Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Government Publications

Not only are many government publications freely available online these days, you can also order free or low cost copies of some publications in print.  Check out the selection on this page from the General Services Administration: 


Notice that one of the publications you can get for free is the Consumer Information Catalog, which lists other publications that are available for free.  So, if that catalog is metadata, is this web page meta-metadata, or metadata-data?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has been in the news quite a bit recently because the first cases were just discovered in the U.S.  The disease causes fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, and about 30% of the people who've been diagnosed with it have died.  Read more about it, including the latest updates on cases in the U.S., on this page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 


And, as always, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.  Cleanliness may or may not be next to godliness, but it certainly is next to healthiness.

Monday, May 12, 2014

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) web site provides a great deal of information about various mental health problems, their treatment, and their prevention: 


According to the site, "It is SAMHSA's mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities."  So, if you're stressed and you're stressing out about how stressed you are, or even if you have a more serious condition, SAMHSA may have some information or advice that will help.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  As people around the country today celebrate the 1862 victory of Mexican peasants over French invaders in Puebla, Mexico, their minds will naturally turn to tacos, margaritas, and Denver, Colorado.  Why Denver?  Read all about it on this page from the Library of Congress:


If your celebrations today will involve Tequila, please remember to designate a driver.  Andale!