Saturday, July 12, 2008


Sat., July 12, 2008 - China's Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations guarding China’s Emperor Qin Shi Huang, (r. 221-207 BC) the first emperor of unified China. to defend him in the afterlife.

Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses:
Shortened URL:

The Terracotta Warriors

Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
WHTour : visit this site in panographies (360 degree imaging)
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Sat., July 12, 2008 - Panorama Views of the New 7 Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World
From the site:
View them all in 360 degree interactive panoramas from internationally known panorama photographers
The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.”

[NOTE: index page previously posted - Phyllis ]


Sat., July 12, 2008 - Catchpenny Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Catchpenny Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
A critical and skeptical look at fringe theories of ancient Egypt including the Great Sphinx and the pyramids at Giza.


Sat., July 12, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index, NEW THIS WEEK, February 21, 2008

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, February 21, 2008
Read This Online :

Big Hair: A Wig History of Consumption in Eighteenth-Century France
This article provides a social, cultural, and economic evaluation of the wig in 18th century France. The article notes that while "it is common to regard the wig of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as an aristocratic ornament of Old Regime Europe ... the wigs of eighteenth-century Western Europe seem to have tumbled down the social hierarchy." From the American Historical Review, published by the American Historical Association.
LII Item:


From Warrior Women to Female Pharaohs: Careers for Women in Ancient Egypt
"Whilst the concept of a career choice for women is a relatively modern phenomenon, the situation in ancient Egypt was rather different." This essay describes how ancient Egyptian women's "ability to exercise varying degrees of power and self-determination was most unusual in the ancient world." Discusses "ladies of leisure," women who held high office, and women priests. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
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Neither Model Nor Muse: Women and Artistic Expression
This website is a companion to two physical exhibits, "Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts" and "The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s." It provides a selection of slides from the two exhibits, and brief descriptions of both exhibits. Includes a link to photos and other material from the accompanying symposium at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. From Duke University Libraries.
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Trailblazers and Trendsetters: Art of the Stamp
"This exhibition showcases original artwork commissioned by the [U.S.] Postal Service for stamps." Each stamp honors a "person, invention, event, or place in America's history." View annotated images of stamps of individuals and objects associated with sports, arts and entertainment, transportation, history and exploration, and literature. Also includes an artist index. From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
LII Item:

---------------------------------------------------------------- Telling America's Story
"This site delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture." Topics include foreign policy (such as U.S. recognition of a sovereign Kosovo in February 2008), U.S. politics (such as about the 2008 presidential election), American life, democracy, and science and health. Includes photos, video, podcasts, and links to publications. Available in several languages. Produced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
LII Item:


Bridge Tracker: Check the Safety of Bridges You Cross
"This map shows the condition and inspection dates for more than 100,000 bridges in the U.S. that are crossed by at least 10,000 vehicles per day. ... The locations were provided by state departments of transportation. Some states are more accurate than others. Inspections through 2006 are included." Enter a route to find information about bridges within .2 miles of the route. Also includes a related news report. From MSNBC.
LII Item:


Cuba After Fidel Castro
Collection of news stories and analysis related to Fidel Castro's February 2008 announcement that "he will not accept another term as president [of Cuba], ending the communist revolutionary's 49 years in power." Includes key facts about Cuba, the story of Castro's life in pictures, a profile of Castro's brother Raul Castro, video clips, and related material. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item:


The Field Museum's Women in Science
Read interviews with 13 women about why they chose careers in the sciences. All women work at the Field natural history museum in Chicago. The interviewees include an anthropologist, geologist, botanists, zoologists, and experts in exhibits and in environment and conservation. Also includes a feature on two past science pioneers, activities, and related resources. From the Field Museum.
LII Item:


International Women's Day
"Every year, 8 March is celebrated around the world as International Women's Day." This site features background and lesson materials "with a focus on women, peace and politics." Topics includes why Women's Day, vocabulary of inequality, whether women or men live longer, and education. Part of the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
LII Item:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Fri., July 11, 2008 - The Negro Leagues

---------Forwarded Message--------
Oxford African American Studies Center
AASC Feature of the Month Newsletter: July 2008

July 2008 Feature of the Month
The Negro Leagues

The Oxford African American Studies Center’s Feature of the Month has been updated for the month of July, and with the 2008-2009 Major League Baseball Season in full swing, it is a perfect time to remember the Negro Leagues.

Though black players could be found on some baseball teams in the late nineteenth century, they were largely excluded from the sport and so found other ways to play the game. The first officially recorded game was "the championship of colored baseball" between the Brooklyn Uniques and the Philadelphia Excelsiors in 1867. When Octavius Catto's Philadelphia Pythians applied for membership to the NABBP a year later, the justification for refusing their application was that "if colored clubs were admitted there would be in all probability some division of feeling, whereas, by excluding them no injury could result to anyone." By 1889 there were no more black players in the now-white professional leagues. Refusing to be exiled from the most American of sports, African American businessmen (and, in a few cases, women) and black players created the Negro Leagues, which thrilled fans for decades before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947

This month’s feature includes a Featured Essay, ( ) written by President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School, which provides a concise history of the Negro Leagues, focusing specifically on the socioeconomic context of post-Civil War America. In addition to the Featured Essay, a Photo Essay, ( ) visually chronicles the
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development of early-integrated teams, as well as great Negro League powerhouses, like the Chicago American Giants, and key individuals, like Octavius V. Catto and Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play professional baseball.

