August 2009 Archives

The Languages of Pao by Jack Vance

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Thumbnail image for jackvancereader.jpgContinuing my ongoing review of The Jack Vance Reader (begun last week), I'm going to cover the second novel in the collection, The Languages of Pao.

 

 

The second podcast of "Ed's Blog" lists  the various services we offer patrons with disabilities.  Click on the "AssitiveTech" mp3 file link below to listen.  (Run time:   5:29.) 

AssitiveTech82409.mp3 

For a printed list, go here

 

Emphyrio by Jack Vance

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jackvancereader.jpgJack Vance's 1969 novel Emphyrio (recently reprinted in The Jack Vance Reader, available here) is a compelling work that creates a mildly dystopian fictional universe as it's backdrop.

 

 
A colleague of mine passed along this interesting link to the home page of the Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut.  This Hartford-based organization will be offering a series of seminars during the fall on Special Education options for parents of special needs children and professionals who work with these children.  You can find out more about these seminars on this link .  (Thanks E!)   

Night of Light

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13e5024128a04ba10429f010_L__AA240_.jpgAn underrated novel that deserves critical reexamination, Philip Jose Farmer's 1966 book, Night of Light, is a powerful treatise of one man's redemption and the overwhelming influence of religious belief.  It's also a pretty good mystery thriller as well.

 

 

Two From The Times

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*  The New York Times has this amazing (to say the least!) story of disabled students subjected to corporal punishment, which you can read here

*  The Times also has this nice piece  (which only slightly takes away the bad taste of the previous story) on the life of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy ShriverVery moving

Related linkThe Special Olympics site. 

 

You Only Live Twice (1967)

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B000FIKWXM_01_LZZZZZZZ.jpgAmong the icons on this blog's masthead is the one used by the producers of the James Bond 007 film series, circa 1989.  And since the Bond films have had generous heapings of fantasy and science fiction, I'd thought I'd review one of the most extreme installments of that series in regard to those genres:  1967's You Only Live Twice.

 

 

TruFocals Eyeglasses

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Some great news:  Today's New York Times has a piece on Dr. Stephen Kurtin and his work on developing the TruFocals eyeglasses, whose lens can be adjusted to allow better focus for people who suffer from presbyopia.  You can read the story here

Related linkhttp://trufocals.com/About-Us 

 

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