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Gulag

On the cover of the hardcover edition of The Gulag Archipelago there is the following quote that I have always found interesting.

Books and Prisons

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.

Plutarch Quotes

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

--Plutarch

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

--Plutarch

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.

--Plutarch

Quote

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

ISBN oddity?

I purchased a copy of The Da Vinci Code at a book sale to resell online. On the title page of the book is this ISBN 0385504209. The book is a trade edition size paperback but the ISBN on Amazon links to the hardcover edition of the book. Printed on the back of the book is a price barcode and an ISBN. This is not a sticker put on by the store but it is a printed part of the back cover. The barcode has a barcode number and at the top of the barcode it says ISBN and list this number 0965707202. Run this ISBN at Amazon and see what you get.

Cliff Stoll Quote

I found this Cliff Stoll Quote.Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?Cliff Stolls claim to fame was catching a german hacker as detailed in the book The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. He also wrote the books Silicon Snake Oil : Second Thoughts on the Information Highway and

50 State Quarters

Here is a link to a little project I have been working on at night that deals with the US Mints 50 State Quarters program. If anyone has any book suggestions I would be happy to hear them.

Ebert

I think I like Roger Ebert so much because you can learn from his reviews. I think a good movie maker could do worse then reading all the reviews of Roger Ebert and taking some of the advice contained in them.
Here is a line that I liked from Ebert's review on the "Revenge of the Sith". special effects should be judged not by their complexity but by the degree that they stimulate the imagination
Full review here.

Is Walmart Good for America

Frontline ran a story called "Is Walmart Good for America". They also created a webpage that has some detailed information. The page does a good job of giving opposing viewpoints. In the section about "The China Connection" there is discussion from both sides.

One Nation Under Law

Book: One Nation Under Law
Book Description

Freakonomics

Interesting book discussion in the NYT about the book Freakonomics.

Sith Reading

With the movie coming out some libraries might consider making this book available. A little Star Wars analysis.
A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars

The Pickup Artist

People interested in intellectual property might find this book fun. Other people might find it fun also.
The Pickup Artist
As a pickup artist, Hank Shapiro has the responsibility of confiscating works of art slated for elimination to make room for works by new artists. When he succumbs to the urge to listen one more time to a forbidden Hank Williams song, he becomes a fugitive and discovers a strange underground organization dedicated to saving the past.

ebooks???

With technology like this coming on the market it suprises me that ebook readers have not made better inroads. Clearly the technology is there. We just have to wait for the law and people to catch up.
What do people think of the "Pepper Pad?" (Link above)

Paperback Swap

I found a cool website called http://www.paperbackswap.com The idea behind the site is that you post your paperbacks on the site. If another member wants the paperback you send it to them and you receive a credit. Your credit then allows you to request a book from someone else. I listed a stack of good paperbacks that I own. For listing nine books you receive three credits.

Magic Camera

Several years ago I read a story at Wired.com about a man that accidently dropped his digital camera into a lake and after it dried out it took really neat pictures. The original article I read is still on Wired. I recently found that there is a book that compiles some photos taken with the camera. The book is called Mr Eaves And His Magic Camera.

Publish America

I found one Publish America book that is getting very good reviews. I looked on WorldCat and found that three libraries have the item. Two are in Louisiana and one is in California. I believe the author lives in Louisiana. Somehow the California library discovered the book and decided to add it to their collection.

Google Maps

Using the satellite feature in Google maps I was scrolling around Bellevue, Nebraske. Just to the west of Offutt AFB a famer wrote a message in his farm field. The message was captured by the satellite images.

This I Believe

NPR has been replaying selected broadcasts of "This I Believe" and has also created some new episodes. "This I Believe" was a series done by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950's that asked numerous people to share their most fundamental and closely held beliefs. One of my favorites is by Robert Heinlein.

On Bullsh*t

This book is ranked #47 on Amazon. On BullshitDescription of book from publisher: One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern.

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