To provide more information about the Negro Leagues, this month’s feature also includes a number of free subject articles taken from the African American Studies Center on topics like “Baseball in the United States” and “Sports and African Americans.” In addition, 9 free biographies about individuals who were associated with and/or contributed to the impact of the Negro Leagues. Tables that chart the Negro League teams and the earlier all-black baseball teams are also included


Fri., July 11, 2008 - AMEX: Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

Sites found in:
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008

The summer months are the perfect time to catch up on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE episodes you may have missed. Check your local TV listings to find out what's on in your city, or watch full episodes online at



On the morning of May 26, 1934, a shimmering silver locomotive pulled out of Denver's Union Station bound for Chicago. The Zephyr was unlike any train seen before. Known as a streamliner for its long, sleek look and powered by a revolutionary compact diesel engine, it would cover 1,015 miles in a record 15 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the country, making the U.S. passenger rail system the envy of the world. But within two decades the era of these supertrains was over, dozens of routes were discontinued and the cars sold off to Canada and Japan. The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.

Behind The Scenes
Watch an interview with cinematographer Boyd Estus, as he describes filming the Pioneer Zephyr exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Ask the Curator
Museum curator Mike Sarna describes what makes streamliner trains so special.

Streamliners Timeline


Fri., July 11, 2008 - The Legend of Nessie

The Legend of Nessie
From the site:
Welcome to The Legend of Nessie, the Ultimate and Official Loch Ness Monster site, with up-to-date information and photographs of new and past sightings…You will find that we are one of the most informative Loch Ness Monster sites on the WWW.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., July 11, 2008 - PBS: Vaudeville / NATURE: Encountering Sea Monsters / NOVA: ScienceNOW

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: July 13-19, 2008

From the site:
“Vaudeville was made of comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, and anyone who could keep an audience’s interest for more than three minutes. Beginning in the 1880s and through the 1920s, vaudeville was home to more than 25,000 performers, and was the most popular form of entertainment in America.”


Encountering Sea Monsters
On-Air & Online
Gr.6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, July 13, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Science fiction writers have come up with strange depictions of
alien life, but nothing to rival a creature with a beak like a
parrot, no bones in its body, three hearts, blue blood, skin
that can change colors and arms growing out of its lips.
Scientists call them cephalopods. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
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On-Air & Online
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
9 - 10:00 pm
What the songs of zebra finches can tell us about the evolution
of language; the glorious but mysterious northern lights; a
profile of Yoky Matsuoka, a leader in the emerging field of
neurobotics; and smart bridges. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Sites found in:
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] NOVA scienceNOW airs July 16, 2008

On Wednesday, tune in at 9 p.m. for a brand-new broadcast of NOVA
scienceNOW that examines bird brains for clues about the origins of
human language, explores what causes the northern lights, shows how
structural engineers are developing "smart" bridges, and introduces a
neuroboticist who is developing a robotic hand that could one day be
controlled by brain signals. (Subjects covered: Earth science, life
science, physics, technology/engineering)

All NOVA scienceNOW episodes are available for online viewing after
the broadcast date.

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents NOVA scienceNOW
Broadcast: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
(NOVA scienceNOW airs on PBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local
listings as broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be
used up to one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Bird Brains

Name That Tune
Listen to eight different songs and calls, match them to their
correct bird counterparts, and find out more about how birds
produce and make use of their tunes. (Flash plug-in required.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about bird songs and human vocal learning to
City College of New York's associate biology professor Ofer
Tchernichovski. (Questions due by Thursday, July 17; selected
responses will be posted on Tuesday, July 22.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Space Storms

Northern Lights
See in this slide show a gallery of auroras from Earth as well as
other planets, and hear the sounds that auroras make. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about the auroras and the magnetosphere to
Vassilis Angelopoulos, team leader of a NASA mission to study
auroras. (Questions due by Thursday, July 17; selected responses
will be posted on Tuesday, July 22.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Yoky Matsuoka

Bionic Woman
Learn more about the bionic hand Yoky Matsuoka is working to
create, how she came to embrace her inner scientist, and what
she's doing to encourage young women to pursue scientific
careers. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Yoky Matsuoka answers your questions about her life, neurobotics
(the merger of neuroscience and robotics), and more. (Questions
due by Thursday, July 17; selected responses will be posted on
Tuesday, July 22.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Smart Bridges

Bridge Doctors
In this audio interview, hear structural engineer Michael Todd
describe the state of bridge monitoring around the world. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Why They Failed
Find out what caused eight infamous bridge collapses and what
engineers learned from each. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Jerome Lynch at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor answers
viewer questions on what the future holds for "smart" bridges.
(Questions due by Thursday, July 17; selected responses will be
posted on Tuesday, July 22.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Explore Teacher's Guides
Find classroom materials to bring NOVA scienceNOW's cutting-edge
science topics to life for your students. Search Teacher's Guides by
subject, segment title, or date for current and past materials.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Thurs., July 10, 2008 - History on the Net - updates

Updates to History on the Net -

New timeline added to Chronology section of site Ancient Egypt

New page added to Tudors Section - Lady Jane Grey

New page added to Medieval Life section of website - Crime and Punishment. Housing and Clothing pages updated


