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How to Learn at University
This insightful document was authored by an
eminent biology professor at UMass, Dartmouth.
Some learning resources
Tactics and Strategy for Tests and Examinations
An interesting concept in how to approach
the writing of tests and examinations has been proposed by Prof.
Jenkyns of the Department of Mathematics. It is recommended reading!
Are you an 'A' student? Read the
expectation rubric of
outstanding and average students.
And of course, we teach Java at Brock
Skills Needed for Jobs (16 July 2001)
May 2005 (From
The king, the engineer, the computer scientist and the toaster
Calculators -- Car Buy/Lease decision, Mortgage Payment/Acceleration,
and much more
Education in Canada: F2F and Distance
My COSC 4F90 Student Projects
Other Starting Points
- Cycling in Niagara (and further afield!)
Textbooks purchased and sold, but expensive to bring across the
border. Their top 40 books are cheap, though!
- The Robot Store. Wow!!
- Computer Science
Resources, including sort animations, women in CS, ...
- Math Tools
- Canadian Marketing
Association Use this site to reduce unwanted calls and mail
- Finding Information on the Internet: A
Tutorial. Probably the best Tutorial available! Updated
regularly, and includes Invisible Web, etc.
- Search Tools. Incredible information
about engines available for implementing a search facility on a Web site
- All In One, a listing of
many search engines and their particular areas of expertise (such as
Sports, Education, Government, Encyclopedia, Financial, ...
- Beaucoup Search Engines,
similar to Allinone (above)
- My favourite search engines:
New ones emerging (15/8/01) to challenge
Lasoo (from Toronto, and can
'lasoo' geographic areas to search),
DayPop (which indexes news and blogs
mainly, and has different concepts of "word bursts" for instance),
Plazoo, searching RSS feeds and
CURE (subscription service
see also CNET's
Overture (taking over many smaller search
engines in an attempt to catch Google)
Fast Search (includes media
Open Directory This is what all the
search engines (with the exception of only a few!) are using!
Mamma's Meta-search engine
The Big Hub. Lots of
Search the Web Sideways (now
closed down because of costs)
Scour, a media search engine
(images, music, radio, movies, ...)
Lookups galore!. ZIP codes,
Postal Codes, addresses, you name it!
- The Invisible Net
An article in Syllabus
magazine provides a good introduction to this area of the Web (where many of these
Search. Does not appear to be recently updated. Compare to
- List of Lists
- The Invisible Web
- The Complete Planet. 103,000
databases, and more
- Internets. "The database of databases"
- Guides to Specialized Search Engines
- InfoMine. "Scholarly Internet Resource
- Academic Info. "Your Gateway
to Quality Educational Resources"
- BUBL Information Server
- Librarians' Index to the Internet
- Best Information on the Net. From
St. Ambrose University's Library
- Scout Report Archives
Searching--no it's not using a laptop while reclining watching hockey
- ProFusion Search Engine
- Also try Copernic or WebFerret. Programming-based solutions that make
data-driven content crawl-able are out there right now. Check out the July
issue of ColdFusion Developers' Journal
(http://www.sys-con.com/coldfusion/) for an article entitled 'Disappear
Yourself From the Invisible Web' that describes a dirt-simple technique
for getting the job done.
There's another "invisible web"--various databases that include copyright
materials such as magazine articles. Frequently, these materials are only
available for a fee.
Many of these documents are available through the Northern Light search
engine (www.northernlight.com). They are listed as "Special Collection"
documents to distinguish them from the regular free web page results.
However, many public libraries subscribe to these databases, and make them
available to their patrons at no charge to anyone who has a library card.
- Medical Resources with a Canadian Bias
"Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better
health" -- Mahatma Gandhi
Health Information--an excellent resource from BC
Diet -- careful!! --
- Udo Erasmus
- Canadian Health
- Medbroadcast Corporation,
"Canada's source for health information"
- Health on the Net
- Mayo Clinic
National Health Service Health Care Guide
- US Department of Health's
- The Merck Manual Home
- Miscellaneous Health Links from a
- Independent Prostate
- WholeHealthMD. "Rather than
prescribing powerful antibiotics or surgery to treat chronic conditions, we prefer
to combine the best of conventional medicine with alternative therapies to help
the body strengthen and then heal itself."
