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Monday, January 28, 2008

Challenger: 22 years later...

On January 28th, 1986, the seven member crew aboard space shuttle Challenger lost their lives 73 seconds after launch. I was too young then to realize the impact of that mission and the disaster. Today though, as an educator, I asked my students to pause for a moment and reflect upon their own goals. To think of where they see themselves in 22 years and how America still can learn from triumphs as well as tragedies in our past. Our students are the future. I only wish that they continue to work hard and dream as big as the seven aboard that ship 22 years ago.

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Photo Courtesy of NASA



Saturday, January 19, 2008

Del.icio.us and Yahoo Search?

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It will be interesting to start seeing del.icio.us results along with Yahoo searches. It is an intriguing blend of search bot and human powered input!

Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results: "I just got word that Yahoo is testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into Yahoo search results pages (Yahoo acquired Delicious in late 2005). Some users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results, which tells them how many people have bookmarked those pages, as well as the tags people have supplied for those pages."
(Via Techcrunch.)

Give it a try here.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cool products coming out of MacWorld 08

I am a huge fan of Plasq. The makers of Comic Life and Skitch. Skitch has been in private beta since last year but is now open as a public beta.

Their newest application for children, Doozla, is quite fresh and very affordable. The clip below only shows Doozla for the first half, and Comic Life Magiq for the second half. Regardless, it is exciting to see simple programs like these coming out at the same time all the hub bub is broiling over products such as the Mac Air.

Library of Congress- Flickr Images

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The Library of Congress has recently launched a photo pilot program on Flickr where they are posting over 3000 high quality images from their most popular collections. Not only are these images available on Flickr, they are also available there with no copyright restrictions. According to the Library of Congress article they hope to address some challenges that they face...

If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. In many senses, we are looking to enhance our metadata (one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords that 90 percent of our readers could probably explain better than me).

http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233

Below I have included a couple of my favorite images from the collection. Enjoy and explore for yourself!

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179130295/in/set-72157603671370361

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179130295/in/set-72157603671370361

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179195370/



Needless to say this one caught my eye in the "News in the 1910s set"

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2162723195/in/set-72157603624867509/