Traveling To Belgium?

November 30, 2006

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Belgium, you might consider navigating through the Belgium Tourist Office’s site, Visit Belgium. It has pages of information for what to do and see, how to get around, where to stay, plenty of practical information and a calendar of events.

http://www.visitbelgium.com/

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Science At The Smithsonian

November 29, 2006

Spotlight On Science is a bi-weekly electronic newsletter put out by scientists working at the Smithsonian Institution regarding their cutting-edge research. Each issue begins with an introduction by Dr. David Evans, Smithsonian Under Secretary for Science and includes three articles about various research that are always interesting and written for non-experts in the specific field. One may subscribe for free to the newsletter and it is also available as a printable PDF and a downloadable Podcast.

http://www.si.edu/research/spotlight/04_19.html

Dog Tales

November 28, 2006

To tie into yesterday’s post on The Short List, “If You Liked Marley & Me…”, here’s a great site from the Palm Beach County (Florida) Library System that lists non-fiction books about dogs. To find those titles in our LION Library system you’ll have to go to our catalog at: http://catalog.lioninc.org/search and type in the title.

http://pbclibrary.org/rl-dogs.htm

This site was created by a geologist and some-time professor who clearly wants to disseminate information. The website is simply packed with information. If you overlook some of the organization and color styles you can find out about: the largest oil-producing countries, largest oil fields in the U.S., largest oil fields in the world, sources of U.S. oil imports, world’s leading oil consumers and importers, and that’s just the tip of the derrick. See if you can find out why we export crude oil to Canada.

http://gravmag.com/oil.html

The Digital Ice Age

November 24, 2006

From “Library Link of The Day” an article in the December, 2006 “Popular Mechanics” written by Brad Reagan. His article highlights the burgeoning problem of lost information due to the evolution of media and formats. For example: information stored on floppy discs may no longer be accessible in the near future as fewer computers are made to run those discs. How are you storing your valuable digital information???

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4201645.html

From About.com, a list of the hot toys for younger tots for 2006. Just what you need to start off the holiday shopping season.

http://toys.about.com/od/holidaytoysandgifts/tp/hottoys5to7.htm

Flight Tracking

November 22, 2006

Today is one of the busiest travel days for Americans with an expected 38 million people on the road…or in the air. If any of your dear ones are flying to their destinations here are 2 websites that will allow you to keep an eye on their progress-and a whole lot more.

FlightArrivals.com will give you the basics of arrivals and departures with buttons to let you know about a specific flight, all flights into or out of a specific airport, a specific airline’s flights into or out of a specific airport, and all flights by a specific airline from a specific departure city to a specific arrival city. In addition, this site will allow you to search delays at a specific airport-(into or out of), get airport status information-current weather, general delays with time allocations and reasons for the delay.

FlightAware.com also allows for tracking of specific flights and goings-on at airports but it also provides detailed information on airports for those of you who are flight fanatics. Airport information includes runway diagrams, satellite photos of the airport, cool graphics representing in-air planes, airport and operational information as well as details on businesses operating inside the airport-restaurants, retailers, etc. There is a ton of information in this site. Bon voyage!

http://www.flightarrivals.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Flights

http://flightaware.com/