Southeast Steuben County Library Friday Night Free Film Schedule 2013-2014

Hi everyone, this isn’t a tech item — unless you count the fact that the library’s ceiling mounted projector and cool A/V system project films on the big screen in our Community Room; however, as almost everyone is a movie fan I thought I’d share this bit of information!

The library will kick off its Friday Night Free Film series for the 2013-2014 Season next Friday night, September 6, 2013.

The library doors facing Tioga Avenue will be open from 6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to let movie goers enter the library and films start at 7 p.m.

Next Fridays’ film will be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) it runs 124 Minutes and is Rated: PG-13.

To see a summary of all films for the season simply click the link this link:

Southeast Steuben County Library Friday Night Free Film Schedule 2013-2013

Popcorn is always provided for free!

Join us!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Links To Nine Cool Tech News Stories & More!

It has been a really, really busy week in library land so here is a short listing of links to nine interesting tech related stories and three more links to interesting NPR stories regarding cool books and Chinese dumplings!

Article 1: This one is from the Apple Insider and relays the news that Apple will not show off new iPads at its September 10 press event – instead the emphasis will be on iPhones with a separate event on deck for October at which Apple will unveil new iPads:

New iPads will not be introduced at Apple’s Sept. 10 event
http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/08/28/new-ipads-will-not-be-introduced-at-apples-sept-10-event

Article 2: This article discusses the new “Parallels” app which allows you to remote use your Mac or PC from your iPad:

Whoa: Parallels Access “turns” Windows, Mac apps into iPad apps
http://gigaom.com/2013/08/28/whoa-parallels-access-turns-windows-mac-apps-into-ipad-apps/

Article 3: This article discusses how museums and libraries are changing in our new high tech “Digital Age:”

Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age
http://digital-scholarship.org/digitalkoans/2013/08/28/best-of-both-worlds-museums-libraries-and-archives-in-a-digital-age/

Article 4 is from the Oxford Dictionaries blog and offers info on new words added to the digital editions of the Oxford Dictionary:

28 August 2013: Oxford Dictionaries Online quarterly update: new words added to oxforddictionaries.com today
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/august-2013-update/

Article 5: This article offers info on a new trade-in/recycle program Apple is reportedly going to unveil next week for iPhone users to trade in their old iPhones:

Apple’s iPhone ‘Reuse and Recycle’ trade-in program detailed, begins rolling out this week
http://9to5mac.com/2013/08/27/apples-iphone-reuse-and-recycle-trade-in-program-detailed-begins-rolling-out-this-week/

Articles 6 is a list of 25 technologies the website list25.com says will change the world in the near future – I’m not sure all of these technologies will change the world but it is a fun list to read through and speculate about which technologies will and won’t transform the world:

25 Cutting Edge Technologies That Will Change The World
http://list25.com/25-cutting-edge-technologies-that-will-change-the-world/

Article 7 is for local AT&T customers – just an FYI AT&T is going to finally offer 4G LTE coverage in our area:
AT&T 4G LTE Available In Corning
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/t-4g-lte-available-corning-040100292.html

Article 8 is to a Mac Daily News story that relays the rumor that a Star Wars app is being prepared for the Apple TV:

RUMOR: Disney prepping ‘Star Wars’ app for Apple TV
http://macdailynews.com/2013/08/28/rumor-disney-prepping-star-wars-app-for-apple-tv/

Article 9 is another one that focuses on streaming video from the web instead of having a cable TV package:
The End of TV as We Know It
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2149608,00.html

And the three NPR story links:

“Crime In The City: A summertime series about fictional detectives and the cities where they live”
http://www.npr.org/series/13795507/crime-in-the-city

“Mystery Series’ Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society”

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/28/216439130/halls-portly-p-i-peels-back-the-layers-of-delhi-society

And here’s the link to a cool article on Chinese dumplings – yum!

“Move Over, Pot Stickers: China Cooks Up Hundreds Of Dumplings”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/08/29/216115204/move-over-potstickers-china-cooks-up-hundreds-of-dumplings

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Voice Recognition Software, Microsoft CEO To Retire, DOJ Revises Apple E-Book Suit Settlement & Pandora Adds Timer For iOS & Android Users

It has been another super busy day in library land so here’s are four cool tech articles to peruse over the weekend!

