Thursday, January 28, 2010

Picturing the 1930s

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has created a fantastic interactive website called Picturing the 1930s. This site offers a comprehensive look at the decade and allows you to view pictures, listen to music, and learn more about the New Deal, the Great Depression and much more...you can even make your own online movie!

From ipl2 - news and information

State of the Union

If you missed the State of the Union last night, don't worry, you can read a full transcript right here. For a side-by-side look at the video and text, the New York Times has you covered.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Search Engine Comparison

With so many search engine options floating around the web, it's tough to figure out which one is really the best. NoBrandSearch helps you by doing a side-by-side comparison of the search results you get from two different search engines. Here's the catch: it doesn't tell you which search engines it's using...it just gives you two lists of results and asks you which you think is better. Try it out with a few searches, you may be surprised which search engines you end up preferring!

From Barco 2.0

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

State Department: Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently released the State Department's Stabilization Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan (pdf). It provides an overview of the current situation in those countries and what diplomatic initiatives are going to take place in the future to stabilize that region.

From beSpacific

Monday, January 25, 2010

This Year’s Top 10 Celebrity Legal Scandals

Between the on-going Tiger Woods scandal and the big Jon & Kate split, 2009 was quite a year for celebrities and the law. Here's one list of the Top 10 Celebrity Legal Scandals of 2009.

From Law Librarian Blog

Friday, January 22, 2010

Violent Crime Rates Drop in Major U.S. Cities

Cities across the country are reporting some impressive drops in violent crime from 2009. Los Angeles hit its lowest rate in the last half century and Washington, D.C. hit its lowest mark since 1966. The economy may still be shaky, but our streets appear to be getting much safer!

From beSpacific

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti: Information and Ways to Help

The recent earthquake in Haiti has dominated the news over the past week, but if you're looking for a reliable source of information online, be sure to check out the State Department's website. This page contains information about Haiti, the earthquake, relief efforts, as well as information on how to donate money to the relief effort.

From Barco 2.0

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's the Difference Between a Toe Loop, a Lutz, and a Salchow?

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are just around the corner, so it might be time for you to brush up on your figure skating knowledge before the competition begins. While Wikipedia is a good place for general knowledge (and descriptions of various spins, jumps and lifts), also check out the official page of U.S. Figure Skating for more information about the sport and the athletes you might see in Vancouver.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Law School Survey of Student Engagement

Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research recently released its 2009 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (pdf). This report, which is based on data collected from law students across the country, gives a broad picture of life as a law student, and analyzes everything from hours spent studying to participation in extra-curricular legal activities. For a summary of the findings, check out this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

From Heafey Headnotes

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Historical Record of the Drafting of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Dag Hammarskjold Library at the UN has released information and sources about the drafting and negotiation proces for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Check out this website for a look at the history of this important document.

From Barco 2.0

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

Today, in 1757, Alexander Hamilton was born in the British West Indies. Hamilton would later become one of America's Founding Fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Here is an amusing rap about this historical figure, performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House Poetry Jam last November.

From Concurring Opinions

Monday, January 04, 2010

Be Prepared: Staying Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather

As temperatures continue to drop in Columbus, be sure to take a look at this page from the Center for Disease Control. It has a lot of useful information about how to stay safe and healthy this season!

From beSpacific

Friday, January 01, 2010

A Letter to the Next Generation of Lawyers

This letter was written by a Texas judge to his two children who decided to become lawyers. He allowed the letter to be published, because it contains good advice for all young attorneys. Enjoy!

From Law.com