Friday, December 3, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of December 3, 2010

My daughter has been interrupting me about every 8 nanoseconds all day today, and I am no longer capable of putting together a coherent thought. I hope you enjoy this week's links.

Seriously though, how does someone with so little life experience have so much to say? It's just mind-boggling.

In the News

Right in my own backyard (but I was sleeping and missed it) - Secret Space Plane Finally Lands; Twin Preps for Launch.

Almost in my backyard - Matriarch of music in SLO dies at 98. She was the last known survivor of Pancho Villa's 1916 New Mexico raid, and what a fascinating life she must have had!

Can't argue with that - Not enough people document their lives, archivist says.

Google is offering Call credits for military families this holiday season.

Another reason to love Firefox - Find Copyright Violations with a Right Click in Firefox.

Generators for Generations: Online databases for mtDNA

A sale I missed this week - 'Star Spangled Banner' sheet music sells for more than $500,000.

Do all e-readers have this problem? Or just Kindle? Why the Kindle Is Losing Me.

Registration for the NGS 2011 Family History Conference is now open for business.

From the Blogs

Margel, of 2338 W. Washington Blvd, offers a decorative suggestion for what to do with those old pots and pans in Holiday Fun for Genealogists. This one will be hard to top!

Deb Ruth, of Adventures in Genealogy, offers some great tips for finding the meaning of surnames in Surname Saturday - Meaning of Given Name.

Most cell phones these days have a record feature, but if you're still telephoning the old school way, check out Recording Long Distance Oral Histories by Anderson SF on the blog.

James Tanner has been doing an interesting series of posts about digital photography and the like on Genealogy's Star. His most recent post is Part Two: More on DPI, PPI and LPI for genealogists. You'll want to check out Part One, as well as the other posts in this informative series.

Isn't this just the most frustrating thing? Greta Koehl shares You Are Missing Out on All of the Best Stuff on Greta's Genealogy Bog.

Just because I liked it (and I live vicariously through Barbara Poole) - Wordless Wednesday -- DAR Cover at Life From the Roots.

You just have to see it - A Cow on the Roof and a Bullet in the Head from the Nebraska State Historical Society.

If you have baseballers in your family, check out Heather Rojo's Baseball and Genealogy Research at Nutfield Genealogy.

Something I'll never see in real life - Wordless Wednesday: Artisans and their work: Old Waterford Crystal Factor.

We get so caught up in telling the stories of our ancestors... do we remember to tell our own stories? Paula Stuart-Warren gives a great reminder in Genealogists, who are you! at Paula's Genealogical Eclectica.

And oldie, but a goodie - Cleaning Mother's House by Michael Neill of If my daughter turns out to be a Charlene, you can bet that I'll be coming back to haunt her.

I don't normally feature posts that are written for carnivals or memes, since I know you'll read them there, but there were a couple that really stood out for me this week. These should whet your appetite for when the 100th Edition Carnival of Genealogy is posted!

I would do just about anything for a family album like this: The Scrapbook Belonging to Great Aunt Doris by Susan Kitchens of Family Oral History Using Digital Tools.

Also The Strange Tale of Uzza Robbins; or His One Hanging, Two Murders, Three Exhumations, and Four Burials (awesome title!).

The Last Byte

Arsenic has been big news this week. Earlier in the week, it was announced that NASA scientists have discovered a new extreme-loving microorganism in California's exotic Mono Lake and Mono Lake bacteria build their DNA using arsenic (and no, this isn’t about aliens). Does this mean that aliens are among us? Or life can exist on other, extreme-enivronment planets (think: Jupiter)? You decide.

In other arsenic news, Gena Ortega shares Arsenic: It's not Just for Rats in the 19th Century. Kind of like the 19th century version of Botox. Except you eat it.

And from the Department of Eeeewwww - Arsenic and Tom Turkey. You'll be eating ham for Christmas, trust me.

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Miriam said...

Great post, Elizabeth! Thanks for highlighting my story. Amazing how arsenic has been a blogging topic, lately, eh? I find it ironic that you listed those posts under "The Last Byte." For sure!

Greta Koehl said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth. There were interesting posts and news items I hadn't seen - interesting about the Kindle; I had already decided to wait to wait for an iPad, anyway.

They (children) do grow older and quieter. Too quiet, sometimes.

Heather Rojo said...

Thanks for mentioning my post today. I've had a lot of comments on my blog, so anyone interested in researching early baseball teams and players should definitely check out the comments for more links. Now I have to go read the other posts you highlighted!

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Barbara Poole said...

What a surprise Elizabeth, but thanks of course, for your mention. That was the last of the covers. Also, I think you will get there before me, it probably is already in your plans for 2011, right?

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You're all very welcome - loved your posts!

Miriam, yes it's weird about the arsenic thing. I guess it's a good thing that we saved Mono Lake after all. That was a big issue here in CA for a long time.

Greta, I'm jonesin' for a Nookcolor. Dick Eastman wrote a good review a couple days ago. It's a little pricey, but I'm guessing developers will come up with lots of uses for it in the future. Plus, the kids books are outstanding. And yes, I know she'll grow quieter in the future. That thought is what helps me deal with all the talking right now. I'll only have 1 child, and I need to soak up every minute while she's still young. I was just very tired and frustrated yesterday (stomach virus will do that).

Thank you Dee - I'll do that!

Heather, when will you be posting your FOOTBALL resources? :-)

Barbara, yes, tentatively CC in 2011. I somehow got myself appointed as a CC National Chairman, so guess I should make an appearance. Might put my kid in the van and make a road trip out of it, so maybe we'll stop in MA for a visit!

Michelle Goodrum said...

I can really relate to your comment, "My daughter has been interrupting me about every 8 nanoseconds all day today, and I am no longer capable of putting together a coherent thought"

Ya gotta love 'em! And how do they have so much to say. As they get older they have less and less to say! LOL

Nolichucky Roots said...

I wanted you to know that I've enjoyed your blog enormously and have shared the Ancestor Approved award with you. Thanks for such great reads!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Michelle, my daughter repeats everything she hears. It drives me absolutely nuts, but apparently she's still catching up from when she couldn't hear very well. She also imitates voices and sounds she hears on TV. Maybe she'll grow up to be a voiceover artist... who knows! But for now... I just keep taking those deep breaths.

NR, thank you for the award and kind words. I'll get it posted as soon as I can!