1. The first article is from the New York Times tech guru columnists David Pogue and it offers a neat (aka simple) explanation of what the term “voice recognition” means. The article also discusses the pluses and minuses of the two most popular voice recognition systems for mobile devices – the ones made for Android and Apple devices.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/technology/personaltech/android-vs-siri-the-voice-recognition-sequel.html?src=me&ref=general

2. The second article is also from the New York Times and is titled “Early Exit for Ballmer Amid Course Change at Microsoft” and it discusses how the retirement of the current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who replaced original Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, may change Microsoft and thus just perhaps what products they produce:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/technology/ballmer-announces-retirement-from-microsoft.html?ref=technology

3. The third article is from PC Magazine online and is titled “DOJ Revises Apple E-Books Proposal, Barely” and it offers information on the modified proposal for what Apple will have to do in answer to the DOJ anti-trust ruling that Apple violated anti-trust laws in conspiring with e-book sellers to sell e-books:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423534,00.asp

4. And the fourth article is from CNET and is titled “Pandora adds new timer for sleepy iOS, Android users” and it relays the info that the Pandora app for your Apple or Android mobile device now has a time feature that will allow you to set your favorite music to play while sending you off to the land of nod – and the device will then shut off at a time you set.

Here’s the link:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57599860-93/pandora-adds-new-timer-for-sleepy-ios-android-users/

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

References

Albanesius, Chloe. (2013, August 23). DOJ Revises Apple E-Books Proposal, Barely. PC Magazine. Online. Accessed August 23, 2013, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423534,00.asp

Pogue, David. (2013, August 21). The Voice-Off: Android vs. Siri. New York Times. Online. Accessed August 23, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/technology/personaltech/android-vs-siri-the-voice-recognition-sequel.html?src=me&ref=general

Reisinger, Don. (2013, August 23). Pandora adds new timer for sleepy iOS, Android users. CNET. Online. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57599860-93/pandora-adds-new-timer-for-sleepy-ios-android-users/

Wingfield, Nick. (2013, August 23). Early Exit for Ballmer Amid Course Change at Microsoft. Online. Accessed August 23, 2013,  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/technology/ballmer-announces-retirement-from-microsoft.html?ref=technology

 

Links To Four Interesting Tech Articles

The first article is from The Guardian and is titled “Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch to deal first blow in war for the wrist;” and it discusses a cool new wearable high tech watch made by Samsung:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/20/samsung-galaxy-gear-watch-war-wrist

The second article is from the Inventor Spot site and offers an overview of the new Android tablet/smartphone companion projector the EPICT EPP-100 which sounds and looks like a cool projector:

Android Computer-in-a-Projector: The New EPICT EPP-100
http://inventorspot.com/articles/android_computerinaprojector_new_epict_epp100

The third article is from the Trend Hunter site and is titled “The TrewGrip Mobile Keyboard Connects with on-the-go Technology” and it shows off a really interesting keyboard – it is a bent keyboard that is designed to fit over your leg – I think it is cool that there is a keyboard you can buy that is shaped like this but I think I’ll take the traditional and touch screen keyboards instead! (or better still voice activated command inputs which are getting better all the time!)

Here’s the link:
http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/trewgrip-mobile-keyboard

And the fourth article, is from the New York Times, and is titled “A 3-D Scanner Reaches for the Masses” and it offers more info on the 3-D scanning and printing technology that will shortly be coming to a business, public library and/or home near you!

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/a-3-d-scanner-reaches-for-the-masses/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Internet Use In The U.S. & Reports Suggest A Gold iPhone Will Be Unveiled At Apple’s September 10 Press Event

Internet Use In The U.S.: The New York Times offers an interesting article today, titled “Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In.” The article focuses on how many Americans use the Internet today and why those Americans that don’t use the Internet don’t use it. The article reports that of Americans under the age of 65 two thirds use the Internet. And for those people over the age of 65 half use the Internet.

And as you might imagine, those people who were surveyed that were over the age of 65 and who don’t use the Internet tended to say they didn’t  use the Internet because they felt comfortable communicating and receiving media information in the more traditional ways via phone and cable television. And they didn’t feel comfortable using the Internet.

And for those people surveyed who were under the age of 65 the number 1 reason they gave for not having Internet access in their homes is the cost they’d have to pay to have Internet service installed in their homes.

The article also notes something we all know; and that is that people who don’t have access to the Internet at home can access it for free at their local public library!

