Saturday, August 04, 2007


Sat., Aug. 4, 2007 - Online Conversion
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Convert just about anything to anything else.
Select from list or use the Auto-Converter.

Most Popular Conversion Pages
Length, Temperature, Speed, Volume, Weight,
Cooking, Area, Fuel Economy, Currency.

From the site:
To use the Auto-Converter
Simply type in what you want to convert and press return.

convert 100 feet to meters
convert 53 miles to kilometers
convert 45 liters to gallons


Sat., Aug. 4, 2007 - Text-to-Speech / Polly Glotto

Oddcast Text-To-Speech
Enter text, select language and voice, and then click on "Say it"
When you move the mouse around, her eyes follow the pointer.

Polly Glotto
…and can translate to or speak in different languages


Sat., Aug. 4, 2007 - AjaxTrans

From the site:
“Start typing any text you want to be translated into the first box. The words should be automatically translated into the language of your choice and appear in the lower box.”


Sat., Aug. 4, 2007 - Google Translate/ AltaVista Babel Fish Translation / The Macaque Genome / Health InfoCenter

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007

Google Translate
Record Id: 667686
Created: 2007-04-17 02:23:42
Categories: liberal

Google's translation tool, offering translations of text or web pages in
11 languages.

AltaVista : Babel Fish Translation
Record Id: 667346
Created: 2007-04-12 12:04:42
Categories: liberal

The classic web-based translation program. Translate a block of text or
a web page in 12 languages.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Science Magazine : Special Online Collection : The Macaque Genome
Record Id: 667685
Created: 2007-04-17 00:27:42
Categories: bioag

Free content from Science on the rhesus macaque monkey genome, the third
primate genome which has been sequenced, after human and chimpanzee.
Overview, news, research articles, and reports are offered.

Cedars-Sinai : Health InfoCenter : Health Library
Record Id: 667353
Created: 2007-04-13 15:46:42
Categories: bioag

Consumer health library from Cedars-Sinai, with information on illnesses
and health conditions; a drug guide; FDA drug approvals and actions;
what to expect from medical tests; a directory of organizations and
support groups; and a complementary medicine database.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007 - midomi: identify a song by its tune

Site found in:

A web service, still in beta, aims to help with one of the hardest
reference questions: identifying an unknown song when you only know the
tune. Hum it into your microphone, or, if you think you know the artist,
search its catalog of song samples.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.


Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (some sites previously posted)

Ludwig Van Beethoven Website
From the site:
“a presentation of the life and work of Beethoven”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Ludwig Van Beethoven - The Magnificent Master
Site includes:
“This biography is dedicated to exploring the life of this most unique genius in an endeavor to discover more of the man behind the music,…a thorough overview of the history of the creation of Beethoven's nine symphonies…we hope that the links we are providing to you will offer you possibilities for further reading and personal enrichment.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

All About Ludwig van Beethoven
From the site:
“Information on Beethoven, his life, his music and classical sheet music”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Ludwig van Beethoven
From the site:
“This site is devoted to the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mad about Beethoven
From the site:
“In the pages of this website, he offers his unrivalled collection of photographs, as well as a comprehensive gallery of Beethoven’s family and friends, to take you into the heart and mind of the great composer.”

Beethoven, Philly Style – June, 2006
From the site:
“The Philadelphia Orchestra performs all nine of Beethoven's symphonies as part of a season-long tribute.”
At this site you can listen to the performances, interviews with the conductor, and read the Program Notes for each performance.

Unheard Beethoven
From the site:
“This website endeavors to make all of Beethoven's unrecorded music readily accessible to the public.


Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007 - Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

--------Forwarded Message--------

New Library of Congress Online Collection: Captain Pearl R.
Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

The Library of Congress's American Folklife Center is pleased to announce
a new presentation, "Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie
Canal," now available on the Library's American Memory Web site at:

"Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal" captures the
culture and music of the men, women, and children who worked and lived
along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nye, who was born and raised on a canal
boat, never lost his love of the "Big Ditch." After the canal closed
permanently in 1913, he devoted considerable time and energy to preserving
its songs and stories.

This presentation contains recordings of 75 songs, sung by Nye. The
recordings were made by John, Alan, and Elizabeth Lomax, and Ivan Walton
between June 1937 and September 1938. Lyrics for the recorded songs have
been transcribed by Library staff and are available on the Web site as are
song transcriptions, photographs, and personal letters Nye sent to the
Library from July 1937 to October 1944.

