Monthly Archives: January 2012

NCompass Live: Presentation Skills‬

‪‪NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Presentation Skills‬. January 25, 2012. 1 hour 11 minutes. Presenters: – Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at SUNY Potsdam. – Jezmynne Dene, Director of the Portneuf (ID) District Library. – David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library. Very … Continue reading »

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Cloud Roads

Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. Continuing my quest for good non-Tolkien, non-Celtic fantasy… I don’t remember why I picked up this book — I think I just looked up “2011 Fantasy” in the library catalog — but I’m glad I did. Moon isn’t sure what he is. There are many kinds of peoples in the … Continue reading »

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Parenting for Primates

Parenting for Primates, by Harriet J. Smith. When Harriet J. Smith was a comparative psychology graduate student, she hand-raised cottontop tamarins — a kind of small monkey. She was able to raise them to adulthood, but things kept going very wrong when the tamarins had babies of their own. Smith had to figure out how … Continue reading »

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Vuelta Atras

Vuelta Atrás, by Robert J. Sawyer. Translated into Spanish by Rafael Marin Trechera. Original title: Rollback. In 2010, Dr. Sarah Halifax had been the first to decipher the alien signal from Sigma Draconis. Thanks to her work, a reply was sent by Earth but, because of the great distance involved, a second signal wasn’t expected … Continue reading »

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Podcasts: A Brief History of Mathematics

Podcast: A Brief History of Mathematics. This short podcast series — ten 15-minute episodes — covers some of the people who helped bring math to where it is now, starting with Newton & Leibniz and ending with Nicholas Bourbaki. The series is presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy and originally aired in 2010 on BBC … Continue reading »

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Reading list: How to start reading science fiction

Back in April and May, Kirkus’ science fiction and fantasy blog posted a six-part series called, How to Start Reading Science Fiction. Like it says on the tin, it’s a series of recommendations for beginning SF readers. What you need to know 10 accessible science fiction books Award winners Short stories A sampling of genres … Continue reading »

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Wasp

Wasp, by Eric Frank Russell. You know how distracting it can be when a wasp flies into a car that’s speeding down the highway? One little wasp could cause a deadly car crash and, best of all (for the wasp), it doesn’t even have to sting the driver. All it has to do is… distract. … Continue reading »

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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn. Everybody should get cooking lessons like these. Flinn took nine Seattle-area women of different ages and backgrounds, all with different levels of cooking skill. Over the next several weeks, she got them over their fear of real food — and of knives — and had them able … Continue reading »

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And all the rest: December

Stuff I read or watched but didn’t write about (December 2011). Movies/TV Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. The Dark Knight. The Road. Inglorious Basterds. Tron: Legacy. Mamma Mia. Inspector Lewis, series 3. Spooks, series 4. Little Mosque on the Prairie, series 3. Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. eps. … Continue reading »

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