Hyperactive Hyperlinks

Here’s another post that’s nothing more than a collection of links, many of them silly, the majority introduced to me by Metafilter.

Abandoned But Not Forgotten is a collection of photos of abandoned, historical, and unusual locations from around the world. Beware of the slow loading vintage web design (somewhat apropos to the topic actually) but it’s worth slogging through to see the cool photos.

PCWorld collects The Strangest Sights in Google Earth, which of course is the same as our own planet earth but frozen in time and shared with everyone who lives here. Again, be wary of some crummy web design.

A clever video in which two young men celebrate the city that rocks: Colonial Williamsburg. Funny in that they don’t openly mock CW but let the incongruities of music and images speak for themselves.

PinchHitter 2 is a frustrating and addictive baseball game that will take you from the sandlot to the majors.

If you like ugly, but tasty, fruit and vegetables, you’ll enjoy the stark images of the mutatocollection. The oddity here is that many of these are actually naturally grown vegetables as opposed to the genetic mutations that pass as “perfect.”

Is the world of Gil Thorp in the Matrix? Could explain the oddities of that comic strip. I particularly like Clambake as Morpheus.

From world travelers, a collection of 20 funny signs from around the world. Reminds me of a sign I saw in Ireland near a cliff’s edge showing a car flying over a cliff. The Irish are not subtle.

Finally, a demographic study of Pluggers and They’ll Do It Every Time, a scientific analysis of the two head scratching, anachronistic comics drawn on suggestions mailed in by readers.

While I’m posting links, I may as well introduce some recent additions to the blogroll:

  • Bringing Home the Word: Exploring the Bible Through the Catholic Lectionary – Fairly self-explanatory title, good reading for lectors like myself.
  • Digital Campus – A biweekly discussion of how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. This is actually a podcast, but they post links relating to the topics discussed on the show.
  • Francesco Explains It All – Blog by the creator of Sally Forth.
  • History Conversations – An occasional dialogue with historians and history lovers about their interests, their ideas, and their lives in history. A podcast from the creator of Found History.
  • lower east side librarian – A personal/professional library blog by a librarian who is interested in/expect to write about zines and alternative press publications in libraries, library activism, open source technology applications and culture, and lolcats.
  • Ms. Magazine – More than a magazine, a movement. More of a feed than a blog.
  • Nobody Loves Rusty – A tribute/mockery blog for Mark Trail.
  • Paste Magazine – Updates on signs of life in music, film, and culture.
  • pazonada – A spiff local photo blog.
  • Pitchfork Media – New music reviews to help me feel old.
  • separated by a common language – Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK.
  • Stat of the Day – This and that about baseball stats. From the people who brought you Baseball Reference.
  • Uncontrolled Vocabulary – A live discussion of news, trends and topics in librarianship. Another cool podcast that’s like The McLaughlin Group, but with Librarians. Useful links posted on the blog after the show.

You may also notice on the sidebar that I’ve added links to my new Library Thing profile and catalog.  I should be adding books over time.

Spring Cleaning

I tried to tidy up Panorama of the Mountains a bit, and I think I was moderately successful in reducing some clutter. I took away About in the sidebar since it was duplicated in the tabs up top, and I also moved the Utilities up there since they are of little use to anyone but me. Another big change was to sort all the links in my blogroll into categories. It wasn’t easy as one word rarely describes a blog and many of them fit in multiple categories. But now folks looking for library blogs won’t have to sift through baseball blogs and vice versa.

Speaking of the blogroll, I’ve added some new links:

With baseball season underway I’ve started reading several more baseball blogs and surprisingly none of them are exclusively Mets-related. The Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, already one of the most accessible and fan-friendly ballplayers around, now has an official blog called 38 Pitches. More great baseball insights may be found at The Pinetar Rag and Yard Work.

Another fun discovery about blogging and reading blogs is seeing the stories folks from the Boston area are posting. These new blogs include Auntie Scotch Raves, Bachelor in Porter Square, Bradley’s Almanac (which focuses on the Boston music scene), The City Record and Boston News-Letter (fantastic history blog), Isak (literature and social justice), Lost in Boston, and Shutterscript (stunning photography). I’m humbled to be among such interesting and talented neighbors.

I found several good “fact of the day” type of reference blogs, since I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. These include Britannica Blog, Infoplease Editors’ Blog, Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day, ResourceShelf, and World Almanac.