Also included in this presentation is an essay called "An Informant In
Search of a Collector: Captain Pearl R. Nye of Ohio" and a timeline that
identifies significant events in the life of Nye and the history of the
Ohio and Erie Canal with which his life was so closely associated. A radio
program excerpt from "Two Sailors: Sea Shanties and Canal Boat Ballads,"
part of the Library's "Ballad Hunter" series, provides additional insight
into Nye's life.


For further information, please contact the American Folklife Center:
< >.


Laura Gottesman
Digital Reference Team/ American Memory: .
The Library of Congress: < >
Ask a Librarian:



Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007 - African American Literature in the 20th Century

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AASC Feature of the Month: August 2007
African American Literature in the 20th Century

This month’s feature focuses on the cultural and literary impact made by a number of African Americans at the dawn of the twentieth century.


This month’s featured content includes a photo essay that provides accounts of the lives and contributions of famous African Americans whose enduring endowments have helped shape the present literary and cultural landscape of the United States. In addition to information on popular figures like Maya Angelou, peruse the essay to learn about the violent childhood that undoubtedly influenced Richard Wright’s works Native Son and Black Boy or about Amiri Baraka’s contributions to politics as a black nationalist and his role during the avant-garde literary movement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

To provide further background on the literary achievements made by African Americans in the early twentieth century, this month’s feature also includes a number of free subject articles taken from the African American Studies Center on topics like the Harlem Writer’s Guild, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, children’s literature written by African Americans, and the dual tradition of African American fiction. In addition, more than 20 free biographies of notable African American writers have been included.

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Monday, July 30, 2007


Mon., July 30, 2007 - The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, April 19, 2007

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the well-known Bartleby's reference sources, offers the
third edition of this seminal work, covering a hugh range of topics which
constitute cultural literacy in western society. Gentle Subscribers may
find this an excellent spot for browsing as well as a general resource.

"The manifestation of one of the most influential modern educational
theories, the 6,900 entries in this major new reference work form the
touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an
active citizen in our multicultural democracy. ... [authored by] E. D.
Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil" - from the website

This compendium of information ranges from biblical references to fine
arts, from world geography to life sciences. In addition to the
introductory explanation of the theory of cultural literacy, each section
begins with notes on the relevancy of the subject and includes basic
definitions of terms and notable names in the various disciplines. The
presentation also includes a user guide and a handy index. One of the most
engaging topics for browsing is the idioms section, where the authors
comment on why a knowledge of the essentials of idiomatic usage is "de
rigueur", and how an easy familiarity will prove to be a "feather in one's

Sweep over to the site for an excellent reference on basic cultural
literacy at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Mon., July 30, 2007 - Lightning Bug Writing Resources

Lightning Bug
From the site:
“Young adults are growing up younger and faster with more expected of them each day. Understanding how to write a good story is an extremely effective way to express a point of view. Young adults writing stories become empowered; they deserve to be and should be heard.”
Site includes Teacher Resources and Writing Resources.


Mon., July 30, 2007 - Today's Military

Today’s Military
From the site:
“The Today’s Military Web site is brought to you by the United States Department of Defense. The purpose of is not to advocate recruitment for any particular branch of the Armed Services. Instead, this site seeks to educate parents, teachers, and others about the opportunities and benefits available to young people in the Military today.”

Extraordinary Careers
From the site:
“What kind of career can a young person find in the Military? Just about any kind you can imagine. But it takes special types of people to fill these jobs. People who are passionate, selfless, and want to be part of something bigger.”

Military Careers;jsessionid=9FE2833B84A42D893A08DA840B82E9C7
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Military Careers: Find thousands of job options in the Military…Many of these jobs are similar to those found in the civilian world. That means military servicepeople often enter the private sector as high experienced and sought-after candidates.”


Mon., July 30, 2007 - Career Explorer / Developing Career Goals

Career Explorer: Your Career. Your Way.
From the site:
“Once you have found the right career, you can request information from as many schools as you'd like that offer your program. It's that simple. Find a program that interests you, request the information, and begin your new direction!”
Site includes job descriptions and free career assessment test.


Developing Career Goals
From the site:
“Your career goals are likely to change many times throughout your life. Developing an initial focus will help you narrow your options and target appropriate employers or educational paths. Just remember that you may change your mind as you learn more about yourself, jobs, and employers.”

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