Some things are just worth supporting. I grew up with this show and to this day I would say it was a huge influence in my desire to read. While it has already met it’s million dollar goal let’s try and push it to keep the program going for years to come.
Ken Kesey’s son is planning a sequel to his dad’s legendary acid-fueled bus journey, only this one will be funded via Kickstarter
Ken Kesey’s 1964 drug-fueled trip from California to New York with a group of friends on a psychedelic bus named “Further” has become a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture legend. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author was on his way to NYC anyway for the debut of a new novel, so he got some people together dubbed “The Merry Pranksters” and they drove across America, freaking out the normals in the process. Now in 2014, Kesey’s son, Zane is looking to re-create the journey, funded in the 21st century way— through Kickstarter.
Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on “issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology” to prepare us “for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.”
Neil Patrick Harris has an autobiography coming out this fall, but unlike most autobiographies and memoirs, Doogie’s is going to be a choose-your-own-adventure style book, allowing you to make or not make some of the same choices as NPH.
"You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D.. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht," it promises…
Just a few years ago, talking about the demise of Barnes & Noble would have seemed ludicrous— they were expanding rapidly, getting into the e-reader market and seemed to be unstoppable, even as other bookstore chains were shutting down thanks to the likes of Amazon. But starting in 2012, B&N started closing 20 stores a year as profits started to dry up. And now in 2014, many are predicting that by this time next year, Barnes & Noble will have joined the mas grave of so many national bookstore chains before it. Remember Waldenbooks? Borders? Thanks, internet, you’ve killed off another place for homeless people to sleep.
E-book scanning OCR software apparently can’t tell the difference between your “arms” and your “anus”
With ebooks exploding all over Amazon, and with a broader proliferation of the availability and price of scanners with OCR (optical character recognition) software, it’s made turning paper books into electronic books easy peasy. But most of these ebook translations aren’t properly edited, and so OCR mistakes like accidentally reading the word “arms” in older, slightly smudgy books as “anus” go completely uncorrected, making for some hilarious ebook translations of romance novels.
From the title Matisse on the Loose: “When she spotted me, she flung her anus high in the air and kept them up until she reached me. ‘Matisse. Oh boy!’ she said. She grabbed my anus and positioned my body in the direction of the east gallery and we started walking.”