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It’s good to be back. (School came first. There’s always excuses.)
But now that I’m back, I thought I’d give you something special for Christmas….It’s two websites! Hooray!!!! Don’t say I never give you anything.
I found some websites during my school procrastination that maybe will add to seasonal cheer. Just for fun. The first is IWriteLike.com. You copy and paste a section of your own writing, and the site analyzes it and tells you what famous writer’s style your writing is similar to. It’s cool! I don’t know how scientific or accurate it is, but fun. Apparently I write like Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling, and a new favorite writer, David Foster Wallace.
The second site is sort of a cute-factor motivation. It’s called Written? Kitten! at writtenkitten.net. It’s for those people who see pictures of kittens and fall wildly, madly in love with the picture, suddenly losing all muscle ability and/or consciousness to do anything beyond weeping for cuteness… You know who you are. These kinds of people scare me, mostly because I’ve never been that struck by pictures of baby cats, and also because whenever I try to pet cute, clawed things, I come away bleeding. Not exactly the reinforcement we’re going for. But if you like that sort of thing, this website gives you a fresh kitten every hundred words.
Say it with me: Awwww…
Merry Christmas, everyone!
kitten photo credit to fuelyourwriting.com.
Have you ever lost a library book inside the library? I don’t recommend it; it makes the librarians crabby. But now, technology might prevent all that–check this out!
Awesome Augmented Reality App Could Save Librarians Hours
By Audrey Watters / March 27, 2011 6:30 PM / 14 Comments
If you’ve ever worked in a library, you’re familiar with the drudgery of shelf reading. That’s the process of verifying that all the books on a shelf are in the right order, based on their call numbers. Books get out of order fairly easily, when they’re taken off the shelf and examined, for example, or when they’re just stuck in the wrong place.
Miami University’s Augmented Reality Research Group (MU ARRG! – that exclamation point, I confess, is my addition), led by Professor Bo Brinkman, has developed an Android app that could save librarians a lot of time and hassle. Using the Android’s camera, the app “reads” a bookshelf, and with an AR overlay, quickly flags those books that are misplaced. It will also point to the correct place on the bookshelf so the book can easily be re-shelved correctly.
→Click here to read the rest of the short article: Awesome Augmented Reality App Could Save Librarians Hours. (There’s also a brief video, because showing is better than telling.)
I found this fascinating. An app that reads the book spines for you? Nothing technological should surprise me anymore, because clearly computers are about to become conscious and take over the world, but I’m still amazed by the beautiful, useful things people create.
Now the next step is to put a tracking device on all the books in the library. I’ve always thought that librarians should be able to track books with a GPS-like button. They could look on their little screen and trace the blinking dot right to Mrs. Pemble’s house, who stole that library book 37 years ago and never gave it back, the scum. Wouldn’t that be useful?
For that matter, I think these homing devices should be readily available to the average homeowner, billpayer, and otherwise contributing citizen, inasmuch as I voted last semester. I would promptly catalog and locate all the lost things in my life (such as textbooks, my wallet, and ALL the spoons). Of course, then I’d lose the device, or the app would self-destruct, or it’d get stuck in a blender for a YouTube video…(“Don’t try this at home.” Oh, but people do. They really do.)
If you’ve worked in a library (or ever lost anything whatsoever) do you see any usefulness in this app?