Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daily Thoughts 5/7/2011 (The Paradise Within Reach of All Men)

 Arabic books in library of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Muscat, Oman), Taken January 16, 2011, by Ji-Elle, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Daily Thoughts 5/7/2011

I read a little bit of The Paradise Within The Reach of All Men, Without Labor, by Powers of Nature and Machinery by John Adolphus Etzler, c1836.  It has a wonderful far fetched feel to it.  It reminds me a bit of the promises that there will be a breakthrough any time now for the alternative energy movement.  It is more like through slow long term growth, people will have a dream and try over and over again, until someone makes it viable.  This is the story of wind power and soon solar power.  People have been trying for over a hundred years to make alternative energy work.  I like the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg because it allows you to track old ideas in new packages.

I did not do a whole lot of reading today.  I took a break and played a few computer games to relax.  I do this sometimes.  I like it.  Sometimes I play Nation States which is an online nation simulator. It is kind of a waste of time, but it is enjoyable.

We rent computer games at our library, specifically Xbox and Wii. There is a lot of demand for the games.  We keep them in a locked glass cabinet so people don't steal them.  Patrons point the games out to the circulation desk and then they check them out.  It has become part of every day life.

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