Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2012

Woman With A Child In A Boat, Berthe Morisot, 1892, Oil on Canvas

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2012

I read some more of Ulysses on the Kindle Touch.  I am at the point where Ulysses contends with Circe the sorceress who turns men into swine.  There is a certain truth to this when you read this story.  It comes across as allegorical.  I also read a little more of Javascript: The Missing Manual.

This morning, I checked the displays and updated the Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The library has the computer lab open between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  I spent some time talking about how to download library e-books with the Nook.  It is a little bit different than the Kindle.

I read the latest Publishers Weekly magazine.  There was an article called Disintermediating Amazon which I enjoyed.  You often can pull up the articles from the magazine online.

I also read the latest Booklist and finished reading the Baker and Taylor Forecast.  I like to check the catalog to see who is also ordering copies of different books and how many holds there are.  The Westchester Library System functions cooperatively.  Each library has a separate budget and administration.

I also spent some time and updated my thought experiment, Inflatable Space, some new ideas have come along.  For example, Space X has successfully launched a rocket for NASA.  They also have teamed up with Bigelow Aerospace to promote the Genesis Inflatable Space Station.  In addition, a new company called Stratolaunch has formed to launch rockets from high altitude airplanes.  Pieces of the original thought experiment are startting to happen.    This of course is more about creativity than books, but I do it sometimes to stretch my thinking.

Web Bits

More Than Just Text

A Model for the New Bookstore

American Libraries Econtent Supplement May/June

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