Sunday, July 5, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2015

 The reading room on the RMS Olympic  photographed by William H. Rau in 1911.

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2015

I stayed up late and read The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.  The premise of the story is enjoyable.  The best part of the story is the raw economic fantasy.  The backstory sounds great.  Everyone is incorporated and the government only takes 5%.  It is kind of a corporate, libertarian paradise.  Because it is set in science fiction everything works wonderfully, and it sounds great.  It is purely utopian.  Part of the reason it works is because of fantastic technology, fusion, nanotechnology, gravity manipulation, and other things throughout the story.

I rather like that in this story, virtual reality is an illegal activity  because it is hyperaddictive.  The background and technology are very interesting.  The book is part of a series.  It won the Prometheus Award in 2010.  The science fiction is focused on ideas.  It is not an action novel.  The central character, Justin Cord, will do what it takes to not be incorporated and owned by others.  He wants to be a free man.  I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.  Like so many books with a back story that is economic, the economics can sound great but not work in the real world.  I could say that this book has the same kind of effect which fictional accounts of economic ideals does.

I also have been reading Inequality What Can Be Done by Anthony B. Atkinson.  I am reading about how which basic technological research we do affects future employment.  For example if the government invests in robotics, less people may be employed than if we invest in advanced power tools which humans have to be educated to use.

I started reading Dead Wake the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.   I am reading it for a book club on Thursday, June 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I am about half way through The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.  This is a story about a young boy who is in the process of becoming a bard.  He is captured by norsemen.  The writing is excellent.  It is part of a trilogy. I enjoyed reading Nancy Farmer's young adult book, The Eye, The Ear, and The Arm which was a Newberry honor book.  I placed requests for The Land of the Silver Apples and The Island of the Blessed.

Web Bits

Not Fade Away... How Robots are Preserving Old Newspapers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/04/2015

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"Banish lonely hours in camp! Help provide libraries filled with books for soldiers A million dollars for a million books for a million men--Leave your money at the public library or at any bank. The Library War Council - appointed by the War Department through the American Library Association - is raising one million dollars during Camp Library Week, Sept. 24-30, to build and maintain a library at every training camp and cantonment for soldiers, sailors and airmen, at home and abroad. Massachusetts Library War Council.", 1917

Daily Thoughts 07/04/2015

Happy 4th of July.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for library.  I also looked up some information on library marketing and library market research.

I have been reading more of The Unincorporated Man.  The book is quite intellectual.  It takes the trope of every person being an individual corporation to a new level and adds some new twists.  The story is about decisions which people make.  It is not a violent story, it is more about personal strategy.  The book takes corporatism to an endpoint where every aspect of life is controlled by corporations.

I am reading more of Inequality What Can Be Done.  I learned that Google does not hire based on GPA.  Soft skills like motivation, empathy, and self control are not measured by educational testing.  This says something about technology and how people are hired now.  This matches with the idea that jobs which require human skills, social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion and originality are going to be less prone to replacement by algorithms and automation.

I have been reading more of The Mindful Way Through Stress.  There is a reminder that thoughts are just thoughts and can be changed.

Web Bits

3 Librarians On Star Trek

When America's Librarians Went to War

Friday, July 3, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2015

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Writing the Declaration of Independence, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris,Oil on Canvas

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I started reading The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.  It starts with a man being revived from cryogenic sleep.  This is a science fiction book about money and the future of money.  It reminds me a little bit of Frederik Pohl's book, The Space Merchants.  There is also quite a bit in it about the use of electronic currencies.

I enjoyed reading Lowes Moore Chronicle From the Boys and Girls Club to the NBA.  It had a strong message to avoid alcohol, drugs, and partying and stay on the narrow path.  The parts about basketball were the most interesting parts.  Reading about the Continental Basketball Association was a bit different.  The story revolved around basketball, morality, and god.

