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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.
 

Amazing Images at 1x.com

birds

Shh, don't tell everyone, but here is one of my favorite websites for viewing absolutely stunning photography.  1x.com has everything from nature and landscapes to humour and abstracts.  Be sure to check out the Creative Edit section with images that have been photoshopped. 

Keeping Up with Recalls.gov

recall product box

Not a very exciting topic I realize, but product recalls are often based on tragic circumstances that can hopefully be avoided for others.  I've read about several recalls related to children's products recently, so I thought now was a good time to spotlight Recalls.gov.  Recall.gov collects information about recalls in consumer products including, food, cosmetics, cars, electronics, toys, and more from six different government agencies.

You can sign up for email elerts with the various agencies and there is even a phone app for those with an Android smartphone.

Say It Out Loud - Talking Dictionaries

megaphone picHave you ever come across a word while reading a book, newspaper, etc., that you simply were not sure how to pronounce?  Did you look it up in the dictionary only to find the pronunciation designated by a bunch of strange lines, squiggles and other symbols?  Sure, we all learned how to decipher the symbols back in junior high, but does anyone really remember it all?  I think not!  Ok, now all you English teachers out there take a deep breath and calm down, but sometimes we just need some extra help.  Well, just in time, I give you "Talking Dictionaries".  These great online dictionaries provide an actual audio playback of the word.  There are several websites that offer this service, but the two I like the best are Merriam-Webster.com and

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