Thurs., July 10, 2008 - Life in Elizabeth England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge / Renaissance, The Elizabethan World

Site found in:

The Scout Report for Social Sciences
May 16, 2000
Volume 3, Number 17

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge,

Compiled by Maggie Pierce Secara, who has for twelve years acted as
the Countess of Southampton at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, and
designed by Paula Katherine Marmor, this site offers fragments from
the social history of Elizabethan England. The compendium bills
itself as a sort of primer for the tidbits of life that should be
common knowledge to writers or (re-en)actors "who work and play in
the 16th Century on a regular basis." If you order beer at a
Renaissance festival, for example, you might want to know that it
will be made without hops, most likely be flat, and may be flavored
with anything from pepper to ivy. If you keep bees, you should know
that bees love gossip, and it's good luck to tell them all of the
latest news. Just about anyone with an interest in social history
will find some of the "fact bites" here intriguing. The useful
appendices include Maps & Plans, Bibliography, The Tudor Succession,
and a list of Related Sites. The compendium can be browsed or
searched online or downloaded as a .pdf document. [TK]

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site and URL updated. 9th Edition, Spring 2008
SEE ALSO: Renaissance, The Elizabethan World
- Phyllis ]

From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2000.


Thurs., July 10, 2008 - Podcast: Lincoln: A Life of Purpose & Power / Allan Pinkerton & the Attempted Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008

Audio Podcast: Richard Carwardine
“Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power”
April 15, 2004, at Lehman College, City University of New York
Running Time: 33:35
From the site:
“Richard Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, and winner of the 2004 Lincoln Book Prize. In this lecture, he discusses different aspects of Lincoln’s life. Why is Lincoln a mythic figure? How early in his career did he develop his views against slavery? What role did religion play in his life? Professor Carwardine analyzes Lincoln’s greatness as well as his humility.”

“To listen to a lecture on this website, click on the “play” button. If you’d like to save the lecture to your computer and listen to it at another time, right-click on the “download” button and save it either as a link or target.”


Featured Document:
Allan Pinkerton and the Attempted Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
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From the site:
“In this extraordinary document, private detective Allan Pinkerton describes his role in thwarting an attempted assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he traveled by rail to his inauguration in Washington on the evening of February 22, 1861. To see the document, click here.”
Shortened URL:


Thurs., July 10, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, February 15, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 15, 2008
Volume 14, Number 6

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence 1763-1848
[Macromedia Flash Player]

During the eighty-five year period after the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Great
Britain, Spain, France, Native Americans, and the young American republic
engaged in a number of conflicts, alliances, and battles on the North
American continent. Drawing on primary source materials from the
Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and numerous other organizations,
this delightful exhibit looks at the crucial Spanish contributions to the
American cause during the Revolutionary War and the presence and influence
of Hispanic culture in Florida, Louisiana, California, and the Southwest.
Visitors can begin their exploration through the site by clicking through
the five primary sections, which include "War of Independence" and "Spain in
the American Imagination". Upon arriving at each section, visitors will be
presented with an interactive "wall" of portraits, maps, treaties, and other
items of historical ephemera. Additionally, the site also includes an
interactive catalogue and a map. Needless to say, the site's materials are
also available in Spanish. [KMG]


Digital Library for Earth System Education [pdf]

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a clearinghouse of
high-quality materials for educators, students and scientists "working
together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and
learning about the Earth system at all levels." First-time visitors will
want to look at the "Getting started with DLESE" section, as it provides a
bit of background information, along with a guide to searching the library.
Visitors can also get a better sense of the site's content by looking at the
"Resource of the Day" featured on the homepage. More advanced users can also
take advantage of the embedded search engine to look for educational
resources by type, grade level, or relevant educational standard. The site
is rounded out by a "News" area, which features items that are of interest
to the Earth science community. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students

Crafting meaningful and articulate lab presentations and correspondence can
be difficult for anyone, including engineers and other scientists. This
particular set of resources is deigned to teach engineering and science
students about creating and writing materials such as resumes, formal
laboratory reports, presentation slides, and so on. The guidelines are
gathered into several different sections, including "Introduction",
"Presentations", "Correspondence", and "Formal Reports". There is material
for instructors here as well, and the offerings include pieces on the design
of writing assignments, the interactive teaching of writing, and the
evaluation of writing assignments. Finally, the site also contains a number
of writing exercises on grammar, punctuation, and word usage. [KMG]


Studies in the History of Ethics [pdf]

Started in 2005, Studies in the History of Ethics is a peer-reviewed
electronic journal and research portal focused on publishing articles and
reviews which deal with the history of ethics. First-time visitors can use
the homepage to look over more recent works, such as a symposium on the
ethics of John Stuart Mill which includes pieces from scholars at the
University of Utah and the National University of Singapore. Further down
the page, users can also read up on the journal's calls for works to be
included in future symposia. Moving on, visitors can click on the "Archives"
section to read past pieces published online and they can also use an
embedded search engine to look for specific works. The site is rounded out
by an RSS feed and contact information for the journal's editors. [KMG]