In relation, the article mentions a lady over the age of 65 who kept having doors shut in her face as she tried to find a job because she didn’t know how to operate a computer – and what the article doesn’t mention; and what I hope all Southeast Steuben County Library patrons know is this – if you don’t know how to use a computer you can learn how to use one for free at the library! You can call the Reference/Tech Desk and make an appointment for a free One-On-One session. You can even come in for a session once a week to help you learn how to use a computer! Did I mention the service is free?

And having digressed a bit let me just finish up by saying that the article is very interesting because it illustrates how Internet access has changed our lives and become a ubiquitous necessity for students and people in the working world.

Here’s a link to the article

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/technology/a-push-to-connect-millions-who-live-offline-to-the-internet.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Reports Suggest A Gold iPhone Will Be Unveiled At Apple’s September 10 Press Event: A number of tech news sites, including The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D, are reporting that Apple will unveil a gold iPhone the color of champagne at its September 10 press event.

Granted I’m an Apple fan but I think that is cool! I think I’d like a champagne colored iPhone! The tech rumor mill is also a-buzz with unconfirmed rumors that Apple will introduce new iPhones in a variety of other colors on September 10th. Apple, as is usual, is mum on the subject so we’ll have to wait until September 10 to find out if the rumors are true.

Here’s the link to the short All Things D article:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/19/apple-gold-iphone/2671715/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Paczkowski, John. (2013, August 19). Yes, Apple Will Sell a Gold-Tone iPhone. All Things D. Online. Accessed August 19, 2013. http://allthingsd.com/20130819/yes-apple-will-sell-a-gold-tone-iphone/?mod=atdtweet

Wyatt, Edward. (2013, August 19). Most U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In. New York Times. Online. Accessed August 19, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/technology/a-push-to-connect-millions-who-live-offline-to-the-internet.html?ref=technology&_r=0

 

Walt Mossberg Weighs In On The Ways To Access Internet Video & Roku – The Most Popular Media Streaming Player In The U.S.

Walt Mossberg Weighs In On The Ways To Access Internet Video: Walt Mossberg is the Senior Personal Technology Columnist for the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog. And this week Mossberg offers an in-depth combination article and reviewcast (aka article with optional video review) on the five main ways you can get Internet accessed video to play on that large HDTV in your living room. The five ways are:

  1. Via media streaming players like the Apple TV and Roku player that you connect to your television and which take the Internet video they receive and pass it along to your television so you can watch it.
  2. Via gaming consoles like the Xbox & Playstation which of course also allow you to play games – but you can increasingly access Internet video via channels like Netflix and Hulu through these devices.
  3. Via Smart TVs: These are TVs that have built in Internet connectivity and feature built in access to Netflix and other Internet TV sources. Of course the downside to using this option to watch Internet TV is that you have to buy a new TV if you don’t’ already own a Smart TV!
  4. Via what Mossberg calls “beaming” – meaning that you bring up the video you want to watch on your smartphone, tablet or laptop and send that video to your TV to watch it. You can do this I a number of ways but the two most popular are: if you have an Apple phone or tablet and an Apple TV (the feature is called AirPlay) or if you’ve been lucky enough to snag the new, and very popular, Google Chromecast which will allow you to send video from your smartphone, tablet or PC to your television (the Chromecast looks like a large flash drive and plugs into an HDMI input on a TV). Just imagine Scotty on a little engineering deck inside your TV overseeing that the video signal is correctly beamed from the tablet or smartphone to the TV! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
  5.  TiVO: This is an older device and usually used by people as a DVR in conjunction with a cable television subscription; however, you can use a TiVo to stream Internet TV to your television. The TiVo features Netflix, Hulu and Pandora channels (or perhaps we should start calling them TV apps because they appear on a TV as if they were large smartphone or tablet apps.)

Mossberg offers more details, including info on which devices have the most channels (or apps) and prices in the article– here’s the link:

http://allthingsd.com/20130813/the-many-internet-video-options-for-tvs/

Roku – The Most Popular Media Streaming Player In The U.S.: According to a PC Magazine article Roku is the most popular media streaming player sold in the U.S. The Roku player is deemed the most popular by the fact that according to a Parks Research report it is the most used media streaming player in the U.S. And I’m sharing this article & the report because I own both an Apple TV and a Roku player; and I too use the Roku player much more often that the Apple TV box because it has more channels and thus more options as to what I can watch or listen to!

