Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2014

Portrait of a Man Writing in His Study, Gustave Caillebotte, 1885

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2014

I read some more of The Second Machine Age this morning.  I am reading about innovation and how the expansion of the internet increases innovation by making it easier to combine ideas together.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays. We got a large donation of books.  There were a few things worth adding.  I try and be very selective about what I decide to add to the collection.  Most of the books go to the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library for the Book and Bake Sale which is on May 2 and May 3, 2014.  Tomorrow, we have the book club from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees room.  We are reading a book on Eleanor Roosevelt.

I spent some time preparing an order of new books this week.  I have a few magazines to read.  I did a little bit of checking in the oversize books.  The book, The Heathen School A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos came in for me to read.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.   The computer lab was open earlier from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

Web Bits

New York Public Library Partners With Zola to Offer Algorithmic Book Recommendations

Examining Library Spaces Through A “Kindness Audit”

Inflatable Space

I sometimes like to write about the concept of inflatables in space or near space.  I recently saw this Google plans to build a giant high altitude balloon network to cover the world for internet access.

The goal would be to provide cheap internet access for everyone in the world. 

Project Loon

Larry Page Talks at TED About Building a Better Future, The NSA, and Google's Project Loon

A Turbine Powered Future 

This is just something that interests me.  There have been recent advances in superconductors.  Smaller and Lighter 10MW Wind Turbines May be on the Horizon. http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10990

High Temperature Superconducting Breakthrough

Another breakthrough has occurred in addition to the superconductor.  Some companies are developing lenses to focus the wind.  Wind lens triples turbine output.  http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/02/wind-lens-triples-turbine-output/ 

It is interesting to read that some people believe wind power could provide all of the United States energy.  I can easily see a company developing a wind lens turbine that uses superconductors.  This would change the equation for wind power. I like the idea of a society powered by wind and waves.

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