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New This Week for March 27, 2008
This Week
Prudence in publishing the fake memoir, jade, timeshares and vacation homes, Tibet, ozone, mammoths, Arthur C. Clarke, and baseball's anthem turns 100. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Jennifer, and Charlotte.

Tip of the Week
Baseball opening day approaches and we have scads of sites, including one about hundreds of other songs of baseball.
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Arts and Humanities

The Fake Memoirist's Survival Guide
This March 2008 article provides an amusing view of ways in which memoirists who have fabricated stories can "avoid future literary humiliations." Guidelines for "embellish[ing] your life story without getting caught" include avoiding specificity, being a victim, and not having witnesses (as author Margaret Seltzer tried to do). Includes links to related material. From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2185918/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25711

Online Tours: Chinese Jade
"This tour illustrates examples showing the development of Chinese jade from around 5000 BC to the modern period." It notes that "[j]ade has always been the material most highly prized by the Chinese, above silver and gold." Features images and descriptions of carved jade artifacts from various Chinese dynasties, and brief information about jade (which "refers only to nephrite and jadeite"), and where it was found in early Chinese history. From the British Museum.
URL: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/chinese_jade/ch...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25730

Business

Understanding Vacation Ownership
Series of articles about timesharing, "a method of use and/or shared ownership of vacation real estate where purchasers acquire a period of time (often one week) in a condominium, apartment or other type of vacation accommodation. Timeshare is also known as 'vacation ownership.'" Provides a timeshare glossary, and tips for purchasing, exchanging, and selling timeshares. From the American Resort Development Association, a "professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries."
URL: http://www.arda.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Understanding_Vacation_Own...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25689

Government

Campaign 2008: Patchwork Nation
Series of features about 2008 U.S. presidential election issues important in "11 places across the US that represent distinct types of voter communities. They are Monied 'Burbs, Minority Central, Evangelical Epicenters, Tractor Country, Campus and Careers, Immigration Nation, Industrial Metropolis, Boom Towns, Service Worker Centers, Emptying Nests, and Military Bastions." Includes a blog, message boards, candidate information, and related material. From the Christian Science Monitor.
URL: http://www.csmonitor.com/patchworknation/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25740

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program
This program "serves the most severely wounded, injured or ill [U.S.] Soldiers and their Families and helps them with their transition back into civilian or military life." Website includes program background, news, a blog, podcasts, resources for wounded soldiers (such as medical benefits and jobs), and related material. An official U.S. Army program, but the "Department of Defense ... does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find" on the site.
URL: https://www.aw2.army.mil/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25757

Health

WHO 60th Anniversary: Our Health, Our Future
Find activities related to the 60th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008. Features photos from an exhibition about public health from 1940 to the present, images of selected historical public health campaign materials, and announcements about anniversary events. Includes links to information about World Health Day (April 7, anniversary of the WHO's constitution coming into force) and WHO history. Available in several languages. From WHO.
URL: http://www.who.int/who60/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25583

Home & Housing

Taxes on Vacation Homes
This article discusses different tax scenarios for vacation homes. "Depending on how often you use your vacation home yourself, how often you rent it out and how long it sits empty, you will fall into one of three different tax categories." Also describes tax considerations for timeshares. From SmartMoney, a joint publishing venture of Dow Jones & Company and Hearst Communications.
URL: http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/taxes/taxes-on-vacation-hom...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25690

Timeshares on Sale
This article explains the timeshare resale market and gives suggestions about finding the best deals in the resale market. Includes links to a related article on timeshare investment tips and slideshow on "fractional ownership" of high-end vacation homes. From the website for Kiplinger, a publisher of business and personal finance magazines and newsletters.
URL: http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2007/10/timeshare.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25692

Media

National Magazine Awards
Website for these awards that "honor magazines, whether in print or online, that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative design. The Awards were established by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 1966. The program is sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism." Includes information about eligibility and a database of winners and finalists. From the ASME.
URL: http://www.magazine.org/asme/magazine_awards/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25763

People

Arthur C. Clarke: The Science and the Fiction
An article and interview with science fiction author, futurist, and rocket enthusiast Arthur C. Clarke commemorating his 1945 predictions in his article "Extra-Terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give World Wide Radio Coverage?" The article, published in the magazine Wireless World in 2005, describes how Clarke's "prediction of satellite communications has come true in ways." From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/arthurcclarke.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25749

Brilliant Careers: Arthur C. Clarke
This 2000 article discusses the career of Arthur C. Clarke and considers how "for decades, the author of the science-fiction classics '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Childhood's End' has exhibited an uncanny ability to see the future." For example, the article notes that "in 1945 ... 12 years before Sputnik, Clarke predicted a global relay system of radio and television signals using geosynchronous satellites." From Salon.com.
URL: http://archive.salon.com/people/bc/2000/03/07/clarke/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25750

Recreation

"Take Me Out" Turns 100
This article describes how Major League Baseball (MLB) will commemorate during opening week 2008 the 100th anniversary of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," the unofficial anthem of baseball, which is typically sung by the audience during the seventh-inning stretch. Includes the lyrics as written by Jack Norworth in 1908. From MLB.com.
URL: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article_entertainment.jsp?ymd=20071113&content...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25111

