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New Spam Attacks Lure with Current Events

In this article from Government Computer News, we learn that email spam attacks are attempting to lure people based on their interest in President-elect Obama's victory or the current economic crisis.

I personally received one of the Obama emails within a day or two after election day.

The Laughter of Dead Kings: A Vicky Bliss Novel of Suspense By Elizabeth Peters

Art Historian and Sleuth, Vicky Bliss returns to Egypt with her significant other, John Tregarth and her boss, Herr Doktor Anton Schmidt in an attempt to find King Tut. The mummy of King Tut must be returned before the authorities and the press find out he is missing or heads will roll! Read and Enjoy!

New Site for Kids Teaches Business Concepts

The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a site that teaches kids to be smart consumers.

The site, You Are Here places kids in an mall environment. In this interactive site, kids can learn about advertising: evaluating ads for reliable claims, and creating an ad for a shoe store.

Rough Justice by Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins authored the runaway best-seller The Eagle Has Landed, in 1975. Rough Justice is set in modern times and continues the saga of British General Charles Ferguson's band of fighters. General Ferguson, Sean Dillon, Major Roper, Harry & Billy Salter, and the new guy, Major Harry Miller together try to thwart a terrorist plot against the West. Read and Enjoy!

It's a Mystery 10/30/08

Award-Winners

More 2008 mystery awards have been handed out for books written in 2007 and there are two novels which have nearly swept the various awards. 

Astronomy: Journey to Palomar on TV

A new PBS documentary about the history of American astronomy premiers Monday, Nov. 10. Entitled The Journey to Palomar, the film is about George Ellery Hale and the building of the giant telescopes at the Yerkes, and Mount Wilson Observatories, and Hale's crowning achievement at Palomar.  The 90-minute program premiers nationwide on PBS November 10.

The filmmakers write, "More than a science film, The Journey To Palomar is the story of America's 'can-do' spirit at its very best. The combination of Hale's dramatic personal story set against the backdrop of American history and humankind's reach into the far corners of the universe creates a film with appeal to viewers of all ages."

A Novel of Political Ambition

Run
By Ann Patchett

Maisie Dobbs is Back!

An Incomplete Revenge
by Jacqueline Winspear

Lala.com, a cool music site

Lala.com is a music site that has been around for awhile, but it has changed its model. Here is what it offers:

  • song downloads (mp3 format, DRM-free) for 89 cents.
  • streaming any song in their catalog for free the first time you listen to it.

Sidewalk astronomy: a good night

A sidewalk astronomy event took place tonight, a part of Westlake Porter Public Library's Customer Appreciation Week. Two amateur astronomers from the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association set up their telescopes near the north end of the library's parking lot and invited visitors to take a look at some amazing celestial objects. After dicey late-afternoon cloud cover the sky cleared in time for setup at 7:30 and viewings from 8:00 to 9:15 PM.  Curious visitors got good views of Jupiter, the Hercules Star Cluster (M13), the Ring Nebula (M57), and the great Andromeda Galaxy (M31). The Ring Nebula was very difficult for most viewers to spot in the eyepiece but it was actually presented well in both telescopes. M13 --a globular collection of several hundred thousand stars-- was a beautiful sight. Andromeda Galaxy was its usual fuzz-ball self but not bad at all, the light from its trillion stars a subtle beauty through the telescope. Jupiter, some 492 million miles distant, was best viewed shortly after sundown. Good moments of seeing revealed multiple cloud bands in addition to the two big equatorial belts, and patient viewers got a good look. Seeing was unsteady at lower angles and as the planet sank lower in the sky, occasional good seeing ended and the planetary disk was unsharp. Thanks to those who braved the chilly temperatures for a good night of sidewalk stargazing!