Archive | April 2008

Keeping in touch with loved ones

From their website:

“(This) is a nonprofit organization that provides free websites to keep family and friends up-to-date about loved ones receiving medical care.”


Want real-time world statistics?  Here’s your site.  It takes a minute to load, but Worldometers highlights population, government & economics, education & media, environment, food, water, energy, and health statistics with live estimates.

Thanks to John Lloyd (Business/Sciences) for passing along this site!

This is an interesting database of books, organized by ISBN.  So far, over 3 million book records from online library catalogs have been scanned and entered.  Search by ISBN, title, subject, author, publisher or keyword to retrieve MARC records, find similar books, get price comparisons, or view “books on the same shelf.”

Based On The Book

A compilation of a growing number of books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures.  You can view by Movie Title, Movie Release Year, Book Title and Book Author. 

Documenting the American South

The University of North Carolina Libraries sponors this digital publishing initiative that provides access to texts, images and audio files relating to Southern history, literature and culture.

Church Directory of the United States

Very extensive directory of churches in the United States and even other parts of the world.  Updated daily, with the most current listings of churches.

Fuel Economy

This site from the federal government provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in fuel prices and how to save money on fuel.  From this site you can access buying guides, information on alternative fuels and hybrids, local gas prices, and suggestions on how to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

International Year of the Potato

I can’t believe I have let four months of this year pass without noting that the UN has designated this year as the International Year of the Potato!  This site offers facts and statistics about the potato and international potato production, as well as a potato gallery. 

KIDS COUNT Cliks: Community-Level Information on Kids

A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, extensive and detailed data on the well-being of children can be found here.  The data comes from such local sources as health departments, human services agencies, and schools.  An example of how much information is available is seen in the link to the Profile for Shelby County, Tennessee.

Victims of Crime — Compensation

Information is here on the Tennessee Criminal Injuries Compensation program, created to offer possible financial assistance to innocent victims of crimes in Tennessee.  There is also a link to other states criminal injuries compensation programs and to national victims’ compensation programs.

Recall Notifications

You can be the first to receive new recall and safety information electronically here.  You can subscribe by entering your email adddress to receive direct notification of recalls from the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Drug Adminstration, the United States Dept. of Agriculture, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Looks Too Good To Be True

“The Looks Too Good To Be website was built to educate you, the consumer, and help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme” From the website.  The site is maintained by a joint law enforcement and industry task force and funding has been provided by the United States Postal Postal Inspection Service and the FBI.  You can learn here about the latest fraud alerts, how to file a complaint, and more.

Drive Thru Diet : Nutrition Center : Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Available here is the nutritional information for several of the largest fast food chains in America.  When you click on a fast food restaurant you will see the items on their menus and you can mouse over the item and get detailed nutritional information about it.

Tennessee Locksmith Licensing Program

As of July 1, 2008, all Tennessee locksmiths will need to be licensed by the state.  Use the link above to read details of this new program, get an application, find out about training, or view contact information.

BBC Languages

“A bit at a time, in your own time,” learn French, Spanish, German, Italian, and other languages here.  Really helpful as a beginner’s guide.