Saturday, November 22, 2003

Weekend update: The weekly reference collection/research gleanings:

40 years ago today. Hard to believe. I was a college freshman and watched the events of this terrible weekend on a small b&w TV in the dorm lounge. That college year, eventful. The Mustang arrived. WABC, Cousin Brucie, Motown. And then...the Beatles.

Great stories out there, collected on JFK Assassination, at Yahoo! Full Coverage. Also, see Leonard Pitts' takeout on what 1963 meant to America, in Tomorrow's Miami Herald, and links in yesterday's posts, below.

The useful links....

Reference :
  • Ethnomed: news and links on immigrant health concerns.
  • Middle East Media Guide find newspapers, magazines, broadcast.
  • Press Display: this new service from NewspaperDirect displays front pages in PDF of 160 newspapers around the world. Zoom in on text to read. Download entire paper with a minimum $9.95/month subscription.
  • MSN Newsbot: attempt to reproduce Google News, this is a beta site for UK.
  • Media Resource: project to link journalists with scientists.
  • Create RSS feed: if you have a blog, you need this. From Feedster. (Yes, I will try this soon.)
  • Shadow TV: subscription service lets you search texts of TV programs, then view the video.
  • Sparkpod: new full-service Weblogging service, easy to use, they say. Free for 60 days, then $25/yr.
  • Some more good Google searching tips from Gary Price.
  • Vivante: new geo search engine, choose a metro area or enter a place and search within local sites.
    Public Records:
  • Unique IDs: programmer tells you how to decode 'Soundex' driver license numbers.
  • Miami Beach: historical background: nice information, old maps, etc. from city Web site.
  • Personal bankruptcies in the U.S., 2003" stats from
    Business, Governments, Politics, People: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Think your FOIA request is taking a long time? Here's something on The 10 oldest FOIA requests -- going back to late '80s.
  • on the 'sex bracelet' thing.
  • GoogleRace: put in a topic and this site will do Google searches on all the presidential candidates and rank them by number of hits.
  • recent news photos by category.
  • HarlemLive: a new site created 'by NYC teens'. This is very cool. Features writing, photos, education and politics pages, and a 'She Thang'.
  • If the RIAA doesn't want you to have that music, what to do with the songs?


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