National Gaming Day At Libraries A Massive Success

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Jenny “Shifted Librarian” Levine and the American Library Association threw an astoundingly successful National Gaming Day in America’s libraries. This is the second year for NGD, and the participation more than doubled. Patrons played all kinds of games — tabletop, board games, video games — and discovered their libraries and their communities.
Here’s all the numbers from this great day…
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3/3/09: Celebrate Square Root Day!

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Let’s get geeky…or not.

When the month and day form the square root of the year, math geeks celebrate a special holiday. Well, presumably. I never made it past precalculus, so I’m only going by what the Associated Press says:

The math-buffs’ holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls on Tuesday – 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine).

“These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day – and poof – they’re gone,” said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event.

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Today is World Toilet Day

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Holy Crap! This is a big problem.

Did you know?

2.5 billion people do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet.

One gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.

The simple act of washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by over 40%.

Safe disposal of children’s faeces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhoea.

19 November is World Toilet Day – a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important, toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis.

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Top 10 Photos of the Week

Top 10 Photos of the Week

 The Deluxe Muffin even comes with its own hamster wheel

Each week we try to find the most unusual photos in the world. At the same time, we begin to scream, do crazy Norwegian dances, argue amongst ourselves, and even eat artificial vegetables in an effort to devise an appropriate caption for the photos. It is this combination of amazing photo, couple with a “left hook” kind of caption, that leads us to our final masterpiece. Well, it a masterpiece in an Andy Warhol sort of way. (Pics)

 

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Study: Video Will Soon Consume One-Third of Each Day

Video Will Soon Consume One-Third of Each Day

Pretty soon TV watching will become so all-consuming that we’ll have to do it in our sleep

US Internet users ages 12 and older surveyed in June 2008 spent 6.1 hours daily with video-based entertainment, according to Solutions Research Group’s “Multiplatform Video Report.” They concluded that about four hours per day were spent on traditional television, including live, digital video recorder (DVR) and video-on-demand (VOD) viewing. Video games, Web and PC video, DVDs and video on mobile devices accounted for the balance of video entertainment hours.

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