Here is the link to the PC Magazine article:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423089,00.asp

And a link to the Parks Report on the subject:

http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-aug2013-connected-tv

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Chloe Albanesius. (2013, August 14). Roku Trumps Apple TV as Most-Used Streaming Media Player. PCMag. Online. Accessed August 14, 2013, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423089,00.asp

More U.S. Households Use Roku vs. Apple TV or Other Streaming Video Media Devices. (2013, August 14). Parks Associates. Online. Accessed August 14, 2013, http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-aug2013-connected-tv

Mossberg, Walt. (2013, August 13). The Many Internet-Video Options for TVs. Allthingsd.com. Online. Accessed August 14, 2013, http://allthingsd.com/20130813/the-many-internet-video-options-for-tvs/

 

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Books Are Coming To The iPad & Cool Gadgets For Pet Owners

Choose Your Own Adventure Books Are Coming To The iPad:  Remember those paperbacks you, or your children or grandchildren, use to check out of the library that allowed you to choose your own adventure? They were sort of a role playing game wrapped in a book – you were offered an adventure and then your character could take several different paths during the adventure by turning to specified pages in the book that might lead your character to a glorious or not-so-glorious ending! The print versions of these books were very popular in the 1980s. And now the creators of the Choose Your Own Adventure books are working on creating an app for the iPad that will re-boot the role playing adventures for the digital age! The creators of the original series have launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the first new book in the brand new series titled “Your Robot.”

So sometime in the near future a series of Choose Your Own Adventure e-books will be available for the iPad. I must admit I think that is cool! Those were fun stories and now with the interactive e-book technology an app version will be even more interactive and fun than the original print books!

Here’s a link to a Verge story on the subject titled “’Choose Your Own Adventure’ creators want to bring classic books to life on the iPad:”
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/12/4613388/choose-your-own-adventure-kickstarter-ipad-app

Cool Gadgets For Pet Owners: Being an animal and tech fan and living with two semi-domesticated felines who rule the roost, I was pleased to come across an article on gadgets for pets.

The article is titled “10 Gadgets For The Loving Pet Owner” and spotlights some cool gadgets for your pets. Some of the gadgets mentioned include the “FitBark” that is like the Nike FuelBand only for dogs! You fit the device on your dog’s color and it will track her fitness level throughout the day; then there’s the Automatic Pet Laser Toy which will allow your kitty hours of fun while he chases that elusive laser dot and the Tagg Pet Tracker which is a GPS device that attaches to your dog’s collar and then lets you track your dog wherever he may by via your smartphone or tablet. Cool stuff!

Here’s the link to the article:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/gadgets-for-pet-lovers/

References

Souppouris, Aaron. (2013, August 12). ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ creators want to bring classic gamebooks to life on the iPad. The Verge. Online. Accessed August 13, 2013, http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/12/4613388/choose-your-own-adventure-kickstarter-ipad-appCool

Brian. Gadgets For The Loving Pet Owner. Hongkiat.com. Online. Accessed August 13, 2013, http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/gadgets-for-pet-lovers/

What Is Streaming Music, Home Networking Basics Tips From CNET, The Digital Future Of The Washington Post & If You’re In The Market For A New Coffee Table…

What Is Streaming Music: I had lunch with a friend over the weekend and she asked me an interesting question. She said “What is streaming music anyway?” And the answer to that question is that the term “streaming music” means to access music via the Internet – in other words, the music isn’t stored on your computer but is stored on the computer server of the company offering the music for you to access and listen to.

There are three main types of streaming music services you can access online: personalized radio services, music on demand services and online accessed radio stations.  Personalized radio includes Pandora and the upcoming Apple (or possible iTunes) music service, on demand services which allow you to specify which songs and albums you wish to listen to including the Spotify and Rdio services and online accessed radio services like TuneIn Radio allow you to access radio stations offering the same content they transmit to radios over the air via the Internet.

If all of that sounds confusing it probably is at least a little bit!

So let me try and offer some examples. If you use Pandora Internet Radio which is a personalized radio service and which you can access via the Pandora site or Pandora app, you create playlists based upon songs or artists. So at home I have a Billie Holiday station that plays music by Billie Holliday and other similar artists that Pandora chooses. Likewise I have a Peter, Paul & Mary station that offers folk-rock and pop hits from the 1960s for my listening pleasure and again Pandora offers the song selections based upon whatever artist or song I’ve told Pandora I want it to create a personalized station around.

