The site is organized into two distinct sections, one focusing on the
historical aspects of astronomy, while the other highlights the devices
invented to explore the vastness of space. The development of ideas section
begins with the ancient Greek and medieval astronomers, with interesting
side trips to explore the medieval world view and the concept of circular
motion. Corresponding to this period in the "Tools" section, the exhibit
features information and images of astrolabes, quadrants and armillary
spheres. The exhibit proceeds with the 16th century leap into the age of
science, with such notables as Copernicus and Galileo and the telescopes of
that period, and advances through periods of scientific progress up to the
modern era of the Big Bang versus the Steady State controversy.

Soar to the site for an excellent exhibit on cosmology at:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]

A.M. Holm
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