The Sports Cliche List is a database sorted by topic of all the things we really, really get tired of hearing athletes say during interviews, or sports commentators repeating over and over: "It's a whole new ballgame. They've scratched and clawed their way back into the game. It's a shame somebody has to lose this game.They're playing with a sense of urgency. "
The Safest Family Car: a blogger on the new Bayosphere community journalism site posts a thoughtful analysis about how we can all be better drivers (and car owners). (Pointed out by Dan Gillmor.)
Medieval Boston: this exhibit on an urban planning forum shows how Boston looked before urban development. I would have thought it was a stretch to call it 'medieval' but there are buildings pictured here from the early 17th century, still a bit late but looking like medieval English towns nevertheless....I'd like to see something like this devoted to Miami.
Iraq War. No matter how much you hear it's hard to picture the number of casualties that have occurred here over the last three years. This new site has taken the database of casualties and put them on a map. When you start, each casualty pops up on a map with a 'tic' sound. (It didn't work for me at first, using Firefox. But when I clicked on 'play again', it started.) It's a bit shocking when it gets to this year: the number of deaths is low for the first few months, but the red spots (indicating many deaths) proliferate over the last several weeks....
Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the
Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at Herald.com in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the
News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to