Towse: views from the hill

October 17, 2009

[URL] Handwritten Recipes

Filed under: blog,recipes,URL — Tags: — Towse @ 10:32 pm

Handwritten Recipes found tucked here and there.

[via a tweet from Forgotten Bookmarks]

August 3, 2009


Filed under: photographs,URL — Towse @ 9:07 pm — as the name says.

June 13, 2009

The Book Seer

Filed under: books,URL — Towse @ 6:13 pm

The Book Seer

Entertaining. Tell it what book you just finished reading (assuming, of course, that you liked the book) and it will tell you what and LibraryThing think you should read next (assuming, of course, that you want to read something similar).

April 30, 2009


Filed under: app,URL,writers,writing — Towse @ 4:41 pm

Convert your URL to a Dickensian quote.


Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.

From The Old Curiosity Shop

Above quote has been attributed to

[via Bella Stander’s twitterfeed]

April 26, 2009

Bruce Sterling brings his ray of sunshine to the subject of swine flu.

Filed under: health,news,URL — Tags: — Towse @ 10:22 pm

Practical Tips for Combatting Swine Flu In Your Home | Beyond the Beyond from

There is always some flu around and flu is always killing some people. Even when a raw mutant flu manages to kill off more people than a shooting-war, flu has never ravaged whole cities as cholera or the Black Death can do. As awful pandemics go, flu is like the snotty-nosed little sister of awful pandemics.

I’ve been tracking Twitter and checking what people are twittering about porcine influenza.

We now have multiple Twitter accounts aggregating swine flu news with names like stoptheswine, SwineFlu, SwineFluTweets and more. Someone’s even picked up the domain name

There’s hype hype HYPE! and folks madly re-tweeting such things as How swine flu could be a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear war (something from UK’s Daily Mail Online)

Chill, people. Really.

For up-to-date information go to the CDC site

April 22, 2009

[URL] World Digital Library launched. FREE!

Filed under: history,libraries,maps,photographs,resource,URL — Towse @ 5:29 pm

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 32 partner institutions today launched the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. The site — located at — includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. It provides unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.

from the site: The WDL focuses on significant primary materials, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other types of primary sources.

See also UNESCO’s Memory of the World project.

[via LOC’s Twitterfeed]

April 9, 2009

Write Your Nonfiction Book

Filed under: blog,book promotion,URL,writing — Towse @ 9:31 pm

New blog from Crawford Kilian: Write Your Nonfiction Book … Online!

The blog is new (only three posts so far) but I’m expecting some interesting content. Currently online, the book proposal.

Blog also includes links, links, links to blogs, links to online magazines, links to a collection of Kilian blogs, links to Web writing resources, more.

February 2, 2009

The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources

Filed under: life,URL,wordstuff — Towse @ 2:55 am

The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources

I did one of those “Twenty Five Things” sorts of things over on Facebook. On that list were four items pertaining to Webbie things:

16. I collect quotations and factoids and bits of sparkly info and stash them away and then can’t find them when I want them.

17. I do the same with Web bookmarks and then discover that a site I just discovered is one whose bookmark I’d stashed away nineteen months ago. Too many pretties?

18. I no longer cut recipes out from newspapers and magazines (much…) because things of that sort are all on the Web, or a decent substitute is.

19. I worry (seriously) that one day the Web won’t be there and I’ll be lost and archive-less because I’ve given all my stuff away and grown dependent on the Web as resource. And then where would I be?

What does that have to do with Phrontistery?

I came across Phrontistery today (AFTER I put together the Facebook note) and thought, oh, cool. Wordstuff stuff. I loves Wordstuff stuffs.

I clicked my Delicious click to bookmark the site … and found that I saved it 06 Jun 2007 … which is just under twenty months ago.


If you like Wordstuff, though. Go there.

Since 1996, I have compiled word lists in order to spread the joy of the English language. Here, you will find the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of obscure and rare words), the Compendium of Lost Words (a compilation of ultra-rare forgotten words), and many other glossaries, word lists, essays, and other language and etymology resources.

January 29, 2009 Estimated Net Worth $10,614.20 USD

Filed under: life,URL,webstuff — Towse @ 1:34 am

Someone dropped me a line today, asking to buy and its content for something more than $1K and less than $2K.

Coinkadinkly, just now on Facebook I found an ad telling me they could tell me what my blog or Website was worth. Well, why not? Estimated Net Worth $10,614.20 USD

Woo hoo.

How WebValuer got its numbers is anyone’s guess. SiteMeter puts my pageviews and visitors a stretch higher than WebValuer has them. There’s no ad revenue, even though WV estimates $3.84 – 9.60.* No ads, so no ad revenue.

Domains linking (est) 13,685.


Entertaining for five minutes or so. I need to get back to the guy who was offering cash for the content. (Serious? A scam? A hoax? … No, thanks.)

* His nibs said, “$3-$9/day? That could add up over the long run. …”

January 12, 2009

Down for everyone or just me?

Filed under: app,URL — Towse @ 6:09 pm

Down for everyone or just me?

Enter a site. checks to see if it thinks the site is up.

[via tweet from Jessamyn West]

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