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Avast, ye good LII readers, 'tis less than a week to Talk Like A Pirate Day! Enjoy sites with a nautical flair, then browse our newsletter for holidays, photographs from the Spanish Civil War, animal sounds, the Pacific Ocean, the resolution that turned us back into an eight-planet solar system, and much more. A number of sites this week underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit (or perhaps that should be "Arrrrr") from LII shipmates Karen, Wendy, Pat, Tom, Jennifer, Maria, and Charlotte.
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Blackbeard the Pirate ... and the Presumed Wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge
Illustrated presentation about Blackbeard, "the most notorious pirate in the history of seafaring," and his flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge. Features an overview of the "Golden Age of Piracy" (1689-1718) and details about archaeological activities related to the shipwreck presumed to be the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge (off the Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina). From the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22582
The Getty: William A. Garnett
Short introduction to the works of this photographer who "simultaneously piloted a plane while photographing out the window-traveling above every state and many parts of the world," was "the first aerial photographer to earn the prestigious Guggenheim Award," and who died in August 2006. Includes a small gallery of images that reveal how his "aerial photographs resemble abstract expressionist paintings or views through a microscope." From the Getty Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22575
Musica de la Frontera: Archive of Mexican-American Music
A collection of sound clips and images of labels of commercially produced musical recordings which are "primarily in Spanish, recorded during the first half of the twentieth century, predominantly in the United States and Mexico." Searchable, or browsable by title or subject (such as adultery, deportation, and drinking). Note: complete songs available only to the UCLA community. In English and Spanish. From the University of California, Los Angeles, Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22402
Collection of pirate activities for children, including a "High Seas Adventure" game, an illustrated article about Blackbeard and his crew of pirates (who "terrorized sailors on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea from 1716 through 1718"), and reading suggestions. Include links to other National Geographic content related to pirates. From the National Geographic Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22579
Shots of War: Photojournalism During the Spanish Civil War
Collection of photographs taken by photojournalists during the Spanish Civil War. Browsable by date, place, people (combatants and civilians), news agency, and war damage. Includes an introductory essay about the Spanish Civil War and war photography in the 1930s, and a bibliography. From the Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22422
Pretexting: Your Personal Information Revealed
Fact sheet for consumers about pretexting, "the practice of getting your personal information under false pretenses," in which a "pretexter" might gain information by claiming he is from a survey firm, and then use that information to call the consumer's financial institution. Under the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act such activity is illegal. Includes material about protecting yourself and what to do if you think you are a victim. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22578
Computer and Internet Use by Students in 2003
This report, released in September 2006, "examines the use of computers and the Internet by American children enrolled in nursery school and students in kindergarten through grade 12." Covers rates of use, where the use occurs, Internet activities (such as school assignments and game playing), and "the relationships of these aspects of computer and Internet use to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics." From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22564
"Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the resources." Subject areas include science and technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and health and life sciences. Searchable or browsable by subject.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22573
Epicurious Holidays: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, High-Holiday Feasts
Recipes and cooking ideas for these Jewish holidays. Some of the dishes include challah, gefilte fish, tsimmes, kugel, and honey cake. Provides suggestions for dishes to break the Yom Kippur fast, a short essay on Jewish holiday cooking, a brief list of Jewish cookbooks, and kosher wine suggestions. From Epicurious.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22587
"China Vitae is an online biographical database that provides more than 2500 biographies of current Chinese political, military, economic, business, and academic leaders. ... [U]sers can easily create lists of officials who have similar career paths, organizational affiliations, education, and places of origin." Searchable and browsable by name. "Drawing on official Chinese sources, Wen Wei Publishing Co. Ltd. Hong Kong provides the basic biographical information used in China Vitae."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22574
Google: News Archive Search
This is "an easy way to search and explore historical [news] archives." Some news articles are free, while the remainder are fee-based. Note: Before purchasing news articles, users are cautioned to check with their libraries to see if these articles are already available to them at no added cost. From Google.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22577
Major Holidays and Celebrations of Spanish Speaking Countries
List of the major holidays and celebrations of the Spanish-speaking countries. "Latin American countries which have been significantly influenced by Catholicism have many holidays to celebrate their patron saints and virgins to venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus." Holidays listed include Juan Pablo Duarte Day (January 26, Dominican Republic), Battle of Rivas Day (April 11, Costa Rica), and Mexican Independence Day (September 16).
From the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22594
Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19
"Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation." This humorous site celebrates a day of pirate talk with pirate lingo (such as "Arrr!" and "Ahoy!"), a pirate advice column, a newsletter, puzzles, a "pirate personality profile," Web links, and other silliness. (Caution: Some of the content is a tad risqué.)
