I Knew That sail

To celebrate all the summer fun still ahead, we bring you an appropriate “I Knew That!”

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"The Complete Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me a very nice graduation party.  Friends and relatives arrived and I received a lot of nice gifts and good wishes.

One gift stood out, though.  Keresztapa (my mother’s Godfather.  Keresztapa means Godfather in Hungarian) gave me the complete set of Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Keresztapa explained that when he first arrived in America, these were the books he read that helped him learn the English language.

This was a wonderful gift! I devoured the books loving each and every story!  And, as you can see from the picture at left, I still have the books in my collection.  And I still revisit these stories either in the books I have on my shelf or simply by booting up my Kindle.

If you own a Kindle, all these stories are free to download on Project Gutenberg.  Many are available for free on amazon.com.  The entire collection can be purchased for Kindle on amazon.com starting at .99.

But, get a nice hardbound edition.  And, it makes a nice gift that the receipient will treasure for a long time. Trust me.


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"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

I’m not an Apple guy.  I’ve always been a PC guy.  I first cut my GUI (Graphic User Interface) teeth on Windows.  Heck, before Windows, I can remember using an IBM clone running MS-DOS.

Today, I run Linux.

Regardless of the operating system I use on my own personal computer,  I’ve always been interested in the history of how the computer industry came about. Which is why the latest book I have on loan from the the local library just happens to be “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.

In a nutshell?  Well, I’m 18 chapters in.  But it appears the big revelation so far is this:  Xerox invented the desktop computer (with Graphic User Interface and mouse)…and Steve Jobs stole it from them.  This event is also described as being a fumble by Xerox.  Xerox HAD the desktop computer!  They simply didn’t know how to market it and bring it to the masses.  Jobs and Apple recovered the fumble and ran with the ball.  The book does go on to say that Jobs and his team improved on the overall design and built even more features into the operating system and GUI.

And then there’s the revelation of Microsoft stealing the OS and GUI from Apple!  Jobs was furious upon learning this.  He had a personal meeting with Gates and for minutes on end, yelled , screamed, berated, and hollered accusing Bill Gates of this ultimate  betrayal.  Remaining quite calm, Bill Gates famously responded, “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”

It really is a terrific read!  And while it’s all about Steve Jobs, it delves into the wider history of the development of the personal computer due to Jobs’ interaction with software developers and others who played a role in shaping the industry.

If you do a Google Search, a lot of info comes up. Youtube has many videos detailing Mac/Xerox including this one:

You can also see Xerox demonstrate their desktop computer in a video presentation.  Youtube has this video demo at:

And part 2 can be found at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODZBL80JPqw.

But, read the book.   It’s well organized, well written, and comes across as quite truthful and sincere.  It really is a fascinating look at Steve Jobs, Apple Computer, and the industry they, along with others, helped define and build.

 

 


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"Eragon" in both hardbound and Ebook version borrowed from my local library.

“Eragon” in both hardbound and Ebook version borrowed from my local library.

One of the really generous things about my local library is their policy on borrowing both hardbound books and Ebooks.

Hardbound books can be borrowed for 21 days and you can renew twice, online, with the simple click of a mouse.  This system allows you to borrow a book for two solid months before it needs to be returned!

Once you have your library card, you then have an online account automatically created that keeps track of all your borrowed books, books on hold, renewals, reading history, etc.  Not to mention the library’s computer catalog has a terrific search engine to find any book in the system.  Al this can be done right from your own account online at home.

But sometimes you just want to walk along a book shelf, pull out a book, feel the cover, and flip through the pages.

The local library is also tied into the larger Ohio Ebook project where you can extend your account to borrow digital books for your Kindle or similar Ereader.  And you can borrow both the hardbound and Ebook versions at the same time.

Please don’t misunderstand.  I like amazon.com and really enjoy the convenience of downloading a digital book in mere seconds.  But,I also miss going to bookstores and simply perusing the shelves and being surprised in finding a literary treasure.  As more and more brick and mortar bookstores close, it’s nice having the library around the corner to fill this void.  Yes, shopping for books online, both digital and hardbound, is quick and easy.   But sometimes you just want to walk along a book shelf, pull out a book, feel the cover, and flip through the pages.

Visit your local library, explore the shelves, and get lost in a good book.


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My bookshelf in the summer studio.

My bookshelf in the summer studio.

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog.  I’ve been busy.  Mostly, I’ve been drawing my cartoon features for print syndication.  The other past-time keeping me from this blog has been summer reading.

As many readers know, I’ve posted about my love of reading and the books contained on my Kindle.  Since relocating, I’m once again closer to a local library ( I was previously living way out in the sticks).  And the library, once more, has opened up the world of books to me.  Whoever said, “Too many books, so little time” was certainly correct.  

This local library has a wonderful collection of hardbound books and Ebooks.  You can borrow for 21 days and renew via the internet.  It’s a terrific system. 

The television sits quietly in the room.

Since the warmer weather moved in, I’ve traveled around the world with Mark Twain in his “Following the Equator.”  Next up was “The Gold Coast” by Nelson DeMille.   Because Gatsby is referenced in this book, I followed with “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

“Butch Cassidy the Lost Years” by William W. Johnstone was a terrific “What if” western.  Then came “tell all” biographies “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin and “Mr. S.  My Life with Frank Sinatra” by George Jacobs.

So far, it’s been a full summer of reading.  And reading also recharges the creative juices for cartooning.  I guess having all this input allows for new comic material.

I’m about to begin a fantasy book much in the mold of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”  Fellow Linux users recommended “Eragon” by  Christopher Paolini.

The television sits quietly in the room.


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