Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2016

Portrait of Keats Listening to the Nightingale on Hampstead Heath, 1845

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Living In Two Worlds by Dylan Emmons.  I am reading about Dylan Emmons love of the Goosebump books as a child and his early attempts at writing.

I also read some more of The Anatomy of Inequality.  I am reading about how if someone succeeds at barter initially, they tend to accumulate more than the person on the bad end of a trade.  This accumulation tends to increase over time concentration wealth.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

There was a retirement party today for one of the maintenance men.

I did some weeding in the afternoon.  I also ordered some titles that are prepublication which will coming out in several months.
There is a Beginning Wordpress class tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the computer lab.
I ordered a few titles from Melville House Publishing.

Web Bits

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Comixology Launches Comics Subscription Service

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Daily Thoughts 05/24/2016


Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. (1862 - 1963). The Public Library of Santa Barbara, with its open-air reading room Retrieved from

Daily Thoughts 05/24/2016

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I took a break from library things yesterday.

I rested on the train to work.

There were two books waiting for me, War Factory by Neal Asher and Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

The book, The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Defend Your Base With Simple Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi by Simon Monk came in for me to read.  It is very tongue in cheek.

I read a copy of the latest New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books.  I worked a bit on an order of books for next week.

I spent some time going over scheduling issues.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

I read some more of Living In Two Worlds by Dylan Emmons.  I learned that Asperger's syndrome is named after Hans Asperger.  I also read some more The Anatomy of Inequality on the way home.  The more people are settled in one place, the greater the inequality.  Hunter gatherers have more equality while city dwellers with greater specialization have a higher degree of inequality.  Inequality is not wealth it is also access to the law, shelter, healthcare, and other human needs.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Daily Thoughts 05/22/2016

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La Lectora, Federico Faruffini, 1863

Daily Thoughts 05/22/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Anatomy of Inequality.  I am reading about the concept of the social contract.  I also read a bit of Living In Two Worlds.  Dylan Emmons is describing his diagnosis of aspergers syndrome.  I am definitely going to invite him to talk about this book.

Web Bits

Amazon to Launch More Brick and Mortar Bookstores

The Delicate Task of Restoring One of the World's Oldest Libraries

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2016

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, Fifth Ave, 40th to 42d Sts.Retrieved from

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed an order for new books this morning.

I have started reading Living In Two Worlds on Being A Social Chameleon by Dylan Emmons.  The writing is quite clear in its style.  I also started The Anatomy of Inequality Per Molander.  Per Molander is asking the question why do some societies keep income inequality in reasonable bounds having started from an egalitarian base.

Melville House Library Presentation 05/20/2016

I had a cup of coffee and an almond croissant at the Brooklyn Coffee Roasting company before I went to the Melville House Boosktore.  The coffe is quite good.  I was in DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 There were some interesting titles which I saw in the bookstore.  Script and Scribble The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burnstbrey, Havana Real by Yoani Sanchez,  Pies and Tarts for Dinner and Desert by Stephanie Reynard which included meat pies, pot pies, and fruit pies, Rotis Roasts for Every Day of the Week by Stephanie Reynard, Hillbilly Nationalists Urban Race Rebels and Black Power Community Organizing in Radical Times by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy, Jorge Luis Borges The Last Interview and Other Conversations, and The Art of Lying Down A Guide to Horizontal Living by Bernd Brunner.  These were all books that the publisher distributed.  

Melville house had put out some galleys for forthcoming books.  I picked up four of them, Networks of New York an Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure by Ingrid Burrington, The Anatomy of Inequality Its Social and Economic Origins and Solutions by Per Molander,  The Day The Renaissance Was Saved, The Battle of Anghiari and Da Vincic's Lost Masterpiece by Niccolo Capponi, and Trainwreck The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle.  I  saw these before the presentation. 

The Librarian Preview was quite interesting.  The editors from Melville House introduced a number of titles to librarians.  There were a few which I think stood out, mainly nonfiction, Dragons in the Diamond Village by David Bandurski coming out in October 2016, Refugees Terror and Other Troubles With the Neighbors by Slavoj Zizek which is also coming out in October 2016, and Culture as a Weapon Art and Marketing in the Age of Total Communication.  They highlighted the book, The Anatomy of Inequality. This is the next book I plan on reading.  In addition, I think the book, David Bowie The Last Interview will be very topical because of David Bowie's recent passing.

Melville House has a section for librarians on its website,  http://www.mhpbookscom/library

They also thanked librarians for making the book, The Girl In the Red Coat by Kate Hamer a Library Reads pick.

There was also a video from Ingrid Burrington which was very interesting and intense on her new book, Networks of New York.

The director of Chappaqua library was at the Melville House Preview and  some people were discussing how White Plains Public Libray was becoming more influential in Westchester.  I also had a discussion about We Robots Staying Human in the Age of Big Data by Curtis White which is a book which I had read in the previous year.

The publishing staff had coffee, red and white wine, and cookies for the visiting librarians.  It is the first time I have had a little wine in a while.

This is the third year that I have gone to this event.  

Web Bits

Mount Vernon Public Library Announces Election Results              

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Vermont's First Library Building

Friday, May 20, 2016

Daily Thoughts 05/20/2016

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New Library of St. Genevieve, Library of Congress, December 31, 1885

Daily Thoughts 05/20/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Disaster Diaries last night.  I am reading about the importance of staying fit before a disaster strikes, and that all the different possible disasters have different skill sets to survive.

I am going to the Melville House Publishing preview today.  Melville House in the DUMBO neighborhood in Manhattan.  It is an interesting place.  I have gone there a number of times.

I finished reading The Disaster Diaries  How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan.  The author trains himself in the different skills he would need to survive a variety of different apocalyptic situations.  At the end of chapter, he tells a story of survival with his family.

He goes to driving school, survival camp, knife fighting training, shooting training, learns emergency medicine, studies post traumatic stress, and ponders leadership.  He gets ready for the end of the world as we know it.  I especially like when he goes to Alaska to learn how to survive in the snow.  The book is quite entertaining.  It is not just about survival, it is also about self-reliance and discipline.  I enjoyed reading this book.

I also finished reading The Third Wave An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case.  This book has a lot more to offer than just technology.  Steve Case writes about how government interacts with high technology companies.  He also describes a plan focused on spreading out start up cultures in different cities all over the United States and the world.  There is a lot about how to make United States business more competitive and more open to innovation.  If you are interested in business and technology, this book is worth reading.

The Melville House event was quite interesting.  I got there early and had an almond croissant and a cup of coffee while I read some before the event started.  I also had a chance to look around the Melville House bookstore.  Before the event started, I picked up a few advanced reading copies from Melville House.

The presentation was quite interesting.  I will write more about it tomorrow.  I need to summarize it for both my job and this blog.

Web Bits

Technology Center at Yonkers Public Library

Renegade Librarian Jessamyn West on Information, Access and Democracy