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Cliche Finder

21 Jan

Don’t put all your eggs in on basket! It looks like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Cliches are all around us. Sometimes you don’t even know you’re using one, or perhaps you’d like to incorporate a new one into your vocabulary. Get 10 random cliches or search for a specific one. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, and more fun than a toothache…

http://www.westegg.com/cliche/

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Government Sites Help

16 Sep

When I was a kid, I sent away for a free Government directory that was an incredible list of free services offered by Uncle Sam. I had to write my name neatly on a 5″ x 8″ card, put in the mail and wait 3-5 weeks for my catalog. Today that has all changed with the Internet, now I can just logon to the net and get even more information. Here is a listing of great government sites that I recently found in my local newspaper. The hub of all these sites listed below is the Federal Citizen Information Center website.

Federal Citizen Information Center
Find out information on cars, computers, education, employment, family, federal programs, food, health, housing, money, small business, travel, consumer help, protecting children, recalls, scam and frauds.
pueblo.gsa.gov

Consumer Product Safety Commission
This is where you can find out about product safety and product recalls.
cpsc.gov

Caring For Aging Parents
Federal Trade Commission
Get up-to-date information on how to deter fraud against the elderly and long-term health care.
ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/apact/index.html

Protecting Children
Discover how you can control what information your children see.
ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/online/kidsprivacy.htm

Pension and Health Care
Find out tips on how to get the most benefits.
dol.gov/ebsa/publications/protecting_benefits.html

Air Travel
Learn how to travel efficiently.
airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/pubs.htm

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Do you FURL?

6 Sep

Today, I was at my local library and in my usual fashion I was admiring the design of some new brochures that were on display. One read, “Do you FURL?”. All I could think of was Don Knots character Ralph Furley from Three’s Company. Please forgive me as I digress. I attempted to decipher what a FURL was, but I still wasn’t sure from the explanation on the brochure.

I walked up to the reference desk to inquire about FURL and to my dismay they really weren’t sure either. So I logged on to the site and discovered that a FURL is like a blog, but for librarians. Everyday a group of librarians post interesting links and new stories on an array of subjects on their website.

Here’s what the site says, “Librarians at Cuyahoga Public Library have saved valuable and interesting news, web sites, and other online information to FURL in the following areas: Health & Medicine, Education, Genealogy and Music.”

Do you FURL? Explore a new way of receiving information online

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Playaway, A New Audio Format

17 Aug

During my daily commute, I recently started listening to audio books on CD so instead of mindlessly listening to Howard Stern, I can learn something worth while. I recently listened to Love Is The Killer App by Tim Sanders and The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. Now a company from Chagrin Falls, Ohio has essentially put audio books on an Ipod Shuffle. Findaway World LLC co-founder Christopher Celeste explains that they have created a device called a Playaway which is a book that is preloaded on a digital player. The player is the size of a credit card and they mirror a book cover. They actually look like mini-books.

The player is unique because it works without a separate listening device such as a CD or mp3 player. Instead of downloading a mp3 or buying an audio book on a CD, you just collect these new fangled audio books like you would anything else. Unlike the traditional music player, which give you the ability to load audio onto them, the Playaway player is the book. Why is this a big deal?

It just points to the fact that people are still not ready to give up something tangible to represent an audio book. With explosion of Podcasting, the creation of homemade radio shows that you can download and put on your Ipod, consumers are expressing the fact that they want new unique content. Everything is going digital and now most audio books are being offered on audible.com, but a digital file is not same as an audio book. You can hold your Ipod with the file on it, but you still aren’t getting the artwork you would with a traditional CD or book. Now with Playaway you can the audio, the artwork and the technology!

Look for the Playaway to hit your local bookstores in October this year.http://www.playawaydigital.com/

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