Library of Congress: Science Reference Services

As one of the world's premier libraries, the Library of Congress has many
staff members dedicated to helping members of the general public find the
information they need. Along with providing in-person assistance in
Washington, D.C., they also maintain this nifty site designed for persons
looking for science reference material online. There is not much that isn't
included on the site, as visitors can view webcasts on creating a school
garden, look over research guides, and learn about "Everyday Mysteries". The
"Everyday Mysteries" feature provides answers to questions such as "Who
invented electric Christmas lights?" and it can be quite addictive. Visitors
should also click on over to the "Science Reference Guides" area. Here they
can look at comprehensive research bibliographies on chocolate, astronomy,
electric power, and dozens more. With all of this material, visitors may
also want to sign up for their RSS feed. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Art and Literature in Siena, 1250-1600 [Windows Media Player]

Located in the hills of Tuscany, the city of Siena was a buzzing hive of
cultural activity from the 13th to 16th century. At the heart of the city
was the University of Siena, founded in 1203, and scholars and others
flocked to hear lectures on law and medicine. Of course, the city also had
its famed Duomo, which is one of the premier examples of Italian Romanesque
architecture. Recently, the University of Leeds placed four lectures online
that deal with the art and literature of Siena, and visitors will be
delighted to listen to them as they see fit. They include "The City as a
Work of Art: Making and Meaning in the Italian Renaissance", "Duccio and the
Flowering of Sienese Art", "Theater in Renaissance Siena", and "Art, Power
and Patronage in Renaissance Siena". [KMG]


Johnson's Island, Unlocking a Civil War Prison: Interactive Dig

Johnson's Island in Ohio is arguably the state's best known Civil War
landmark. In 1861, the U.S. Army leased 40 cleared acres of the island in
order to create a prisoner of war depot. The depot was in operation from
1862 to 1865, when the site began new life as an agricultural station.
Recently, David Bush and some of his archaeology colleagues began an
excavation on the site in order to locate the barracks that once housed
Confederate POWs. This site, offered by Archaeology Magazine, allows users
to journey along as the team performs their work. Visitors can look over the
field reports filed by the team, read an interview with David Bush, and also
read letters and diary notes from the original prisoners and their guards.

[NOTE: More Digs - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Hoover Institution: Uncommon Knowledge [Real Player, Windows Media

The Hoover Institution has placed a wide array of multimedia content online
for over a decade, and recently they created a site for their "Uncommon
Knowledge" program. Hosted by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, the program
features interviews with political leaders, distinguished scholars, and
leading journalists. First-time visitors to the site can browse the archives
by topic, date, or guest. Currently, the online archive contains programs
from 1997 to 2005, along with webcasts from 2006 to the present. Recent
conversations added to the site include a discussion with Shelby Steele and
a talk with Michael Barone about tax reform and various health-care
proposals. [KMG]


Rose and Chess: Discover Two Reunited Medieval Manuscripts

Bringing together medieval manuscripts is always a good thing, and recently
the University of Chicago brought two fascinating volumes back together. The
first is a courtly romance (Le Roman de la Rose) and the other is a treatise
on medieval society that uses the game of chess as its framework (Le Jeu des
échecs moralisé). The two volumes were bound together, perhaps soon after
they were created (ca. 1365), and stayed together for over 500 years. In
1907, they were divided into two volumes and sent their separate ways. By
bringing them back together, The University of Chicago Library hopes to make
it possible for scholars to study the two manuscripts together to learn
about their shared origin and production history. Visitors to the site can
view each manuscript in its entirety, and they can also look over a brief
essay which gives a bit of context about their history. Additionally,
visitors should not miss the piece titled "A Tale of Two Manuscripts
Reunited", which offers some background on how the two manuscripts were
brought back together in one place. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Wed., July 9, 2008 - Theatre on a Shoestring

Theatre on a Shoestring

From the site:
“Welcome Theatre Enthusiasts -- Onstage, Backstage, and in the Audience!
This website is a comprehensive resource for anyone desiring to produce quality theatre on a shoestring budget with sections devoted specifically to the various areas of production from directing to acting to designing. It includes production archives from past productions directed by Laurie Swigart to be used for research and sources of inspiration. Also included is an extensive theatre links section for all your production and theatre education needs.”


Wed., July 9, 2008 - Time Frozen in Grand Central / Improv Everywhere

[NOTE: From the site:
“For our latest mission, we filled a subway car with identical twins, creating a human mirror.”
Human Mirror
These and other "missions" can be seen on their site: - Phyllis ]

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, February 22, 2008

Time Frozen in Grand Central - Improv Everywhere

Today's site offers a diverting and amusing escapade from those masters of
improvisation folks, "Improv Everywhere". Gentle Subscribers who have not
yet experienced the pleasure of these highly imaginative and off-beat
volunteers may be in for an uncommonly entertaining experience.

"On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world’s largest train station
came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at
the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand
Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central every day,
but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and tourists alike
stopped to notice what was happening around them. Enjoy the video first and
then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos. ...Improv
Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in
August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70
missions involving thousands of undercover agents ... over the past six
years in New York City" - from the website

The site gives details about this particular improv "mission", with
preliminary video of the volunteers receiving instructions, followed by the
actual scene in Grand Central Station in New York City. For those eager for
more Improv Everywhere acts of controlled mayhem, the list on the right
side of the page provides links to some of their more outrageous pranks,
including the famous "Best Buy" mission, the elaborate U2 Rooftop Hoax
under the title "Even Better Than the Real Thing" and the annual "No Pants
Subway ride". Each mission includes extensive notes, lots of still images
and naturally, video of the event.

