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A Furnace Afloat

A Furnace Afloat : The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-mile Voyage of Its Survivors (Click on book title for more info) Over the years a handful of famous shipwrecks have become symbols of something greater, their accounts compromising a floating opera of sudden disaster, waste

Building Moonships : The Grumman Lunar Module

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.

From the Earth to the Moon

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.

Star Wars Copyright

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

The Dog and the King

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.

Wal-Mart Effect

SOTU / Gas Tax

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.

iBookWatch Blog now has a blog. It can be found at


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.

California Lighthouses

I was thumbing through this book tonight. Very interesting. California Lighthouse Life in the 1920s and 1930s

2005 Lakeside Classic

For those who know what they are the 2005 edition of the Lakeside Classics is out. Additional details can be found at

Laughing Lemur

I entered some photos in the Laughing Lemur contest that is being held for the book Ambient Findability. Here are some of the pictures I submitted:

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.

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.



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