One of the things I love about blogging is it eliminated the gatekeepers. I can write and publish my own work. I have a chance to let my writing reach an audience. I have a chance to let my writing speak for itself.
Technology has opened up so many opportunities for writers and I am appetitive of that fact.
In the mid 1990’s, I got my first email account.
At that time, email was a new and unique way to communicate. I was excited about having the account.
My brother also had an email account, so he sent me an email to see if it would work.
I thought it was hilarious and it still makes me laugh.
Gwen and I decided to check out the world’s largest functioning jukebox, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s 22 feet tall and built on the side of a building.
The jukebox has inferred cameras and songs are played based on where people stand on the sidewalk. It was cool that we didn’t have to pay to listen to the music; however, getting it to play a specific song was a bit cumbersome.
We stood on the sidewalk, listening to the music, and laughing about the whole thing. It was an interesting thing to experience.
The cover of this book does not do it justice. I enjoyed reading it and found it to be interesting as well as educational.
Here are a few quotes that highlight the main points:
- Books matter. They contain knowledge, and knowledge, as the saying goes is power.
- Books are matter: they are containers, crucibles, confrontations. They can teach, guide, inspire, soothe, and agitate.
- Google is becoming the most-used research channel. In such context, national libraries will be pivotal for their preservation role, with researchers access being provided through other channels.
- The meaning of the word ‘book’ itself will change forever and will never again be confined to that of a physical object to be held, admired, loved, subject to spilt coffee or burning by dictators. The ‘book’ will be defined more around its function than any of its characteristics.
- Academic books can deeply affect the ways that human beings perceive the world and interact with one another, playing an important role in cultural change.
In modern society (as a result of our technology) we are plagued by a unique set of aliments and injuries.
Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.
The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos. The tattoos move and play out stores of various people living in the future.
Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior. The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.
The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected. Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.