On the other hand if I were to listen to Internet accessed music from Spotify or Rdio, via the web or an app, I would be using an on demand streaming service and I could create playlists that include specific songs and/or artists – so if I wanted to hear the Billie Holiday album “Lady Sings The Blues” in its entirety  — I could do so which is not something I can do with Pandora – Pandora can only play 4 songs an hour by a specific artists for any of its listeners.

And on the third hand, say I just want to tune into a radio station like WSQX that doesn’t come in without static at my house via a traditional radio; I can use the TuneIn Radio app or site which allows me to access that Binghamton based radio station by accessing the content that WSQX now offers online (you can go directly to the WSQX site and stream the music too via this link: http://www.wskg.org/streaming/wsqx_player.html?new).

And I mention the TuneIn App, even though you can stream WSQX content directly from their site via the web, because although many radio stations now offer their radio shows and content to be accessed (streamed) via the web– TuneIn is a cool app that allows you to access thousands of radio stations from all over the world from one place – so you can listen to radio stations from countries across the globe, save your favorite stations to your favorites list and easily switch between your favorite stations at the touch of a button which is cool!

So basically Pandora creates genre playlists based upon what artists you tell them you like, Rdio and Spotify create on demand music playlists that allow you to select the specific songs you wish to listen to and traditional radio stations like WSQX now broadcast their programs live over the web – so you can access music via any of these services and have a static free listening experience!

Here’s a link to a Guardian article on the subject titled “Rdio’s streaming Stations aim to understand music fans, not just music” that offers even more information on the subject:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/aug/08/rdio-stations-streaming-music-radio

Home Networking Basics Tips From CNET: CNET is offering an entire series of how-to articles on that focus on how to set up a home (Internet) network. Here’s the link to part 8 of the series which offers an in-depth explanation of how to set up a router and modem; the article even offers tips as to when it makes sense to buy your own equipment instead of renting Wi-Fi equipment:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57597651-98/home-networking-explained-part-8-cable-modem-shopping-tips/

The Digital Future Of The Washington Post: NPR offers a video interview with current Washington Post CEO Don Graham that is interesting because it speculates on the future of newspapers particularly the Washington Post which was just purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – and the basic gist of the situation is that the future of “print” is digital and not paper:

Here’s the link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec13/washpost_08-06.html

If You’re In The Market For A New Coffee Table…And if you are in the market for a new coffee table and you like technology and have $7,000 to spare – you might consider buying the new wooden Hammacher Schlemmer 32″ Windows 8 touch screen coffee table! You get the full Windows 8 touch screen experience beneath every cup of coffee you set on it!

Here’s the link to the Coolest Gadget’s article on this brand new coffee table:

  http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130808/giant-coffee-table-touchscreen-computer/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Dredge, Stuart. (2013, August 8). The Guardian. Rdio’s streaming Stations aim to understand music fans, not just music: New personal radio feature shows streaming service is a credible alternative to Spotify, Deezer and other rivals. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/aug/08/rdio-stations-streaming-music-radio

 

Edwin. (2013, August 5). Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer. CoolestGadgets.com. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013, http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130808/giant-coffee-table-touchscreen-computer/

Madrigal, Alexis. The Music Is Waiting to Be Tapped’: Listening in the Era of the Stream. (2013, August 9). The Atlantic. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/13/08/the-music-is-waiting-to-be-tapped-listening-in-the-era-of-the-stream/278466/

Ngo, Dong. (2013, August 9). Home networking explained, Part 8: Cable modem shopping tips. CNET. Online. Accessed August 20, 2013. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57597651-98/home-networking-explained-part-8-cable-modem-shopping-tips/

‘Our Future Is Digital’: Don Graham Reflects on Washington Post’s Turning Point.’ (2013, August 6). PBS Newshour. Online. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec13/washpost_08-06.html

 

 

Suggested Digital Catalog Reading, Listening & Viewing Titles For The Weekend of August 9-11, 2013

Here’s a list of suggested reading, viewing & listening titles From The STLS Digital Catalog just in time for weekend reading, listening and viewing!