Thanks to AEA and RAF for this suggestion.

Swoop over to the website for a look at this great improv scene at:

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


Wed., July 9, 2008 - OttoBib / Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Sites found in:
Feb. 15-21, 2008

------- - Instant Bibliographies
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Enhanced: Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia
The Library’s online Performing Arts site now incorporates presentations and resources from the former “LC Presents: Music, Theater and Dance” site into one visually appealing and easy-to-use site.

Source: LoC
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated - Phyllis ]

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Wed., July 9, 2008 - Free Cassettes from Tom Chapin

[NOTE: Since the forwarded email below was from February, I wrote to Sundance to see if the offer was still valid.
As you can see from their reply today, there are still some cassettes available for only postage charge.
See – Phyllis ]

Original Message:
From: Sundance Music
Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2008 09:38:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Are Free Cassettes still available for teachers, librarians, etc.?

Hi, Phyllis.

The following titles are currently available:

Mother Earth and Billy The Squid,
and a VERY FEW copies of Zag Zig, In My Hometown, This Pretty Planet.

Claudia Libowitz
Assistant to Tom Chapin

Phone/Fax (914) 674-0247


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

Hi! It's Saturday, February 23, 2008 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
Tom Chapin

ClickSchooling list member Stephanie wrote, "Check out Tom Chapin's website
for free cassettes of some of his albums and a nice list of his songs
organized for teaching, with a few activities." FREE MUSIC CASSETTES? YES!

Called "the Pied Piper of children's music" by Parents Magazine, Tom Chapin
has been entertaining families with fun sing-along concerts and recordings
for many years. At his website, you can listen to samples of his music and
read about his musical family's history and humanitarian endeavors as well.

Chapin's music is now sold exclusively on CD - which left him with lots of
leftover cassettes. In an effort to help teachers, therapists, and
librarians bring music to children, he is offering FREE CASSETTES, while
supplies last.

You simply request the cassettes on your school letterhead. You must pay
$3.00 shipping for the first cassette you order, and $0.50 for each
additional cassette. There is a minimum order of $5.00 - or, in other words,
you'll have to order at least 5 cassettes. There are a number of album
titles available. In order to find the complete details on how to order, go
to the website. Scroll below Chapin's photo on the left side of the screen.
Click on the words, "Tom Chapin wants to give you free music!" A new page
opens with all of the details.

While you're at the site, explore the menu to find information about
Chapin's family "Concerts" and some ideas for "Teachers" on how to use his
music to teach various subjects. Not all of the links on the site work, but
that's a minor inconvenience.

Don't miss listening to his song, "It's Not On The Test" - a satirical look
at testing due to public education policies such as "No Child Left Behind."
You can read the lyrics and listen to the song here:
< >

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Tues., July 8, 2008 - Munch Museum

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

Site of the Day, for Thursday, February 14, 2008

Munch Museet

Today's site, from the Norwegian museum housing the works of native son
Edvard Munch, presents a noteworthy exhibit of his art. Gentle Subscribers
will discover an interesting range of material about this significant
twentieth century artist.

"When Munch died in January 1944, it transpired that he had unconditionally
bequeathed all his remaining works to the City of Oslo. Edvard Munch's art
is the most significant Norwegian contribution to the history of art, and
he is the only Norwegian artist who has exercised a decisive influence on
European art trends, above all as a pioneer of Expressionism in Germany and
the Nordic countries." - from the website

The site provides a biography of the artist, along with a useful timeline
of his life. Highlighting the exhibit are the numerous works of Munch, his
graphics and paintings, accompanied by an informative commentary. His most
famous works, "The Scream" and "The Madonna" are singled out for more
in-depth treatment. Additional material on conservation work on the
paintings, along with a perspective on Munch's artistry are also available.

Travel to the site for a commendable exhibit on Norwegian artist Edvard
Munch at:

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


Tues., July 8, 2008 - Science and the Artist's Book / Artists' Books

Science and the Artist’s Book
From the site:
“Science and the Artist's Book is an exhibition which explores links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format.” Artist’s books are art objects in the form of books.

[SEE ALSO: Artists’ Books - Phyllis ]


Tues., July 8, 2008 - Everyday Art Assignments

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, February 9, 2008 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Everyday Art Assignments

Age Range: All (Younger students and non-readers will need help from mom or

This website is the result of a project conducted in Pittsburgh, PA that
encouraged people of all ages to rediscover their creative energy through
artistic assignments suggested by real artists. While the actual art project
took place in 2004, the assignments are archived at the website to inspire
artistic endeavors forevermore.

When you get to the site, you must wait for the introduction that is
slow-moving, and then double-click on the final words in the presentation to
get to the menu. Your patience will pay off. From the menu, you can read
about the "EAA" - Everyday Art Assignment project, and review "Successes" -
artistic submissions by people worldwide.

THE BEST PART OF ALL is the "Artist Assignments." Click on this item and a
new page opens featuring the photos of 15 artists who contributed
SUGGESTIONS for art assignments that you can try at home. Click on the
artist's photo, and a new page opens to their art assignment. You'll find
suggestions such as:

*Persephone's Return - Learn about the Greek goddess of Spring through
planting seeds and tracking their growth with a nature journal.

