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Finding on a Web Page

Yesterday I posted on the most useful tips & tricks about using Google Search.  Today I would like to post on what to do once you use Google to go to a web page that may (or may not) contain the specific information you are looking for. For a simple example, let’s say I am examining a transcript of the original 1787 constitution of the  United States, looking for what it had to say about slavery.  I find a transcript from a reliable source (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html) and I press Ctrl-F on my keyboard (Command-F if you are using a Mac) and the find...
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The Orchestra

The Orchestra
The most creative publisher of apps for iPad today is Touch Press, responsible for such works as The Waste Land, X is for X-Ray, Barefoot World Atlas, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, and Theodore Gray’s remarkable The Elements.  Their latest triumph is The Orchestra, a rich, expansive exposition on symphonic classical music featuring the principal conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen and the musicians of the orchestra.  The work features the performance by the orchestra of 8 great works of symphonic music, not entire compositions, which would make it expansive indeed,...
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Using Evernote Efficiently

Using Evernote Efficiently
Evernote is one of those “must have” research and personal organizational tools that quickly becomes essential.  Here are several tips to help you use Evernote efficiently, especially if you are new to the product. Organize your Notebooks into Stacks Casual Evernote users start making notebooks and soon discover that there are several related notebooks scattered about their list of all notebooks.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could organize them into a folder?  You can.  Containers that hold a collection of notebooks in Evernote are called “stacks,” and they are super...
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HHMI Holiday Lectures

HHMI Holiday Lectures
Once a year the Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents a series of holiday lectures which are streamed on the web.  Normally the lectures will center on a life science topic, but this year earth sciences will get the focus.  The theme is “Changing Planet” and the four lectures are titled “The Deep History of a Living Planet,” delivered by Andrew Knoll of Harvard University, “Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics,” delivered by Naomi Oreskes of UCSD, “”Earth’s Climate: Back to the Future,” delivered by Daniel Schrag of...
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The Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The Google Nexus 7 Tablet
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is an excellent value at $199 for the 8GB model ($249 for the 16GB) with an impressive feature set that feels smooth to use, thanks to Android Jellybean 4.1 with Project Butter, long batter life (over 9 hours of robust use) and tight integration with Google apps and services. The Physical Device The device feels good with a dimpled, rubberized back, aluminum banding around the edges, and a gloss black plastic bezel around the 7-inch screen.  It has a power button and a volume rocker on its right edge, and a micro-USB port and headset jack on the bottom.  It is easy to hold in...
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