My news and politics resources grow with Buzzflash and Democracy Now!

Fr. Ben Hawley, SJ of The Good News blog now has two more spiritually-based blogs, Did God Find You Today and Living the Eucharist in Our Daily Lives.

Bike Commuters and Green Streets join my growing collection of blogs regarding bicycling, transit, urban planning, and green cities.

Some of my favorite newly-discovered blogs take a quirky theme and post photos and stories about them each day. Blogs that fall in this genre include Secret Fun Blog (retro culture), Shorpy – The One-Hundred-Year-Old Photo Blog (gorgeous high-resolution photos of urban and industrial scenes from 60-100 years ago), Strange Maps (self-explanatory), and Truly Awful Stuff (ditto). Well they’re kind of too arcane to describe well so check them out!

Of course, I hope to make Panorama of the Mountains a great blog visited by many, so if you like what you see (or don’t) drop in and leave a comment.

My Favorite Podcasts

Not so long ago, I was under the impression that I would never need a mp3 player. After all, who needs to have 1000+ songs at once? After I received an iPod as a gift my opinion swiftly changed, and found that listening to a shuffle of a 1000+ songs was a good way to discover the depth of my music collection and make new discoveries. Another thing I never thought I’d like is podcasts, but once I tried them I was hooked. So with no further ado…

My Favorite Podcasts

Battlestar Galactica — show producer Ron Moore offers commentary for each episode. It’s meant to be listened to synchronized with watching the episode but I can’t listen to someone talking over people talking so I generally listen to the podcast after watching the episode (usually while watching the dishes).
Busted Halo — A (usually) weekly show answering questions from young adults on Catholicism as well as Church Search and Day By Day an intriguing almanac. The show has lost some of it’s luster now that Fr. Dave is not a regular, but it’s still a fun listen.
Colonial Williamsburg Past & Present — Lloyd Dobyns (who I used to watch on the NBC Overnight news show with Linda Ellerbee) interviews historical interpreters for the behind the scenes story from Colonial Williamsburg.
Folkways Collection — This series of 24 one-hour programs explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).
Pray As You Go — a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.
Provoke Radio — a social justice show from a faith perspective.

Rare Frequency
— — a radio show, podcast, and website devoted to experimental, electronic, improv, noise, and quasi-pop music, with the occasional non sequitur thrown in for good measure.
Science Talk — Join host Steve Mirsky each week as he explores the latest developments in science and technology through interviews with leading scientists and journalists.
Soccer Shout — Phil and Tony talk about English football several days a week. Like Car Talk it is fun to listen to even if you’re not really interested in the topic just because the host are so funny.

Public Radio Broadcasts on Podcast

Most of the podcasts I listen to regularly are actually public radio shows that I never have the presence of mind to listen to on the radio.

All Songs Considered
Global Hit
NPR Shuffle

Only a Game
Present at the Creation
This American Life
Travel With Rick Steves
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
WBUR Here and Now
World Cafe

Writer’s Almanac

New Blogs

Since I’m already in metapost mode, here are some new additions to the blogroll.

Commute By Bike is another resource for folks like myself who go to work on two wheels.
Information about volunteering in Greater Boston is available from BostonCares.
Reviews of movies, especially those on screen at the Brattle Theatre at Wuzzon?
Cool articles for the independent traveler on Brave New Traveler.
Finally, two new Catholic blogs: LAMLand and Martha, Martha

Favorite Search Terms

Here are more of my favorite search terms which somehow led to Panorama of the Mountains.

why dogs lick human toes
primal thumb fear
who was killed in the movie the departed (I posted the answer in a comment)
pictures of ancient eygyptian glass (4 times!)
mets search engine cultural artifacts

Continuing the Conversation

It’s been an exciting week at Panorama of the Mountains. On Wednesday I was featured as “Blog of the Moment” at WordPress.com leading to a record 122 views in one day, many of them for my review of Thumbs, Toes, and Tears. Even before Wednesday I’d noticed an increase in views and comments. So here’s a hearty hello and thank you to all of you viewing and commenting. And keep those comments coming. I finally figured out how to change the settings so one doesn’t have to register to post a comment. If you’ve never commented before I have to approve your post to avoid spam so hold tight if you don’t see your comment right away.

