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Doodle Your Search Results with Doodlebuzz.com

Doodlebuzz.com brings a different approach to news aggregators/news search engines.

After you enter your search terms, you draw lines to which the search results are attached.

The site is fun and with as clean as interface as your artistic skills can provide.

 

Is that a UFO or what?

Look! Up in the eastern sky! Is that bright light a UFO?

We have been enjoying some very clear skies of late (between tropical storm left-overs) and early risers may have spotted a very bright point of light in the pre-dawn eastern sky. What is it?

It's not a bird. It's not a plane. Nor is it Superman. That brilliant beacon is the star Sirius -- the brightest star in Earth's night sky.

New Genealogy Program from Federal Government

Genealogy buffs may be interested in a new program from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

This fee-based program enables genealogists to access naturalization and immigration records.

It's a Mystery 8/21/08


New Fall Releases

 

A number of popular mystery authors have new books coming out in August and September.  Here is a sampling of some forthcoming titles.

New Image Search Engine

Tineye.com is a promising and innovative image search engine.

Currently in beta (not ready for prime time), TinEye doesn't use keyword searches. Instead, you upload a picture and TinEye tells you where it appears on the Web.

Here are some same searches.

PDF Search Engine

I came across this specialized search engine: PDF Search Engine. With this engine, you can search Websites for PDFs (portable document format).

PDF Search Engine will search all kinds of Websites, including forum/message board sites.

An Important Site for Entrepreneurs

VCDB from Punctuative.com, which stands for "Venture Capital Database," is a free search tool for the venture capital industry.

Search by name (firm, or individual), location, or by the amount of assets under management.

 

 

Eclipse thrills millions

Photo: NASA TV image of the 2008 total solar eclipse at totality.

On Friday, August 1, a total eclipse of the Sun took place within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. We couldn't see it from the U.S. except via TV and the Web. The sight thrilled millions, however, seeing it with their own eyes or remotely, via electronic means.

No eclipse here!

Photo: Eclipse images by Lon Dittrick, Cuyahoga Astronomical Association.On Friday, August 1, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth but you won't be able to see it from Ohio! The path of the Moon's umbral (central) shadow begins in Canada and will speed across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes far northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia. No portion of the eclipse will be visible from the United States that day!

It's A Mystery 7/28/08

Authors Who Write More Than One Mystery Series

I started to make a list of mystery authors who have written more than one mystery series, but stopped when I realized there were too many to mention.

Robert B. Parker, for example, is currently writing three mystery series:  the long-running Spenser series set in Boston, the Jesse Stone series about a police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts, and the Sunny Randall series about a female private investigator in Boston.  In a recent interview Parker explained how each series evolved and why he created them:

"I invented Jesse Stone so I could try my hand at a third person narration, and a guy who was nowhere near as evolved as Spenser.  Jesse has problems with alcohol and his ex-wife.  Spenser is complete.  Jesse is a life work in progress.  I also liked writing about a cop and a small-town police force.  Sunny Randall was invented at the behest of Helen Hunt, who wanted me to invent someone for her to play in a series of movies.  We agreed that I would write a novel.  Putnam would publish.  Sony would buy it for Helen, and Helen would star.  Everything worked fine up to actually making the movie.  That is in limbo.  Sunny did well and my publisher urged me to continue, so I did.  I lean heavily on Joan [Parker's wife] for the woman's point of view here.  And I am able to write about things from the perspective of someone of great courage but limited physical strength."