1944 Locomotive firing course. Traffic demands during World War II taxed American railroads to their capacity. Orders for new steam locomotives kept the builders busy. Along with the need for more locomotives came the need for men trained to operate them.
Responding to this situation, the Education Department of the State of New York, through its State University system and the Bureau of Industrial and Technical Education, published a Suggested Unit Course in Locomotive Firing. The course was prepared by curriculum writers at Seneca Vocational High School in Buffalo, and was issued from Albany in 1944.
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide drafts to be published
Writing that Douglas Adams cut from his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels is to be published for the first time after being found in his archive.
are the "image characters" (mascots) for Jalan, a travel site in Japan. Stars of many adverts, the older cat is "Nyalan" ("nya" is "meow" in Japanese), and his apprentice is "Deshi." They also have their "own" Twitter account
and more pictures are on the Jalan Facebook profile
. And yet more pictures
Guardian critic Tom Service's ongoing survey
of the 50 symphonies
that changed classical music
Matthew Baldwin (MeFi's Own*
): " ...That’s why I come armed to every social engagement with board games, to help facilitate that whole human interaction thing that people thought was important before smartphones gave us an excuse to avoid eye contact with others. It’s also why I give games as gifts—and why, for more than a decade, I have been helping others do likewise. And so, my annual Good Gift Game guide
, showcasing those board and card games from the last year or so that are easy to learn and teach, fun and engrossing to play, and that can be completed in 90 minutes or less." (additional notes & more games for the 2012 guide
) [more inside]
"Robert Browning Sosman, a physical chemist who died in 1967 at the age of 86, packed many careers into one lifetime. He wrote the definitive book on the chemical compound silica; was the seventh person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail; and, at home in New Jersey, kept a 3,500-strong map collection. He also made a 'significant contribution
to the New York dining scene:" his Gustavademecum [more inside]
The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide.
The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is intended primarily for use on ships where no doctor is carried and it is necessary for laymen to assess and treat injuries and to diagnose and treat ill health. The Guide can also be recommended for use in other situations where professional medical advice is not readily available, for example on expeditions.
The Monterey Bay aquarium seafood watch has an app.
Fish are a delicious, but problematic
food source for humans
. For those who've been cramming the Seafood Watch guide
into their pockets when contemplating dining out or their next menu for decades, the next generation of fish eating awareness has arrived, in the form of a free mobile application. [more inside]
Best of History Web Sites
,) is a resource of annotated and rated-by-content links to over 1200 history web sites across a broad range of related topics. The site also offers links of special interest to educators: hundreds of K-12 lesson plans
, teacher guides, activities, games and quizzes
On Writing Gay Characters
: Megan Rose Gedris.at Squidoo talks about common mistakes and preceptions to avoid when writing LGBT characters.
Tips For Single Ladies:
Helpful hints on dating and romance from 1938, with photos. (via
Because there are so many birds around
, and because they often look very similar
, you likely need a field guide
to help you figure out what bird
is in your backyard
. Well, just in time for spring, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
has redesigned their wonderful All About Birds
site and they can help you with building your skills
. Don't forget to bring your checklist
How to Argue With Zompist: Or Social-Skills 101
A helpful guide for online discussion and debate written by Mark Rosenfelder with some help from notmydesk
provides the world's largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home." Now in iPhone
There are plenty of events guides in Los Angeles, but none has as personal a voice, as finely honed an aesthetic (the Neutra font
is an inspired touch) or as discerning an eye as Kristin's. Her weekly emails and web listings are one woman's recommended sampling of the most interesting music, film, architecture, food, fashion, literary and unquantifiable events across the megalopolis. And so far, it's completely ad-free.
— learn how to write cover letters
, crochet baby booties
, make a home
, how to self-medicate
, and do other stuff.
So you're at your favorite night spot , and your looking to impress the ladies (or the men for that matter)
why not have a few Zippo tricks
up your sleeve? What better way to enjoy a coffin nail than with a flourish
? More inside? Yes.
Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome
. A short, to-the-point guide to the unwritten rules of life.
Free Photoshop Plug-ins
: Virtual Photographer
for "professional" results. Filters and plugins from ad and design agency, Richard Rosenman
. AutoFX Mosaic
, for making your photos look as if they were created out of a mosaic tile. HDR Soft
, (trial s/w) for increading dynamic range of photographs, and creating and HDR look. Power Touche
for creating divinely-inspired photographs
. And many more.
How to conduct a job interview.
5 steps to conducting good job interviews and finding the right candidates. Contains answers to the infamous why is a manhole cover round
question. Also, 10 common mistakes managers should avoid
when conducting same. On the flispide, here are some tips for interview preparation
, the 25 most difficult questions
an interviewee can prepare for and some things to avoid saying in interviews
A communication primer.
A pretty basic, but well-written primer on effective communication, and proper understanding of the communication process, barriers, listening, feedback and non-verbal hints. Don Clark's site
contains a lot of well-formed ideas on leadership
and human performance
without resorting to mumbo-jumbo and buzzwords. Not your typical MBA / self-help bs
Can Wiki Travel?
Ever try using Wiki Travel
as your sole source of travel information? One man gives up his Lonely Planet
and goes pure Wiki for a trip to Thailand -- and says it was a disaster. Anybody else have Wiki Travel horror stories?
The Indie Band Survival Guide:
A fantastic, free, 101 pages collection of useful information for musicians - covers topics such as recording, copyright, major label contracts, commercial radio, promoting your music, band websites, distribution, filesharing and live shows.
Journal of Visualized Experiments
is an online research journal for publishing
visualized (video-based) biological experiments
A manual for electoral apocalypse
in America. Quite a bit's been written both on MeFi
and other places about how bad Diebold machines are. Rolling Stone wrote an article about election fraud in 2004 that was discussed here
on MeFi. Tonight, Ars posted a very
thorough, very clear article about how we are completely screwed if we do not enact expensive, fundamental changes in how we handle elections in America. It's too late to do anything about the elections in a couple weeks, but perhaps steps can be taken to fix things before 2008...
dg28.com: photographer eduction
- 'Technique - Photography is all about light, and digital is no different. I try to light as much of my work as I can, and this was true before "Dig' day"'.
Some great photography tips and techniques here, apparently from portrait photographer Neil Turner. Via Civil_Disobedient at Ask MetaFilter.