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Bookmarks Magazine

I came across a magazine at Amazon that I am thinking of subscribing to. It is called Bookmarks
. Anybody have any experience with this publication? What do you think about it?

Backyard Nuclear Reactor

I stumbled upon this book. Sounds interesting. I don't remember hearing about this in the press when it happened. Do any of you remember hearing the story?
The Radioactive Boy Scout : The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor

Book Quiz

All the books in the following list have something in common. I am holding a contest to see if anyone can figure out what that is. Send your answer to bibliofuture@yahoo.com. If several people answer the question correctly I will ask Blake to randomly select
a winner from those people that answered correctly. Entries will be accepted until 5pm eastern time, February the 11th.

The winner will receive a brand new copy of The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

Now for the list. All these books have something in common. The list is in order by the last name of the author of the book. The authors name is not listed but you can click on the book to find out who the author is. One hint is that the thing in common has nothing to do with the authors of the books.
A Perfect Crime
Lights
Out

Pressure
Drop

Revolution
#9

A
Death in the Family

Lives
of the Monster Dogs

Regeneration
The
Eye in the Door

The
Ghost Road

In
the Night Season

The
Intruder

The
Sheltering Sky

The
Tortilla Curtain

A
Walk in the Woods

Thank
You for Smoking

Where
I'm Calling From

Latitude
Zero

The
Poet

Heart
of Darkness

Family
Values

Underworld
Cathedral
The
Gold Coast

Oliver
Twist

Common
Carnage

The
Church of Dead Girls

The
Woman Who Walked into Doors

The
Dick Gibson Show

As
I Lay Dying

The
Beach

Deception
on his Mind

Gravity
Lord
of the Flies

Furnace
A
Gun for Sale

Our
Man in Havana

The
Fifties

Why
Sinatra Matters

Hannibal
Plainsong
Smilla's
Sense of Snow

Dirty
White Boys

A
Firing Offense

A
Widow for One Year

The
Tooth Fairy : A Novel

Devil's
Own Work

Good
Enough to Dream

The
Liar's Club: A Memoir

Right
to Life: And 2 Stories

Survivor

The
Poisonwood Bible

Into
Thin Air

To
Kill a Mockingbird

Our
Guys

The
Ignored

A
River Runs through It

Moon
and Sixpence

Cities
of the Plain

The
Crossing

Angela's
Ashes

Charming
Billy

Ancient
Shores

Enduring
Love

The
Cement Garden

Dead
Man's Walk

Zeke
and Ned

A
Canticle for Leibowitz

Zombie

In
the Lake of the Woods

Speed
Queen

The
English Patient

No
Safe Place

Freedomland
Close
Range : Wyoming Stories

 The
Shipping News

One
True Thing

A
Sight for Sore Eyes

Waiting

Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Mohawk

Reservation
Road

A
Suitable Boy

The
Young Lions

The
Crater

The
ILLUSIONIST

Men
in Black

Joe
Hill: A Biographical Novel

Secret
History

 A
Patchwork Planet

 Hocus
Pocus

 Brideshead
Revisited

 The
Ax

Groundhog Day

I found an interesting article that discuses how "the film Groundhog Day has become a curious favorite of religious leaders of many faiths, who all see in "Groundhog Day" a reflection of their own spiritual messages."

Quote from the director "At first I would get mail saying, 'Oh, you must be a Christian, because the movie so beautifully expresses Christian belief,' " Mr. Ramis said during a conversation on his mobile phone as he was walking the streets of Los Angeles. "Then rabbis started calling from all over, saying they were preaching the film as their next sermon. And the Buddhists! Well, I knew they loved it, because my mother-in-law has lived in a Buddhist meditation center for 30 years and my wife lived there for 5 years."

Forbidden City

Here is a picture of something that is in the very center of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Is nothing sacred?

Home

I arrived home from China last saturday. We landed in Los Angeles Friday at roughly 5pm. The funny thing is that we left China Friday night at 9pm.

The day after Rose was given to us we drove to Xiaogan city. Xiaogan is the city where Rose was found. It is roughly twenty miles to the north of Wuhan, in central China. Xiaogan has a population of 5 million. The interesting thing is that on many maps it is hard to find the city.
Here is a picture of Rose on the bus as we drive to Xiaogan.

Here is a picture of where Rose was found. The green sign is pointing to the hospital. She was found behind the colored tarp on the left. Behind the colored tarp is the gate to the hospital. You can see that it is a very busy street and I can only assume she was found quickly.
Although it would seem to be a place of sadness I found the street to be a warm and inviting place. There was the smell of cooking food and a warm happy bustle on the street. There were lots of colors on the street. I can only hope that if Rose ever asks to see this street that she will find it as comforting a place as I did.

China

I am in southern China in the city of Guangzhou. I am using an Internet cafe that is near our hotel. Last Monday we met our new daughter. She is from the Hubei province in central China. We stayed a week in Hubei and then cam down to Guangzhou because this is where the American Consulate is. Tomorrow we go to the American Consulate and receive our Visas and my daughter gets her American passport.

It is 9pm Wednesday night. In New York it is 8am in the morning.

