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SAS&M database: another step forward

Last month I noted some changes on the database search results page, which made the page less cluttered and more visually appealing. This week I added another significant feature: user-entered search terms are now highlighted on the results page. The … Continue reading

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Improved (?) display of database search results

Whenever Facebook modifies its user interface, initial feedback seems to be overwhelmingly negative. People are up in arms, complaining that the new display is confusing, counterintuitive, and generally much, much worse than the old one. They threaten to migrate to … Continue reading

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End-of-year shout-outs

As another year comes to a close, it seems appropriate to acknowledge those (besides those already listed in the About Us section) who have enhanced the SAS&M website. In particular, the SAS&M database continues to benefit from resources provided by … Continue reading

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New database feature: keywords shown in lyrical excerpts

For the past month or so, I’ve been slowly working on a new feature for the song database. Until now, keyword searches of the database have been somewhat unsatisfying in that, to see the context of the keyword for each … Continue reading

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Reaching the teachers

I continue to believe that my online database of science and math songs is a very useful resource for teachers. Its relatively low usage suggests that I need to do a better job of advertising it. Last week, with the … Continue reading

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Searching for songs that target specific ages

I’m pleased to announce that the SingAboutScience.org database now has a “limit search results to songs for a specific age range” feature. This should make it easier for teachers, parents, and others to find songs that are suitable for their … Continue reading

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Highlights from this weekend’s database update

1. Most heavily annotated science song ever? The May 2011 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases devotes five pages to a science song called The Crab Hole Mosquito Blues — one page to the lyrics and four pages to 23 footnotes … Continue reading

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Video killed the radio station?

So how many of you know that I have an online radio station that plays nothing but science and math songs? And of those of you who knew that, how many actually listen to it? Yeah, I thought so. Given … Continue reading

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Improvements to song database’s user interface

The Sing About Science song database (formerly known as MASSIVE) has been around since 2004, but its user interface has hardly changed at all since then. That’s mostly because my maintenance of the database is more of a hobby than … Continue reading

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New ringtones

Tonight we welcome some Symphony of Science excerpts to our collection of free ringtones. Thanks to composer/producer John Boswell for sharing his songs so freely with us and everyone else. Also of possible interest to readers of this blog: John’s … Continue reading

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