Regional: California

DriveClean
"A zero and near-zero emission vehicle guide brought to you by the California Air Resources Board." Features background about clean and cleaner air vehicle types including electric, hybrid electric, alternative fuel, fuel cell, and cleaner gas cars. Includes information about environmental benefits, charging and fueling, technology, safety, and carpool lane eligibility. Also includes fact sheets, a vehicle search, information about government incentives, news, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.driveclean.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25632

Fossil Mysteries
Companion to an exhibit that "explores the prehistoric record of the San Diego region from the Cretaceous Period to the Pleistocene Epoch." Website features an interactive map of the exhibit with associated images and essays, a geologic timeline that "extends from the Hadean Eon through the Holocene Epoch" and that also covers life forms such as Pleistocene early humans and mammoths, a fossil guide, and more. From the San Diego Natural History Museum.
URL: http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibits/mystery/exh_overview.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25727

Mammoth Discovery in San Jose
News about the 2005 discovery of mammoth bones near the Guadalupe River levee in San Jose, California. Features photos of the excavation and preparation of the bones for study, and links to material about mammoths and the Proboscidea (elephants, mammoths, and mastodons). From the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
URL: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/mammoth/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25726

Regions of the World

International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
Website for this organization that believes that "there must be a political solution [about Tibet] based on direct dialogue between the Dalai Lama and his representatives and the People's Republic of China." Features material about campaigns (such as "Beijing 2008: Race for Tibet," related to the 2008 Olympics in China), news, background about Tibet and the Dalai Lama, and details about advocacy efforts (including information about U.S. policy and Tibet). Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.savetibet.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25732

Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)
This is "a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Searchable; or browse material by title, place name, creator, type (such as texts and maps), date, or subjects such as daily life and customs, travel and transportation, and religion and festivals. Also includes educational modules and project background. From Rice University.
URL: http://timea.rice.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25377

Trouble in Tibet
March 2008 analysis about the conflict between Chinese authorities and Tibetan protesters in which Chinese troops "moved to seal off the Tibetan capital of Lhasa." Features links to news stories and related commentary, such as about reform pressures on China related to Beijing hosting the 2008 Olympics. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
URL: http://www.cfr.org/publication/15738/trouble_in_tibet.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25731

Science

Jade in B.C.
Online version of a print brochure about the mining of jade ("a commercial term encompassing green, white, black or yellow-brown jadeite and nephrite") in British Columbia, Canada. Discusses geology, the jade market, prospecting tips, and related topics. Includes a printable version of the brochure and a map showing jade occurrences in British Columbia. From the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Province of British Columbia.
URL: http://www.em.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geolsurv/Minfile/products/Jade/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25745

Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
This site describes the building of "a large optical/infrared telescope that utilizes two 8.4 meter diameter mirrors. ... [I]t will be the world's most advanced optical telescope that will image planets outside of our solar system." Find background, images, and updates about the telescope, which "successfully achieved first binocular light" in March 2008. A collaboration between several universities, with project offices in Tucson, Arizona (near the location of the telescope), and Italy.
URL: http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/lbto/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25761

Mammoth Mystery
This 2006 article considers whether "climate change wipe[d] out North America's giant mammals, or did our Stone Age ancestors hunt them to extinction?" The article notes that while "conventional wisdom once held that rising temperatures at the end of the Ice Age caused the mass extinction," a "paleoecologist at Fordham University, is finding evidence that the first humans in North America killed off an array of spectacular mammals." From the Natural Resources Defense Council.
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/mammoth1.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25729

The Mammoth Site
Website for this museum and excavation site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, that is "the world's largest Columbian mammoth exhibit, and a world-renown research center for Pleistocene studies." The site provides paleontology background about mammoths and mammoth fossils, lists of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils recovered from the excavation, and a description of the geology that lead to the creation of the site's Karst Sinkhole.
URL: http://www.mammothsite.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25724

Ology: Jade
This presentation features fun facts and background about jade, which is the common name for nephrite and jadeite rock. It explores how jade was historically used in areas around the world (such as China, New Zealand, and Mesoamerica), geology of jade, jade hunting in Myanmar (Burma) and Guatemala, and jade today. From OLogy, the American Museum of Natural History's "site for kids ages seven through twelve."
URL: http://www.amnh.org/ology/index.php?channel=earth
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25746

Ozone Resource Page
"Ozone is crucial for life on Earth. Depending on where ozone resides, it can protect or harm life. NASA studies ozone to better understand its relation to air quality and climate." Learn about the "depleted region in Earth's protective ozone layer over the Antarctic," how plants are "used to study air quality from the ground by seeing how ozone ... damages the leaves," and more. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/environment/ozone_resource_page.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25700

Society & Social Science

Toward an Interim Assessment of Black Theology
This article considers appraisals of Christian "black theology [that] presents itself, implicitly or explicitly, as a specific strategy for black liberation." By a professor and scholar in the areas of multiculturalism, liberation theology, and oppression, and who wrote the "controversial, 1973 work, 'Is God a White Racist? Prolegomenon to Black Theology.'" From the online journal ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes.
URL: http://www.nathanielturner.com/assessingblacktheology.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25762


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