The CIA World Factbook

February 23, 2007

Whatever else you might think about the CIA, they provide a great reference service containing a wealth of information, updated regularly, on countries around the world. They begin each country’s information with a map and general introduction. Categories of information that follow include: geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. These headings might sound dry but the information is very helpful whether you’re doing a report for school or familiarising yourself before traveling. The added bonus when reading about a country is the ever-present tingle one gets from imagining how the cloak and dagger world might otherwise use this information.


There’s never a better time than school vacation to teach your kids something new…and in this case, everybody benefits. Here is a site with recipes that not only appeal to the fickle tastebuds of kids but are also easy enough for them to prepare. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner


February 20, 2007

Docuticker is a sub-service of ResourceShelf which is a terrific place to find a “hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations. Today’s group of resources are from the Congressional Research Service and include documents concerning: international relations, the military and defense, food and agriculture, science and technology as well as national security. You can sign up for a free weekly newsletter or daily updates on the material the goos people at Docuticker select.

Here’s a link to a blog called “Separated By A Common Language” that provides “observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK.” It’s not as dry as that might sound, particularly if you read a fair amount of British literature and notice some of the differences yourself. There is a fair amount of commentary to the posts which provides additional drollery.

The guys from Internet Tourbus are Internet gurus. They know, or know how to find out about, almost anything digital.

Their recent e-mail described the differences between Apple’s iPod and Microsft’s Zune:

And how to, step-by-step convert vinyl records to CDs:

And how to convert Windows Media Audio to MP3 format:

And how to convert iTunes to MP3 format:

And how to fix iTunes music skipping:

AND how to add music to a Myspace profile:

How’s that for helpful? To subscribe to the Tourbus just go to their homepage:

Gmail Now Available To All

February 9, 2007

From the wonderful people at ResourceShelf comes information that Gmail–Google’s e-mail+ service is now available to everyone. It was previously by-invitation-only. This story also provides information and memory comparisons for some other free e-mail services.

ResourceShelf is a terrific source of timely news regarding web-based resources as well as comments and observations about news in the information and web industry.

The Connecticut State Library has digitized almost 9,000 photographs from the complete aerial survey done in 1934-the first such survey performed in the nation. These photographs were taken before the 1938 hurricane radically altered the state’s topography but after a statewide road paving project called “Get Connecticut Out Of The Mud”. The photos may be searched by town, street map locator or topographic index sheet locator and may be magnified so you can hone in on exactly the area you’re looking for within the photo. Many roads familiar to us now didn’t exist in 1934, so you’ll see a lot of forest and meadows in the photos. Thanks to Lynne Newel at the State Library for announcing the availability of this collection.

Above is a photo of downtown Essex.