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Penn Says: Overpaying Your Taxes

Penn (from Penn & Teller) asks everyone a question about larger government.

The Unincorporated Man

The Unincorporated Man

A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It's a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves.

Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race - owned by no one and owning no one.


Study reveals Kindle’s weak points as Google enters the ring

Amazon announced today that the super-sized Kindle DX ebook reader will ship on June 10. Unveiled in May, the DX attempts to correct a few perceived weaknesses of the original. In particular, many thought the first Kindle was a grand replacement for bulky novels, but its paperback-sized screen didn’t suit textbooks and magazine pages.

The DX’s bigger screen fills in that hole, but Forrester Research warns that competitors will soon “attack Amazon’s market position by launching new features, expanding content beyond books, dominating markets outside the U.S., reducing costs, and improving relationships with publishers.”

Full story here.

What Would Google Do?

Book: What Would Google Do?

Includes video of author giving talk at Google. Includes several points that are of interest to librarians.

Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers

Book selection for May 16:

Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Book Calendar entry for May 6:

Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

Calendar entry for May 5th

Confessions of an Alien Hunter

April 30 book on

Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Includes video interview with author Seth Shostak.

Seth Shostak is a scientist, author, and frequent commentator on TV and radio. He writes a monthly column on, and often lectures on his work at SETI. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

TheBookCalendar / Twitter has added Twitter as another way to find out the book of the day. There is a link to Twitter on the bottom of their page.

Macs Aren’t Safer, Just a Smaller Target

Researchers found 26 vulnerabilities in OSX in 2008, about the same as in Windows Vista (27), according to security software maker Symantec. If its market share rises enough, the Mac will become a target and attacks will succeed.

Full story here

Tweaking the Cable Model, to Avoid Newspapers’ Fate

Story in the New York Times

Ever since the rise of Napster, discussions among movie and television executives have included a vow not to let happen to Hollywood what happened to the music industry. After spending a few days last week at the Cable Show in Washington, I’m starting to hear a new worst-case scenario: that Hollywood goes the way of newspapers.

“The biggest risk is so much stuff gets on the Internet for free that we turn into the newspaper business,” Stephen B. Burke, Comcast’s chief operating officer, said in an interview last week.

Ironically, this new fear results from the partial success of Hollywood’s attempt to fight piracy. Sure, like the music labels, studios sue file traders and push for draconian copyright laws. But what is really making a difference is that they are making a good chunk of their content available digitally through services like iTunes and Hulu. This gives the early adopters an alternative to stealing shows, and it gives the studios a promise of profit from digital distribution.

Full article here.

Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry

Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.

But this revolution is not just about falling prices. Personal computers — and the companies that make their crucial components — are about to go through their biggest upheaval since the rise of the laptop. By the end of the year, consumers are likely to see laptops the size of thin paperback books that can run all day on a single charge and are equipped with touch screens or slide-out keyboards.

Full article in the NYT

Improved E-Mail Service From a Dedicated Device

When the Peek e-mail device was released last summer, no one thought it would succeed. The hand-held e-mail-only device charged a flat rate of $20 a month and is now selling quite briskly.

Full article in the NYT

Peek Pronto Mobile Messaging Device (Grey)

Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback Of Sorts

Almost all keyboards made since the early 1990s are, frankly, no good. A tiny group of writers and hackers know better. They use vintage IBM keyboards. Ugly, built like tanks, and, most importantly, with a spring under each key, and which clicks when you press it.

Full story at NPR


Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

Includes video of talk by author, Cass Sunstein.

Seinfeld - The Complete Series

If your library was thinking of buying Seinfeld - The Complete Series now is the time. The complete series is going for $99.

Bezos on "The Daily Show"

Jeff Bezos was on "The Daily Show" discussing the Kindle 2. Piece has several good laughs in it.



A friend of mine who is a librarian has the following line in the signature to her email. I really like the quote.

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

-- Thomas Carlyle

Wikipedia entry about Carlyle.

Amazon Kindle: A Road Warrior's Best Friend

In the vein of Every Executive Should Have a Kindle comes this PC World article: Amazon Kindle: A Road Warrior's Best Friend

Library to host wedding expo

In an effort to change with the times, public libraries have become places where you can sip a latte, search for a job or see an art exhibit.

Next week, Corona's library will be transformed into a marketplace for the marriage-minded.

The library's first-ever wedding expo Thursday will unite 40 vendors of wedding cakes, catering, clothes and coiffures, with potential customers and the curious public.

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