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This week's collection includes Mole (as in Avogadro) Day, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Timothy Leary, Ursula Le Guin, parthenogenesis, several great additions to our 2008 election coverage, and "the largest extreme sports event in the world." Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Wendy, Maria, and Jennifer.
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Asia Pacific Arts
This bi-weekly online magazine "covers the dynamic worlds of Asian and Asian American arts and entertainment." Many pieces focus on film (directors, specific movies, film festivals), with some articles covering music, fashion, theater, and other performing arts. Browse archived issues back to 2003. From the UCLA Asia Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24679
Chronicles of Earthsea
"Ursula Le Guin's books include 'A Wizard of Earthsea' ... and many others. This is an edited transcript of her  online Q&A, in which she answered readers' questions about anarchism, utopias, [and] Harry Potter." Also discusses the impact of Ishi (the last member of a California Indian tribe, who was written about by Theodora Kroeber, her mother) on her writings. From Guardian Unlimited, the website for the U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24661
JFK in History: Cuban Missile Crisis
This presentation looks at the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which started when, in "October 1962, a U.S. spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba." Text and recordings provide history of the conflict, which could have resulted in nuclear war, and its resolution and aftermath. Includes a link to a related exhibit. From the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24681
Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces: An Exhibition Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Trials of Oscar Wilde
Material about British author Oscar Wilde ("novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, reputed homosexual, enigma"), who was convicted in 1895 of practicing "indecent acts." The exhibit of printed and manuscript works "trace[s] the powerful impact of Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic, political, spiritual, and moral circles of late-Victorian England." Includes discussions of Wilde's epigrammatic theater, Wilde in America, and prison and personal letters. From New York University (NYU) Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24659
FEC Filings From Prospective 2008 Presidential Campaigns
Official records of Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings for the 2008 presidential election, including Statement of Organization and Statement of Candidacy forms. "This list includes campaigns who have raised or spent $50,000 or more (the threshold for mandatory electronic filing) from sources or to payees other than the candidate him or herself." Additional forms filed are listed under the candidate's committee, including quarterly reports of receipts and disbursements. From the Federal Election Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24442
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963: Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath
This volume of the federal government publication "Foreign Relations of the United States" contains the text of meeting summaries, briefing records, memoranda, and other material about the 1962-63 Cuban Missile Crisis and aftermath. Most documents are from U.S. agencies; includes some correspondence received from the Soviet Union during this conflict. Provides abbreviations and a list of people involved. From the U.S. Department of State.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24682
NPR: Election 2008
News coverage of the 2008 presidential election, with profiles of Republican and Democratic candidates and a primary and caucus calendar. Stories cover campaigns in specific states, issues and debates, campaign spending, voting, and related topics. Features a series on candidates' first campaigns for political office. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24441
PBS Online NewsHour's coverage of the 2008 presidential elections features in-depth interviews with candidates (video, audio, and transcripts), a blog with campaign updates, news and analysis, and candidate profiles. Also includes a primary and caucus calendar, lesson plans, and links to other PBS programs covering the election. Also provides podcasts and specific newsfeeds (RSS) for states and candidates.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24438
Vote USA 2008
News coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, from a British perspective. Provides news stories, background about presidential elections, candidate profiles, presidential primary and caucus dates, and analysis of issues that will shape the presidential race, such as the Iraq war, national security, immigration, and health care reform. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24440
Website for this independent cable and satellite TV network and social news site launched in 2005 and led by former U.S. vice president Al Gore. Features a broadcast schedule, online "pods" (short nonfiction videos that tell a story, profile a character, or share an idea) that include viewer-created content, suggested topics and instructions for user-submitted material, and opportunities to vote on material. Requires free registration to contribute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24692
Acid Redux: The Life and High Times of Timothy Leary
This 2006 review of a biography of 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary provides details about his background and activities. Discusses his unconventional university career (concluding with a Ph.D. in psychology), family problems, his establishment of the Harvard Psychedelic Project (begun after he ate some "magic mushroom" in Mexico), his advocacy of the use of LSD (which he first tried in 1961), and his conviction for possession of marijuana. From The New Yorker.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24662
Chemical Achievers: The Human Face of Chemical Sciences