People are also finding Panorama of the Mountains in unusual ways. Here’s a list of the most amusing search engine terms that have apparently brought people to this weblog:

  • german librarian 2007
  • discouraging the married man (and I thought I was encouraging to married men)
  • sams dud’s play grand
  • cows dancing and sinning

Since my last metapost Opening the Conversation, I’ve been refining my blogroll, and I’m happy to introduce some exciting blogs I’ve discovered as of late.

Fr. Ben Hawley, S.J. dropped by and made a comment earlier in the week. I’ve long been fond of the Jesuits because of their strong commitment to education so it’s good to have one as a reader. Fr. Hawley has a great blog of his own called The Good News of Christ.

I’ve been adding library blogs by the bucketfull to the blogroll and I have even more I’m following in my Bloglines feeds. Only one has me giddy with excitement and that is Mary Carmen Chimato’s Circ and Serve which may be the only library blog with an Access Services focus. Read Mary’s Bringing Sexy Back post, then read it again. It really speaks to a lot of the issues those of us in Access Services live with. I can’t thank her enough for starting this blog.

Equally exciting but related to how I get to work is the Bike Commute Tips Blog, an ever-so-needed compendium of information for those of us who go to work on two wheels and our own power.

Another shortage in the blogosphere appears to be in history blogs, but Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub helps to fill in that gap in an entertaining and educational way.

Better Sports collates current sporting news with insightful and intelligent commentary.

J. Baumgart probably has no idea that her presentation a couple of years back is when it first occured to me that I could author a blog. Now I can look for more inspiration at j’s scratchpad.

Finally, I know I’m way behind the times on this, but MetaFilter is a way cool place to find unique things on the web and a community of commentary.

Search Engines

I’m adding a new link to my blogroll: Search Engine Land, which as the name implies reviews and evaluates search engines.

This post is a good a place as any to link the numerous search engines, directories and indices I learned about in Candy Schwartz’s course and had to evaluate. It will be good to have the links in one handy spot.

BUBL Information Service
Digital Librarian
Humbul Humanities Hub
Internet Public Library
Librarians’ Internet Index
Ask MetaFilter
Open Directory Project
WWW Virtual Library

Addendum: Librarian’s Ultimate Guide to Search Engines

Blog Overlap

Now that I’ve started actually reading the blogs in my blogroll, I’m finding it interesting to see my interests represented in the least likely places.

For example, whoda thunk that Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog would contain a positive review of Battlestar Galactica?

Battlestar Ecclesiastica
by Johannes Wycliffe

In this boke of science ficcion, a man ycleped Wycliffe is the bishop of the gret chirche of Seynt Paules, the which is lyk vnto a mighty shippe and kan moue thurgh the voyde of the planetes. Al othir chirches on the earth haue ben destroyed by the deuil and his feendes, who haue taken on the visages of men and look exactlie lyk friares. Ther is a mighti ladye of feyth called Margery Starbaxter, who ys a loyal warryour for the chirche and sleyeth the friares. And eek ther ys a traytour named Belshazzar who doth see visions of a sexie friar yn his heed who telleth hym to betraye the goode folke of Seynt Paules. Sum oon nedeth to jump on this sucker and turne hit in to a series of television.

Similarily, Googling God is not the first place I’d expect to see a post on the 1986 Mets. I have to say it warms my heart to learn that Mike Hayes — whom I’ve grown fond of while listening to his work the Busted Halo podcast — states he’s a Mets fan.

I learned a little while back that Josh of Comics Curmudgeon is also a Mets fan. Perhaps that is the undiscovered connection among great bloggers everywhere: a love for the Mets. If so it makes for good tidings for my own efforts.

Opening the Conversation

I notice from my statistics page that people are actually viewing this weblog already. And to all of you who’ve dropped by, welcome! I’ve not publicized Panorama of the Mountains in the slightest. I view it as a “soft launch” so that if I post for a couple weeks I can just delete this weblog and no one will be the wiser. Yet it is the nature of the game that people will be finding their way here through tag surfing and referal logs. This is all good since I do hope that Panorama of the Mountains grows into a dialogue instead of a monalogue.

With that in mind here are some of the blogs I read as well as many blogs I think I’d like to read regularly (after all, I spent a lot of time trying to find the rare liberal Catholic blogs so I might as start reading them). Here is the inaugural class of my blogroll:

Bobby’s Way — Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine’s blog from Japan.
Faith and Fear in Flushing — Possibly the best Met’s blog online.
Mets Guy in Michigan — As a Mets guy in Massachusetts (married to a woman from Michigan) I can sort of relate.
Mike’s Mets — New York Mets discussion, news and historical perspective.
Wright Now — The official MLBlog of Mets third baseman David Wright.

