Monday, July 7, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2014

Air Wonder Stories, July 1929, Hugo Gernsback, Editor

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read some more of The Zero Marginal Cost Society.  Jeremy Rifkin is describing the concept of smart metering and other types of smart technologies.  This would allow better measurement for electrical use as well as weather and the environment.  He describes the emergence of something called the Cleanweb Movement which is a combination of clean technology, web technolyg, and social entrepreneurship.  There is also a brief description of the conflict between the utilities and people who want to establish feed in tariffs.

I checked out two books, Designing the Internet of Things by Adrian Mcewen and Hakim Cassimally and Smart Machines IBM's Watson and the Era of Smart Computing by John E. Kelly III and Steve Hamm.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  There were several donations of books by Kimberla Lawson Roby who is a popular African American christian fiction writer.  We also received some donations of DVDs and CDs.

The computer lab is open from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.

I spent some time looking at programming.  We got our confirmation for our grant today for the Mount Vernon Arts Initiative.  We are doing a poetry series with an instructor.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly.  A book that seemed interesting is The Fourth Revolution The Global Race to Reinvent the State by John Micklethwait.  I have a copy of Ingrams Advance and Baker and Taylors Forecast to read as well.  I am looking forward to Islands of Rage and Hope by John Ringo which is coming out in August. It is a mix of military fiction and zombie apocalypse.  Andrew Cuomo governor of New York has a new book coming out called All Things Possible in August.

I put out the July Bookpage today.  I was on vacation last week.  Sometimes, you have to make up something to say.

I read a little bit more of The Zero Marginal Cost Society on the way home. I am reading about the recreation of the commons.  There are new theories and methods of sharing common ideas which are being created. This includes things like the open source software and open manufacturing movements.  It includes things like seed banks designed to protect common heritage, and the Wikipedia commons.  This often focuses on collaboration which is different than top down organizational structures.

Web Bits

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