Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Daily Thoughts 04/26/2016

The Book of Music - Juan Gris
The Book of Music by Juan Gris, 1922

Daily Thoughts 04/26/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager.  I found this book quite interesting.  Pieces of it reminded of the modern day Ethiopian pirates as well as ISIS in Iraq.  It is part of the history of the Barbary Pirates who captured American and European vessels holding the crews for ransom or selling them into slavery.  It is also part of the early history of the United States Marines.  The book is easy to read, nicely illustrated and has lots of colorful accounts in it.  The book is very patriotic in its outlook.  Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger are writing in support of American values.

It is more than a book about warfare.  There is also treachery, diplomacy, and hardship in the accounts.   The authors also draw on lesser figures in American history to make the story complete. The book comes with notes and index.

I started reading Sweet Dreams Are Made of This A Life In Music A Memoir by Dave Stewart.  There is an introduction by Mick Jagger.  He founded the Eurythmics with Annie Lenox.

I watched the Martian starring Matt Damon.  It is based on the book by Andy Weir.  It is an enjoyable movie.  Not everyone will like it though.  The best parts are technical in nature about how it is to live in space.  I thought parts of the movie were unrealistic.  The second accident where part of the life support module comes apart was unconvincing.  It could have been done differently.

Web Bits

William Shakespeare Goes Digital As British Library Allows Public to Download First Editions

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