Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Book Week (Sept 25 - Oct 2)

The American Library Association kicked off it's annual banned book week starting Sept 25th.  I'm including a list of some favorites that I feel are worthy of not being burned or banned.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On this date 168 years ago in New Ipswich

There has to be more to this story. Anyone have any information?





Thursday, September 16, 2010

Annoyed by spam comments from "Anonymous"

I have moderation enabled for my blog comment and get to spend a few minutes every morning deleting the anonymous spam that fills my inbox. I don't want to disable comments since I value feedback on my postings however I will now require folks to use Captcha. Sorry about this.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Terry Jones, the Dove World Outreach Center and 'Burn a Koran Day'

As far as I'm concerned, all books are sacred and those who burn them are evil. Terry Jones a 58 year old wacko preacher of the Dove World Outreach Center has managed to capture the attention of the international community with an ill conceived stunt of burning copies of the Koran on September 11th. It seems like an ironic action for a church that is named for a symbol of Peace.

Considering the protests after the Danish cartoon, one can only imagine the possible reaction to this event. Terry will get his moment in the spotlight, his "church" will get support and maybe add to their numbers. It's a tragedy.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I'll admit it, cell phones are useful

I used to question the reason that anyone would want a cell phone. I once watched a woman attempt to make a right turn in her car while grasping the silly thing. She overcompensated and drove off the road. It never occurred to her to put it down and grab the wheel with both hands.

I'm a late adopter, so now that there are a number of smart phones that can anything, I'm finally getting the hang of which buttons I need to push to bring up the address book on our prehistoric Verizon phone.

But I will admit it, it comes in handy for calling for additional groceries and such, arranging meeting places and even for an emergency.

The various plans and phones confuse me and I have NO desire to have some 20 year old with a glowing blue ear tell me what I need at some dreadful kiosk at some dreadful mall. I like to do my own shopping online, take my time, do some research.

Amazon is aggregating a group of phones and service contracts in a single area. Here is the link: