Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Weird Website Wednesday

From the Bee Dogs homepage.
I hope that you had a chance to read Allison's post about stamp collecting, and the potential for collecting to become hoarding. While I imagine it would take an extreme number of stamps to earn you a spot on the television program Hoarders, you still might want to consider starting an online collection. Such as the fine website Bee Dogs, which is chock full of pictures of dogs wearing bee costumes. Though I suspect this site may've stopped updating years ago, the archives of bee dogs are still there for your enjoyment!

Archived Wind Map of Hurricane Isaac, click through for animation.
For something a bit more educational, you should take a look at the Wind Map created by Fernanda ViƩgas and Martin Wattenberg. An animated map of current wind speeds and directions that's both soothing and interesting for amateur metereologists. Be sure to check out the gallery of past Wind Maps, including the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

The Akinator
Because you're reading a library's blog, it's fairly safe to assume that you're a reader, and you probably enjoy television, movies, and have at least flipped through a graphic novel or comic book. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and guess that you probably have a favorite character. Maybe you wanted to marry Mr. Darcy or live the life of Jack Reacher. Whatever your favorite book is, The Akinator can read your mind. Through a variation on 20 Questions, this website will narrow in to guess whatever character you're thinking of. Although it is possible to stump it.

maHvaD muv pujbe' tay, logh vIq!
These days there are several different free online translation services, but I can still remember how helpful Babelfish was for my French homework when it first appeared years ago (though our teachers warned that it made our sentences into gibberish). These days I tend to rely on Google's Translator, but their rival, Bing, is the place to turn for all your Klingon translation needs. The feature is offered as part of the promotion for the new Star Trek movie, but also serves well as a segue to promoting our upcoming Space Fleet adventure. 
We'll be launching three spaceships on Wednesday, July 17th at 7 p.m. Click through to read more about Artemis, and be sure to let us know if you're interested in signing up

If you missed our first Weird Website Wednesday post, you can check that out here.


  1. One of my favorite time-suck/educational sites is Bolides, (make sure you open in it a new window for the full effect) an animated and interactive visualization of found and fell meteorites created Carlos Zapponi. Look out, 1947 Silhote-Alin, Russia!

  2. That is super cool Allison! I'll be sure to feature it in the next Weird Website Wednesday!