*Everyday Ritual - Create a photo-documentation of an everyday ritual.

*Gained in Translation - Write a 24-line poem and use a recommended website
to translate it into multiple languages.

*Fiber Jambalaya - Use old clothes to create the craziest quilt ever!

*Make A Paper Doll of A Friend!

*Six-Breath SkyWatch - Draw simple lines representing how you feel after
watching the sky for the duration of 6 breaths.

*Use 17 Objects to Create Peace.

Each Art Assignment provides very simple instructions, leaving the rest to
your imagination. Pictures of other people's results are provided to help
you better understand the assignment.

Think of this website as an "art-starter." Even if you don't do the exact
assignment, it will certainly inspire artistic expression in one way or
another. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Tues., July 8, 2008 - Explore Art / Physics Demos / Animal & Plant Health / Contagion / Distinctive Voices

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 22, 2008
Volume 14, Number 7

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Explore Art [Macromedia Flash Player]

The Getty Museum has long been a leader in online exhibitions and
educational resources, and their "Explore Art" feature is one that will
delight anyone with a penchant for the visual arts. On the homepage,
visitors can browse artists by name, or they can also look over the
collection by object type or subject. The "Natural World" theme is well-
worth a look, as it contains hundreds of offerings such as a Roman sculpture
of a bear and a meticulously carved bee that appears on a four-drachma coin
from the 4th century BC. On the right side of the page, visitors can browse
through the "Getty Guide" area. Here they can watch videos of artists at
work, explore the modern outdoor sculpture collection, and learn about the
painting technique of Lucas Cranach, the noted Old Master painter and
printmaker. Finally, visitors can use the Getty Bookmarks feature to collect
and save their favorite artists and works from the collection via their own
customized bookmarks page. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


NC State Physics Demonstrations

The physics department at North Carolina State University has created this
very fine list of online physics demonstration manuals that will be quite a
boon to physics educators in high schools and colleges. Visitors can search
28 online demonstration manuals simultaneously or they can also choose to
look over a demonstrations bibliography that contains over 7500 references.
Those who just wish to browse around can scroll down the page to look within
each manual separately. Also, visitors may also wish to check out the
public lecture demonstration shows offered on the site, along with a
collection of links to professional organizations, including The American
Association of Physics Teachers. [KMG]


USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [pdf]

The watchword of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is "protection". The APHIS is primarily
considered with improving agricultural productivity and also ensuring the
health and care of animals and plants. First-time visitors may wish to click
on the "Hot Issues" section to learn more about some of the most pressing
issues that the APHIS addresses. Here they will find fact sheets and news
updates on avian influenza, the pesky light brown apple moth, and bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Moving on, visitors can also browse a list
of subject headings that include animal health, biotechnology, plant health,
and wildlife damage management. Finally, the site also contains an area
where concerned visitors can report a pest infestation or suspected
instances of agricultural smuggling. [KMG]


Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemics [pdf]

With this rather remarkable collection, the dedicated staff members at
Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program have brought together
Philadelphia's yellow fever epidemic of 1793, London's Great Plague of 1665,
and six other notable epidemics from world history. The collection provides
general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and as
previously suggested, is organized around significant "episodes" of such
diseases. Visitors to the collection will find historical pamphlets,
serials, books, and manuscripts totaling over 500,000 pages. The "General
Materials" area is worth a look as it provides access to brief overviews of
important concepts such as germ theory, public health, vaccination, medical
geography, and humoral theory. Overall, it's a tremendous set of offerings,
and visitors with a penchant for the history of medicine, public health, or
diseases will find that this site is well worth many visits. Also, visitors
can share resources on the site via Google Bookmarks and Facebook. [KMG]


Distinctive Voices@ The Beckman Center [iTunes]

At the Beckman Center in Irvine, California they certainly leave no
scientific stones unturned. Through their "Distinctive Voices" public events
series they bring in experts to talk about the science of chocolate, the
causes of obesity, and the transposable elements sequences of DNA. While
many visitors may be unable to make it to these events in person, they are
encouraged to listen and watch via the online archive provided here.
Currently, the archive contains several dozen lectures, and they include
such intriguing offerings as "What is the Scientific Method?", "Ghost
Hunters: Can Science Explain the Supernatural?", and "The New Industrial
Revolution". Visitors should also wander over to "The Sounds of Science"
podcast, which is produced by The National Academies. It is quite a delight,
and visitors who get hooked may wish to subscribe here. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.


Monday, July 07, 2008


Mon., July 7, 2008 - Newseum Front Pages

The Newseum: Front Pages
From the site:
“The Newseum displays these daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised.”
More than 500 front pages from newspapers around the world.
Archived Front Pages:
[NOTE: Other pages from The Newseum previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., July 7, 2008 - Current Events

Surfing the Net with Kids: Current Events
From the site:
“This week's crop of news sites includes special editions just for elementary ages, as well as news sites that cater strictly to high school students. Whatever grade level you need, these sites are sure to spark conversations in the classroom and at the dinner table about what's happening in the world today.”
Page includes links to 8 related sites (5 annotated, 3 honorable mentions)


Mon., July 7, 2008 - Indigenous Peoples Day, Aug. 9 / Briefing Papers for Students (Cuurent World Issues) / More Curriculum Resources

Indigenous Peoples
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
on August 9! Five teaching units focus on nonviolence, respect for human rights and dignity, social justice and civic responsibility, global awareness, and environmental sustainability.
Suggested Ages: 12-16


The Briefing Papers for Students
A comprehensive summary of information about current world issues and the UN's involvement in them.