Streets Blog — Covering the New York City Streets Renaissance.

Bad Catholic — A Christian at a Crossroads.
Busted Halo — An online magazine for spiritual seekers in their 20’s and 30’s.
Cardinal Seán’s Blog — The head of the Archdiocese of Boston shares his reflections & experiences.
Catholicism, holiness and spirituality — This is a moderate, Jesuit-flavored Catholic blog.
Far From Rome — Orthodoxy is overated.
Googling God — Mike Hayes, managing editor of Busted Halo, a Catholic spirituality site sponsored by the Paulists.
In Today’s News — A progressive Roman Catholic noticing that conservatives and traditionalists Catholics take most of the Catholic space on the web.
Kicking and Screaming — A liberal Catholic’s diary on his first year in a Seminary with the Paulists.
The Lesser of Two Weevils — Adventures in Biblical Hebrew — and anything else that catches my eye.
Whispers in the Loggia — Rocco Palmo’s insider view of the Vatican.

Fun Stuff:
The Comics Curmudgeon — Josh reads the comics so you don’t have to.
Drink at Work — One of the world’s countless providers of humor and humor-related services to both the public and communal sectors.
Found Magazine — Collections of FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles – anything that gives a glimpse into someone
else’s life.
Galactica Watercooler — Talk about the best show on TV and iTunes.
Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog — Something English majors may appreciate.
Liam Humor — Another guy named Liam and his comedy stylings (I found this googling my onw name).

Found History — Unintentional, unconventional, and amateur history all around us

Libraries & Librarians:
ACRLog — Blogging by and for academic and research librarians.
Blog About Libraries — The title says it all.
Laughing Librarian — Library Humor & Stuff.
Librarian.net — putting the rarin’ back in librarian.
Library Dust — A small gift to the library world from Michael McGrorty.
Library Planet — A librarian’s look at the world at large.
Library Stuff — Stuff about libraries.
Lipstick Librarian — The diary of a library fashionista.
LIS News — Librarian and Information Science News
PLA Blog — The official blog of the Public Library Association.
Radical Reference — Answers for those who question authority.
The Shifted Librarian — How the change from pursuing information to receiving information is and will be affecting libraries.
Turn The Page — A clog – or a comic log set in a library.
Unshelved — My favorite web comic, set in a public library.
WebJunction — an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses – and have fun.


Boston.com Blogs — Numerous blogs on the Boston Globe website.
Newton Streets and Sidewalks — Traffic Calming in Nearby Newton.
The Somerville News — The Weekly Paper with Daily News
Universal Hub — Boston’s community news and information resource.
WBUR News and Arts Blog — Boston’s NPR News Source.

Pandora — Backstage at the Musice Genome Project.

People I Know:
Baptized Pagan — Brian is a catechist and frequent lay reflector at my church.
Candy@GSLIS — Candy taught me everything I know about web authoring at Simmons College GSLIS.
Molliver’s Travels — I sort of knew Molly in college. Now she’s in Thailand.

Random Thoughts — Photos and thoughts by silverdsl.
Satan’s Laundromat — A photolog of New York, with an emphasis on urban decay, strange signage, and general weirdness.

Capitol Hill Blue — Because nobody’s life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session or the White House is occupied.
Faithful Progressive — Religion Politics Culture.
God’s Politics — A blog by Jim Wallis of Sojourners.
Greg Palast — Investigative journalist who I can’t resist reading even though he’s brash and obnoxious.
This Modern World — Tom Tomorrow’s cartoons and blog.
The Notion — Rapid reaction to breaking news and unfiltered takes on politics, ethics and culture from Nation editors and contributors.
Project for the Old American Century — Blog of the free independent online daily news source that presents and distributes under-reported news items focusing on corporate and government corruption.
The Quaker’s Colonel — Col. Dan Smith, USA (Ret.) Talks About Military Affairs

Scientific American

Soccer Shout — Phil and Tony are two expat Brits who give their opinions on the games and the news. Sometimes comical, sometimes cynical, always entertaining.

Judging on what happens when I actually read these blogs and who drops by here I will be dropping and adding blogs on this list.