the blog ate my homework

” It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.” – Voltaire
In the future we will all have blogs or be blogs, I seem to have lost all perspective it could be either, I’m not sure anymore. As always while I was looking for one thing, I stumble over another thing equally as perverse as the first thing I was supposed to be looking for. Print on Demand technology has reach its nadir: for a reasonable fee will print and bind your blog for you. Yes, I said ‘blog’. Those of you who are keeping up must remember what I said 95% of blogs are? or were, whatever. Well now it’s loose in the world – or more precisely in OUR world. These little pieces of people’s id are gonna be showing up in the second hand market, perhaps at the lightning speed at which they were produced. Here’s a video peek at one of these biblio-unculus. . .bibli-unculi?

cookies – Some of the winners of 2005 Jewish Book Awards include Michael Chabon & Amos Oz

mitzvah – The Pascagoula MS School District got a donation of 70K books to replace those lost to Hurricane Katrina.

memento moriNC bookstore owner Bob Sheldon is still remembered, 15 years after he was fatally shot.

naughty – Email poetry .Seriously who thinks this stuff up?

naughtierDelhi made the biggest ever haul of pirated books. The 23K books included If Tommorow Comes and The Other side of Midnight by Sydney Sheldon.come on guys….Sidney Sheldon?.

naughtiest – Bookspan a partnership between Bertelsmann & Time Warner which markets book clubs was fined $680K for calling tens of thousands of people on the Do Not Call List.

Video snipet – UM’s President Mary Sue Coleman’s “Google, the Khmer Rouge, and the Public Good” speech to the Association of American Publishers from February 6, 2006. (Coleman is a digitization cheerleader)

Worth a listen – 30 minute videoLawrence Lessig professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society – covers “Fair Use” and Googles interpretation of it in their Book Search project. (Lessig is also pro-innovation) Regardless of which side you are on this is a fascinating argument. [it may be a video but it’s a boring slide show, you can just listen to it in the background]

Bullpen Events Calendar

this weekend
CA – San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print and Paper Fair

MN – Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference.
MS – Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
MX –27th International Book Fair at the Palacio de Minería in Mexico City´s Historic Center runs thru Mar 5
NYC – Greenwic
h Village Antiquarian Book Fair

NYC –Triple Pier Antiques Show
NYC –New York Comic-Con
SC – South Carolina Book Festival

The final will be held June 10th – “Volunteers are becoming scarcer than hen’s teeth. And they’re getting older, no longer able to pick up cartons of books and pack them. And there are not a lot of young people to replace them.” The Brandeis Book Sale debuted in 1958.

BTW – Did you know that 13 digit ISBNs came into effect Jan 1st? neither did I.

banktoaster: (I ran out of bookish things, be happy with this) Yankee Magazine gives us recipes for Baked Brown Bread, Herbed Roast Chicken with Sauteed Apples, Dried Cherries, and Sage, Green Beans and Bacon, Cold Pickled Beets, Best Brownies. Yankee Recipe index.

“Imagine a survivor of a failed civilization with only a tattered book on aromatherapy for guidance in arresting a cholera epidemic. Yet, such a book would more likely be found amid the debris than a comprehensible medical text” –James Lovelock.

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