Sidewalk astronomy returns to the library Wednesday night, October 22, during Customer Appreciation Week. Telescopes will be set up outside of the library --most likely next to the parking lot north of the main building entrance-- for viewing of the giant planet Jupiter. We also hope to be able to look at a few other celestial objects perhaps including the great Andromeda Galaxy. The outdoor program is scheduled to begin by 8:00 and end at around 9:15 and is entirely dependent upon the weather; if it's raining or too cloudy the program will be canceled. If you are concerned about whether the program will take place, you can check the library Web site for updates or call the library's main number and ask that evening. The main number is: (440) 871-2600.
See the Space Station tonight!
The International Space Station will be visible in our late evening and early nighttime skies several times in September. Using the list below watch for a very bright, unblinking light to appear in the westerly direction indicated and move briskly eastward across the sky. If the timing is right and you can see the entire passage or transit, you will see the light dim and disappear as the huge assemblage dips into Earth's shadow streaming into space. Each transit takes only a few minutes so be sure to start watching for its appearance before the indicated time!
There's a lot of collaborating going on in the mystery genre. Whether it is bringing together several characters from different series to solve a crime, or authors working together on a novel, collaboration brings an interesting perspective to the story.
Some mystery authors who write more than one series will occasionally bring their characters together on a case. J.A. Jance united her Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont and Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady in Partners in Crime. Robert Parker has included both P.I. Sunny Randall and police chief Jesse Stone in Blue Screen and High Profile.
When you search for a tv series, look for the phrase "episode list." You can click on that to see all available episodes. Not all series are complete, but there are more than 6,000 tv series episodes and motion pictures.
The author argues that the Internet has moved away from "generative" technologies: democratizing, do-it-yourself technologies that encourage innovation.
Now, with explosive growth in the use of iPhones, Blackberries, Xboxes and other "tethered" devices--Web-connected technologies whose development are strictly controlled by their manufacturers--the power of the personal computer, and the ability of the end user to express him/herself, will be diminished in the future.
Zittrain writes: "...the Internet's generative characteristics primed it for extraordinary success--and now position it for failure."
Generative technologies develop by the interest/passion of their creators, as did the Internet: but then the Internet went mainstream. More corporate interests have found ways to tap into it, but control little pieces of it for themselves.
A provocative book.
Doodlebuzz.com brings a different approach to news aggregators/news search engines.
After you enter your search terms, you draw lines to which the search results are attached.
The site is fun and with as clean as interface as your artistic skills can provide.
Look! Up in the eastern sky! Is that bright light a UFO?
We have been enjoying some very clear skies of late (between tropical storm left-overs) and early risers may have spotted a very bright point of light in the pre-dawn eastern sky. What is it?
It's not a bird. It's not a plane. Nor is it Superman. That brilliant beacon is the star Sirius -- the brightest star in Earth's night sky.
New Fall Releases
New Fall Releases
A number of popular mystery authors have new books coming out in August and September. Here is a sampling of some forthcoming titles.