Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 17, 2006 - 6:02pm
Moondust : In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
From Publishers Weekly
Between 1969 and 1972, 12 men traveled a quarter-million miles to the moon and returned safely. In this powerful, intimate story, journalist Smith sets out to find these men and discover how that experience changed their lives. Smith, a boy living in a nondescript California subdivision at the time of the Apollo missions and caught up in the endless possibility of space flight, journeys to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and the backwoods of Texas in search of these mythical figures of American know-how. He finds Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, still cool and confident, a plainspoken man who never let on how close that mission came to disaster. In Gene Cernan, the last man on the Moon, he finds an imperious, driven, highly successful businessman. If all of the men share one affliction, it's fame. Once at the center of the world's attention, these mostly ordinary men with some extraordinary gifts and luck have lived their lives being asked the same questionâ€”What was it like "up there"? In an artful blend of memoir and popular history, Smith makes flesh-and-blood people out of icons and reveals the tenderness of his own heart.
Read blurb on inside flap of dust jacket
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 17, 2006 - 5:27am
I have a trade for you. I need to add some movies to my NetFlix list. What should I see? What movie do most people not know about that you think are neat?
I have one for you in trade.
Man on the Train -- Movie is in French but you can turn on the english subtitles. Go to Ebert's sight and read the review and you will have some insight on why I think the movie is so good.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 15, 2006 - 6:18am
Building Moonships : The Grumman Lunar ModuleIn 1961, after the United States had acquired a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience, President John F. Kennedy announced his plans for landing a man on the moon by 1970. The space race had begun.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 14, 2006 - 8:36am
There is a DVD mini-series called From the Earth to the Moon that is a must see.
No really, I am not kidding here. Please stop a moment and listen to me. You really need to watch this whole series. It is very, very good. The series is comprised of twelve 55 minute episodes. I recommend you watch them all but there are two episodes that I recommend above all the others. One is called "Galileo was Right" and the other is called "Spider". The "Spider" episode is about the building of the lunar lander (the LEM). Seems like it might be a dry topic but it is not. This is not a documentary but a dramatization of the events that happened. From everything I have read the creators of this series worked hard to make everything as accurate as possible. The other segment I reccomend "Galileo was Right" is about the teachers (scientists) that gave the astronauts a love of knowledge that allowed them to go be the eyes for the scientist. I know it seems dry but trust me when I say that it is a shockingly good episode and amazingly inspirational episode. You do not have to read too far between the lines to draw an analogy to the importance of librarianship from this episode. Here is a part of a review that talks about the "Galileo" episode. Galileo was the only episode in the series that brought tears to our eyes. Because of budget cuts the later Apollo missions were condensed and the astronauts were forced into a crash course on geology and scientific method to execute previously unplanned assignments. Fortunately, they found an instructor who did not just provide them with the knowledge they required, but instilled within them the desire to learn. Not only does the episode depict the Apollo 15 mission succinctly while doing an exceptional job at exploring the personalities of all three astronauts (usually just one or two are profiled in detail), but it is a heartwarming tribute to the priceless value of teachers everywhere. Every library should own this set and every librarian should see this series. Others that have seen this series back me up here. The series is available on Netflix if you can't find it anywhere else or your library will not or cannot afford to get it. If you can only watch one episode please see the "Galileo was Right" episode. And if you like that one as much as I think you will please see the "Spider" episode.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 8, 2006 - 8:08pm
I just turned in two auctions on eBay for copyright issues. The auctions are numbers 7006544986
and 7004476037. The seller has a CD listed with copies of numerous (more than 30) Star Wars ebooks. I am curious if eBay will end up doing anything. A few examples of the titles on the CD-ROM: Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina,
Tales of the Bounty Hunters,
Shadows of the Empire,
Truce at Bakura
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2006 - 4:05pm
The iBookWatch blog has an entry about how the book "Marley and Me" is beating out the new Steph King novel. The blog entry links out to an interesting newspaper article.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 2, 2006 - 9:23am
Bush proposed the use of more ethanol as one solution to the oil issue during the State of the Union. I think the way to force innovation is to guarantee that the cost of oil will go up at a steady predicatable amount. I think the way to do this is to add a $1 per gallon tax per year for the next five years. This will force the issue of creating vehicles that can get 70-100 miles per gallon or the use of electric vehicles. 100 mpg can be obtained if we had smaller lighter vehicles.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 20, 2006 - 6:17am
I need some help here. Read this line from the sales description of a Seiko watch. Water-resistant to 30 meters, this watch can handle splashes of water or rain, but it should not be worn while swimming or diving. It has a battery life of five years.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 13, 2005 - 12:03am
For those who know what they are the 2005 edition of the Lakeside Classics is out. Additional details can be found at Bibliofuture.org
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 3, 2005 - 7:33am
If you are a NetFlix subscriber you received an email discussing a class action lawsuit settlement.
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 23, 2005 - 6:39pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 13, 2005 - 3:11pm
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.