- Preventing Falls and
Fractures, for the aging (sign of the times for me?!)
- The Canadian
Privacy Commissioner, where you'll find
Privacy Links in Canada and Abroad, in the Resource section
- E-Business. Concepts for
starting a Business in Canada
- Canadian Satire. Funny!!
- Top 100
employment and education sites. Looking for a job? Scholarships? ...
- Jobs in Canada
- Internet Explorer 5 Easter Egg. Can
you believe that the source for this file is merely:
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Another Easter Egg is described here
- World's Largest Viewable
Spelling Dictionary. All the words are visible, but there are no
definitions. There is also an anagram dictionary available
- On-Line Dictionaries
- WWWebster's Dictionary.
In addition to the excellent dictionary, WWWebster has a thesaurus, a word
of the day feature, and a cornucopia of word games.
- On-line Dictionaries and Writing
- Visual Thesaurus.
Requires Java, but is interesting
- FOLDOC (Free On-line
Dictionary of Computing)
Denis Howe has been compiling computing terms since 1985,
and now has nearly thirteen thousand entries in his searchable
dictionary. The definitions are detailed, accurate, and often
wickedly funny--try the definition for 'suits', for instance!
Quotations Home Page. See also
The Quotations Page,
- Wordspy. "This Web
site and its associated mailing list are devoted to recently coined words,
existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words
that are now being used in new ways."
- Stats and more Stats with a Canadian slant!
- PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites--Feb
- LemonAid for Cars and
Car Cost Canada--did you
want to know the actual sticker price?!
"A set of pages which point to websites which I deem to contain
comprehensive information about Canada. It includes geography,
language issues, identity/heritage/culture, history, the arts, news,
education, sports, and many other Canadian-only information
- Kathy Schrock's
Guide for Educators
- Another Niagara Guide, but this one
seems quite comprehensive on the static information
- Another Niagara
Guide--this seems to be more useful than the others, as it has
Weather in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region with their
- St. Catharines, from the Weather Network
Worth visiting, especially the Humor
To keep you occupied while page dynamics are being sorted out here are
some of my favourite groaners:
- Was in the gym earlier and decided to jump on the treadmill.
People were giving me weird looks, so I started jogging instead.
- I've just bought a transparent megaphone.
Now everyone can hear me loud and clear.
- I was in the park the other day, and saw this little old woman feeding
... to her pit bull--Dave Letterman, March 2011
- I think we're in for a bad spell of wether
- Did you know that in 1947 the first all-white Dalmation was spotted?
- When the first book on clocks was written, everyone said it was about
- Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
- What is a pit bull computer?
I don't know, but when it megabytes, it megahertz
- Perhaps the new Ontario Provincial Government should take this to
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance"
- Define a TV critic
A grouch potato
- How would you describe a friendly loan shark?
- How do satirists exercise?
By pumping irony
- Only intuition can protect you from the most dangerous individual
-- the articulate incompetent
- Energizer Bunny arrested - charged with battery.
- A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
- A pessimist's blood type is always b-negative.
- My wife really likes to make pottery, but to me it's just kiln time.
- Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
- Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
- I fired my masseuse today. She just rubbed me the wrong way.
- A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
- Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.
- If electricity comes from electrons...does morality come from morons?
- A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
- Marriage is the mourning after the knot before; and
With her marriage she got a new name and a dress
- A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
- Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
- Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
- Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play. (What about
dancing tongue in cheek???)
- Banning the bra was a big flop.
- Sea captains don't like crew cuts.
- A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.
- A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.
- Without geometry, life is pointless; and
Geometry holds clues for the meaning of life; look and you will see
- When you dream in color, it's a pigment of your imagination.
- Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red.
- When two egoists meet, it's an I for an I.
- Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most.
- Serious campers are intense.
- Nut screws washers and bolts. (Headline following a launderette sex
- A girl who screamed and shouted for a pony got a little hoarse.
- The carpenter's heavy tools were uncomfortable so he got a little
- Nuns generally wear plain colours because old habits never dye.
- Lions eat their prey fresh and roar.
