Sunday, March 21, 2004

Weekend update: Other things I found last week:

I expected this would be a short list, as I posted several things earlier in the week, as well as on the Herald blog. But, amazing how much new good stuff shows up every week. There's quite a bit here.

More useful links....
Reference :
  • Raintree Tropical Plant Database
  • The rise of new immigrant gateways: report from Brookings Institution.
  • The Vietnam Project: online archives at Texas Tech.
  • Norton Anthology of English Literature has online topics with reference links, etc.
  • Pew Hispanic Center has market trends, educational survey, war poll, lots more.
  • Winged Sandals multimedia guide to Greek mythology from Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Top 100 liability jury awards of 2003 from
  • Television History
  • The Center on Wrongful Convictions at NWU, has reports, stats, and case profiles.
  • Beyond Google: PC World has a nice list of sites you can go to to find things that won't come up in Google. It starts out with technical help sites but farther down, gets into news and reference searches, public records, and lots lots more, as well as comparisons among various search engines.
  • Hotspot Finder finds wireless Internet connections for Intel laptops.
  • XPDF: downloadable software will convert PDF files into readable text (for importing into databases, e.g.). (Thanks to Derek Willis.)
    Governments, Politics:
  • Iraq on the Record: Bush administration statements on Iraq compiled for Rep. Henry Waxman. You can sort by speaker or topic, or search.
  • Portals to the World: Terrorism by country, from Library of Congress.
  • Political Advocacy Groups: a directory, organized by category.
  • Fundrace, which shows campaign contributions on a national map, now has a Neighbor Search.
    Public Records:
  • California Deaths: from state, search deaths to 2000.
  • Criminal Background Checks: Accurate? A good analysis from Virtual Chase legal Web site.
  • The State of the News Media 2004: report from Project for Excellence in Journalism (
  • NewsLab: Park Foundation/Columbia U. resource site for TV journalists.
  • Statistics on Television from Census (compiled for 50th anniversary of color TV).
  • U.S. Energy production/consumption by state (and national). from DoE.
  • Canada 411 a people finder/phone directory.
  • Via PRWatch, Disinfopedia is a Wiki-like encyclopedia of PR firms, think tanks, and spin.
  • Gas Buddy: get local gas prices nationwide.
    Florida, News: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Memory Blog Weblog from Memory Hole covers information releases.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof: a relatively new blog from Miami, by 'Mustang Bobby' who says he works for Miami-Dade schools.
  • Blogpulse tracks key phrases/names used in blogs, and most popular links.
  • Satellite Radio News: a Weblog.
  • Bush's partial history: the Spokane paper finds an obscure early 70s regulation may have led to Bush flight suspension in National Guard: "human reliability"? The reporters on this story ran into several angry old airmen: ‘‘I love the guy,” Staudt said of Bush. ‘‘I'm so tired of this negative crap about him that I'd like to volunteer to build a barn and take you press guys out behind it and kick your asses.”
  • Newsday found stuff for sale on the Bush for president site that's made in Burma! (which products the administration has banned).
  • Temporary Temples: a compilation of crop circles in Britain, with a slide show of last summer's circles, and links to previous years'.


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