Saturday, June 2, 2012

Daily Thoughts 06/02/2012

The Young Student, Ozias Leduc, 1894

Daily Thoughts 06/02/2012

While I was at NY Cultural Tech, I talked briefly about Codecademy, Skillshare, and  which are educational startups.  I also learned that is free from Metro with an individual membership from MyMetro.  Several other sources of free education were suggested.  The first was which is a free online video training site with lots of content.  There was also which offered free college level courses, which also is college oriented and  These all offer fairly complex college level courses that are computer oriented.  There is also a free learning site which is called P2P U which was interesting.

At NY Cultural Tech it was also suggested that I might want to read Object Oriented Thought Process, 3rd Edition by Matt A. Weisfeld which is a primer on object oriented programming, the basis of C, Javascript, and a variety of other programs.  I requested the item through interlibrary loan.  It is in the New York Public Library sytem.

This morning, I updated the Facebook and Twitter page for the library.  I also checked the displays
and gift books.  I also spent a few minutes looking through the website.  Two books came in for me to read; The Great Divergence America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It by Timothy Noah and The Drowned Cities A Novel by Paolo Bacigalupi.  The Drowned Cities is a young adult book.

I also had a chance to check some cd audiobooks that were donated.  There were a few worth adding.

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

On the way home, I read some of The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi.  It is in the same future dystopian world as his Printz award winning novel, Ship Breaker.  In this novel, one of his previous minor characters, Tool takes a more central role.  Tool is a chimaera, a combination of dog, human, hyena, and other creatures and bred for war.  Unlike his brethren, he has broken free from dog like devotion to a master.  The setting is in a jungle area overrun by warring factions which fight over the remnants of coastal America.

The story takes Mahlia, a teenage girl into The Drowned Cities of the coastline where people fight over scrap metal and territory.  It is a damaged world where global warming has raised the sea levels to cover many coastal areas.  Mahlia follows Tool into a warzone in the hopes of rescuing her friend Mouse.  The story is gritty, with lots of action, philosophy about peace and war, and insights about what it means to fight for a cause.

Paolo Bacigalupi's writing is fantastic.  His adult novel, The Windup Girl in 2009 won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.  It was both fantastic and different.  His young adult novels are just as good.  He often works with Tobias Buckell which I find very satisfying.  He also has a blog at

Starting on June 4, 2012 with Day of Dialog between Librarians and Publishers I am about to buried in an endless stream of books.  These are a few of the books at the Day of Dialog conference.

Hot New Titles Books You'll Discover at Day of Dialogs Editors Picks Panel

These are some books, places, and other things I am Interested In on the show floor for Book Expo America-- I pulled them from various places:

2148 Librarians Lounge

2332-- Baker Publishing Group
Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary Baker Publishing Group
Angels Are For Real Judith McNutt  Baker Publishing Group

2740-- Chicago Review Press

Dancing Barefoot The Patty Smith Story Dave Thompson, Chicago Review Press
Deadly Valentines The Story of Capone’s Machine Gun Jack McGurn  Chicago Review Press

2828 Copia Interactive
3058—Lonely Planet
Food Lovers Guide to the World Lonely Planet

3140—American Library Association

3153—Publishers Weekly
Show guide.

3239—McGraw Hill
Comic Con and the Business of Popular Culture by Rob Salkowitz

3349-3340 Harper Collins
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Harper).

3358—St. Martin’s
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin Walter Mosley
The Antidote:  Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman  MacMillan Faber and Faber
Weird A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories MacMillan
The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross September MacMillan/Tor
Pity the Billionaire Thomas Frank Macmillan
Posters from Holt: Paul Auster’s Winter Journal
Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Farrar Strauss Giraux
Yang Jisheng’s Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958–1962
John Scalzi (Redshirt)

3390-3340 Harper Collins
Louise Erdrich’s Round House

3422 3522-- Norton
Thames and Hudson
Jewelry by Chanel

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

3447—Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt
In Sunlight and Shadow Mark Helprin

3466—NBM Publishing, Papercutz
Stan Mack A Comic History of the American Revolution
Nancy Drew Graphic Novels

