Monday, May 31, 2004

Two time wasters

Subservient Chicken:

A guy in a chicken suit does what you tell him...sort of. Some people have too much time on their hands :)

Railroad Tycoon:

This one was more my speed, although I did not really get too far.

Friday, May 28, 2004

An interesting post on CHMINF-L regarding Open Access titles on Web of Science

Posted to CHMINF-L by George S. Porter Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science California Institute of Technology

"ISI issued a press release on April 15 indicating that 191 of the 8700+ titles indexed in Web of Science are Open Access journals. The full report is available online -- The Impact of Open Access Journals: A Citation Study from Thomson ISI

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Knovel free to RSC members on RSC site

Knovel Databanks and Electronic Books for RSC members

From March to December 2004 RSC members can access quality databases from Knovel. Knovel is a web-based service that brings together over 600 scientific resources in an easy-to-search format and has an excellent collection in chemistry and related subjects.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Compare up to 98 bookstores at one time for finding best prices

Since I am only interested in the information in a book and not its pretty cover, I always check used book dealers before purchasing any book which has been reqeusted for my library. A budget stretcher.

This site lets you search many sites at one time. I always check abebooks as well

Free downloading of US patents and applications in PDF format

Download PDF copies of US patents and applications. Sometimes slow, but it is easy to use and it works!

Thursday, May 20, 2004

NanoBusiness Alliance’s Nanotechnology White Paper Library

"The NanoBusiness Alliance’s Nanotechnology White Paper Library is a collection of links to more than 500 nanotechnology white papers, presentations and reports. Most are free; some may require registration with their host website."

I used to remember everything I saw and where I saw it

but I got older and now I don't. On Gary Price's Resource Shelf there is an interesting tool that I think will help me. So to remind myself to download the trial, I am putting it on here. Ironic isn't it -- having to have a reminder to download soemthing that will supplement your memory.

Seruku has a browser tool which caches every page you visited and indexes it for future searching and retrieval. Even if the page disappears, you have a copy on your own computer.

Should help with the old "I know I saw it just the other day...or was it last month" :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements

Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements

Find out how each element has been represented in comic books, then follow the link for technical information about the element.

Just because I like old maps....

Historic Cities

This site contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web.

Science and the Movies

Phil Plait's bad astronomy: movies

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Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Monday, May 17, 2004


WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun.

Free registration required.

Under "Services to Libraries" you can find a section for Canadian Libraries:

Searching the Internet for Images

Searching the Internet for Images

An excellent tutorial on finding images on the internet. Includes reviews of the different image search engines and links to image collections.

This site is presented by TASI - Technical Advisory Service for Images (

What is TASI?

The Technical Advisory Service for Images is a JISC funded service. It provides advice and guidance to the Further and Higher Education community on the issues of: