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Two Amazing Sites for Graphic Artists March 17, 2010

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My husband, an art teacher and free lance graphic designer, showed me two sites last night that are definitely worth bookmarking. CoolIris.com is a graphic/image search engine that blows both Google and Bing out of the water. How annoying is it to find an image, click on it, be brought to the site containing the image, then click on “full image”, etc. etc.? Cool Iris takes away all these steps and streamlines image searching in an aesthetically pleasing, and helpful, manner. (Admittedly, the site works best on a mac.) My screen shots below show browsing the search engine, what a still frame looks like, and then how an image is enlarged. All of these are done simply and seamlessly without having to click through various pages.

Update: I kept playing around on Cool Iris and discovered that you can also search videos, movies, etc. this way and play them right from the site. In addition, you can load your own photos from your computer (instantaneously) and search them all this way.

The other site is more interactive and a great way to waste time at work! The experiments on Escape Emotions, by Slovakian artist Peter Blaskovic, are nothing short of innovative (and entrancing). With names like Fire, Flame, Magic, and Fields, just to name a few, these artistic experiments enable the user to create artworks based on the fluidity of motion. Flame is the only one that can be saved and exported, due to its static nature, but all are worthy of exploring. Here are a few screen shots of my experiments but make sure to try it out yourself!

My attempt to write "Infomavens" in Flame

Water Fluid Simulation

In this one, the user builds “walls”, adds animated water and air to blow the water into circulation.

Burning "Infomavens" in Fluid Fire Simulation 3

Have fun!

We were interviewed! March 3, 2010

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Fellow blogger and reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal, John Barry, interviewed us on his blog – Sonic Storm. Check it out!

Another great Rube Goldberg Machine via Honda March 3, 2010

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In the comments to the OK Go video posted yesterday, we were reminded of this Honda Car commercial from a few years ago. Verified by Snopes.com, the commercial took months to produce, and 606 takes to film. Impressive. (See the Snopes entry here for some interesting factoids and references.)

OKGo: Rube Goldberg style March 2, 2010

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This is the greatest Rube Goldberg Machine I’ve ever seen. And even better – it’s the new music video by OKGO, for This Too Shall Pass. Enjoy!

Google’s Chance at Redemption: Liquid Galaxy February 17, 2010

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With all the recent clamor over Google’s invasion of privacy through the launching of Google Buzz, and the short-lived commotion over Google Wave, it’s hard to remember that Google still is one of the most innovative information providers in existence. American Libraries (the American Library Association’s magazine) did a post this last Friday on Google’s newest experiment -Google Liquid Galaxy. In the following demonstration “eight separate computers are running [this], and it’s being flown by a PS3 SixAxis controller” (American Libraries). Less than an hour ago a group of librarians and I were gushing over the new atlas from National Geographic, but this video has me wondering if paper atlases haven’t finally reached obsolescence.

When Old Meets New January 21, 2010

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I discovered this through an NPR tweet and as much as I didn’t want to just steal and “dump” I HAD to, because this is amazing. Flickr user EdRabbit has compiled 17 photographs (more to come, please?) of older photos being held in the same place as where the original was taken. These are beautiful and I hope others will take time to contribute. Here’s one below, but check out the whole project here.

Day Two at ALA January 17, 2010

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View of the Exhibition Hall from above

On day two of the American Library Association’s mid-winter meeting we hit the exhibition center around 1 pm. It was far more crowded than the previous evening and people were far more interested in us. We also felt a lot more comfortable stocking up on free books after we realized everything was free, unless marked otherwise. Though I didn’t hand out any resumes, I did meet a few people from my region and made small talk. I also passed on the blog’s business card to a select few.

book vending machine

Kids promoting Literacise (Click on the pic)

My friend and I sat through a few demonstrations (with the promise of possibly winning a kindle at one) that we ended up finding very interesting. The first one was by SirsiDynix on library guides and OPACs (aka Online Public Access Catalog). The product was great, but would be very expensive and was more geared towards public libraries. The second demonstration we went to was by ProQuest-Bowker. We learned about their new OPAC and its use of LibraryThing for Libraries‘ tags and reviews–something we had discussed and “dreamed” of in library school. It was really great to see what is out there, even if our libraries can’t afford all the bells and whistles right now.

Mini-wine tasting! (And yes that's Jaeger in the background.)

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Highlights of the day included meeting and speaking with Leila of the Leila Texts Blog, who works for Penguin Books and was really nice and personable. She even showed us the mis-directed texts she had received that day! My friend and I also took the free shuttle into the heart of Boston and toured the beautiful and historic Boston Public Library. We got back to the convention center just in time to walk over to a cute hidden gem – Lucky’s Lounge, where I met my ALA assigned mentor, a librarian from Clemson University. We had communicated a few times via email, but meeting her in person was better than I could have expected. She was friendly, outgoing, interested, and an all together lovely person. We had a great time!

Boston Public Library

We were pretty burnt out by Sunday morning and decided to head home, very satisfied with what we had taken from the meeting. Overall thoughts: I wish we had done the proper research and found some discussion groups to join. Although we had fun, and some of the products and product demos were interesting we could have learned a lot more (and networked more!) with our peers. Despite this minor setback, we learned what the mid-winter meeting is like, how to navigate it, and what to expect. Overall it was a great experience that I would not hesitate to do again.

The shuttle bus at the Prudential Center

Click here to read about DAY 1!

First Time at ALA January 13, 2010

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This weekend a colleague (more like a friend) and I will be attending the American Library Association’s Mid-winter Meeting in Boston. Though it is not as extensive as the annual conference (which I hope too, to attend in D.C.), it is a fairly large venue and a good opportunity to network. I will try to blog each day to give my impressions of the meeting and what it is like to be a new librarian in such a setting. I will also be meeting my mentor, whom I was assigned to through ALA and look forward to meeting. Please share with me any tips or suggestions for attending this meeting. I will keep you updated!

From Christopher Chan's Flickr stream, Creative Commons licensed

The Future of Video Gaming January 7, 2010

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This new game system is incredible…hard to believe.

A Lego Library January 4, 2010

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I had to share this awesome rendition of the Stockholm Public Library done in Legos! Legos have certainly changed since I was little. (From Minkowsky’s Flickr Stream, posted by MSauers on Twitter)

Check out all the pics here!

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