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12145
The World Factbook: Pacific Ocean
Facts and statistics about "the largest of the world's five oceans." Covers climate, terrain, natural hazards, economic activity, major ports and terminals, access waterways, and more. From The World Factbook, published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22591
California Coastal Cleanup Day
This annual event held in mid-September "is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as 'the largest garbage collection' (1993)." The site features a list of events around the state and material about the "Adopt-A-Beach" program. From the California Coastal Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22586
California Explores the Ocean: Fish Bulletin -- Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game
"The California Department of Fish and Game's Fish Bulletin is a core resource for the study of fish and fisheries in California. Continuously published as a monographic series since 1913, but slowing down publication in recent years, the Fish Bulletin contains in-depth monographs on a variety of topics, primarily marine, and also including some non-fish marine species." This site provides full text of the bulletins. From the University of California, San Diego.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22420
The Missions of Alta California: Photographs by William Henry Jackson
Exhibit of selections from William Henry Jackson's series of albumen photographs (1885-1890) of the Franciscan missions in California. Features images of twelve missions including Mission Dolores in San Francisco, and missions in San Luis Rey, San Juan Capistrano, and Santa Barbara. Includes multiple images of some of the missions. From the Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22421
Northwest Science & Technology
Collection of articles from this University of Washington publication highlighting "science and technology news in the greater Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, British Columbia)." Stories cover topics such as Northwest windstorms, sustainable building, radio frequency identification (RFID), and space medicine. The "SciScape" section includes articles for children.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22499
Pacific Northwest Conservation Tillage Systems Information Source
This publication series and supporting materials provide "the principle source of information on new research developments on conservation farming systems" in the Pacific Northwest. Topics discussed include soil erosion, plant disease management, weed control, fertilizers, and more. From STEEP (Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems), an interdisciplinary team from Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22505
Tollman and Canaris Photographs
"These photographs by two little known photographers [John W. Tollman and Frank H. Canaris] document the salmon fishing industry on the southern Washington coast and in the lower Columbia River around the year 1897 and offer valuable insights into the history of commercial salmon fishing and the techniques used at the beginning of the 20th century." From the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22294
This table lists animal sounds represented in more than a dozen languages. Some of the sounds include bee droning, cat purring, chicken clucking, mouse squeaking, lion roaring, and owl hooting. Also features animal commands and typical pet names in different languages. From a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Adelaide, whose interests include device physics and noise.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22565
North Pacific Ocean Theme Page
"The site contains links to data, programs and institutions relating to the biology, meteorology and oceanography of the North Pacific Ocean and its marginal seas." Provides a FAQ, links to ocean data, and pages on North Pacific Ocean currents, islands (including the Aleutians), marginal seas (such as the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska), and related topics. From the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22593
Resolutions 5 and 6: "Definition of Planet In the Solar System" and "Pluto"
These two resolutions adopted in August 2006 at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) concern the definition of what is a planet and whether Pluto is a planet. Provides definitions for planets, dwarf planets, and "Small Solar System Bodies." The IAU resolved, "Pluto is a 'dwarf planet' ... and is recognized as the prototype of a new category of Trans-Neptunian Objects." Opens directly into a PDF file.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22374
Voyager: The Interstellar Mission
Background about the Voyager 1 and 2 space missions (launched in 1977), which have explored Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Features images, a brief timeline, and material about the spacecraft, the missions, and the planets. Also includes press releases, fact sheets, and related publications. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22590
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Audio Archive
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) was founded by Robert Maynard Hutchins and was based in Santa Barbara, California, from 1959 to 1987." This project "make[s] accessible on the web some of the most important conference proceedings, talks, and dialogues recorded by CSDI." Participants include Upton Sinclair, Milton Friedman, Mortimer Adler, Cesar Chavez, and Aldous Huxley. From the Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22520
Constitution Day Resources for Educators
Collection of links to sites relating to this September 17 event commemorating the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Features links to classroom activities and lesson plans. Compiled by Lianne Hartman, librarian at Lourdes Library, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22588
International Day of Peace: 21 September
Details about this day "established in 1981 by ... the United Nations [UN] General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the UN established September 21 as "a day of non-violence and ceasefire." Provides official documents related to the day, resources on peace and peace-building, and materials from past years (back to 2002). Available in several other languages in addition to English.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22585
Maps Relating to September 11, 2001 and Later Events
Collection of links to maps related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and subsequent events. Includes a historically interesting link to "This Web Page as preserved in the Internet Archive 2001-2005." From the Perry Castañeda Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22566
MIT Cascon System for Analyzing International Conflict
Cascon is a "conflict analysis and decision-support system" that includes information on 85 post-World War II conflict cases, and was most recently updated in 2000. "Cascon is based on the Bloomfield-Leiss conflict model, which represents conflict as a dynamic process" in which conflicts pass through distinctive stages. Features maps and brief descriptions of stages for events such as the Lebanon and Greek civil wars. From Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22592
Trail of Tears: National Historic Trail
Material about this trail that "commemorate[s] the survival of the Cherokee people despite their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeastern United States in the 1840s." The site features an interactive map of the trail that covers "2,200 miles of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine states," reports on research projects, a link to a lesson plan, and related material. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22589
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) for Rights, Development, and Peace: Resources
Bibliographies, statistics, and other resources on international women's issues. Some of the topics covered include women and leadership, women's human rights, violence against women, and technology for women's empowerment. Provides a list of "local, national, regional and international women's organizations in the Global South, especially in the Middle East and North Africa." From the Women's Learning Partnership, a group "dedicated to women's leadership and empowerment."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22576
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