March 27, 2007

Re: Libraries with Blogs

In December 2006 I read and printed off this information about a recently finished research project entiled, " Here a blog, there a blog, what about the library blog?" -available through VUW)

I am summarising the information and providing links below, again this helps me absorb the information, communicate it wider and links my blog in within a wider blogger context...

"For my research project, I investigated libraries that used blogs to communicate externally with their users, so did not include and libraries using blogs for internal communication....

A great starting point for identifying blogging libraries is:

The Blogging Libraries Wiki -

This wiki is comprehensive and was the starting point for finding library blogs for my research. It separates the library blogs by library types (Academic, Public, School. Special), and includes sections on Library Associateion blogs, Internal Library blogs, and Library Director blogs. Although it predominately lists blogs published in English, there are non-English blogs starting to be added.

If you are interested in a well-established, integrated system of blogs used by a public library - check out Ann Arbor District Library

If you are interested in a well-established, integrated system of blogs used by an academic library - check out Georgia State University

As for NZ libraries using blogs, at the time of my research (mid-2006), I found blogs used by Wellington City Libraries, UNITEC Library, Massey University Library - Maori Services, Palmerston North Boys High School Library, and Whitireia Polytechnic Library, but I understand that University of Canterbury is also possibly using blogs now.

I would recommend reading Laurel Clydes book /Weblogs and Libraries/.
She provides a good outline of things to consider when implementing blogs in libraries. Also, /Uses of Blogs/ (ed. Axel Bruns & Joanne jacobs) is another worthwhile read, with a good overview of the use of blogs in a discussions about the use of blogs in academic institutions)."

I found this an excellent article and resource, although my blog is much more a personal photo archive and communication tool, is is part of "The Bigger Picture" with regards blogging. Under my resources/links you can see my other influences in ICT and education. And in my older posts which you are welcome to browse.



My Local Library Picks:
The Rough Guide to Blogging - Jonathan Yang "Navigate the Blogosphere"

Teach Yourself Blogging - Nat Mcbride and Jamie Cason.
Goal IT proficiency category computing
*learn how to write your own on line diary
* get up to date information on new technology
* build a blog for pleasure or profit.

Re: Libraries with Blogs

New Zealand Climatological Information

On-line resources

Niwa Website: If you click under 'Quick Links'==> click on NIWA Science, then National Centres and then National Climate Centre
You will find Climate summaries (monthly, seasonal and annual) is another useful site for current data.

Or try the surf report

New Zealand Climatological Information

March 20, 2007

Dear All,

Greetings and an update;

I have updated my blog lately with several interesting widgets that increase my exposure which should be fun! In light of this I did want to highlight one of my better preforming affliate links ==> Franklin Covey (see link at top right below the clock).

This company does a great line on leather accessories and also year planners and business diaries. I particularly like this green laptop tote so have included the picture for you to see!
If you are a male fear not there is a very strong range for men in man's bags and contempory business stationary. I enjoyed this range and really its fun to order on line and these make great gifts for you or for someone special.
Hope you are fine and everything is going well,


A female approach to the traditional computer case, this business tote offers timeless style, high function, and comfortable handling. Interesting buckle details and contrast stitching accent soft pebbled leather.

Key features include:
Double-gusset design for electronics and office supplies

Removable padded sleeve for most 15.4" laptops

Zipper and magnetic snap closure

Strap drop length 10.5"

FREE coordinating wristlet, a $30 value

Dimensions: 16" W x 12" H x 5" D

Item # 32580
Price: $169.00 USD, or 240.00 NZD ( I have used this currency converter ( you are welcome to use to work out the value in your own currency or just skip to the link marked Franklin Covey at top right to view other products and/or to place an order if you have the good fortune to have a 15.4"laptop! ;)

But wait there's more:- )
1)Try my pick for sourcing Laptops at the url below.

2)Internet marketing via blogging and web optimisation is also an interest of mine.
I 've been emailed this interesting link for resources and businesses that focus on this area below.

**I've also previously put different perhaps better NZ based blog focused links under my resources/links colum at right.

3)Computer security and prevention against keystroke theft has also been topical lately
There is a system you can purchase to prevent keystroke theft discussed at the following url. If you click on international orders you can find the offices for your country. NZ has a distributer.



laptop tote, leather accessories, year planners, business diaries

March 18, 2007

Google --libraries--copyright

Google’s Moon Shot The quest for the universal library.
copyright, google, libraries

I've just read this great report about google, libraries and copyright and recommend it in entirety!
Publishers have sued Google for breaching copyright. A settlement seems likely, but it may not be in the public’s interest.

