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Yahoo! Picks of the Year

Each year, Yahoo! picks what they think are the ten oddest, most fun or most interesting sites of the year. Here are the 2004 entries. A few faves: Animals on the Underground, which finds the shapes of animals in London's Underground maps. And there's WordCount, a site that ranks the 86,800 most commonly used English words. I tried "whoopee" and found that it is number 53,526. "To" is number four. And the number one word is...drum roll...


Inaugural links

The United States' 55th presidential inauguration takes place tomorrow. In light of this historical event, we thought some handy links to interesting resources would be timely. For starters, see how well you do on this Inauguration History Quiz, from the Washington Post (I got 7 out 10 right - looks like I could use a refresher Civics course).


Realtime (almost) news from ALA Midwinter

The Public Library Association is breaking ground with the first official library association blog at an ALA conference with their PLA blog. Check in here (or add it to your RSS feed -- see the LII's About RSS if this is new to you) to find out what's important and see if you know any of the librarian bloggers.


Free eBooks for your PDA "contains more than 10,000 eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, or Symbian cellphone." Most of the etexts are from the Project Gutenberg archives, which digitizes older literary works that are in the public domain. I've begun my reading of French lit by downloading Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Proust's Swann's Way.



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