There are twenty issues, arranged into an overview, progress already made, focus examples, what needs work, student activities, and resources.

The new Technology Briefing Paper examines where technology is headed and what it is doing for the citizens of the world.

Suggested ages: 12-18


SEE ALSO: Cyberschoolbus Curriculum Pages

Indigenous Peoples
The Briefing Papers
Peace Education
Poverty Curriculum
Cities Curriculum
Schools Demining Schools
Rights at Work
Human Rights
Women's Rights
World Hunger
Health Curriculum
School Kits on the UN
Saving Tomorrow's World
Cleaner Oceans
UN in Space
Ethnic Discrimination
Racial Discrimination


Mon., July 7, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, February 8, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 8, 2008
Volume 14, Number 5

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Virtual Yeast Cell [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Shortened URL:

Learning about the various parts of a cell can be tricky business, but this
virtual yeast cell offered by The University of Nottingham will come in
handy for biology students and science instructors. This learning resource
was created to help students in the brewing science program learn about
yeast cytology, though just about anyone with an interest in cells will
learn something from visiting the site. After entering the interactive cell,
visitors can click on different parts of the cell (such as the cytoplasm or
the nucleus) in order to learn more about the importance of each one.
Visitors should remember that they can also download the virtual yeast cell
and use it in the classroom or just with a group of friends. [KMG]


Backgrounder: Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations provides a number of services for the
general public, and in the past they have offered up public discussions,
forums, and other outreach activities. In addition, they offer the
"Backgrounders" series, which offer succinct explanations of current
political and economic issues. First-time users can visit the "Most Recent"
area to peruse the latest piece, or they can click on the "Daily Analysis"
or "Daily Brief" sections. The profiles cover everything from the role of
delegates in the U.S. presidential nominating process to understanding
Kenya's politics. Also, visitors can click on complementary materials, such
as podcasts, interactive features, and online debates. Finally, visitors can
also search for specific materials via the search engine offered here. [KMG]


World War One Color Photos

While color photography was around by the start of World War I, it was not
in widespread use. Interestingly enough, the French Army happened to take
many photographs in color during the last two years of World War I. This
site presents several hundred of these photographs, and visitors can browse
through them at their leisure. Visitors can search the entire archive, or
they may also wish to look through several of the galleries. While complete
bibliographic information is not available for the photos, each photo does
have a brief caption which describes the basic context and setting for each
image. The site is rounded out by a selection of relevant links, including
several online WWI forums and sites that compile military quotations. [KMG]


Images of the Antislavery Movement in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts played a major role in the American antislavery
movement, and for a number of decades, the epicenter of this movement was in
Boston. The Massachusetts Historical Society created this website in order
to highlight some of the visual materials from their collection that deal
with this facet of American history. Visitors to the site can look over
digital images of 840 items, which include paintings, sculptures, banners,
and broadsides. Items featured within this archive include formal portraits
of noted lawyer Wendell Phillips, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, and
Senator Charles Sumner. Additionally, visitors can also view a ticket to the
1857 Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society speech and a diagram of a plan for
resisting the fugitive slave law. [KMG]


Statistics: Cast Your Vote!

Before entering the main portion of this interactive introduction to
statistics, visitors will have to answer a few quick questions on polls.
It's actually a bit fun, and it serves as a nice introduction to the site.
Once visitors are in the main site, they will get the opportunity to learn
about statistics through the lens of a mock election. The site contains
areas such as "How Random is Random?", "Being Confident", and "What Can Go
Wrong". Along with concise explanations of each element of statistics,
visitors can also take part in an interactive quiz and some additional
polling activities. The site also includes a number of external links for
visitors who wish to explore additional topics within the field of
statistics. [KMG]
[NOTE: Some of the interactives on the Annenberg Media's site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


After Columbus: Four-Hundred Years of Native American Portraiture
Shortened URL:

The New York Public Library's early efforts to collect Native American
portraiture were greatly aided by gifts and purchases made by Dr.
Wilberforce Eames and J.P. Morgan. Morgan was a sponsor of Edward S.
Curtis's massive survey of North American Native Americans and Eames was the
Library's bibliographer. This particular digital collection from the Library
brings together some of these early acquisitions, including George Caitlin's
"North American Indian Portfolio" from 1845 and Frederic Allen Williams'
"Photographs of American Indians". In total, this digital collection
includes 369 prints and drawings. Visitors can browse through each portfolio
at their leisure, or they can also elect to search through the entire
collection by title or keyword. [KMG]


SPARROW - Sound & Picture ARchives for Research On Women [Adobe Reader,
Windows Media Player]

SPARROW is a growing online archive, documenting the work of female
political activists and artists in India. Currently the archive contains
graphics, photos, and moving images - such as an interview with Homai
Vyarawalla, born in 1913, one of the first women photojournalists in India.
There are also ample links to published materials along with perhaps the
most interesting feature at SPARROW - their ongoing documentation agenda.
Additional projects include actively collecting digital video and oral
history, and a media watch that examines images of women in advertising and
documentaries. [DS]

