Virtual Tourism

April 29, 2007

This blog combines descriptions from Wikipedia with videos from YouTube and Lonely Planet…and satellite photos from GoogleMaps to make a great site for looking at tourist spots around the world. You may search by country. Scroll down the site list on the left and click on any of the destinations; a GoogleMap will appear that you may manipulate as usual, i.e., zoom in and out and move in all four directions. If you want to see the accompnaying video, just click on the red icon that pinpoints the destination on the map.

http://virtualtourism.blogspot.com/

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What do Atlanta, Denver, Houston, and Seattle have in common? They have all been designated as Best Workplaces For Commuters districts.

“Sometimes outstanding commuter benefits are provided not by the employers themselves, but by another organization such as a business park, downtown district, developer, or property manager. To recognize these areas for their leadership, EPA designates them a Best Workplaces for Commuters District. Across the country, more and more communities are earning this prestigious designation. From urban centers to suburban and even rural settings, each of these areas is taking commuter benefits to a new level, providing a valuable advantage to local businesses and the people who work there.”

Don’t miss the Facts and Figures page on their website.

http://www.bwc.gov/index.htm

The Phrase Finder

April 25, 2007

This site offers up the meanings and origins of 
more than a thousand phrases. In addition, 
there are fun phrase quizzes, including some on 
quotes from Shakespeare—test your memory.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/index.html

For some interesting facts and good advice on how to enjoy activities apart from TV watching click on:

http://www.tvturnoff.org/factsheets.htm.

Planet Green Game

April 23, 2007

Starbucks and Global Green USA collaborated on the Planet Green Game to educate the public about climate change through engaging and informative game play while encouraging individuals to become part of the solution in their own lives. The game also assists individuals – through simple tools and links – in advocating action by elected officials, business and community leaders.

http://planetgreengame.com/index.html

There’s always something going on up in Storrs. The UConn Co-op is putting on some special events in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd. Events include speakers, films, musical performances, displays and “lots of books on everything from solar energy to organic growing to the Local First movement.”

http://uconncoop.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

It’s Not Too Late!

April 18, 2007

It’s not too late to take advantage of Thomson Gale’s offer of free access to all its databases in celebration of National Library Week-April 15-21. You have access to popular magazines, journals, newspapers with topics such as business, health, consumer news, personal finance and sports and fitness.

http://www.accessmylibrary.com/libraryweek