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October 17, 2014 on Flickr.Mendenhall Glacier and photo trail. Like the reflection in this photo.

October 17, 2014 on Flickr.

Mendenhall Glacier and photo trail. Like the reflection in this photo.

#NaNoWrimo2014 - Inspiration from the Visible World

Does your story involve a place you haven’t been to? Contain crowded freeways or bears roaming streams? The Inspiration from the Visible World Section of Writer’s Guide to Government Information describes a number of webcams that can inform stories involving places you haven’t been to or animals you haven’t seen.

But, if you stick to writing what you know, then you might not need this section. 

#NaNoWrimo2014 - Finding accurate geology/earthquake information

If your story has geological features, odd rocks, devasting earthquakes, continental divides or other geological issues, consider checking out the Geology section of the Writer’s Guide to Government Information. The resources highlighted in this section can answer questions like:

  • What did Mount Saint Helens look like in 1964 and in 1984?
  • What does the landscape look like in Joshua Tree National Park?
  • What did Tokyo look like after its 1923 earthquake?
  • Is there more than one continental divide?
  • Outside of Appalachia, where are America’s coal fields?
  • Where are potentially active volcanoes in California?
  • What do dinosaur tracks look like?
  • What does a geologic fault look like from the air?
  • What might a geologist see on a road geology field trip?

Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online

This seems like it could be useful to a lot of researchers. Low download limits for legal materials. Also only available as Hein Online’s good will lasts.

But still a good and useful gesture.

October 17, 2014 on Flickr.Icebergs in Mendenhall Lake, Juneau Alaska.

October 17, 2014 on Flickr.

Icebergs in Mendenhall Lake, Juneau Alaska.

besttitlesever:

It’s Really Spooky How Well I Drive After a Few Beers, Poster from American Forces Information Service, Dept. of Defense, 1997
SuDoc Call No: D 2.9:D 36/2/NO.118
Well, this is horrifying.
To explore other posters issued by the US Government, visit the University of Iowa’s online collection.

I do find this fairly creepy. Don’t drink and drive.

besttitlesever:

It’s Really Spooky How Well I Drive After a Few Beers, Poster from American Forces Information Service, Dept. of Defense, 1997

SuDoc Call No: D 2.9:D 36/2/NO.118

Well, this is horrifying.

To explore other posters issued by the US Government, visit the University of Iowa’s online collection.

I do find this fairly creepy. Don’t drink and drive.

Early voting has begun in #Alaska. If you live in Alaska. Please vote. Now or on Election Day.

Early voting has begun in #Alaska. If you live in Alaska. Please vote. Now or on Election Day.

besttitlesever:

Digesting History, Friedman, H, Naval War College Press, Department of Defense, 2010
SuDoc Call No: D 208.210:17
Gonna need a lot of extra fiber.
From the bclibrary collection.
Find it in a Library


I have a history degree. Over the past few decades, history has given me a sour stomach watching how few Americans can digest it all. 

besttitlesever:

Digesting History, Friedman, H, Naval War College Press, Department of Defense, 2010

SuDoc Call No: D 208.210:17

Gonna need a lot of extra fiber.

From the bclibrary collection.

Find it in a Library

I have a history degree. Over the past few decades, history has given me a sour stomach watching how few Americans can digest it all. 

#NaNoWrimo2014 Find real landmarks with Board of Geographic Names

If you’d like to include real place names in your story, check out my writeup of how the Board of Geographic Names (BGN) can help. 

The BGN site can help answer questions like:

  • Is there a [particular feature] in a given state or county?
  • Where is a town called _______?
  • Where is there a dry valley in Antarctica I can drop characters into?

Valdez Police Officer: Legalize marijuana so we can focus on serious crime

I’m voting yes on 2 this November. See the Official Election Pamphlet for full text of initiative, plus statements in favor and in opposition.