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Next time you need to find a doctor or a hospital, be sure to consult one of the most recent additions to our reference collection: HealthGrades Guide to America's Hospitals and Doctors. This comprehensive book includes hospital ratings by state, clinical specialty, and procedure; a list of five-star rated hospitals around the country; a list of top doctors by state and by clinical specialty; and sections on how to select a doctor and a hospital, how to prepare for a hospital stay, questions to ask before common procedures, and how to protect yourself and your family from medical errors.

See the Space Station!


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!

It's a Mystery 9/18/08

Collaboration

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.

A Las Vegas Coming-of- Age Tale

Made in the U.S.A.
by Billie Letts

When Lutie and Fate McFee find themselves with no real place to call home, they head for Las Vegas in search of their father. The duo find themselves living on the streets, however, moving between casinos, dirty hotels, and their broken down car.

imdb.com now offers free movies and tv shows

IMDb.com (the Internet Movie Database) is offering a selection of full-length movies and TV episodes that you can watch for free.

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.

Book Review: The Future of the Internet

 

The Future of the Internet: and how to stop it by Jonathan Zittrain


 

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.

New Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Starts! September 11, 2008, Thursday at 7 P.M. in the Conference Room. If you love reading non-fiction or just want to try something different join our new discussion group. This is the start up meeting and will be devoted to sharing plans and ideas for the group. You can pick up the book for the October meeting at this time.

Doodle Your Search Results with Doodlebuzz.com

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.

 

Is that a UFO or what?

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 Genealogy Program from Federal Government

Genealogy buffs may be interested in a new program from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

This fee-based program enables genealogists to access naturalization and immigration records.