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Aging-Related Info on the Web: Ageline

Consumer Searches To Go is an information service of AARP. The site features categories of information with the general consumer in mind.

Categories include:
• Health
• Money
• Long-Term Care
• Retirement
And more.

For more specialized information on aging-related topics, try Ageline Search, which is geared more toward professionals than the general user.

Comparison: search engines, directories

Search engines come in many flavors, and offer different features. Which one is the best for you? The answer depends on your search.

This comparison chart showcases the different search functions of several search engines, definitions of terminology, and provides reviews.

Sometimes a great place to start a search is in a subject directory.

Need help with a Web search? AskScott.com

From the Website: "AskScott.com helps you find the most appropriate Internet reference tool for your search."

The site features search tools and databases for several categories of information, including:

  • Family Issues
  • News or stocks
  • Research Assistance
  • Government Information
  • International Information

Two books for winter reading

Foreign Correspondent
by Alan Furst, 2006

Carlo Weisz is an Italian journalist seeking refuge in Paris with other intellectuals fleeing Mussolini's fascist government. While working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, he becomes the editor of an underground newspaper that hopes to keep the flames of resistance alive in both countries. His efforts not only place his own life in danger, but that of the German socialite and lover he is trying to save from the Nazis. This latest espionage novel by the author of Dark Voyage and Red Gold is once again filled with atmosphere, intrigue, and romance.

Daylight Saving Time another Y2K?

There is a significant change this year in the beginning and ending times for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. This may also affect your computer! While not expected to be as big a problem as the turn of the century "Y2K Bug," computer users may be perplexed or inconvenienced by the DST issue.

The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by the U.S. Congress, extended DST in the U.S. by approximately four weeks. As a result, beginning in this year, DST will start three weeks earlier --on March 11, 2007-- and end one week later --on November 4, 2007-- resulting in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than previously observed.

What's Now? 10x10

Once in a while we happen across a Web site that offers a new perspective on our world. Ten by Ten is one of those sites.

The creators of 10x10 explain their creation better than I can, "10x10â„¢ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life."

Visit 10x10 now.

Dig to China?

Did you ever hear the old expression about digging a hole so deep you wind up in China? If you could dig all the way straight through the center of the Earth... where would you really wind up?

To answer that burning question, some folks have created a Web site that lets you select a place anywhere on the face of the Earth for digging. Double-click on the map at that point and click "Dig Here." The site will then show you where you'd wind up if you could dig straight on through.

Hello/goodbye to bright comet!

JAN. 11 UPDATE: See a photo of Comet McNaught shot from Northeast Ohio last night (Jan. 10) by a friend of mine. Visit the Web home of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association.


UPDATE: Well, I saw it! Briefly. I went to the roof of the library during my dinner hour taking along my camera and tripod. It was a beautiful sunset with orange and red colors illuminating jet contrails in the western sky. As the twilight dimmed and Venus sparkled to the southwest, I spotted Comet McNaught glowing a ghostly white between the orange jet trails. It was bright, even at about 5:30 when I first sighted it. Still, as the night fell so did the comet. Already low in the sky, McNaught sank behind the trees far to the west of the building before it really became photogenic, only visible to me for 10 minutes or so. Still, I saw it with and without the telephoto lens: my first comet of the year! So, with freezing metal tripod in hand, I headed back into the building and back to work. I hope you got to see this comet or will see it yet! Read original post, below....

Looking for something?

Did you know there are two search boxes on our Web pages? The two forms look for information in two separate places!

Titled "Search Catalog," the first search form is the place where users can enter a title, subject, author's name, or key words. By clicking the "Search Now" button they can conveniently search the library's catalog of materials for items of interest.

The second search box, titled "Search this site," does just that ... it can be used to search our main Web site for information about the library, its services, policies, things that aren't in our catalog.

Saturn viewing canceled

UPDATE: Sorry to say we're dealing with Northeastern Ohio weather again. The sky is 100% overcast making stargazing impossible so we're calling it off! The event will not be rescheduled.


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Original post....

We plan to bring telescopes back to the library's sidewalk the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 28, in hopes of seeing the beautiful ringed world Saturn. We'll start at about 7:30 PM. This program was postponed from Feb. 21 due to poor seeing conditions. Note: The rescheduled program also depends upon the sky being clear! Cloudy skies cancel and the forecast is for poor to bad seeing. Watch this space for updates!