Monday, November 1, 2010
Daily Thoughts 11/01/2010
I spent some time looking through New York Area Startups. These are two which look interesting that are related to publishing: http://www.dailylit.com/ Sends small chunks of literature to your email inbox and http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/ offers open source and affordable textbooks,
I also spent some time looking at various library and book related web sites. Took a look at Book Forum http://www.bookforumcom/ . It is an interesting review site; very literary, probably not quite my style. They might find me boorish.. I found it while looking through the Librarian's Yellow Pages http://www.librariansyellowpages.com/
Also found a tool called http://www.easybib.com/ which automatically generates citations for books, websites, periodicals and newspapers. There is also Hakia http://www.hakia.com/ which is a semantic search engine and in some ways better than Google.
Alexis Madrigal is writing a book called Inventing Green which is about the hsitory of green technology. He has a blog about the book at http://greentechhistory.com/ It is coming out in Spring of 2011 by Da Capo Press. He writes for Wired magazine sometimes.
I read some more of The Story of Stuff. The author, Annie Leonard is writing about how toxic things are. She is talking about the different heavy metals and chemicals that are in our environment. I like that she takes a few minutes to write about green chemistry and biomimicry. I am interested in being able to buy mainstream items that are green. I like being able to buy Arm and Hammer laundry detergent that is made using green chemistry, and dish soap that is environmentally clean. I don't want to have to go to the health food store to buy natural food or natural products.