Fiction E-Books:

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling: The only one of Kipling’s novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature’s most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire’s son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner–only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester schooner. Thus begins the boy’s second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors. Like all Kipling’s masterworks, Captains Courageous is an interweaving of art and moral purpose. Angus Wilson has said that it shows “delicacy of craft and violence of feeling, exactitude and wile impressionism, subtlety and true innocence.” A popular favorite since its first publication in 1897, the novel remains a classic story of youthful initiation–and a lively tribute to the author’s famous code of bravery, loyalty, and honor among men.

A Long Summer by Susan Mallery: Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he’ll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool’s Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he’s frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous…assets.

Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling reinforced long ago by a man who left soul-deep scars. Now she has good friends, a solid job and the itch to start a family–yet she can’t move toward the future while she’s haunted by painful memories.

Clay finds an unexpected ally, and unexpected temptation, in tomboyish Charlie, the only person who sees beyond his dazzling good looks to the real man beneath. But when Charlie comes to him with an indecent proposal, will they be able to overcome their pasts and find a love that lasts beyond one incredible summer?

A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee: For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness?

Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home–a change that weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly.

Thrust back into the working world, Helen finds a job in public relations and relocates with Sara from their home in upstate New York to an apartment in Manhattan. There, Helen discovers she has a rare gift, indispensable in the world of image control: She can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Yet redemption is more easily granted in her professional life than in her personal one.

As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.

Non-Fiction:

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie: Andrew Carnegie, the great steel-baron-turned-philanthropist, was an industrialist unlike any other. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired a generation of twenty-first-century philanthropists to follow in his footsteps and put their money towards philanthropic causes. He had an unwavering belief in distributing wealth for good, and systematically and deliberately gave away the bulk of his riches throughout his lifetime.

Born in 1835, he emigrated with his family to the United States from Scotland at a young age. His first job was in a cotton factory, and he later worked as an errand boy. The industrial age brought great opportunities for Mr. Carnegie. With drive and hard work, he amassed a fortune as a steel tycoon, and by adulthood the errand boy was one of the richest and most generous men in the United States. A strong dedication to giving back guided him throughout his life and career. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing international peace, strengthening democracy, and creating social progress that benefits men, women and children both in the United States and around the globe.

Here, in the reissue of the classic autobiography that has inspired generations, is the rags-to-riches tale of the life and philosophies of one of the most celebrated industrialists and philanthropists in history. From his humble beginnings as a poor Scottish immigrant to his immense success in business, Andrew Carnegie outlines the principles that he lived by and that today serve as the pillars of modern philanthropy.

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet: In this newly revised edition of her no-cook classic, raw-food chef and instructor Jennifer Cornbleet continues her mission to offer tasty meals, snacks, and desserts made with basic kitchen equipment and everyday ingredients. Along with favorites from the first edition, Jennifer has added 50 new recipes, including more fruit dishes, salads, and salad dressings, and an innovative collection of green smoothies based on nutritionally power-packed greens and fruit.

Spirits Out of Time: True Family Ghost Stories and Weird Paranormal Experiences by Annie Wilder: I have always been fascinated by secrets…So begins Annie Wilder’s collection of true family ghost stories, gathered from old letters and family genealogy books or told around the dinner table. From her Irish great-grandpa outsmarting the death coach to her German great-great-grandma seeing a falling star each time one of her children died, these personal vignettes illuminate the mysteries of the spirit world.

Spooky at times but also poignant and humorous, these stories are brought to life with vintage photographs. They include true tales of a haunted hotel, a magical bookstore, and a faceless ghost girl who haunted Annie’s mother for decades. You’ll explore a wide variety of odd or mystical topics, from spirit guides to astral travel, totem animals, and premonitions. Along with fascinating insights from prominent psychics, this book includes simple protection rituals and a ceremony to honor your own family in spirit.

Audio Books:

Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir by Anthony Swofford: The publication of Jarhead launched a new career for Anthony Swofford, earning him accolades for its gritty and unexpected portraits of the soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. It spawned a Hollywood movie. It made Swofford famous and wealthy. It also nearly killed him.

Now with the same unremitting intensity he brought to his first memoir, Swofford describes his search for identity, meaning, and a reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines. Adjusting to life after war, he watched his older brother succumb to cancer and his first marriage disintegrate, leading him to pursue a lifestyle in Manhattan that brought him to the brink of collapse. Consumed by drugs, drinking, expensive cars, and women, Swofford lost almost everything and everyone that mattered to him.

