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December 24, 2004

Big numbers

It's 254 pages long -- probably to accommodate big numbers such as 8.97 billion -- the number of humans expected to be around in 2300. The UN's new World Population to 2300 report ( provides population projections to 2300 for the world, its nations, and its major areas. According to the report: "Three African regions -- Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, and Western Africa -- will grow unusually fast. " The document has lots of tables, figures and projections.
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Fame or ill fame?

The Oscars get a lot of coverage, and the database at is fully searchable. There is a comparable body for TV -- the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who run the Emmy Awards. In addition to the Emmys, which you can see there (under Awards), the Academy has a Hall of Fame to honour actors, directors, producers, costume designers, writers, and others involved in television. The list of inductees goes back to 1984. Find it at
Posted by belinda at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2004

Keeping older stuff

The National Library of Australia is hosting an international newspaper conference, organised jointly by the IFLA Newspapers Section and the National Library of Australia, in February 2005. The conference's aims are:
  • The promotion of awareness of newspaper collections in libraries in IFLA Member countries, and in Australia and in South East Asian Countries.
  • The need to publicise measures to promote access to newspaper collections
  • The importance of newspapers for researchers of all ages and backgrounds
  • To emphasise good practice for the storage of original newspapers
  • To raise awareness of the need to copy newspapers
  • To exchange information regarding projects, ongoing and planned, to digitise older newspapers.
For more information, and to register for the conference, please go to
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December 08, 2004

Bypassing the bank

We used to save it, now we spend it -- all of it, and when we've run out of the readies, we put ourselves in hock to our credit cards. Money -- we don't have enough of the stuff. Household debt is skyrocketing. The average household spends 2.3% more per week than it earns. And debt is diversifying -- there is home loan debt, second property debt, personal loan debt, HECS and credit card debts -- all at record levels. In 2002 the level of debt owed by Australian households represented almost 60 per cent of all economic activity in Australia. No wonder interest rates were the key issue in the election. Find out more at AMP/NatSEM's new report: Household debt : walking the tightrope at,2449,CH5273%255FSI3,00.html.
Posted by belinda at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Airing your opinions

You've read the opinion pages and think you could do better. You know you could do better -- you're already composing a thoughtful piece in rebuttal in your head. So how do you get to have your say outside of the letters pages? Take some tips from Andrew Leigh, an economist at ANU, who has a piece in Australian Policy Online on how to get published as a pundit. It's at he covers writing, placing, pitching the idea and follow up tips.
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December 02, 2004

The bad guys

You can find brief profiles of terrorist groups from around the world at this site from the US Naval Postgraduate School's Library ( Groups include Al-Qaida, Jemaah Islamiya, and others.
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Surfing the Zeitgeist

What's hot? What's not? Check out Google's Zeitgeist for trends, statistics, top tens, and more. It's all about what people are looking for online, and where they want to go. It's at
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As it happens

ScienceDaily ( is a breaking news site for science stories. It links back to original sources (mostly university research institutes and government agencies) but these are mostly American so may be hard to contact for Aussies. Still could be a source of hot tips. Making compost from old mobile phones, surfing injuries - there's a lot there. You can search and browse.
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