- You can't beat a pickled egg; and
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat
- If a leopard could cook would he ever change his pots?
- See one melée of unruly people and you've seen a maul.
- A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired; and
Old bikes should be retired.
- What's the definition of a will? It's a dead giveaway
- Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana
- A backward poet writes inverse; and
Poetry written upside-down is inverse; poetry of very few lines is
- In democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism it's your
count that votes
- She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off
- A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion
- If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
- Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat
- When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds; and
Do hungry time-travellers ever go back four seconds?
- The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered
- A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in linoleum
- You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it
- Local Area Network in Australia : the LAN down under
- He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key
- Every calendar's days are numbered; and
The days of digital watches are numbered; and
The days of the pocket diary are numbered.
- A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine
- He had a photographic memory which was never developed
- A plateau is a high form of flattery
- The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium
- Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end
- When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall
- Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine
- When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair she thought
- Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis
- Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses
- Acupuncture is a jab well done
- Hedgehogs: why can't they just share the hedge? -- Dan Antopolski
- My auntie Marge has been ill for so long we changed her name to
"I can't believe she's not better" -- Milton Jones
- The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi
- Pollution costs us millions; grime doesn't pay
- Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat; and
Sports people can avoid the pain of defeat by wearing comfortable
- Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing
a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the
ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
- I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded
- Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion
- From The Star, Saturday November 26, 2005
A colleague passes along the novel proposal that many non-living things
have a sex, or gender, in modern, albeit incorrect, parlance. For
- Ziploc bags are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see
right through them.
- Copiers are female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm
them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the right buttons
are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.
- A tire is male, because it goes bald and it's often over-inflated.
- A hot air balloon is male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have
to light a fire under it, and of course, there's the hot air part.
- Sponges are female, because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.
- A web page is female, because it's always getting hit on.
- A subway is male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people
- An hourglass is female, because over time, the weight shifts to the
- A hammer is male, because it hasn't changed much over the last 5,000
years, but it's handy to have around.
- A remote control is female. Ha! You thought it'd be male, didn't you?
But consider this: it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and
while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying!
Two a Spelling Chequer, or
halve a spelling chequer.
If these links die, search for "Eye Halve a Spelling Chequer".
There are several versions floating around!
- Seniors Texting
Office Buzz Words and Phrases for the 21st Century
- Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed
or a project failed, and who was responsible.
- SEAGULL MANAGER
- A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on
everything, and then leaves.
- CHAINSAW CONSULTANT
- An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount,
leaving the top brass with clean hands.
- CUBE FARM
- An office filled with cubicles.
- MOUSE POTATO
- The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
- PRAIRIE DOGGING
- When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and
people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
- (Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage) What yuppies
turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to
stay home with the kids.
- STARTER MARRIAGE
- A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids,
no property and no regrets.
- STRESS PUPPY
- A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and
- SWIPED OUT
- An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the
magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
- People who take training classes just to get a vacation from
their jobs. "We had three serious students in the class; the rest
were just tourists."
- Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
- XEROX SUBSIDY
- Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
- CHIPS and SALSA
- Chips = hardware, Salsa = software. "Well, first we gotta figure
out if the problem's in your chips or your salsa."
- PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE
- The fine art of whacking the heck out of an electronic device to
get it to work again. (Try not to dent the case.)
- SALMON DAY
- The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only
to get screwed and die in the end.
- (Career Limiting Move) Used among microserfs to describe
ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within
earshot is a serious CLM.
- The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank
and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often
profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were
designed to solve.
- To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the
experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip character.
"I've been Dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the
fourth time this week."
- Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message
"404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be
located--missing. "Don't bother asking him ... he's 404, man."
- INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY:
Interactive Network For Organizing, Retrieving, Manipulating, Accessing, and
Transferring Information On National Systems, Unleashing Practically Every
Rebellious Human Intelligence, Gratifying Hackers, Wiseasses, And Yahoos.
Thanks to Kevin Kwaku, who obviously has way too much time on his
With no apologies!
Computer Science home page
URL of this document: http://www.cosc.brocku.ca/Faculty/Radue/default.html
Revised or reviewed: 16 November 1999
(c) copyright 1996 Brock University