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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
Is John Kerry C3PO?
Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal has the discussion.
I found a poster that I think many librarians would find interesting http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=177265&item=387160
I came upon this interesting book, Who Owns Information?" by Anne Wells Branscomb
I came across a book that librarians would enjoy. I have a link to it at www.bibliofuture.org The title of the book is "How I Fell in Love with a Librarian and Lived to Tell about it"
I found an interesting book called Almost History : Close Calls, Plan B's, and Twists of Fate in America's Past Roger Bruns, the author, is the deputy executive director for the National Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives. The book shows actual documents that were being prepared if certain historical events came out a different way. For example, a presidental speech about the death of the Apollo XI astronauts. What if the Eagle had not landed?