Archive | March 2007

The Free Geek

This article, The Geek’s Guide to Getting Free Stuff, lists free stuff available both online and offline.  Categories include: Books and Magazines, Conferences and Trade Shows, Credit Card and Banking Bonuses, Gadgets and Electronics, Hotels and Flights, Music, Phone Calls, Software, How-Tos, and Miscellaneous.

Safe Kids/Tennessee Buckle-Up

From Beth Dailey (Highland):

“Memphis has been identified by researchers at Safe Kids Worldwide as the most dangerous metro area for child pedestrians in the United States.

Safe Kids also established the Tennessee Buckle-Up Hotline, which people can call to report the license plate number of a vehicle that is not following the rules of the Child Restraint Law. That number is (800) 215-SEAT. Safe Kids sends a friendly reminder to drivers about this lifesaving law and believes that the hotline has helped to increase child safety seat use from about 44 percent in 1994 to nearly 70 percent currently.”

World Lecture Hall

World Lecture Hall publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language.

Some courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. Others are designed for students in residence.  They can be visited by anyone interested in courseware on the Internet — faculty, developers, and curious students alike.”

Sites include course notes, syllabi, lectures, audio and video. 

Cost Helper

Cost Helper is a search engine for product cost information.  Users can find what others are paying for a specific product, as well as what should be included with the product, possible additional charges, and discount information.


WikiSky is an online star map that includes all the stars of the night sky.  Users can click on a star and find out all there is to know about it–location (right ascension and declination), size, brightness–along with articles and photos. 

20 Things You Didn’t Know About…

Discover has a regular column, 20 Things You Didn’t Know About…, that offers quick, easy-to-read, insightful facts about a plethora of topics.  Some of the subjects covered include aliens, meteors, garbage, skin, etc. 

(Might come in handy for working on those Knowledge Bowl questions!)

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day

Water – Use It Wisely has great tips for conserving water, both indoors and outdoors.  The USGS has information on the water cycle, and Green Seal can help customers locate a water-efficient product for their homes.

RACE: Are we so different?

This is a really well-designed site from the American Anthropological Association.  A section on History covers race issues from 1600 to the present, with chronologies and articles on topics such as Civil Rights, Immigration Reform and the Indian Wars.  The Human Variation Section examines the spectrum of race, its connection with DNA and the health implications of racism.  The Lived Experience section allows users to explore others’ experiences and test their own impressions of race.


From the site: “OpenCongress brings together official government information with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress… OpenCongress is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to help make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement.”  The site combines information from Thomas, Google News, political blogs,  and

Best Careers 2007 — U. S. News and World Reports

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“U. S. News and World Reports lists what it considers the 25 best careers for 2007 and allows you to see summaries for each of the carreers.  It is stated that it is not surprising that many careers are on the list–engineers, dentists, or pharmacists, for example–but that many might be surprising and there is the sentence included:  ‘Even though anybody can do a Google search, for instance, librarians will be needed more and more to help us navigate all that digital information.’   What the Report considers the most overrated careers is also listed, as well as tips for recent college graduates.  There is also information on salaries.”

U.S. Citizens Moving Abroad

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Sciences) for passing this along…

Frequently Asked Questions from the AARP for those who are considering moving abroad.  This site covers necessary documents, moving and rates, insurance issues, vehicles, and pets.  It concludes with links to other helpful online resources.

Phones for Life

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“Phones For Life is a nation-wide nonprofit organization that provides free cell phones and cell phone minutes to Seniors (age 60 and over) who need them, as well as to victims of domestic violence and to adults with severe disabilities who need cell phones.  The phones provide free access to emergency ‘9-1-1’ service without membership in any commercial phone service.  The phones are also programmed to allow 9-1-1 to be dialed with the touch of one button.  The website also provides information on how to establish phones for life programs in your area and how people can donate cell phones.”

Literature Map

From Linda Woodbury (South):

“Type in the name of an author and the ‘self-adapting community system’ will display an interactive cloud of author names.

“The map is based on the Gnod Search Engine.  Gnod, an ‘experiment in the field of artificial intelligence. Its a self-adapting system, living on this server and ‘talking’ to everyone who comes along.  Gnods intention is to learn about the outer world and to learn ‘understanding’ its visitors.  This enables gnod to share all its wisdom with you in an intuitive and efficient way.  You might call it a search-engine to find things you don’t know about.’

“The site is ‘In association with’ and is basically a ‘readers who like this author also read these authors’ field.

“Go to the related site Gnooks and join in forum discussions about authors.”

How To Comment on Memphis Reads

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

How to Comment on Memphis Reads

Also from this morning’s ASG meeting… This PDF, created by Doris, explains the process of submitting a comment on the Memphis Reads blog.

So, if someone has reviewed a book you’ve read, feel free to comment!

Resource Guides Now on the Highway

This morning in ASG, we discussed the resource guides created by the Business/Sciences Department.  These guides are now available on their own page on this site.  To access them, click on “Resource Guides” at the top of the page.

These guides are Microsoft Word documents.  You are welcome to download them and alter them if you would like, or you can print them directly from the internet.  You can also use one as a template to create a guide of your own.

If you do create a guide on a new topic, or if you have an existing guide or pathfinder, please consider submitting it the blog (send as an attachment to me) to share with others.


Sarah Frierson