Pages from the past
Second-hand bookshops are collections of time and history accumulated on shelves, stretching back years or even decades. When they are at their best, you can feel the layers of "I'm a fan of physical books," says owner Dean Brown as we talk about ...
April 10, 2015
Gov. Mary Fallin: Time to remember, relive the Oklahoma Standard
Charities and faith groups served the first responders warm meals as they worked around the clock. As an act of kindness, we will be volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help stock shelves and distribute food to hungry Oklahomans....
April 9, 2015
Moore's Law 50 years on: Supercomputing is not just for boffins
In the past chipmakers used to talk about processor clock rates and frequency; today's measure of performance is based on parallelism and vectorisation, said Rajeeb Hazra, vice president, technical computing group at Intel. Speaking at the launch ...
April 8, 2015
Take a guided tour of the Apple Watch
Apple then uses three additional guided tours to reveal more specific details about how to write, dictate and reply to messages, change the clock face, colour and layout, and more about digital touch. Apple's Watch goes on display around the world on ...
April 6, 2015
Councillors blast developer for "bizarre" application
Planning approval has a shelf life. Outline approval runs for 3 years. Detailed for 5 years. What this developer is doing is to extend the shelf life as the clock will now start ticking when the Council approves the application for the first time ...
April 8, 2015
8 Gen X Favorites That Millennials Scorn
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that — no matter what Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys wore 25 years ago — Adidas is not cool, with sales faring especially poorly among young people. It's not easy for any generation to accept that the ...
Beware of the Robot Pharmacist
After receiving Chan's text message, Lucca reopened the medication-ordering screen in Epic, the electronic health record system used by UCSF. What she needed to do was trivial, and she didn't give it much thought. She typed “160” into the dose box and ...
March 31, 2015
Starting today, you can no longer register codes on Club Nintendo, the first step toward its permanent retirement. I can honestly say that as a Wii U owner, Club Nintendo had made that system a lot more entertaining. Along with the previously shuttered Digital Deluxe Promotion, it added a dozen free games to my collection, including titles like Guacamelee and Pikmin 3 that I would have otherwise skipped. Club Nintendo also gave me an added nudge to buy titles I was on the fence about, like Bravely Default. Without the extra incentive offered by Nintendo coins, it's a safe bet that I'll probably leave those toss-up purchases on the shelf. On the plus side, Club Nintendo is also offering a free game to Elite members, and there are some pretty sweet choices if you managed to earn Platinum status. If you bought and registered enough games last year, you can download any one of these titles during the month of April. Stop in and try one of our delightful cakes, unless you come in with a gay lover, a wheelchair, autism spectrum disorder, unsightly five 'o clock shadow, halitosis, or a slightly askew tie. Perfection Bakery: I'm excited about the free Platinum games, but I just wish the Club Nintendo website would stay stable long enough that I could get one.
Kindness of Strangers is the SIXTH book in the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon mystery series Julie Smith. A MADMAN, A COP OBSESSED, AND A WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE LOVE AFFAIR…. Errol Jacomine on a case, finds him pretty much the personification of evil, and can point to a pile of corpses to prove it. But Langdon’s fresh out of street cred. So finding the proof to discredit Jacomine becomes her obsession until he kidnaps a couple of kids she cares about—and then it turns into a mission from hell. Langdon has to bull her way through a hurricane to find the small army of Jacomine’s thugs who’ve got 15-year-old Sheila, the closest thing she has to a niece, and Sheila’s friend, who’s having the mother of inappropriate love affairs—with someone... I first knew I wanted to be a writer at seven, knew it was mysteries I'd write at 12, was desperate to win the Edgar at 13, but became a journalist to. well. keep from starving till I had the courage to actually try it. I had a great time and learned more than ten colleges could have taught as a reporter for first the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later the San Francisco Chronicle. Finally, I wrote six or seven mysteries (I've lost count.
I can still recall a time when chat boxes weren’t the primary form of communication, when e-mail was a thing for adults, when my friends and I only talked to each other through three-way phone calls or hanging out after school. I remember how my very first e-mail address was made for me by a friend, combining my first name with the name of the boy I liked at that time. I used that e-mail address to create accounts during first forays into social media. I’ve grown up a bit since then, have made myself a more formal e-mail address I wouldn’t be ashamed to list on a resume, but that very first one is still the same address I use for my current Facebook profile. We did it through letters handwritten on colourful stationery, through common friends passing the word during break time and in-between classes, through text messages peppered with basic emoticons, always with a short shelf life based on the... Easier to delete, easier to throw in the garbage. That was before the internet became exponentially more popular and accessible than radio and TV. Today, distance is not distance anymore, at least not in the way it used to be. I was 15 when I fell in love for the very first time. He was my best friend, as many first loves go. I remember writing a long letter pouring out my feelings for him, teenage hormones raging on three pages of pink stationery with white rabbits in various cute poses: a rabbit eating a piece of cake,... I remember asking my Computer Science teacher to look it over and to please send it to him.