This exhibit's purpose is to present "the human face of science. ... Youll meet chemists in formal settings, in relaxed moments with their families, and engaged in their work." Illustrated essays present profiles of chemists who have worked on electrochemistry, the periodic table, atomic and nuclear structure, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, plastics, and other areas of chemical research. From the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24673
The Smoking Gun: Turn On, Tune In, Rat Out
This site addresses 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary's "work as a government informant in the early 1970s, a role detailed in FBI files recently obtained by The Smoking Gun. Jailed on narcotics charges in 1974, Leary began cooperating with FBI agents investigating his 1970 escape from a California prison." Features documents from Leary's FBI file, including excerpts from interview transcripts. From the Smoking Gun.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24663
New River Gorge: Bridge Day
Official website for "Bridge Day ... the largest BASE [building, antenna, span, earth formation] jumping event in the world, held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia." Features a description of the New River Gorge bridge where this extreme sports event has taken place back to 1980, material about the associated Bridge Day rappel, a schedule of events, and a photo gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24660
This website contains data about public schools in California and allows side-by-side comparison of schools. Find statistics on testing and scores, student-to-teacher ratios, graduation rates, demographics, courses offered, and more. Search by address, school name, and school types such as elementary, middle, charter, adult, continuation, and special education. A California state government website.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24657
Coyote encounters in California are the subject of this website for "homeowners, land managers, agency personnel, and others to help solve coyote-human conflicts, particularly in urban and suburban areas." Report a coyote encounter or check the encounter map covering Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties ("It will be expanded to all of California at a future date"). An image gallery captures coyotes in urban and suburban settings. Funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24687
The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations
"Have you ever wondered 'Where did they film that?' ... The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations is the essential travel guide to filming locations of Hollywood blockbusters, indie cult films and arthouse cinema throughout the world." Browse by movie name, actor or director, or location. Also includes an interactive map for movies filmed in North London.
From an author who has published books on the subject.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24575
An Alternative to Cloning
"Media reports generally mention only two ways to produce human embryonic stem cells. ... In this conversation with Ann Kiessling of Harvard Medical School, NOVA scienceNOW's Kyla Dunn learns about a third and possibly less contentious approach. It has the tongue-twisting name 'parthenogenesis' [when an egg activates spontaneously on its own]." Also includes a discussion of the controversy about research on this topic.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24685
Captive Shark Had "Virgin Birth"
This 2007 article describes how genetic testing has confirmed that a female hammerhead shark reproduced through parthenogenesis, the type of reproduction that "occurs when an egg cell is triggered to develop as an embryo without the addition of any genetic material from a male." Includes an audio clip, diagram of how parthenogenesis takes place, and links to related articles. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24686
National Mole Day
Resources for Mole Day, "celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., [which] commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry." The website is a bit busy, but does present many ideas for classroom activities (such as costumes, decorations, and games) and images of past Mole Day themes. From the National Mole Day Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24672
The Alliance for Climate Protection
The mission of this organization, founded by former U.S. vice president Al Gore, "is to persuade the American people -- and people elsewhere in the world -- of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis." Its site features articles with suggestions for reducing climate change at home and at work, stories about people who are working to help solve the crisis, and video clips.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24691
Canadian Women's History
Material about women's history in Canada. Features a historical overview; listings of sites, persons, and events (such as the 1929 Persons case, which established that Canadian women were legally persons); and virtual exhibits on women winning the vote in Canada, and the life of Amerindian women during the early fur trade. Also includes links to related sites. In English and French. From Parks Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24684
Enduring Voices: Saving Disappearing Languages
"Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth ... will likely disappear." This goal of this project "is to document endangered languages and prevent language extinction." Features background about selected endangered-language hot spots around the world (with some sound clips), a discussion of global trends, descriptions of expeditions, and a glossary. From National Geographic and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24554
How Halloween Works
Background about where Halloween customs and traditions come from. Topics include Celtic roots (Samhain) and Christian roots (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day), trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns, bobbing for apples, and costumes. Also includes links to related material on how to carve a pumpkin, how to throw a Halloween party, how light sticks work, and more. From HowStuffWorks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24688
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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