Friday, March 14, 2008

Everyday Sociology Blog

The weekly Scout Report just came through my email. It always introduces interesting websites. This one grabbed me, probably because I've lately been thinking about how most of our "common-sense" assumptions so often turn out to be wrong (e.g. Eliot Spitzer, Geraldine Ferraro, etc). I particularly liked the one [March 7th] about how students decide where to sit in a classroom. js

Everyday Sociology
When some people think about sociology, they might think about Max Weber, …mile[sic] Durkheim, and Manuel Castells. The witty, irreverent, and very insightful sociologists at Everyday Sociology consider those esteemed scholars, but they also examine social dynamics on airplanes, Asian American voters, and the world of celebrity. The Everyday Sociology weblog is edited by sociologist Karen Sternheimer, and her contributors include a wide range of practicing sociologists. Visitors to the site can scroll through recent entries and also browse several categories, which include crime and deviance, sex and gender, social psychology, and popular culture and consumption. Also, users may wish to look through the archives, which date back to June 2007. Along with being eminently readable, the site also includes teaching activities and video interviews. [KMG]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Watch Your Language -- Interactive Quizzes

I'm weird. I happen to think that learning can be great fun even if you fail, especially when no one is grading you. Here's a webpage of quizzes: grammar(I mostly failed these), mechanics, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling and others. It comes from the Capital Community College Foundation in Hartford Connecticut.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Daylight Savings Time from Paula Webb

Hot Docs Sunday at 2:00 A.M. jump to 3:00 A.M. and lose an hour of sleep along with most of the rest of the country.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Sell by, Best if used before, Expiration date

Sorry, it has been over a week since the last post. Guess I was having too much fun being a librarian!

From the last weekly email by Marylaine Block [She's going strictly to the web] comes this link to the U.S. Government blog which is both readable (surprised) and most useful. I didn't know till a few months ago that diet drinks have a very short shelflife. This website elucidates the different messages marked on grocery products and actually has a "Cold Storage Chart" on how long one can actually keep refrigerated or frozen foods. And another strangely entitled "Foods Purchased Refrigerated."

I'm not sure that after looking at these charts that there is anything in my freezer or pantry that won't kill me. Frozen hotdogs-2 months! Canned tomato soup-18 months! And that aerosol can of real whipped cream. C'mon--tell me you haven't secretly done tongue-shots of whipped cream for months after the use-by date!

Another site to peruse this weekend from Marylaine Block:
"Consolidating the vast amount of 'Strange Stuff' out there into 1 easy
to use place. Haunted buildings, places, Urban legends, cemeteries, weird
places, cool places, ghost towns, and anything else that is worth your
time to visit." Click on a state and then browse by town name or by type
of weirdness; you'll get descriptions of the incidents, soe with links to
news stories."