Thursday, April 23, 2009

World Class Time Killers

As someone who spent many late nights on conference calls, conducted in a language I did not understand, I quickly learned to value of a good time killer.

Here are two great new opportunities for meaningful virtual daydreaming:

The new UN/Library of Congress developed World Digital Library is simply one of the most amazing websites I have ever seen. Using a time line or geographic parameters a user can access visual images, manuscript scans, fine art reproductions, etc. that chronicle a composite of world history. This is a new drug for Wikipedia obsessives like me.

Anyone sharing my fascination with the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration will be blow away by the new Freeze Frame site presenting photography from various arctic expeditions from the 19th century to the present day. While the greatest treasure of arctic adventure, the photographs of Frank Hurley , is not yet on line, the images that are available are remarkable.

Enjoy, just don't let your boss catch you!

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