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Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley!

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Happy birthday, Mary Shelley! She combined great storytelling with social critique and created one of the first masterpieces of science fiction. Of course, most of us have read Frankenstein. We've also seen his monster (often usurping the doctor's name) lurch across the screen in various incarnations. Most recently, I enjoyed Nick Dear's stage adaptation of the novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and directed by Danny Boyle.

You can learn more about her life. Also, Science 2.0 has a good article about her.


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Libraries, Books, & AuthorsA Floating Library Is Coming To The Hudson River5 Ways to Reach Every ReaderColorado Gun Lobby Threatens To Sue Library Over Weapons Ban25 examples of street art and murals about books, libraries and readingLet’s Not Start Blaming Books for Dangerous BehaviorsAldi takes Roald Dahl book off Australian shelves over the word 'slut'Net & TechFISA Court Twists PATRIOT Act To Pretend It's Okay To Spy On…

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If You Are Reading This, I Didn't Die

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This would be what kills me...

So, today at work, we had a cookie cake for the staff with August birthdays. Awww...

I grabbed a piece and set it aside, because I had a meeting to run to, and didn't want to just wolf it down. Much, much later - it's hard to find time to stop - I grabbed my piece of cake and ate it while simultaneously working on something or other on the computer. I took a couple bites and realized two things at pretty much the same time: 1) something was sticking to the inside of my lips and cheeks and 2) something was stinging my hands.

Oh, hello, ants swarming my piece of cookie cake...

So, yeah, it's been one of those days.


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 Libraries, Books, & AuthorsThe Guardian view on the loss of public librariesHow Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of LibrariesHow to Participate in Banned Books WeekWriters and Musicians Say FCC Must Deny Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Related: FCC won’t extend comments for Comcast-Time Warner CableNet & Tec…

Unexpected Sweetness

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Hey, you guys remember my latest Redditgifts post? Well, my Secret Santa sent me another comic book, Sweet Tooth!



Despite the candy-coated name, this looks like a very dark read:

A decade ago the Affliction raged like a forest fire, killing billions, and the only children born since are a new breed of human/animal hybrid. Gus is one of these endangered children, a boy with a sweet soul, a sweeter tooth - and the features of a deer. But kids like Gus have a price on their heads. When vicious hunters descend on his isolated forest home, a mysterious and violent man called Jepperd rescues Gus. The hulking drifter promises to lead Gus to "The Preserve," a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children. As the two cross this dangerous new American frontier, will Jepperd corrupt "Sweet Tooth," as the killer has nicknamed him, or will it be Gus's heart that changes Jepperd?
I think I'm going to like it - but I don't think I'll let the kids read it just yet...

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Rainy Days and Sundays...

I did not have a particularly good day today. I think I'll go to bed early, and try again tomorrow.

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Libraries, Books, & AuthorsPreservation problems: How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever So far, nothing beats carved stone or baked clay tablets for longevity, really. Zombie Novels. (You Know, For Kids!) by Clair McLaffertyGritty memoir from the author of 'Little House on the Prairie' to hit shelves this fall "In November, Wilder's long-unpublished autobiography that she later adapted into the successful children's books will be published. This time, however, the story won't be completely child-friendly." I like science. I sometimes think science-fiction is too heavy on the "fiction" side, and could use a bit more "science." Here's a list of books for me (and those of you who agree with me, and also for hooking kids on science through awesome storytelling): A Selection Of Novels For Science Lover…

In Other News...

I very much enjoy philosophy parties, and MB is a great babysitter.

That is all.

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Libraries, Books, & AuthorsCleveland, TX pastor wants "demonic" books pulled from the shelves of the public libraryReaders absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study findsPoet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating libraryHappy birthday, Edgar Lee Masters! He wrote Spoon River Anthology, a wonderful collection of fictional epitaphs that explores small town American life. You can go get and read the print version, or explore the poems onlineGod at Nuremberg: How an American pastor came to comfort NazisNet & TechDoes the White House’s cybersecurity czar need to be a coder? He says no. I don't suppose the Surgeon General needs to know anything about medicine, either.The Information Counter-Revolution "The information age has entered a new era — one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by …

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If you aren't familiar with Redditgifts, you should get on that. It's a lot of fun to play Secret Santa with strangers from around the country (or, if you can afford it, around the world)! I like it, anyway.

The gift exchange I'm currently participating in is a graphic novels exchange. I haven't shipped off the stuff for my match - I'm waiting for a couple more items to come in, so I can package them all up and ship them off, but that's okay, I've got until September 5.

But! I got my present today. And it is cool!

It's actually the first volume of a comic book collection, and I think DH will go nuts when I start buying the rest. (Sorry! I promise to only buy, like, one volume a month?) The comic is called Chew:



Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a…

I Had a Talk With Ranga...

"Hey, Ranga, what if I started a web comic series of our adventures? Wouldn't that be neat?"

"Er...not really. It would just be you sitting on the couch, trying to balance the laptop and a kitten on your lap, eating tortilla chips and getting guacamole everywhere."

"Oh. True. I suppose that wouldn't be very exciting."

"Also, you can't draw. I mean, you can barely draw a recognizable cartoon elephant."

He's a very perspicacious kitten. Sorry, guys. No web comic from me. Ah, well....



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Libraries, Books, & AuthorsHint of Scandal Embroils Queens Library’s LeadersNew Florida University Unveils Bookless LibraryThe first World War, in colorWhat the 'death of the library' means for the future of books "The popular myth about the Library at Alexandria is that it was sacked and burned, but in fact, the truth of it is more complicated. It was in fact subjected to multiple raids and burnings at various points in history, …

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Monday Nights are Light

Some Stuff and Nonsense

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Just Links Today....

Someone Take Away Chief Jackson's Matches, Please

It seems Ferguson's Chief of Police really just wants to stir up trouble. After things have calmed down - in large part because Highway Patrol was called in and took over -  Chief Jackson, who mangled the situation so badly that the St. Louis suburb looked like a military war zone, released two key pieces of information: the name of the officer who shot Mike Brown and the deceased's status as a suspect in a convenience store robbery.

Up until now, the Chief has refused to release the name of the cop who killed Mike Brown because he was concerned about Darren Wilson's safety. So what's changed now? Why is he less concerned for the safety of one of his men? The day after he loses control of the situation officially (although I'd say he lost control, if not power, almost immediately after the shooting happened), he suddenly feels the officer is in no danger, and that information can be given out? Or he has an attack of conscience, and believes it's the right thing…

WTF, Ferguson?

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If you're not sure of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri, you're not the only one. The eye witness and police reports don't mesh, but there are some points that are agreed on. Two kids, one of them being Mike Brown, an 18 year old who would soon have started college, were walking down the street when an unidentified police officer told them to move onto the sidewalk. They replied that they were almost to their destination, and the police officer started to exit his vehicle. The witness (the second kid in the situation) says the car door bumped into Mike and then swung closed, the cop says he was pushed back into the car - whatever happened, the situation became physical and perhaps Mike and the officer tussled, with the cop allegedly sustaining a hit to the face - nothing too bad, some swelling, some bruising. Mike started running (apparently when the officer pulled his gun and/or began shooting), and the officer shot him. Then Mike stopped, put his hands up, asked…