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NetFlix Settlement

If you are a NetFlix subscriber you received an email discussing a class action lawsuit settlement.

CNet story.

The lawyers in the case are getting over 2.5 million dollars. If enough NetFlix subscribers opt out of the class action the settlement will not go through. Details on how to opt out can be found here.

Calvin and Hobbes

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes a three volume, slip-cased, hardback set is now out. If I had more money several of my friends would be getting this for Christmas.

Reference Question

A friend asked me this question. Anybody know the answer?
Bibliofuture - I have a friend at work who says that quite some time back he was browsing the web and found a map that showed a US Map and it showed a sort of overlay of various maladies and ailments and the percentage of cases for each of the major ones. He said it was interesting to see all the midwest and the diseases caused by pesticides and so on. I did a quick search for it and was unable to find it. Think you might be able to put your massive resources to use for me? This sounds like a cool map to see.

I don't know if it still exists, but if you find it, please let me know. I did some quick poking around at cdc.gov and a few other gov sites.

Photo that would be great book cover.

Photo that would be great book cover. If the book was a murder mystery or a sci-fi murder mystery.

Picture

Malcolm X

Library Photo

Bush Urges Conservation as Retail Gas Prices Rise

There is an article in the New York Times with the title Bush Urges Conservation as Retail Gas Prices Rise

This means it might be a good idea for you to park your Hummer, Yukon, Denali, Armada, Navigator,Expedition, Explorer or anything else named after a mountain or fleet of ships.

Amazon Oddity

See www.bibliofuture.org

Kooser

Someone sent me this email about a post I made in my journal that contained two poems by Ted Kooser. (U.S. Poet Laureate)
I feel uncomfortable with your publishing two complete poems of Ted
Kooser's on lisnews unless he has given you copyright clearance? Maybe
link to the poems he chooses to publish on his own website?
http://www.tedkooser.com/excerpts.html
The email was signed and it was from an identifiable email address. Kudos to the librarian in question for having the intestinal fortitude to sign their email. I have removed the post with the poems. On a philosophical note I object to taking down the poems. I think it is the responsibility of every librarian to operate on the very edge of 'fair use". Numerous copyright forces work to push back the definition of "fair use" and I think every librarian should push back. Here are links to the poems at Kooser’s site and the Library of Congress.
Flying at Night
Selecting a Reader

Original Post minus poems
Ted Kooser is the current Poet Laureate of the United States. The Nebraska Center for Writers has a short bio here.

One of the poems I like is called "Selecting a Reader"

Selecting A Reader

(poem was here)

The other poem I really like is:

Flying at Night

(poem was here)

Mailbox

I took a picture of this mailbox near Union, Nebraska.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliofuture/44427403/

Flickr

Some photos at Flickr. Most of the pictures are of a former Carnegie library in St. Louis. For the last number of years it was a book storage facility for the schools and currently it has been purchased by an artist to use as a studio. The library was the Divoll Branch (named after the founder of the St. louis library) currently there is a new Divoll branch because the building shown has been a book depository for at least a decade.

Netflix and Libraries

Commentary and idea about Netflix and Libraries at < a href="http://www.bibliofuture.org">Bibliofuture.org. Both positive and negative feedback is sought.

Philadelphia Campaign

The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778
American fortunes were at a low point in the winter of 1777-78. The British had beaten the Continental Army at Brandywine and Germantown, seized the colonial capital of Philadelphia, and driven Washington's soldiers into barren Valley Forge. But, as Stephen Taaffe reveals, the Philadelphia Campaign marked a turning point in the American Revolution despite these setbacks.

Occurring in the middle of the war in the heart of the colonies, this key but overlooked campaign dwarfed all others in the war in terms of numbers of combatants involved, battles fought, and casualties sustained. For the first time, British and American armies engaged out in the open on relatively equal terms. Although the British won all the major battles, they were unable to crush the rebellion.

Taaffe presents a new narrative history of this campaign that took place not only in the hills and woods surrounding Philadelphia, but also in east central New Jersey and along the Delaware River. He uses the campaign to analyze British and American strategies, evaluate Washington's leadership, and assess the role of subordinate officers such as Nathanael Greene and Anthony Wayne. He also offers new insights into eighteenth-century warfare and shows how Washington transcended traditional military thinking to fashion a strategy that accommodated American social, political, and economic realities.

During this campaign Washington came into his own as a commander of colonial forces and an astute military strategist, and Taaffe demonstrates that Washington used the fighting around Philadelphia as a proving ground for strategies that he applied later in the war. Taaffe also scrutinizes Washington's relationship with the militia, whose failure to carry out its missions contributed to the general's problems.

Still, by enduring their losses and continuing to fight, the Americans exacted a heavy toll on Britain's resources, helped to convince France to enter the war, and put the redcoats on the defensive. As Taaffe shows, far from being inconclusive, the Philadelphia Campaign contributed more to American victory than the colonists recognized at the time.

Best Book Title

What do you think the best book title is? Regardless of the quality of the book what title do you find intriguing or interesting? Personally, I think the book Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the best book titles.

SUVs and gas prices

A friend sent me a funny PDF.
WARNING: If you own an SUV you might not find this funny. I drive a Honda Civic so I found it humorous.
Although I realize he high cost of gas for an SUV is made up for in safety.

One Million Homeless

News story that predicts the hurrican could leave one million homeless in New Orleans.
Quote from article ""We're talking about in essence having — in the continental United States — having a refugee camp of a million people," van Heerden said."
Another quote from the article: "In a few days, van Heerden predicts, emergency management officials are going to be wondering how to handle a giant stagnant pond contaminated with building debris, coffins, sewage and other hazardous materials.

"We're talking about an incredible environmental disaster," van Heerden said."

I know this is the least of the worries but the 2006 ALA Conference was scheduled for New Orleans. With the predictions that I am reading in the article I wonder if the conference will still happen in New Orleans.

Free Book

Free pdf download of the book "Revolutionary Days"
by Princess Julia Cantacuzene is available at the RR Donnelley website.

"Revolutionary Days" is the story of President U.S. Grant's granddaughter, Julia, who was born in the White House in 1876. While traveling in Europe with her aunt, Bertha Palmer, the Chicago socialite, she met a Russian prince and married him in 1899. The couple spent the next 18 years in Russia where she mingled with the aristocracy and raised a family, while Prince Michael served as a high-ranking military officer. In 1917, they escaped from the Russian Revolution with her jewels sewn into her clothing and returned to the United States. Princess Cantacuzene then published this exciting account of her experience.

Bumper Sticker

Here is a great bumper sticker. You have to be of a certain science fiction persuasion to get the joke.

Quote

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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