Brad Czerniak's Blog
We will post the presentation from Monday's program to the group on Wednesday, April 27, at 1:00PM, so join by then to check out awesome slides like this:
During this program we'll:
- Look at library-compatible devices on the market
- Show how to load library eBooks on your device
- Check out public domain and other free books online
- Explore some tips & tricks for your iPad or iPhone
- Try out some devices at our open demo table
- Have a Q&A and discussion of all things eBook
- Keep the discussion going with an email group
If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a funny, original opening sentence to the worst imaginary novel ever written to celebrate National Library Week. All ages and resident/nonresident patrons are eligible to participate. Vote below for your favorite: the top 3 winners received a $25 gift card to Applebee's!
Elizabeth Taylor passed away today at the age of 79. She was well-known for her roles in prominent films, her illustrious marriages, and as an eccentric life-long celebrity. If you would like to rekindle memories of this wonderful actress, you can find the following at Canton Public Library:
Philosophy of Simplicity
White Collar [season 1 DVDs available here] is a procedural crime drama about FBI white collar crime expert Peter Burke and his former-art-forger-and-thief confidential informant Neal Caffrey, who in conjunction with his friend Mozzie (pictured) use unconventional tactics to bring criminals to justice. If you enjoy this fictionalization, try some of these true stories of brilliant theft and deception:
Gaming the game: the story behind the NBA betting scandal and the gambler who made it happen by Sean Patrick Griffin
Literary hoaxes: an eye-opening history of famous frauds by Melissa Katsoulis
Madoff with the money by Jerry Oppenheimer
Craig Perdue, Naturalist and Primitive Technologist, shows us how Glory, the gregarious Harris Hawk, and Jasper, the Great Horned Owl, get trained to follow using behavioral psychology. Mr. Perdue also tells us about his lifetime love of nature and the skills to survive and thrive in it. Check out Mr. Perdue as a Living Book at Canton Public Library!
This is in contrast to Rocky, which shows Philadelphia in a mostly-neutral light; along with a glorious training montage that made the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps an icon and tourist attraction. Given the positive effect of Rocky on Philly tourism, the strong identification of that film with a particular filming location, demand for a statue for photography purposes, and the pre-existence of a bronze Rocky statue (which was created as a prop for Rocky III), the permanent installation of the prop statue seems natural.
Now, in Detroit, with the resurgence of civic pride and national recognition:
Some people have come forward to have a statue of Detroit film history erected.
But where? The Detroit in the film bears little resemblance to the rising-Phoenix-Detroit we see today. Additionally, no location in the film was particularly memorable above others. Maybe RoboCop isn't the right fictional Detroiter for a statue. Here are some films set in Detroit for your sculptural inspiration:
A call to remember notable events, especially surprise attacks and disasters, is a well-known trope in the cultural memory. As George Santayana quipped, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So, in case you have forgotten, here are some resources for remembrance of things past:
Remember the Alamo
The Alamo: a cultural history by Frank Thompson
The Alamo [videodisc] by The History Channel
Remember the Maine
How the battleship Maine was destoyed by H.g. Rickover