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"Why I Don't Like to Read" (What? Library Heresy!)

"Why I Don't Like to Read" (What? Library Heresy!)


A confessed former reading addict, life coach, counsellor, workshop leader, and sometimes commedian, J.P. Sears explains his current viewpoints about reading. And he presents some questions for us to think about, questions about how we approach the content of a book and reading in general.

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Turing, The Imitation Game


The Imitation Game

Movie about the life of Alan Turing, centering on his invention of the first computer during World War II. Its purpose was to defeat the German Enigma encryption machine, which appeared to be winning the war for the Nazis. Turing, his machine, and his team were successful, immensely so. Turing was a war hero, but to say that he was not treated as one is a deep understatement. Moreover, his efforts were a British state secret for 50 years.

The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as his loyal colleague and best friend. The acting, directing, screenplay, and technical aspects are A++. Highly Recommended.

Showing at Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, Downtown West, and Carmike 10 on Millertown Pike.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CjKEFb-sM




"I Can Hear Wi-Fi"

"Frank Swain has been going deaf since his 20s. Now he has hacked his hearing so that he can hear the sounds of our digital infrastructure."

"Running on a hacked iPhone, the software exploits the inbuilt Wi-Fi sensor to pick up details about nearby fields: router name, signal strength, encryption and distance." Sorting this out was a process of trial and error on a test router, figuring out the meaning of large numbers of variables.

In a large city, any busy street may display "over a hundred independent wireless access points within signal range."

"[D]istant points click and pop like hits on a Geiger counter, while the strongest bleat their network ID in a looped melody. This audio is streamed constantly to a pair of hearing aids…."

Programming hearing aids is difficult in itself. Sorting out background noise from the desirable components makes it a large task. The latest hearing aid models allow the wearer to adjust parameters in real time with a smartphone interface.

The software Frank Swain is using is named Phantom Terrains. Exploring the terrains, they have found what we might expect: low-security routers in residential areas and "highly encrypted routers and a higher bandwidth" in commercial areas.

The author projects: "Headphones that whisper into our ear like discreet advisers may catch on ahead of Google Glass."


The complete article can be found in New Science, in the issue dated November 15-21, 2014, page 19.

This issue is located in the Student Break Room in the white magazine bins. The issue has a blue cover.

You may also be interested in these other articles in this issue:

"Past Notes" – on recreating prehistoric music

"World War R" or "Killing Machines" -- Should we let robots fight in our wars?


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Free Online Tutoring

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FREE ONLINE TUTORING is available for Knox County residents via the KC Public Library. All you need is a library card.

Residents of other counties can get a Knox County Library card for $40 per year. 

The tutoring is available for college students, K-12 students, and non students.

To learn more about this program, go to www.tutor.com/TutorTN . The page includes a brief film showing how the service looks to the user. Also see http://tnsos.org/Press/story.php?item=583 at the Tennessee Secretary of State site.

If you already have a library card, you can go any time to the above page, enter the card number, then select the subject (including math, science, writing and history) and level. There is also tutoring for resumes, GED, attaining citizenship, and more. This may be something for you, your school-aged children, and other relatives.

To apply for a new card, go to Knox County Library card number. The direct URL is http://knoxrooms.sirsi.net/rooms/documents/2010-KCPL-Application.pdf .

Tutors are available 3:00 to 10:00 daily. It can be accessed via computers, mobile devices, and at the library.

*This pilot program ends June 30, 2014. However, if considered successful, it will be expanded to all Tennessee students beginning fall term 2014. 

See also the brochure on the library double doors.


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China Hacks U.S. Weapons

PBS NewsHour (video 8:43). Published on May 28, 2013. A new report shows Chinese hackers accessed designs for more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems. To learn what this breach means for U.S. security, Jeffrey Brown talks with Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike, a cyber security company, and James Lewis, a director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Reuters photo of F-35 JSF assembly at Lockheed Martin's factory in Texas.

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And the most well-read city is

Inside McKay’s Used Books, Knoxville

McKays bookstore








“And the most well-read city is …” #2 Knoxville,Tennessee;

#1 Alexandria, Virginia; # 3 Miami, Florida … according to Amazon.

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Women’s History Month

March Is Women’s History Month

Below are a wide range of women's history resources for your enjoyment and edification.

Nation Women’s History Project http://www.nwhp.org

There are a variety of items on this site.
See these biographical resources in particular:

The following quizzes are also all about notable women most of us have never heard of:

Internet Scout Report Resources

A collection of annotated links to additional Women’s History resources can be found via The Scout  Report  March 1, 2013 Edition. https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2012/scout-130301. The Internet Scout is a resource by and for librarians and others. Some of these are linked directly below; the rest can be linked via the Scout link in this paragraph.

Article/Resource Titles in This Issue of The Scout Report:

===== General Women's History ===
1. Discovering American Women's History Online Based at Middle Tennessee State University, this resource provides access to 600 digital collections.
2. The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
3. WomenWatch: UN Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment
4. National Women's History Project [featured above in this blog post]
5. Wisconsin Women's History
6. Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
7. International Museum of Women
===== Specific Aspects of Women's History ===
8. Women's Legal History
9. The Frances Perkins Center
10. Women in Science 
11. Chicago Women's Liberation Union Herstory Project
12. African-American Women: Online Archival Collections
13. Women Artists of the American West
14. By Popular Demand: "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Portraits Parades Picketing Cartoons
===== Teaching Women's History ===
15. Smithsonian Education: Women's History Teaching Resources
16. Teaching with Historic Places: Women's History Lesson Plans
===== In the News ===
17. The movement for equal pay for women continues to gain steam across the United States


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