3531—Yale University Press
Of Africa by Wole Soyinka

3576-- Diamond Book Distributors

3604-- Perseus
Joe Sacco,
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (finished book)

When I Left Home: My Story (book), Buddy Guy
Adam Lazarus’s Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story Behind the NFL’s Greatest Quarterback Controversy
We Are What We Pretend to Be Kurt Vonnegut Perseus PGW
Rick Steve’s France 2013 Perseus/PGW
The Dawn of Innovation :  The First American Industrial Revolution Charles R. Morris Perseus
Dan Rather’s Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News
I Declare Joel Osteen Hachette
Change Your Words Change Your Life Joyce Meyer Hachette

3627-- Little Brown
Free Tote Bags
Zoo by James Patterson

3645-3646—Barrons Educational

3657-3658  Free Press
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susan Cahalan
Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan

3673-- Tuttle
Easy Indian Cooking Tuttle Publishing
Chinese For Beginners Yi Ren, Tuttle Publishing
Korea:The Impossible Country  Daniel Tudor  Tuttle Publishing

3721-- Quayside
One Drawing A Day A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media
Veronica Lawlor Quayside Quarry
Iron Maiden The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast Quayside Publishing
Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting Quayside Publishing
Best of Business Card Design 9 Quayside Publishing
Beginners Illustrated Guide to Gardening Katie Elzer-Peters Quayside

3722-3822-- Wiley
Lisa Sabine-Wilson’s WordPress for Dummies,
Deborah Ng, Online Community Management for Dummies;

Brenda Jackson (Feeling the Heat)
Rochelle Alers (Sweet Southern Nights)

3784—Romance Writers of America

3869-- O’Reilly Media  (They have been very considerate to me before.) 

3904 -- Akashic

3904a – Cinco Punto Press
One Thousand Mustaches Cinco Punto Press

3906—Coffee House Press
Read This Handpicked Favorites From America’s Indie Booksellers

3932 --Dorling Kindersley
Universe Martin Rees DK

3940 --Random House
Jo Nesbo Phantom
Chris Bohjalian Sandcastle Girls
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
Elsewhere Richard Russo
Thomas Jefferson by John Meacham

3948-- Kobo (They are one of the organizers for ) and an e-reader company.
3952—North Atlantic Books
The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust  Robert David Steele and Howard Bloom North Atlantic Books

4028—Penguin Group, USA
Digital Photography Through the Year Tom Ang Penguin
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper (Dutton)

4062, 4064-- Nolo

4139-- Grove Atlantic
G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen
Sherman Alexie—Blasphemy

4108 Hal Leonard
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book, edited by Janie L. Hendrix

Matti Friedman, The Aleppo Code: True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible;
Jacques Pepin New Complete Techniques  Black Dog and Leventhal

4230—Douglas and McIntyre
A Whale for the Killing Farley Mowat  D&M Publishers Douglas & McIntyre

4252—Insight Editions
Exploring Titanic: The Expeditions of James Cameron

The Art of Jules Feiffer Poster

4339-- Overdrive
4346 – Midpoint Trade Books
Digital Mindset Carol Ingley Midpoint trade Books

Sweet Dreams How To Establish and Maintain Good Sleep Habits for Your Baby
Midpoint Trade Carroll and Brown

4449—Horror Writers Association

4451—Mystery Writers of America

4464—Recorded Books


4583—Prestige Media
Free Bags and Bookmarks

4622—Better World Books

Digital Zone.  It should be interesting.

Digital Zone

DZ2034 Sony Electronics, Inc. (Our library got a donation of 3 PRS-350 E-readers)

DZ2117 Overdrive

DZ2122 Bluefire

DZ2128 Aquafadas

DZ2206 Jouve

DZ2305 Impelsys/ iPublish Central

DZ2309  O'Reilly Books (Email Invitation)

DZ 2311 Wavecloud

DZ2312 Libredigital

DZ2315 (Enovate Media sent out a general invite to the Ebooks, Ereaders, and Digital Publishing Group on Linkedin.

DZ2415 Gutenberg Technology

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