Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Daily Thoughts 07/27/2016

Interior with Young Man Reading - Vilhelm Hammershoi
Interior With Young Man Reading, Vilhelm Hammershoi, 1898

Daily Thoughts 07/27/2016

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

Last night, I read the graphic novel The Imitation Game Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani and Illustrated by Leland Purvis.  This is a biography of Alan Turing.  It describes his breaking of the nazi enigma code, early developments in computing and mathematics, and his tragic end.

I also read some more of The Planet Remade.  I am reading about climate systems and how heat and water are exchanged all over the world.

I spent a little time working on weeding this morning.

I also updated the CD Audiobooks list for Bookletters.

Web Bits


Low Literacy Rate Leads to Fanaticism, Experts Say

Rikers Island Gets Unofficial New York Public Library branch


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Daily Thoughts 07/26/2016

Winslow Homer - In the Hammock.jpg
Winslow Homer, In the Hammock, 1872

Daily Thoughts 07/26/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of The Planet Remade.  It is a book about geoengineering which is large scale activities focusing on changing climate.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I read a copy of the New York Times Bestseller List.

I went to city hall today to civil service to put in my paperwork for Librarian III.

I did a little weeding today.

I also printed some wordfinders for Thursday's game night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Web Bits


How Do Authors Make Money from Library Books?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Daily Thoughts 07/25/2016

The reading - Edouard Manet
The Reading, Edouard Manet, 1869

Daily Thoughts 07/25/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Today we are discussing Mastermind How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I checked out the book, The Planet Remade How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I ordered some books on parenting.

I also did a little bit of weeding.

We had the meeting for the book club today at 3:00 p.m.

There is a computer class for 3D Printing today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On the way home, I finished reading The Perfect Bet How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling by Adam Kucharski.  Adam Kucharski asks the question are horseracing, poker, and lotteries purely games of chance?  He describes how increasing computerization changes betting.  We get to read about checkers programs, poker bots, and backgammon programs.  This is an excellent book for people who are interested in math, statistics, probability, betting, and odds.

Web Bits


Reading In Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries

Famous Libraries on Minimalist Posters by Andre Chiote (Pictures)


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Daily Thoughts 07/24/2016

Seated woman - Rik Wouters
Seated Woman, Rik Wouters, 1915

Daily Thoughts 07/24/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of The Perfect Bet.  I am reading about how bots can make much faster trades than people in both the stock market and gambling exchanges.

I also read a little more of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  The stories seem to have many more times where Sherlock Holmes is disguised than I remember when I read them earlier.  It is a different experience reading them now than when I was a teenager.

Web Bits


The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read

Library of Congress Hosts the America Reads Exhibit


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Daily Thoughts 07/23/2016

Evening Reading - Georg Pauli
Evening Reading, Georg Pauli, 1884

Daily Thoughts 07/23/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I ordered a few new books today.

I read a little more from The Perfect Bet.  I am reading about how making money from gambling is often about taking fees to place bets between people not taking direct risks.

I also read a few stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes including The Redheaded League and The Five Orange Pips.

Web Bits



EFF Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn DMCA Ban on Breaking DRM

Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic