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Lunar Map, is there an App?

November 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

Fly me to the moon — no worries about getting lost. NASA has released a super-detailed map to guide you on your journey.  I assume there is an app to put this on your phone.  Guess we will need an LPS now (Lunar Postioning system) to go along with the map.

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Tags: Government documents · NASA · Online

T(r)opical Blog — It’s Hot

November 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

FDLP press release GPO staff will begin blogging on a variety of topics. Our first contributing blogger will be Caleb Robinson. His blog, “Acquired Tastes,” will feature his insights on new and interesting Federal information resources that are in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As other GPO bloggers begin their journey, we will notify […]

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Tags: Government documents · Government Printing Office · Online

Ancien Régime Revisionism

June 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

The upcoming crop of presidential hopefuls are stretching their (and our) intellectual muscle — tossing out historical references to the early years of the area commonly know as “North America.”  Being a mild mannered librarian, I try to avoid statements sans citation  and I wondered if I could find a .gov source to help the […]

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Tags: Elections · Online · President/Executive

Vacation Land

April 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

With summer vacation rapidly approaching (thank goodness we don’t have to fret about having six weeks off like the lazy Europeans) let’s see what suggestions .gov is offering.  Check the Facebook page or recreation.gov today, because the funding could be cut at anytime.

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Online

Dot Gov

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

Buyer beware!  Of course all is political, but one yearns for pseudo-impartiality when searching the internet with the .gov domain.  This is now laid to rest (and I am sure these are just two of many  stumble-on examples).  Try http://www.gop.gov/ or  http://www.dems.gov/ and see if they have a bi-partisan, neutral, dot-gov style outlook.

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Tags: Congress · Government documents · Online

Al_gor_ithm

February 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

Didn’t Al Gore invent the algorithm?  What???  Yes, this is internet free association. A couple of typos in your favorite search engine and hard to tell what might float to the top.  But seriously, is it easier than ever to find Government Information, or is the “real stuff” just waiting for the next Wiki-Leak. And […]

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Tags: Government documents · Online · Uncategorized

GPO Press Release

January 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

Public Printer Bill Boarman has named Mary Alice Baish Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).  Interesting bio includes this…  “She is among the founding members of OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG.org), an organization created to promote democracy and end Government secrecy.  She has worked with OTG.org, the White House and Office […]

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Tags: Government documents · Government Printing Office · Online · Press releases

Seeing Czars

November 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Czar time in D.C. again.  This  supernumerary will us help keep stuff to ourselves, err,  allow us to opt-in (or is that opt-out) of  the sharing (or is that stealing) of our most personal and precious moments (i.e. bank routing numbers). The White House plans for a web security czar…   Ars Technica summarizes here.

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Tags: Online · President/Executive

G-Seven Come Eleven

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

Just glancing through the Economic Report of the President (librarian occupational hazard) and was struck by all the comparisons with EUROPE and the Group of Seven — so what’s up with that?  For example one table (fig 7-3, page 190) shows the US of A as having higher infant mortality than the other gang of […]

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Tags: Government documents · Online · President/Executive · Rants · Statistics

Daily Constitutional

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

September 17th is Constitution Day when we tout the jewel of the republic. Naturally NARA (keeper of the flame) has the inside line on the document.

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Tags: Congress · Government documents · Online

World-Wide-Woof

August 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

Белка и Стрелка. The two Muscovite dogs (not to be confused with mosquovites) who flew into space fifty years ago have gone viral on the WWW. Fortunately, there is a NASA link on animals in space, making the link du jour fodder for this blog!

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Tags: Foreign news · NASA · Online

Glory Bound

August 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

All the dreary economic news from the various federal agencies and quasi-governmental agencies getting you down?  Rejoice — things could be worse (and have been) and this is showcased in a Library of Congress exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color featuring fascinating photographs taken by Farm Security Administration photographers from 1939-1943.

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Tags: Economy · Government documents · Library of Congress · Online

Top Secret – Don’t Read!!!

July 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The fourth estate may be down, but it is not out,  not only is there the the co-ordination (co-operation) of the NYT and WikiLeaks in exposing war papers, but now the Washington Post is taking the lid off “Top Secret America.”  I would link to the “official U.S. documents” as is the mission of this […]

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Online

Ball-ow-ney

July 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

If NASA can take the air out of the Jabulani 2010 World Cup Soccer ball imagine the agency’s report on the aerodynamics of a Whiffle ball.  If  you missed the controversy  (your head in the sand?) you can find a video summary here and the official FIFA ball specifications here.

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Tags: Agencies · Foreign news · NASA · Online · President/Executive · Uncategorized

Mighty Wind

June 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Arnold AFB. Such an innocuous name for a such a high powered facility. If you want to get you hair mussed, try the stepping into the aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels which can dry your hair with Mach 20 speed.  Want to test your latest aircraft or spaceship, get in line behind these…

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Online