The post about wikipedia last week provoked a lot of comment online about the reliability of wikipedia. It was an interesting discussion and ultimately we agreed that like all resources you just have to filter the information you find and make sure you can back it up with other sources. As I meandered through wikipedia I did find this little gem on velociraptors though.

1.Math-Scale: I have been suckered into thinking that velociraptors were these imposing, pack-hunting dinosaurs….turns out they are just aggressive turkeys….


2. Presentations: My thanks to Carolyn Dwight, the SCT from Otumoetai College who kindly sent me some sites that I could use for this blog. I’m not going to use them all at once, I will drip feed them out! This one was a cracker and came just as I was looking for a good tiger roar sound (I’m building a ppt for Life of Pi, Richard Parker needs to be seen AND heard).


3.Research/History I apologize in advance for the time I am about to steal from you. Enter this website at your own peril (especially Historians). It’s just a trove of fascinating articles and essays.





  1. The Wikiverse! Research: If the thought of recklessly clicking through hundreds of Wikipedia entries at a time no longer floats your boat, here is a new immersive way to drift through a galaxy of wiki links like Han Solo in the Millenium Falcon.
wikipedia wikiverse interactive map 1
Built by Owen Cornec. Wikiverse is a cosmic web of information.

To access any entry on Wikipedia, simply click on a star and Wikiverse will pull up the information for you.

2. Economics: It would seem that the time has come for hoardings to go up and for the politicians to brush off their best baby kissing lips. Thanks to colleague Jo McDowell (Economics) for this site [put together by ex-student of Tonia Calverley]. With the elections fast approaching it’s pretty appropriate!

voters choice

3. Media: Ads from the past.


colleague Rebecca Trethowen. I immediately searched for the old Hugo and Holly KFC ad…remember that one? “Hugo said you go, and I said no you go, and soon he was back, with a pack and then Dad hit the track and so we ate in the back feeling better inside……”….those kids were politically incorrectly fat on the grease of Kentucky Fried Chicken!


Three things: An archive of content…

Three amazing sites today that really do what the internet was set up for. They archive material.

And WHAT an archive. Let me introduce a picture I found in the first minute of browsing


That’s just brilliant.

So the 3 archive sites are:

Or what about this one….any guesses what it pertains to?


There are videos, maps, essays, books….I’m loving these sites. 🤓