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.
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 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.
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!)
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 OpenSecrets.org.
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.”
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.
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.”
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 Amazon.com’ 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.”
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.