When a son is in trouble he hopes to turn to his greatest source of wisdom and support: his father. But Swofford and his father didn’t exactly have that kind of relationship. The key, he realized, was to confront the man-a philandering, once hard-drinking, now terminally ill Vietnam vet he had struggled hard to understand and even harder to love. The two stubborn, strong-willed war vets embarked on a series of RV trips that quickly became a kind of reckoning in which Swofford took his father to task for a lifetime of infidelities and abuse. For many years Swofford had considered combat the decisive test of a man’s greatness. With the understanding that came from these trips and the fateful encounter that took him to a like-minded woman named Christa, Swofford began to understand that becoming a father himself might be the ultimate measure of his life.

Elegantly weaving his family’s past with his own present-nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash-Swofford casts a courageous, insistent eye on both his father and himself in order to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide, after nearly ending it, what his life can and should become as a man, a veteran, and a father.

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild: World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

Music: Celtic Woman by Bridget McMahon: A Celtic woman of the 21st century Bridget McMahon releases her debut album Celtic Woman. Songs rooted in the Irish tradition are given fresh new sound that gives the perfect setting for Bridget’s beautiful and passionate voice. Produced by Chris Conway, this is an outstanding album.

1. Walk with Me

2. The Curragh of Kildare

3. The Moon and the Tide

4. Peggy Gordon

5. Cúnla

6. Spancil Hill

7. I Could Hear Your Voice

8. Black Is the Colour

9. The Water Is Wide – Dans Fanch Mitt

10. Hold Me Now

11. Down by the Salley Gardens

12. Walk with Me (Reprise)

Video:

Beyond Pollution narrated by Dean Cain: Beyond Pollution is a firsthand investigation of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated thousands of miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. This film examines the economic impact and health effects of this tragedy on the local communities both in the immediate and long terms,uncovering what really happened, why, and who actually benefited from the largest man-made disaster in America’s history.

You can see all the digital items you can check out via STLS Digital Catalog may be found on the library’s homepage of SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Or via the following link:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

And if you have a smartphone or tablet look for the OverDrive Media Console app in your app store – it is the app that will allow you to check out free library e-books and audio books and download them to your tablet or smartphone.

Digital Catalog music and video titles must currently be downloaded to a Windows computer to enjoy.

And remember if you need assistance in learning how to use your new tablet or laptop, smartphone; or if you’d like to learn more about how to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook, email or simply just learn a little more about what you can do online — we can help you with that! You can call or drop in and make an appointment with a member of the library’s tech team and we’ll show you the personal technology ropes! It is free! Call us at: 607-936-3713!

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

 

 

CBS & Time Warner Fight It Out Over Broadcast Fees & Four Excellent Articles On The TV Revolution Already In Progress

CBS & Time Warner Fight It Out Over Broadcast Fees: As you may have heard, CBS and Time Warner are having a rather vocal and public spat over broadcasting fees. CBS is insisting that Time Warner increase the amount it charges each customer for from $1 to $2 to receive broadcasts of its television shows; that may not sound like much but it is a 100% increase and Time Warner doesn’t want to pass that increase along to its customers. The ensuing dispute has translated into some Time Warner customer losing their access to CBS. This large storm not-in-a tea-cup but perhaps a large swimming pool isn’t impacting all Time Warner customers only those who receive CBS via stations owned by CBS and those stations are mainly in the Los Angeles and New York City areas.

However, I think this whole dispute is interesting because it shows how the traditional status video broadcasting quo is changing. Time Warner is certainly aware that as more and more people access video content through the web more people in general are less likely to pay to access video content via traditional cable TV services. And in fact there is a growing population of both “cord cutters” who have dropped their cable TV packages in favor of accessing video content via the web and “cord nevers” that term meaning young people who have grown up as Digital Natives who have never paid for cable television service; and now that they are now out and on their own – they don’t want to pay for cable service.  Those two groups of people are fine with just viewing online video content including some less expensive than most cable TV package options like subscribing to Netflix and Hulu Plus both of which offers web based access to their video libraries of television shows and movies for $7.99 a month.