Every weekday, a truck pulls up to the Cecil H. Green Library, on the campus of Stanford University, and collects at least a thousand books, which are taken to an undisclosed location and scanned, page by page, into an enormous database being created by Google. The company is also retrieving books from libraries at several other leading universities, including Harvard and Oxford, as well as the New York Public Library. At the University of Michigan, Google’s original partner in Google Book Search, tens of thousands of books are processed each week on the company’s custom-made scanning equipment.

Google intends to scan every book ever published, and to make the full texts searchable, in the same way that Web sites can be searched on the company’s engine at At the books site, which is up and running in a beta (or testing) version, at, you can enter a word or phrase—say, Ahab and whale—and the search returns a list of works in which the terms appear, in this case nearly eight hundred titles, including numerous editions of Herman Melville’s novel. Clicking on “Moby-Dick, or The Whale” calls up Chapter 28, in which Ahab is introduced. You can scroll through the chapter, search for other terms that appear in the book, and compare it with other editions. Google won’t say how many books are in its database, but the site’s value as a research tool is apparent; on it you can find a history of Urdu newspapers, an 1892 edition of Jane Austen’s letters, several guides to writing haiku, and a Harvard alumni directory from 1919.

No one really knows how many books there are. The most volumes listed in any catalogue is thirty-two million, the number in WorldCat, a database of titles from more than twenty-five thousand libraries around the world. Google aims to scan at least that many. “We think that we can do it all inside of ten years,”

Google’s Moon Shot The quest for the universal library.
by Jeffrey Toobin
February 5, 2007

See New Zealand's 1994 Copyright Act at the link below

Update November 2007

Question about copyright legislation in New Zealand - whether someone could print off a whole Act. No longer covered by Crown copyright since 2001..

According to the Paliamentary Counsel Office from 1/4/01 there is not even Crown Copyright on NZ Bills, Acts, Regulations, Bylaws, NZ Parliamentary debates, Select Committee reports, court or tribunal judgements, or reports of Royal commissions, commissions of inquiry, ministerial inquiries, or statutory inquiries.

So the answer is Yes, it is okay to print off or photocopy a whole Act.

copyright, google, libraries

March 14, 2007

Whaling, Greenpeace
- Mutton Birds Anchor me, greenpeace 20th anniversary in 2005 edition.

A broken winch on the Japanese whaling mothership stranded in the Ross Sea has ended this year's whaling season, according to Greenpeace.

The whaling ship Nisshin Maru, which used the winch to haul the animals' carcasses on board for processing, remains stranded in the after last week's onboard blaze.

Karli Thomas, a campaigner aboard the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza, said the environmental organisation's offer to tow the ship out of the pristine Antarctic sea remained open.

The Nisshin Maru is rafted up between two other ships from the whaling fleet, the tanker Oriental Bluebird and the smaller whaler, Yushin Maru.

The Nisshin Maru sent out a distress call from the Ross Sea early on Thursday last week after a fire erupted below deck.

The fire killed crew member Kazutaka Makita, 27, damaged the vessel's wiring and raised fears of oil spilling from the vessel, wreaking environmental havoc.

Maritime authorities in New Zealand have urged the Japanese to accept a tow so the ship at least can be moved north and away from Antarctica.

That way, they say if it founders and leaks the 1000 tonnes of fuel oil, heavy chemicals and pollutants on board, the chances of a huge environmental disaster will be reduced.

They have urged the Japanese to accept an offer of a tow from their long term adversaries, Greenpeace.

Since the fire, some electrical power has been restored and a three-degree list, caused by the water used to fight the fire, has been corrected using portable pumps from other whaling ships.

The Japanese skipper had told authorities he would rather stay where he was where the weather was calm instead of being towed north into worse weather.

However, Peter Williams, Maritime New Zealand's deputy director of safety and response systems, said yesterday towing the ship north was the best option.

He also said towing was an art and while at least one of the Japanese ships, the Oriental Bluebird, should be equipped to tow, it was not the most suitable towing ship in the area.

Spokesman for the whalers, Glen Inwood, disputed Greenpeace's claims about the winch.

"It is certainly not in anyone's interest to give any information, or correct information, to Greenpeace. They are not a signatory to anything down there. Maybe the skipper was just having a laugh," he told Radio New Zealand.

The ship's wiring had been replaced, the gauges had been tested and safety checks were being carried out.

Though the ship was not yet moving, the engines were going, Mr Inwood said.

The decision would be made today on whether the hunt would continue or the fleet would return to Japan, he said.

The main concern was whether the processing deck was able to be used again, following extensive damage during the fire. There was a legal requirement for all whales caught for scientific purposes to be processed, Mr Inwood said.

Most of the meat already processed and packed into the freezers was still frozen, though some must have been damaged in the fire, he said.

Source NZ herald - there are many environmental issue stories/themes well covered by this press.

March 05, 2007

Cancer and diet

Step 1: Understanding the relationship between cancer and food
Epidemiologists who have studied the prevalence of cancer amongst the different populations of the world have found that diet determines 40 percent of all cancers. The incidence of different types of cancer in different regions points to diet being instrumental in the causing of cancer. Studies appear to disprove genetic determinants, as cancer incidence amongst immigrants to a new country quickly takes on the characteristic incidence of those already living there.

Eating the wrong type of food can increase one’s chances of getting cancer by 40 percent. Eating the right kind of food containing cancer-fighting molecules, such as fruit and vegetables, can make a huge difference.

Genetic factors also play a role. It does sometimes happen that healthy young people who get exercise, eat healthily, stay out of the sun, don’t smoke and don’t drink, get cancer. To a certain degree, it remains a mysterious disease, but one, if detected early, that can mostly be sorted out by means of the right medical attention.

Cancer occurs when there is a mutation of the DNA. It is when something goes wrong with the DNA that cancerous cells gain a foothold. Many of the foods we eat that contain anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogenics and other cancer-fighting chemicals, close ranks around our DNA, which prevents cancerous mutations.

Step 2: Adopting new healthy habits
There are many ways in which individuals can lower their cancer risk by changing their habits:

Stop smoking.
Don’t drink more than two drinks daily.
Stay away from known cancer-causing substances, pollutants and chemicals.
Don’t get sunburnt.
Visit your doctor if you stay tired, or take too long to recover from an illness.
Exercise three to four times weekly.
Lose weight if you are overweight.
Watch your diet. Certain foodstuffs are anti-carcinogenic
, others have antioxidant properties and others are high in fibre. Some foods should be avoided and others need to be consumed in greater quantities.
Step 3: The basic principles of diet in the prevention of cancer
Major problems of the modern Western diet:
1. Too much fat. We consume far too many fats, and specifically Omega 6 fatty acids and trans fatty acids, and too little Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-6-fatty acids are found in fatty foods, margarine, and most importantly, sunflower cooking oil, and trans fatty acids in brick margarine and reheated oil.

Omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for us and help in the fight against cancer, are contained in cold-pressed olive oil and the much cheaper Canola Oil.

The diet of the hunter-gatherer resulted in his having a 1/1 ratio of Omega 6/ Omega 3 fatty acids. The ration in the Western countries today is 10/1. It is not difficult to see that this change must have some impact.

The incidence of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer, has increased dramatically in the last few years. The former seems to increase dramatically in a population where the per capita fat intake is high.

2. Too much refined flour products. The problem lies with the foundation of the food pyramid, namely refined flour products, such as white bread and pasta. Furthermore, our bodies do not need to consume sugar, as we can produce our own from carbohydrates.

Refined foods used to be only available to the very rich, whereas the general population tended to eat more healthy and less expensive wholewheat products. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, it became easy to refine all wheat, thereby removing much of the nutritional value it contained.

3. We consume too little anti-carcinogenics. Huge studies have been done in the USA with the help of the so-called Cohort Group of 100 000 volunteers, who are all in some way involved with the medical profession. Professor Walter Willet has also found that the lack of protective factors appears to be more important than excessive harmful factors in the diet.

Important anti-carcinogenics include:

It has been found that the red colourant in tomatoes suppresses the incidence of prostate cancer by up to 50 percent. Tomatoes in all its forms, cooked, raw, pureed in tins or tomato sauce is a powerful anti-oxidant and should be consumed by everyone in vast quantities. It is also cheap and freely available.
There are chemicals in garlic and onion that stimulate the production of enzymes that neutralise cancer-producing cells.
Fresh fruit and vegetables contain lots of anti-carcinogenics.
Limit or avoid the following foodstuffs:

Animal fats, found in many different types of meat and dairy products.
Large quantities of margarine are also unhealthy.
Refined flour products are also problematic as is a high consumption of alcohol.
High consumption of salt and sugar is also unhealthy.
Up you intake of the following foodstuffs:

Foodstuffs high in B vitamins and folic acid, such as green beans and spinach.
Foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish (tuna, salmon and mackerel, in particular) and olive oil not only lower cholesterol, but play an important role in combating the damage done by Omega 6 fatty acids.
Fresh fruit and vegetables should be eaten regularly, as should wholewheat grain products. In particular, vegetables that have cancer-fighting properties include green leafy vegetables and garlic and onions, both of which produce enzymes that neutralise cancer-producing cells. High consumption of tomatoes is also very beneficial.
Read comments below for research on red wine and cancer.

Cancer and diet

March 04, 2007

2007 America's Cup - Valencia, Spain
The 32nd America's Cup yachting regatta will take place in Valencia, Spain from 3 April to 7 July 2007.

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