Saturday, July 23, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:
Ask and you will receive: the Herald blog will soon be on Type Pad blogging software. There's a template, at, and I'm waiting for a few design features, like blogroll, to be added before I make the first post, and change my links.

This will be another stage in the blog history: after having this blog for nearly 3 years now, and after posting blog-type entries to my home page starting nearly 5 years ago, I had the first blog on, hand-coding it in plain HTML using the online news posting software used by and other Knight Ridder online sites, starting two years ago this month. The blog was at a address and was searchable as part of the 7-day archive (but URLs were relatively permanent). Last fall I switched to a Blogspot blog because that's what KR online sites were doing. Now KR is switching many of their blogs to Type Pad, and this one has been awaiting conversion for awhile now. This means the blog will again be on so will show up in searches. Postings should begin there this week. I won't have any control over the design, so blogroll additions, etc. may not be as timely as I'd like. but I will be able to turn on/off comments, allow Trackbacks, post photos easily, and more.

This Behind the News blog will remain on Blogspot, where I'm perfectly happy to keep it. Blogger has continually improved and now has most of the features of other blog software. This blog will continue to be about good sites for and news about news research. The Herald blog is/will be more eclectic, with postings about interesting things I find while browsing the Web. I also post to a NewsliBlog, for news about news researchers and news librarians.

  • Glossary of Dental Terms from ADA.
  • Vaccine Safety Net from WHO has links to immunization info.
  • Mass Media and the military: a huge bibliography compiled by a librarian at Maxwell AFB.
  • ECO 5 site from European Business School has historical market data, country studies, links to business and economic information.
  • Military Factory has lots of military reference like force strengths, military history, weapons and aircraft guides; includes Photos of aircraft cockpits.
  • Resources for covering hot weather from IRE.
  • Historical Census Statistics On Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For Large Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States from Census.
  • U.S. Household Electricity Report from DoE.
  • Most Stolen Vehicles, 2004.
  • Back to School spending survey, 2005 from Natl Retail Federation.
  • Pay and Performance: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report on U.S. employes from Hudson Index.
  • Shifts in U.S. merchandise trade, 2004.
  • School Transportation Statistics including school bus accident data.
  • Most overpriced cities in the U.S. from Forbes. Miami drops to #12.
  • Online petition in support of Judith Miller from RCFP. Sign up here.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Iraq's constitution at a crossroads from Carnegie Endowment.
    Public Records:
  • A new SSN validator; in construction but not working for me yet. This should help determine when, where a SSN is issued.
  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • Law and Policy Institutions Guide: Search academia, law journals, legal research, and lots more resources for legal information.
  • is getting to be one of the better search engines, and now also includes blog and feed search sites, according to search expert Gary Price, who says: "For most of my blogosphere search needs, Clusty Blog Search works well." Note another useful feature of Clusty: it allows you to cluster results by topic OR source. (Although the source is other search engines so may not be very useful. I couldn't get Clusty to bring up blog entries, either.)

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election? by Seymour Hersh in New Yorker.
  • Poker bloggers: story with links in OJR.
  • 10,000 Birds, a worldwide blogging attempt to record each and every species (actually more like good birdwatching stories and info).
  • Now Public is a new 'citizen news' site which aggregates news from blogs and news sites and ranks by interest.
  • PubSub Baseball: this blog search site has made it easy to see what bloggers are saying about your team or a particular player.

  • Google Moon puts the moon on Google Maps.


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