June 2010 Archives

"Herbert West - Reanimator"

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41M5P80PA7L__SL500_.jpgThis short almost-novella, originally published as a six-part serial in Home Brew magazine between February and July 1922, was the first published work of H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), who reportedly received a total fee of $30.  Not surprisingly, Lovecraft never had anything good to say about it.  But as a first effort, "Herbert West - Reanimator" is a blast!

  

 

The Braille Bug Site

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6-16-2010 9-36-30 AM.jpgHere's a great site for students from grades 3-6, not to mention teachers and parents.  Overseen by the American Foundation for the Blind, the Braille Bug Site shows young children the history of braille, how it was created, why it's important and how to read and write the language themselves.  The site itself is user friendly to patrons with visual disabilities.  For more about this site, click here.  

JobHuntersBible.com

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6-14-2010 12-42-49 PM.jpgThe author of What Color Is Your Parachute?,  Richard Nelson Bolles, has a web site set up to assist people looking for work:  JobHuntersBible.com.  The JHB site offers assistance and advice on how to use the Internet, research gathering, resumes, making contacts, counseling and other resources in looking for employment.  Click here to access the site.   

"Pigeons From Hell"

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black stranger.jpg"Griswell awoke suddenly, every nerve tingling with a premonition of imminent peril."  With that opening line, Robert E. Howard's  short story "Pigeons from Hell" (originally written before the author's death in 1936 and first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1938) sets up the dark and moody atmosphere that permeates the tale throughout it's length.  Griswell and his friend John Branner, traveling through the South, make a big mistake when they decide to spend the night at a deserted and deteriorated old mansion, surrounded by ominous looking pigeons. 

 

 
cornea.jpgFrom the Singularity Hub site comes this story about a new artificial corneal inplant developed by the EU in Germany that can help restore sight to those currently in need of corneal transplants.  You can read writer Aaron Saenz's article on this potentially beneficial development by clicking here. (Thanks to WG for giving me the link!)  
commuterchoice.jpgWant that great job but you're not sure what kind or how long of a commute you'll have?  The CommuterChoice.com site, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, lists a number of online resources that can assist job seekers in their commutes, as well as their potential employers.  The site offers tips on commuting choices, work choices (like four-day weeks), and, for employers, economical commuter choice programs. For more information, click here.  

The Big Bang

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bigbang.jpgWhen writer Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006, he left behind a number of unfinished manuscripts  that wound up being completed by Max Allan Collins for publication (such as the recent novels Dead Street and The Goliath Bone).  These manuscripts included a novel spotlighting Spillane's private detective character Mike Hammer which the author began in the mid sixties then shelved until Collins finished it. 

 

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