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GIMP Your Photos

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.  Now, I now what you're thinking..."huh?".  I had the same reponse, and I'll admit I had to look up the meaning of GNU (a computer operating system comprised entirely of free software).  Basically, this means that GIMP, despite it's rather unfortunate name, is a super-duper, Photoshop like, photo editing software that is completely free.  That's right, free!

Snopes: Bust a Myth

Interested in urban legends? Ever wondered if Mikey from the Life cereal commercials really died from eating Pop Rocks with Diet Coke (False)? Concerned a friend or loved one is getting taken in by a 419 scam (True)? Snopes.com has been around for ages and is one of the better urban legend sites out there. When I taught basic computer classes, one concern my students had was how they could identify email scams and protect themselves from fraud. I still recommend this site to new email users as a reference if they receive any suspicious email. The "Inboxer Rebellion" and "Frauds and Scams" sections are two of the most useful, but the other categories are fun to look through too!

ValueLine Now Available Remotely

ValueLine LogoWe are pleased to announce that the popular ValueLine database, which is a resource for investors, is now available to remote users.  To use Valueline remotely, you will need your library card number to log in.

View the Panoramic World

panorama picture of carnival in rioNo time to visit the Taj Mahal or the mountains of Machu Picchu?  How about a virtual visit with Panorama.dk.  View the world in full panorama glory.  Sit back and enjoy the view, and be sure and check out the New 7 Wonders tab.

Convert Your Files Online with Zamzar

caterpillar butterfly imageOne question I often get asked working in the library, is how to convert files from one file type to another.  For example, many companies will request that you send documents (a resume, perhaps) in a PDF format, but most likely your document is currently in a Microsoft Word format.  With Zamzar, you can easily convert from Word to PDF in less than a minute (no scanner hardware needed!). 

Good News, Good News - Read All About It

smile face with newspaperThey say no news is good news (or at least King James I of England is said to have first uttered the phrase), but I would have to disagree.  Lets face it, the news is often filled with stories that leave us (or at least me) feeling sad, upset, or just plain tired.  So, sometimes, you do need to see and/or hear about good news.  The stories that remind you of all the good happening both close to home and far away.  To that end, check out these two websites that offer good news only; Good News Now and Happy News.

Find a Clip From Your Favorite Movie With MovieClips!

I'm not the kind of person who can fire off movie lines from an impressive catalog of movies. But for those with the knack for memorizing lines from movies, you can type those lines in at movieclips.com and see the clip that goes with the quote. The site has worked with several movie studios to get the clips online and the quality of the clips is outstanding.  

I typed in "my name is inigo montoya" and found this clip from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Princess Bride. Honestly, I could spend hours on this site browsing through all the clips. Check it out and let me know what your favorite movie quote is!

Online Scrapbooking with Smilebox

scrapbook imageTired of spending money on scrapbooking supplies?  Need to clear out the scrapbook clutter from your home?  Well, never fear, Smilebox is here!  Smilebox.com offers online scrapbooking services for free.  Simply download a quick Smilebox application (took me less than 30 seconds), upload your photos, and pick out a theme from hundreds off different options.  Smilebox even offers complimentary music that can play while your friends and family view your online scrapbook.  Upgrades are available for a fee, but try it first for free!

Pick a color for your next painting project

Want to give your house a bit of a facelift? Repainting a room can make a room go from "blah" to "wow" in a matter of days. But for me, the hardest part of repainting a room is actually picking a color. Thankfully, there are lots of great online tools that allow you to upload a picture of the room you are painting and try out different colors on the room to see exactly which one you think is best. Here are some of the many options: 

Colorjive - allows you to upload an image and try out either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint colors or create your own paint color. No registration required unless you want to save a picture.

Icons, Etc.

striped tree imageIcons, Etc. is an icon/clipart gallery full of FREE images for personal or commerical use on the web, flyers, etc.  They do offer "premium" images that require a small fee, but there are so many free images available you won't need the others.  Check out some of my cool finds...

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