Friday, April 30, 2004

Google Guide

"An interactive tutorial on making searching even easier"

I learned from this guide:

Patent Search is a quick way into the USPTO database if you already know the number [ patent 5122313 ]

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

"Welcome to the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Union Catalog. This Union Catalog will serve as a repository of rich graduate educational material contributed by a number of member institutions worldwide. Our hope is that this project will increase the availability of student research for scholars, empower students to convey a richer message through the use of multimedia and hypermedia technologies and advance digital library technology worldwide."

Monday, April 26, 2004

HBS Working Knowledge: Research Notebook

"offers tips, techniques, and observations about business research. It is written by the staff of Baker Library at Harvard Business School." Recent topics including researching telecommunications, bankruptcies, labor statistics, and corporate governance.

Canadian Federation of University Women

CFUW-Oakville is an organization of women university graduates who live in the Oakville area. Our club is affiliated with the 130 clubs across the country that make up the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), which is affiliated with the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Upcoming events open to all:

Lunch with Mark Kingwell

Tickets for the fundraising lunch on May 1st at the Oakville Club are now on sale from the following members: Joan Dunn (East), Deborah Elliot (West), Carole Palmer (North), Kathy Palmer (North).

Mark Kingwell will be speaking about his latest book Catch & Release. A philosopher and critic, Dr. Kingwell is a popular, in-demand speaker on cultural issues and politics. He’s the author of seven books including the bestsellers Dreams of Millennium and Better Living: In Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Prozac. This current book is “not about fishing” as he states. What is it about? Come join us and find out!

Ticket sales will be opened to the public on March 29th. Get yours today! Don't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 22, 2004


It has always been my theory that if the USofA was ever to try to invade Canada again it would be for the water.

Interesting series on CBC.

Sunday, April 18, 2004


Leave your book on the subway, in a store, on the street. Then find out who read it later.

Strange but true.

This is an "online" book club where members leave books out "in the wild" for other people to pick up and read. After registering a book on the web site it is give a unique number. You write this inside the book with the url of BookCrossing. When someone finds the book and takes the time to go to the URL and enter the books number the system sends you a note. You and all future readers of your book can post journal notes.

This is such a strange concept to me I just might try it.

Earth Day

I am a firm believer in the 3 R's (within reason of course). The US government has some tips for Reduce, reuse, and recycle at work

Chicago, Endeavor, Voyager, and EndUser

Just got back from 4 days in Chicago. I was at the user meeting for my ILS - Endeavor's Voyager system. I saw the Chicago O'Hare airport, the O'Hare Marriott and a grocery store called Dominick's. It was a very educational trip. Endeavor staff were great, the other users were great and the sessions were great. I am tired and glad to be home.

Friday, April 9, 2004

My geneological find of the day

Always have my eye out for new geneological resources. Particularly the free ones. This is a scanned indexed list of New York City Death Index

Famous Engineers

An interesting site from the American Society for Engineering Education. Quoting from the site:

The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.

--James Kip Finch (1960)

Many fascinating people have been engineers or have an engineering background. As the list below shows, engineers are not just researchers, designers, and inventors. They are also artists, Super Bowl winners, astronauts, Olympians, heads of state, and even Academy Award recipients!"

What is also interesting to me is that an American site spells famous with a "u"

Thursday, April 8, 2004

American Civil War - Library of Congress "American Memory"

A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers

Since watching Ken Burn's PBS series on the American civil war, I find I am more interested in this than before. This site has a lot of very interesting features and items.

Quoting from the site:

A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers documents the Civil War experience of Captain Tilton C. Reynolds, a member of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Comprising 164 library items, or 359 digital images, this online presentation includes correspondence, photographs, and other materials dating between 1861 and 1865. The letters feature details of the regiment's movements, accounts of military engagements, and descriptions of the daily life of soldiers and their views of the war. Forty-six of the letters are also made available in transcription.

Saturday, April 3, 2004

Why Spammers Spam

A white paper from Vircom (specialize in the development of advanced Internet Infrastructure server solutions) you can download from their site.

Quoting from the site: "Vircom experts step into the underground world of spammers and bring back interviews with 3 american spammers.

Why Spammers Spam is an incredible insight into the american spammer scene. It sheds some light on the spammers' motivations, techniques and resources as well as their perception on the effects their activities have on individual, ISP and corporate users."

21 pages, 5MB, PDF format.

ACS Publications Celebrates Earth Day 2004

In recognition of Earth Day ACS invites you to enjoy free access to selected research from American Chemical Society Publications for the month of April.

Issues included are:

Chemical Reviews

Thematic Issue: Water

Volume 102, Issue 8

Accounts of Chemical Research

Special Issue: Green Chemistry

Volume 35, Issue 9

Analytical Chemistry

Volume 76, Issue 7

Chemical Research & Toxicology

Volume 17, Issue 3

Energy & Fuels

Volume 18, Issue 2

Environmental Science & Technology

Volume 38, Issue 7

Journal of Natural Products

Volume 67, Issue 3

Selected Research from ACS Publications

Access past and present publications focused on water.

ACS Journal Archives Timeline

Access publications by Nobel Laureates from the ACS Journal Archives.

Sample Issues

Access the first issue published in 2004 for every ACS journal

Photo Blogging

This is a really interesting concept in blogging. Anyone you choose can upload photos to your photo site with the password you give them. All they have to do is send them in an email to an address set in the system. It seems to be aimed at people with camera cell phones, however, I set one up for sharing hockey photos (just call me "Hockey Mom") with other parents on the team.

Thanks to Steven Cohen for mentioning this site in his blog

And it is Canadian!


I am going to do this publically now. I have been playing with the idea of blogging for a while but only privately.

To those who read this please send your comments and ideas to me.