Mos Eisley

Remember Mos Eisley? Of course you do. There was never a more wretched hive of scum and villany. When you think scum and villany do you think Golden Books? If not check this out...
Journey to Mos Eisley

Cave of Letters

I found out about this book from an episode of NOVA on PBS. The show was called Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land Secrets of the Cave of Letters: Rediscovering a Dead Sea Mystery

Super Cheap Wireless Router

A student came to me and asked if I had a suggestion on purchasing a wireless router. I have a NetGear router at home that I am happy with so I looked on Amazon to find what the going price is. I had purchased my router for $125 with a $40 mail. I found a NetGear router at Amazon for $39.99 and it had a mail in rebate for $30. $10 for a wireless router! I looked today and the rebate has been reduced to $20 so the final cost for the router is $20. The student bought the router for $39.99 with the $30 mail in rebate. A trade paperback goes for $11.99. I didn't think that wireless routers would be the same price as a paperback. You can see the router at http://tinyurl.com/43h7f

2004 Lakeside Classic

Every year since 1903 RR Donnelly has printed a Christmas book to distribute to customers and shareholders. The 2004 book is now out. Additional details can be found here.

Comment about ebooks.

In a June 3, 2004 New York Times there was an article titled, "In the Virtual Stacks, Pirated Books Find Eager Thumbs". I found a line in the article that really made me think.

The article was mentioning a 39 year old man that downloads many books that still are under copyright and he also used Project Gutenberg. Here is the brief section from the article.

For classics he visits Project Gutenberg, a vast legal repository of mostly older works for which no copyright is in effect; he uses news groups to download current publications still protected by copyright. ''These groups offer opportunity to read books not always available,'' he said. ''I have yet to find a library or bookstore so well stocked.

He has not found a library or bookstore that is as well stocked as Project Gutenberg? Project Gutenberg currently has around 13,000 etexts. Even small public libraries have collections that rival that number. But I think this gets to an interesting point. Why would such a small collection be considered so large by the user? I think it is because every etext listed can be clicked on and viewed full text. The book is always on the shelf. It is never out of print. The user gets the experience of, "if you see it we have it." At a library sometimes the book is missing or checked out.

What do you think of the users statement of never seeing a library or bookstore so well stocked?

Bookplates

I was looking around on the web and found a neat site where you can create your own bookplates. They have an interactive interface that shows what your bookplate would like like. The site is also librarian friendly in that they have non acidic glue for putting the plates in your books and the paper of the plates is acid free.
http://www.bookplates.com/

Archivist

I found an interesting book called "The Archivist"
I really like the first line of the book. With a little effort, anything can be shown to connect with anything else: existence is infinitely cross-referenced.

Update

Thank you to all the people that donated to the Rose Lin Johnson Chinese Orphanage fund.
My brother in law and some friends have been passing around the link to the donation page so donations have been coming from a few different sources and all of them are appreciated. Donations as of this morning were at $291.94.
Mentioning the adoption on LISNEWS also had the positive effect of providing me a contact with another LISNEWS person that adopted from China this summer. They mentioned that they could provide with with some travel advice. I will be grateful to recieve any background information I can. I hope to call them this week.

Thanks again to all those that supported us so far. If anyone else could support our cause we really could use your help.

Adoption

My wife and I are adopting a little girl from China. We just received our referral. The referral is the selection of the actual child for the adoptive parents. We were sent pictures and a medical report. After receiving the referral the potential adoptive parents agree to accept the child. With a glad heart we checked off the box that said "we accept this child" and faxed it back to the agency. You can see pictures of our new daughter at http://members.cox.net/bibliofuture/rose

It has been a long process, over two years of paper work with adoption agencies, foreign governments, and the American government. It has also been an expensive process. The cost to date has been over $12,000. To pay the costs to this point I took out a second mortgage on my home. The expenses come from adoption agency fees, home study cost, INS fees, and all your documents have to be certified by the secretary of state at a cost of $10 to $25 for every document certified and there are lots of them. We have two large expenses left. One is travel to China to pick up the child. The other is a $3000 orphanage fee that the Chinese government charges to defray the cost of the orphanages. This money has been seemingly well used by the Chinese government. From the reports that I have read many of the orphanages have been improved and additional medicine, clothes, and food have been made available for the children. An excellent book that discusses this is "Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China" by Kay Ann Johnson

I am working to raise the $3000 so that I can pay this required fee. If I can just find 300 people that would be willing to donate $10 I will be able to raise the money. Donations go directly to improve the conditions and level of supplies and staff that are available in Chinese orphanages. If you would be able to help out please take a look at this page I created for the Rose Lin Johnson Chinese Orphanage fund

Wisdom

I found the following quote and wanted to know what people though of it. Do you think it is true?
"Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation."
-- Sid Taylor
I disagree with the quote. I define wisdom as the proper use of knowledge. I don't see why the proper use of knowledge cannot be written down. Over time what was true at one point may change and no longer be true and the wisdom would disappear but I still think wisdom can be stored. Your thoughts?

Quote

I stumbled upon an interesting quote:
The stone age was marked by man's clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man's crude use of clever tools

eBay

Story about Cheney comment on eBay. Compare it with this story in the NYT.
Kerry's running mate John Edwards in the first story makes this comment, "If we only included bake sales and how much money kids make at lemonade stands, this economy would really be cooking". I think the NYT story shows the weakness in Edwards rebuttal.

Jon Stewart on Crossfire. WOW!

Birdie, this one is for you. This is an example of a bow tie wearing idiot conservative getting b**** slapped.

Jon Stewart from the Daily Show was on Crossfire. He criticizes Crossfire for being theater and not a true debate show. The response of the hosts just goes to prove how right he is. You can see the entire clip at http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2652831

There is also a clip of the Daily Show on Monday after the Crossfire incident where Stewart comments on what happened. http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2653047

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