Saturday, December 06, 2003

Weekend update: The weekly reference collection/research gleanings:

You saw it here first (maybe): Dave Barry's annual Gift Guide. We always love this for the photos of Herald staffers in strange situations. Although the classic will always be the photo (from 3 years ago?) of Dave himself, sitting, pants down, on a pickup-mounted toilet in the middle of South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1). Too bad that's not included in photographer Chuck Fadely's online portfolio.

The useful links....

Reference :
  • National Christmas Tree Association has lots of info on trees and tree care, and lookup to find trees by place/type. There's even a section on where to find trees over 30 ft. tall; several retailers in Florida carry these (none in Miami). Also a recycler directory.
  • On the Snow: a guide to ski areas nationwide. Shows current conditions by state, latest snow dumps, information including accomodations, etc. on individual areas.
  • Latin America on the Internet: a Webliography from ALA.
  • University Policy Handbook Index search policies of nearly 700 colleges and universities.
  • PACA Search (Perishible Agricultural Commodities Act): companies importing fruits and vegetables.
  • The Times has increased circulation since offering a tabloid version.
  • WHOIS Finder simple Whois search, finds international as well as U.S. domains.
    Public Records:
  • FCC: search of comments database includes PDFs of some of the letters, or at least brief descriptions.
  • New U.S. Courts rule will delete Social Security numbers from all Bankruptcy files online.
  • Florida Health Dept licensure: look up licensees at this new address.
  • Miami-Dade County Recording Index is now providing images of some documents. (Subscription.)
  • CoolJunkie Miami
  • Guardian's report on Terri Schiavo in PDF. Difficult to load, I had to hit 'refresh' to see it.
  • Where the jobs--and paychecks--are: study from MSN ranking cities, counties by number of jobs, salaries.
  • Centennial of Flight: Facts from U.S. Census, interesting stats on aviation.
  • The Arab Population, 2000 from Census.
  • Official Yearbook of the UK, 2004 latest stats; government, economic info.
  • Treating 3 million by 2005: from World Health Organization. Long report in PDF.
  • AIDS Epidemic Update December 2003, from UNAIDS and WHO.
  • AIDS information fact sheets from U.S. Dept. of HHS.
    Governments, Politics:
  • U.S. Wine Laws from Wine Institute.
    Business, Journalism, People: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • UM law prof Michael Froomkin's
  • Joanne Jacobs: former Mercury News columnist writes a great blog on education.
  • Great report on starting a library Weblog from Info Today.
  • Whatever happened to Hayes Modem--and the people who founded it? Fascinating story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • Talk story: Advance Media's Jeff Jarvis commented about ladies' restrooms the other day and got a heckofa reaction. Read the "Comments" to see the conversation it inspired.
  • It's all in the telling: Dead Parrot Society finds Newsmax's coverage of a Dean comment twists it a little bit. Interesting: Charles Krauthammer had a similar take to Newsmax's....did he read it first there?
  • Shel Silverstein: the author of songs like 'A boy named Sue' and many Dr. Hook songs, now writes children's books. This is a site for children but clever enough to take a look...
  • The American Package Museum
  • The Prelinger Archives of 'ephemeral films'. Hosted by Internet Archive with the Smithsonian. Download films in many categories.
  • Also: ScreenOnline: films from the British Film Institute archive.
  • if you're looking for one, this will help you find it. So far not too many bars here, only 35 in the U.S...and none in Florida -- yet.


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