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"You Two! We're at the end of the universe, eh. Right at the edge of knowledge itself. And you're busy... blogging!"
— The Doctor, Utopia

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Thing #10: Image Generators

I love image generators. I have over 60 bookmarked in my Delicious account and subscribe to the Generator Blog. As I mentioned in my previous post, I tend to use them on this blog and in presentations. Here's a fun one that I've not actually used in a presentation... yet.

I'm on the cover of Rolling Stone!

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Thing #10: Puzzled by Sushi?

Today's the day where I catch up, if not complete since I'm at CiL all next week, with our Learning 2.0 program. Thing #10 is image generators. I've got to say that I LOVE playing with image generators. I've got quite a list of these in my account. (Check 'em out.) So, having played with many of them in the past I tried to find a new one and, courtsey of fd's flickr toys, I've now used the Jigsaw generator. Here's the result:

Puzzled by sushi?

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Flash Countdown Timer Generator

Flash Countdown Timer Generator - Create a countdown for your blog, Web site, or myspace page


Monday, June 18, 2007

I just reversed the polarity of the neutron flow.

If you know why the title of this post is funny, you'll especially love the Random Technobabble Generator.


I'm in boingboing!

boingboing story
ok, not really. I used the Boing Boing Blog Post Generator

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rebus Generator

Rebus Generator


Word Puzzle Generator

Word Puzzle Generator


Web 2.0 Logo Creatr

Generated Image


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Slogan Generator

Women love The Travelin' Librarian.

Slogan Generator


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Napoleon Dynamite Wallpaper
Napoleon Dynamite Wallpaper Generator


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Absolute Librarian

Absolut Librarian

Created @


Friday, October 27, 2006

Amazon Feed Generator

My Blogging/RSS book didn't include a service that creates custom feeds from searches because the one I originally wrote about disappeared prior to publication. However, thanks to Steven M. Cohen I now know about the Amazon Feed Generator from Thanks Steven!

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Let the ninja write your text

The Ninja Text Generator


Friday, September 08, 2006

Flickr: The Catalog Cards Pool

If you're playing with the Catalog Card Generator please submit your work to the Catalog Cards Pool.


Catalog Card Generator

I'm a little behind on blogging this one but John's at it again. Go retro by creating your own library catalog cards online, scribbles included.

Card Catalog Card


Monday, August 28, 2006

Using LibraryThing in your library

Here's an idea that Karen Burns of SWILSA just pointed me to. Somehow I'd not thought of this myself. I love this idea and will be posting links to her libraries that get it up and running.

"I'm sure this is old hat to you but I've just stumbled onto the idea of using the RSS feed for recently added titles on LibraryThing to put a library's new titles on their website. (I kind of like Feedroll's javascript generator...) Do you know of any libraries that are doing this already? (I've got one here in SW Iowa ready to dive into it, and I'm sure I'll have a second and maybe a third and fourth by the end of the day...)"

UPDATE: Karen would like me to make it clear that she got the idea elsewhere.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

The Library 2.0 Idea Generator

For all librarians, but especially for my new readers in NV who just spent the week listening to me give them too many ideas, check out the Library 2.0 Idea Generator. Here's just one example... O.k. maybe some of the ideas shouldn't be taken too seriously, but it's a great way to test yourself on your knowledge of Library 2.0 related terms a technology.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Library 2.0 for Dummies

Library 2.0 for Dummies
Originally uploaded by travelinlibrarian.
Check out the Dummies Book Generator. Be sure to post your results to the Flickr group.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Password Generator

Steve Gibson of the Security Now podcast has created a Ultra High Security Password Generator for your 64-character cryptic password needs.


Monday, November 14, 2005


Need a random, cryptic password? Check out Secure Password Generator from the WinGuides Network.


Monday, August 08, 2005

RSS 2 PDF - Online RSS, Atom or OPML to PDF Generator

I'm not sure I understand the usefullness of a program that converts RSS to PDF but someone thought it was usefull enough to actually create it.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Google News RSS Generator

Here's one that I'm hoping I've actually been Steven Cohen to: a Google News RSS Generator. Just type in some search terms and you've got an instant RSS feed from a Google News search.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Advice on Hurricanes

Please read the following info, as it may pertain to you!!


We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points:

(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days. STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car. STEP 3. Drive to Ohio and remain there until Halloween. Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan.

Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida.

We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:

HURRICANE INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance.

Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements: (1) It is reasonably well-built, and (2) It is located in Ohio.

Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house.

At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane George, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies. This week, I'm covered by the Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company, under a policy which states that, in addition to my premium, Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys.

SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and -- if it's a major hurricane -- all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:

Plywood Shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.

Sheet-Metal Shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.

Roll-Down Shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.

Hurricane-Proof Windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection. They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Ohio.

HURRICANE PROOFING YOUR PROPERTY: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc. You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.

EVACUATION ROUTE! : If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Florida," you live in a low-lying area).

The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.

HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM.

In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies: 23 flashlights and at least $167 worth of batteries that won't work or will be the wrong size for the flashlights.

Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)

A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.

A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)

A large quantity of raw chicken to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went through a hurricane; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)

$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.

Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise.

Thanks Laura!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

What's your cyborg name?

Here's my result from The Cyborg Name Generator. I'd say it's pretty accurate...

Cyborg Name

Thanks Lousie!


Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Time travel spam has the story behind the spam looking for a warp generator and other non-existent technology.


Sunday, July 27, 2003

At least they admit they're not of this time

For those interested, the location mentioned is NW of Boston.

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 03 14:31:07 GMT
From: <>
To: msauers
Subject: DWG Needed l


I'm a time traveler stuck here in 2003. Upon arriving here my dimensional warp generator stopped working. I trusted a company here by the name of LLC Lasers to repair my Generation 3 52 4350A watch unit, and they fled on me. I am going to need a new DWG unit, prefereably the rechargeable AMD wrist watch model with the GRC79 induction motor, four I80200 warp stabilizers, 512GB of SRAM and the menu driven GUI with front panel XID display.

I will take whatever model you have in stock, as long as its received certification for being safe on carbon based life forms.

In terms of payment:
I dont have any Galactic Credits left. Payment can be made in platinum gold or 2003 currency upon safe delivery of unit. Please transport unit in either a brown paper bag or box to below coordinates on Sunday July 27th at (exactly 3:00pm) Eastern Stand Time. If you miss this timeframe please email me.

42.4845467 & Longitude -71.1576157 and the ground is 101.3' above sea level.

Although those coordinates are a secure guarded area, these channels through email are never secure. Unfortunately it is the only form of communication I have right now. There is a good chance that sombody will try to redirect the signal. The unit must be teleported directly in a way that nobody will be able to interfere with the transference.

After unit has been sent please email me at: with payment instructions. Do not reply directly back to this email.

Thank You


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