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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
I took this picture of one of the quotes on the side of the St. Louis Public Library. Do people agree or disagree with this quote? Or do you have a different take on the quote?
If you ever need direction in life here is a suggestion. Go this way.
The post office released a new set of stamps called American Advances in Aviation. A B-24 called the Black Cat is depicted on the stamps. The Black Cat was the last plane shot down in the European theater during WWII. There is a book called Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II that was written by the nephew of one of the men on the plane.
The other planes shown are:
The Black Cat, a B-24 Liberator that was the last B-24 bomber shot down over Germany in World War II.
_Beechcraft Bonanza, a private plane featuring a distinctive V tail to reduce weight and drag.
_Grumman F6F Hellcat, a World War II workhorse fighter flying from aircraft carriers.
_Boeing B-29 Superfortress long-range bomber that served in both World War II and Korea.
_Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, a futuristic project in the late 1940s.
_Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat, first operated in 1936.
_Ercoupe 415, designed in the mid-1930s introducing safe, practical technologies for general aviation.
_Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, an immense, fast rugged fighter that saw wide use in World War II.
_Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the first operational U.S. jet fighter.
_Boeing 247, the first modern commercial airliner.
On May 6th I posted this journal entry about the Pepperpad. In the Teleread Blog there is this entry today Library tech expert loves the Pepper Padâ€“and sees it as a good e-book machine As always LISNEWS is the place to hear things first.
I am looking for some example of questions that are asked of librarians where the information is not available on the free Internet but the information is available in the library. I have some examples but mine all focus around the type of library I work in and I am hoping to get a broader range of examples.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
I just sold a book to a person in New York. The mailing address was a business on Wall Street. I think people may find the title of the book to be ironic. Link to book title.
I have been using the website Paperbackswap.com to exchange books. The site has a neat mapping feature that show where your books are sent to and where the books you get come from. Take a look at the maps for the books I have sent and received. There is a clear east coast bias.
I really like Paperbackswap because you are not swapping directly with an individual. If you send someone a book you receive a credit that can be used to obtain any book listed at the site. You do not have to swap for a book that belongs to a person that sent you a book. Currently there are over 40,000 books listed on the site.
I sold a copy of Altered Carbon to an independent bookstore in New York City today. I find it kind of ironic that an independent bookstore in New York is buying from an Amazon seller in the midwest. Like everyone else he or she probably wants a cheaper copy of the book.
My copy was a paperback. Do some research and see what it will cost you for a hardcover edition of Altered Carbon. The book club edition goes for $40 and the prices go up from there. It is amazing the prices that certain modern editions of a book can command.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is available at Paperbackswap.com.
At Paperbackswap.com you can list your used books and if someone requests them you receive one credit for each book you ship to someone else. Each credit can be used to request a book that you want. You can also buy credits for roughly $2 a piece. Not a bad price to have a book brought right to your front door. There is no shipping charge so a book only cost a credit. You can get a credit for $2 or you can ship someone a book.
Here are some books at the site that I recommend:
Into the Wild (one of my favorite nonfiction books)
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
The Mosquito Coast
I receive an email with the subject line "Titgroup: titgroup in antwerp heart of Europe". I roll my eyes and wonder why my spam filter works so poorly. But the rest of the subject line does not seem to fit for a sex related email so I open the message. The message seems to be spam but it is not of the porn variety. It seems several people of the marine persuasion from Belgium have decided to open a marine services company called "Titgroup". The last line of their email was probably the best, Entrust your maritime affairs ,ships and management to professionals.Entrust them to ''Titgrouyp"
Here is the entire email for your reading pleasure.
Dear Madam,Dear Sir;
We are proud to annouce you that '' titgroup '' is going worldwilde departing from it's headquarters in Brussels and Antwerp Belgium.
Titgroup is a multidisciplinary group inluding surveys of all kinds ,consultancy,ship management,technical management ,ship repairs & maintenance,ISM & ISPS CODE consultants and education ,class and statutory surveys consultants ,ship operators ,IT and telecom for ships etc.........
Our team is composed of highly educated and experienced chief engineers and captains as wel as masters in marine engineering and shipping.
Entrust your maritime affairs ,ships and management to professionals.Entrust them to ''Titgrouyp".
Titgroup :297 dammbruggestraat Antwerp 2060 Belgium.
tel/fax : 32 3 707 27 90
mob: 32 477 62 51 36
mob: 32 495 8144 16
We speak english.
Nous parlons francais
Wij spreken Nederlands
On the cover of the hardcover edition of The Gulag Archipelago there is the following quote that I have always found interesting.
For years I have with reluctant heart withheld from publication this already completed book; my obligation to those still living outweighed my obligation to the dead. But now that State Security has seized the book anyway, I have no alternative but to publish it immediately. -The authorI have an extra paperback copy of this book. The first person that emails me, and says the want the book, can have it. (for free) As soon as someone has taken the book I will post a comment in my journal that the book is taken so that there is not duplicative request.
I have been selling books online. Recently I have had two orders that have gone to prisons and I have had problems with each order. One book went to a federal prison in Louisiana. Two weeks after I mailed the book I recieved the book back from the post office. There was a sticker on the package that books could only be sent by bookstores and direct from publishers. On the first package I had only included my return address but not the name of my store. I have a batch of return labels that is only big enough for my street address, city, and state. I mailed the package and so far have not recieved that one back so hopefully the person recieved it.
The second book I mailed went to a county jail in Oregon. I recieved that book back with a sticker on it that the book was not an approved item. On that package I used my name on the return address but not the bookstore name. I am wondering if I had to have the bookstore name on to get the book through.
I wish the prisons would have just opened the packages and inspected the contents and then passed them on to the inmate. I am sure there are privacy rules but they could have done things this way. Prison to inmate: "We recieved a package that we think is a book but the package does not meet our labeling rules. We are going to mail the package back unless you let us open it."
I understand the need for security but prisons should do what they can to help get books into the prisons. A prisoner that is reading is a prisoner that is not causing trouble.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
- Franklin P. Adams