====== In The News ====

As the FBI prepares to expand biometric database, civil liberty groups
express concern

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping

FBI preps award for biometric database

Center for Identification Technology Research [pdf]

CBC Archives: The Long Lens of the Law
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ] [pdf]

Latent Print Examination

Law enforcement officials have drawn on a number of techniques to track and
locate criminals, and interest in new surveillance techniques has grown
exponentially in recent years. While fingerprints remain a popular way of
keeping tabs on criminals and others, emerging identification techniques
include eye scans, palm prints, and other pieces of biometric information.
In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has
expressed interested in creating a massive computer database by cataloging
people's physical characteristics. The project, which was announced this
week, is designed to better identify criminals and terrorists, but it has
also drawn criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil
liberties organizations. The FBI already has 55 million sets of fingerprints
on file, and it hopes to combine these prints with various pieces of
biometric information in order to positively identify potential suspects.
Some people are already concerned about the erosion of individual privacy,
including Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's
Technology and Liberty Project. Responding to this recent initiative, he
commented, "This had started out to being a program to track or identify
criminals. Now we're talking about large swaths of the population—workers,
volunteers in youth programs. Eventually, it's going to be everybody." [KMG]

The first link will take users to a recent story from CNN that discusses
this new database. The second link leads to a news story from USA
Today which talks about the companies vying for the contracts that
will be awarded as part of work on this database. Moving on, the third link
leads to the homepage of the Center for Identification Technology Research
at West Virginia University. The fourth link will take users to a
fascinating series of short films from the CBC Archives site that probe the
use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in various surveillance settings.
The fifth link leads to, which is the central online
clearinghouse for information on the biometrics-related activities of the
United States government. The last link will take users to the Latent Print
Examination site, which is a terrific way to learn about the latest news
from the world of fingerprints and fingerprint-related technologies.
Additionally, the site also contains information on palm prints and
footprints in a host of languages. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Sun., July 6, 2008 - MedlinePlus Weekly New Resources Newsletter / NLM: Drug Information Portal

Sites found in:
February 8-14, 2008


Best of ResourceShelf:
The MedlinePlus Weekly New Resources Newsletter
Each week the MedlinePlus team adds a wide variety of resources (sites, statistics, guides, etc.) to their site.
Every Thursday, they publish an email newsletter listing each new entry and where it’s located on the site. You can subscribe to the newsletter (free) ( ) by selecting MEDLINEPLUS-NEW. It’s not only interesting but also a superb collection development tool for web-based medical news and information collections.

Source: National Library of Medicine.


New from NLM: Drug Information Portal
February 13th, 2008
From the announcement:
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of the NLM Drug Information Portal. The site is at . The NLM Drug Information Portal gives the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.

Source: National Library of Medicine

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Sun., July 6, 2008 - Museum of Vision: Educational Resources

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, February 5, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Museum of Vision: Educational Resources

Age Range: 9-11 (The curriculum was designed for grades 4-6, but aspects
will appeal to older students. Younger children may enjoy portions with a
little help from mom or dad.)

This website is sponsored by the Museum of Vision that has helped educate
people of all ages about the eye, vision, and the history of eye care for 28
years. I received the following message which describes what you'll find at
the site:

"I am the Director of the Museum of Vision, an educational program
affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Museum of Vision
has published on its website 3 curriculum guides which focus on the human
eye, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions
and 3-D."

When you get to the site you'll see the 3 guides that are in pdf files:

1) Eye Openers - Describes the basic concepts of vision, anatomy of the eye,
optical illusions, binocular vision, etc.

2) Art and Vision - Describes how artists create the illusion of
3-dimensions by exploring the basic concepts of vision, size scaling,
overlapping, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective.

3) Animal Eyes - The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. Discover eyes
that look like yours, and eyes that are wildly different. Join scientists
on their exciting quest to understand how animals actually see.

Click on any one and the pdf file opens to reveal a well-formatted education
guide with interesting text and colorful photos and illustrations. You can
review it online or print it out to use offline. Every guide provides
interesting discussion points and fun interactive activities.

In addition to the free guides, this website houses online exhibits. From
the menu on the left side of your screen, under "Ophthalmic Heritage &
Museum of Vision," click on "Exhibits." A new page opens. Look for the words
"Online Exhibits" and click. A new page opens with a menu of online exhibits
to explore.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sun., July 6, 2008 - Biographies

From the site:
“When researching biographies for school reports, it's important to use a variety of resources.”

Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Sun., July 6, 2008 - Human Body & Mind / Visual Fractions / "Household Physician" c.1910 / D-Day (2) / NationMaster / ClassicReader / Noteworthy Peopl

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #87, February 1, 2008 from
Current issue:

Human Body & Mind
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Visual Fractions
From the site:
“The purpose of Visual Fractions is to picture fractions and the operations on them.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The "Household Physician", c.1910, online for your
viewing pleasure.

From the site:
“When the veterans leave, there will remain to us only these places
to recall us what occurred there, on that day in June 1944.”

The Landing on Normandy - D-Day - June 6, 1944

Measure and compare countries on a wide range of
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Classic books, plays, and short stories.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NNDB: Noteworthy people, both living and dead.

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