Fakes, Forgers & Thieves!

Here’s a video book display!  Summer Borrowing begins on Tuesday, May 28th.

One of our other posts links to reviews of several of these books.  Enjoy them!

-Sue

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Pirates

It has been an inarguable truth over the ages that pirates are cool. As far back as the 1700’s, authors have been writing about and romanticizing the lives of those who sailed the seven seas. Here’s a list of books on pirates and piracy, fiction and nonfiction, new and old. I even threw in a few at the end for those digital pirates out there.

Under the Black Flag: Romance and Reality of Life Among Pirates, by David Cordingly. