August 06, 2009
Just One More Book
Neil Hollands in Book Group Buzz writes an interesting question.
If you could get one author, dead or alive, to write one more book, who would it be?
Shakespeare as a Hollywood action film writer?
Post-apocalypse Jane Austen?
How about Jules Verne in the 21st century?
Many authors are so tied to their time period that it's hard to imagine them writing in today's world yet it makes one consider just what makes those classics, well, classic. Is it the time period or is the universal message that permeates through barriers of time?
The work of Charles Dickens is so steeped in the drudge and grim of the Industrial Age it's hard to imagine his work set in any other period and yet these works must speak to the universal human condition of other periods for them to still touch readers.
Mark Twain is another author that seems to reflect a certain time period but doesn't his biting humor and easy memory of childhood stay with current readers? He'd have a lot to say about today's society and politics.
I'd love to hear what authors come to mind for others answering this question.
July 08, 2009
Google Maps and College Campuses?
Did you ever try to find Shapiro Undergraduate Library using a Google Maps link?
It's close, but it's the bus stop, not the library. I know, GIS is not perfect but now Google is working on taking the pedestrian photo view of major college campuses so that potential students can take virtual tours before coming for a campus visit. Now instead of the Google street view car, taking street view pictures they will be using a panoramic camera mounted on a bike to take pictures of college campuses, according to HigherEdMorning .
Beware of what you're doing, out there on the diag! It might be caught by the Google bike!