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Keep Track of Your Books/Reading with FictionDB and FictFact

book stack imageDo you keep a small spiral notebook full of lists?  Which books you've read, which books are next in a series, new authors you want to check out?  Or maybe you've got an elaborate Excel spreadsheet, tabbed and color-coded by genre?

Well, try out two online databases, FictionDB and FictFact, that not only let you keep track of what you have read, but also what you're reading now and what you're planning on reading.  You can search by author, title, series, and more.  Each database lets you rate the books and has an extensive new release calendar for tracking newly published titles.  

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LED Vs. LCD Televisions

tv view clip artI recently started looking for a small flat-screen television to put in our upstairs game room.  I expected to be looking through the traditional LCD and Plasma options when I noticed a third option, LED.  What?  Let me state for the record that I've only bought two TV's in the last two years, and those were purchased after I had two previous TV's for approximately 12 years each.  I still have a humongous 36in. tube television upstairs.  It still works, but it takes up so much physical space I'm considering replacing it.  While I consider myself somewhat of a techie, it doesn't always extend to television technology.  

60 Seconds on the Internet

infographic   I heard this weekend that the world population will reach 7 billion people by the end of the week, so when I stumbled across this "In 60 Seconds" infographic while  browsing the web I stopped and really thought about how communication has grown exponentially in the last 150 years. 

From Your Couch to a 5K, Really!

woman joggerI don't know about you all, but I'm a couch potato, and I like running about as much as I like getting a root canal.  I might even go as far as saying I loathe it.  I often joke that the only time I will voluntarily run is if I'm being chased by an ax-wielding maniac.  I've tried running before, but the shin splints I get are indescribably painful.  As much as I detest it though, running/jogging is still one of the best ways to lose weight and get in shape.  So, it's time for me to get past the loathing, pain, whining, complaining, pain, excuses, pain, did I mention pain?, and get off the couch. 

The Stork is Coming!

eagle ckickSquee!!!  Adorably cute baby eagles coming soon.  Check out the Nest Cams live feed of soon to be hatched baby eagles.  The eggs were laid on February 23 and are due to hatch on April 1.  Mama eagle, or at least I assume it's mama, is currently catching some shut-eye to prepare for the big day.

What do you get an expectant mama eagle?  Do they make onesies for eaglets?  Is there a worm gift backet?

Have Nook, Will Travel!

nookcolor imageSo, I was very fortunate to receive a Nook this past Valentine's Day, though I think it must be noted that my husband may have just gotten tired of my "borrowing" his.  Anyways, I have one now and am very much enjoying the ease of carrying around several books in one medium size portable device.

The great thing is that I don't even have to buy any books, I just download them for free from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.  Now it's true that not every book is available as a download, but there are still plenty to choose from including new releases.

Keep Me Out, Please!

keep me out logoDo you find yourself checking your Twitter account 4,365,241 times a day?  Are you convinced that if you don't check CNN every five minutes, the world might spin out of control?  Well, the first thing you need to do is step back and take a deep breath.  Ok, now step forward.  Ok, now step back.  Ok, now I'm just messing with you.  But really, now that you're hopefully distracted from those other websites, doesn't it feel good?

Trade Sketches with Sketch Swap

man at computer line drawing

Sketch Swap is a fabulous website where you draw or sketch online, click submit, and instantly receive a realtime sketch in return.  The website approves every sketch submitted before it's sent out to others, and does not accept any drawing that wouldn't be appropriate for children, so kids and adults can both enjoy the website.

Pale Blue Dot

Few words are needed for this video, it's just a great reminder that we're all in this together.  Carl Sagan commissioned the "Pale Blue Dot" photo from NASA in 1990.  Voyager 1, having just completed its primary mission and on its way out of the solar system, was turned around to photograph the Earth.  At the time, Voyager 1 was approximately 3.7 billion miles away.
 

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