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April 28, 2006

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are happening tonight, and will boast a historic first.

This is the first year that an award will be presented for "original entertainment programming created specifically for non-traditional viewing platforms, including computers, mobile phones, iPods, PDAs and similar devices". While there certainly must be a better name for this category, we would like to congratulate all of the nominees and wish them luck tonight.

24: Conspiracy
Inspired by
the hit television series “24”, 24: Conspiracy is a live action mobile drama created exclusively for mobile phones and launched in February 2005 on Verizon Wireless.

It’s Jerrytime!
An animated blog that chronicles the life and times of Jerry, a 40-something single guy.

Live 8 on AOL
On July 2, 2005, hundreds of top artist hit stages around the world in order to help raise awareness of global poverty. This service allowed users to choose which one of seven live feeds in order to experience the concerts as they took place.

mtvU Stand In
A series where pop culture icons turn up as substitute teachers giving college-level classes. These shorts premiere on Uber, mtvU’s broadband channel online at www.mtvU.com and soon after air to a national audience on mtvU.

Sophie Chase
Online series stars actress Kate Clarke and is directed by Chuck Bowman (“A-Team” “MacGyver”)

Stranger Adventures
An innovative on-line, interactive, storytelling adventure.

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April 20, 2006

Does This Look Familiar?

The latest Ask.com commercial has been running on TV for about week or so now. Maybe you've seen it? If not, you're in luck. Some folks wrote in, requesting that we post it on the blog and to tell them the name of the elusive song that plays during it.

We live to give.

The song is Sentimental Lady by Bob Welch. Very catchy. The commercial is right here.
Let us know what you think.


Bigfoot

Please note: If you don't have it already, make sure to download the QuickTime Player.
You will not be able to view the TV spot without this player.

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April 17, 2006

The Great Quake

Go To: Ask.com SearchGo To: Ask.com Search

On April 18th, 1906, a massive earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly an entire minute followed by fires which left the city in ruins and an estimated 3,000 people dead. There are many great archival resources available online to see and explore, as well as many local Bay Area events.

Go To: California's Department of Conservation 1906 Quake OverviewGo To: California's Department of Conservation 1906 Quake Overview
 
As Gary points out, Ask.com's Smart Answers have many resources for both the 100 year anniversary of this tragic event, as well as more contemporary earthquake-related features; including a near real-time list of current earthquakes, earthquakes by area (if applicable), and even another on earthquake preparedness.
 
As we look back at this destruction with awe and wonder, it is important to also think of the future. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is "a 62% probability that at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will occur on a known or unknown San Francisco Bay region fault before 2032". Recent natural disasters such as last year's earthquake in Pakistan or Hurricane Katrina should serve to reminds us to prepare for the future as best we can.
 
 

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April 07, 2006

Price Check

About six weeks ago this announced my new job at Ask.com.

My first month at Ask.com was, in a word, awesome! Many thanks to my new Ask.com colleagues for their many kind words and for a lot of help in getting me going with my new job. In the first month we got a lot done including several live presentations and a bunch of magazine interviews like this one.

As the original blog post points out, I'm a librarian by trade and also the editor and founder of two sites that continue while I work at Ask.

Allow me to formally introduce ResourceShelf and DocuTicker. I think one or both of these resources will be of interest to many of you. In other words, you don't have to be a librarian to find ResourceShelf and DocuTicker to find the sites useful and valuable. I'm happy to report that both sites have a large and growing readership outside of the library profession. These groups include journalists, educators, students, business people (especially in public relations and marketing) along with information and search geeks.

ResourceShelf has been online for over five years. In fact, we celebrated our fifth birthday on March 1st. What is it? A daily update of database news, search news, information industry happenings and a never ending stream of new resources ranging from new full text reports to lists and rankings to vertical search tools. Think of it as a tool that you can use to help build your own virtual Internet tool belt.

Next, is DocuTicker. This site, also updated daily, is where we post even more new, often just hours old, full text reports that we don't have room for on ResourceShelf. The content comes from a variety of government agencies, think tanks, non-government organizations, universities, etc. I'm also happy to report that ResourceShelf has a large subscriber base via Bloglines.

Full text RSS feeds for both sites are available: ResourceShelf | DocuTicker
I would like to invite all Ask.com Blog readers to stop by, take a look, and hopefully make both sites part of your regular reading routine. We update just about seven days a week.

Finally, three more brief points.

First, ResourceShelf and DocuTicker are independent sites. We are free to post what we like when we like. I think if you review ResourceShelf since I began at Ask.com, you'll see that our coverage and scope have not changed.

Second, although I'm the editor of both sites we have several other people, with more to come, contributing content and resources and occasional commentary.

Third, we've learned that although we update the site daily and offer an RSS feed many people still want a reminder in their email box. So, once a week we send out a weekly email newsletter with a few of the highlights from the past week.

That's it for now. Thanks for your interest. If all goes as planned I'll be posting to the blog on a regular basis with an occasional comment or two along with highlights from both blogs.

Cheers,

Gary D. Price
MLIS Librarian Director of Online Information Resources
Ask.com Director of Online Information Resources
Editor ResourceShelf.com
Editor DocuTicker.com

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