And I think those factors show that the way many people are accessing video content is changing. There are more ways to watch video via the web than ever before and gone are the days when your local cable TV provider who provided you with access to ABC, NBC & CBS was the only way to go– and I think Time Warner sees this as in their dispute with CBS they have urged people in the New York area to subscribe to the Areo streaming video service to obtain CBS! However, I’m not sure CBS is quite with the new program yet as they still seem to be playing by the old rules that gave the networks almost supreme power in dictating how much they charged for their content and who could receive that content because they were the only game in town.

Here’s a link to a Gigaom article on this very subject which is aptly titled “CBS and Time Warner Cable bring new tricks to an old TV fight;”

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/05/cbs-and-time-warner-cable-bring-new-tricks-to-an-old-tv-fight-but-its-time-to-change-the-game/

Four Excellent Articles On The TV Revolution Already In Progress: And I found an another set of articles on the Gigaom site that nicely complements the first section of this blog posting because it too focuses on what we might call the “Television Revolution.” I define the TV Revolution as meaning the ways people can access video content through the web – in the form of television shows and movies as well as user generated content. Gigaom tech columnist Janko Roettgers offers four articles in a series all of which deal with the changing video landscape! The first article is from July 31 and is titled “Making TVs smart; why most smart TVs still feel pretty dumb” and it goes on to echo what Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the All Things D tech conference earlier this year that although modern technologies have transformed our lives in many ways the television experience of the American living room is still stuck in the past and that experience should be brought into the 21st century and made a simpler one – quite probably by ditching the use of traditional television remotes and using voice activated televisions or streaming boxes with microphone inputs so instead of having to click through the channels to find our favorite shows we can tell our television “Turn to PBS” or “bring up the latest episode of Arrested Development and play it” and presto the TV will do what we tell it to do sans remote! And no doubt we’ll also increasingly have more web accessed video options.

And I’ve digressed slightly! Getting back to the subject of the Gigaom articles; the second article is from August 2 and is titled “Making TVs smart: why TV app developers struggle to succeed in the living room” and it goes on to shed some light on the struggle of app and Internet video content creators like Netflix, with its “House of Cards” and “Hemlock Grove” TV series, as their new way of delivering video content via the web disrupts the traditional network and cable company status quo; the third article is titled “From DIAL to Chromecast: How Netflix and Google want to save TV” and it also discusses the TV revolution and the new Google Chromecast device; and the fourth and final article is from August 5th and is titled “From DIAL to Chromecast: How Netflix and Google want to save TV” and like the article mentioned in the first section of this blog posting it focuses on the fight between CBS and Time Warner over broadcast fees.

Here’s the link to article 1:

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/31/making-tvs-smart-part-one/

Article 2:

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/01/making-tvs-smart-part-two/

Article 3:

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/02/making-tvs-smart-part-3/

And article 4:

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/04/from-dial-to-chromecast-how-netflix-and-google-want-to-save-tv/

And on another tech note don’t forget you can receive free assistance in learning to use your personal technology device at the library! A member of our tech team can answer your questions regarding how to use  your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, laptop or other device. You can drop in with simple questions or call us to make an appointment for a free One-On-One session with a member of our tech staff! Did I mention this service is free? Call us @ 607-936-3713 to make an appointment today!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Roberts, Jeff John. (2013, August 5). CBS and Time Warner Cable bring new tricks to an old TV fight. Gigaom. Online. Accessed August 5, 2013.

Roettgers, Janko. (2013, August 4). From DIAL to Chromecast: How Netflix and Google want to save TV. Gigaom. Online. Accessed August 5, 2013. http://gigaom.com/2013/08/04/from-dial-to-chromecast-how-netflix-and-google-want-to-save-tv/

Roettgers, Janko. (2013, July 31). Making TVs smart: why most smart TVs still feel pretty dumb. Gigaom. Online. Accessed August 5, 2013, http://gigaom.com/2013/07/31/making-tvs-smart-part-one/

Roettgers, Janko. (2013, August 1). Making TVs smart: why TV app developers struggle to succeed in the living room. Gigaom. Online. Accessed August 1, 2013, http://gigaom.com/2013/08/01/making-tvs-smart-part-two/

Roettgers, Janko. (2013, August 2). Making TVs smart: why Google and Netflix want to reinvent the remote control. Online. Accessed August 2, 2013, http://gigaom.com/2013/08/02/making-tvs-smart-part-3/