I read some more of Inequality What Can Be Done.  I am reading about how the study of inequality and personal wealth has changed.  This has happened because there are better census records, accurate administrative records for taxation, and regular household surveys in many places all over the world.

I read the manual for my digital camera.  I also took a few pictures.

I read a little bit more of The Mindful Way Though Stress.  The book is supposed to take 8 weeks to finish with all the different meditation exercises in it.  I am finding them to be relaxing.   It is a little bit more than a book meditation.  It also focuses on changing a persons mindset.  Some of the exercises are about writing down and acknowledging positive experiences.

Web Bits

How to Almost Ruin a Great Library

NASA is Suiting up WIth Boston's John F. Kennedy Library

Timmins Public Library Reverses Decisions on Boys Only Robotics Event After Girl's Petition

Woman Gets Library Card 73 Years After She Was Denied Book in North Carolina for Being Black

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2015

The Room of Flowers - Childe Hassam

Childe Hassam, The Room of Flowers, 1894

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I am reading more of The Mindful Way Through Stress.  There is a section in Chapter 13 on a series of yoga postures that are meant to combined with mindfulness.

I have been reading Lowes Moore Chronicles: Life on the Narrow Road From the Boys and Girls Club to the NBA.  It is an inspirational read.  The book resonates well with the local community.  There is a reminder to stay on the straight and narrow, be very focused, and not stray into doing negative things.  I am enjoying the parts about basketball and the practice for becoming a top notch player.  Lowes Moore does a good job in describing how basketball is as much a mental game as a physical game.  I think this would be a good book for local teenagers.  It reminds me of how my grandfather insisted I join the swim team.  At the discussion last night, Lowes Moore talked about how more kids need to read to improve their lives.  Part of his focus is to help reduce illiteracy.
Basketball is important in Mount Vernon.  Basketball Documentary Films at Mount Vernon High School.

I started reading Inequality What Can Be Done by Anthony B. Atkinson.  This book is mainly focused on income inequality.  It does ask some interesting questions at the start like should we focus on poverty first or on the more general question of the distribution of wealth.

There is a new streaming service from Westchester Library System called Indieflix.   There are a lot of short films and animation to watch which are less than ten minutes long.
I went to Barnes and Noble today.  I bought two books, The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer which is a fantasy paperback and The Unincorporated man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin which is a science fiction paperback.  I took a look around. Gore Vidal has a hard boiled crime novel called Thieves Fall Out published by Hard Case Crime.

Web Bits

Edgewidge Danticat The Power of Books and Libraries

2015 International Latino Book Awards

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/01/2015

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Portrait of Matsuo Basho by Hokusai, 18-19th Century
Daily Thoughts 07/01/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read some more of The Mindful Way Through Stress.  I am reading about walking meditation.

On the way to work, I finished reading the book that went along with the DVD for National Geographic Fundamentals of Photography.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time putting together a display for summer reading near the circulation desk.

I also spent some time working on flyers for programs as well as scheduling for the rest of July and the beginning of August.

A colleague may apply for a mini grant for the Crochet Class in September.

I checked out the book,  Dead Wake,The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  The book club is discussing it on July 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I also checked out the book, Inequality What Can Be Done by Anthony B. Atkins. 

There was an evening program, Lowes Moore discussed his life a bit and signed his book, Lowes Moore Chronicles Life on the Narrow Road from the Boys and Girls Club to the NBA.  The discussion was focused on the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, basketball, and leading a straight and narrow life.  I bought a copy of the book to read.

There was a slightly different pattern for the training classes.  Tonight, there was staff training for Hoopla from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The Intermediate Excel Class was from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Web Bits

A Library That Plummets Into an Abyss by Susanna Hasselberg for Sculpture by the Sea

Artist Turns 24 Volume Encyclopedia Britannica Set Into a Beautifully Carved Landscape

Charles Simic In the Library

Forged Lives

Knight Foundation Announces Plan for Second Knight News Challenge Focsued on Library Innovation
We applied for the first Knight Foundation grant.

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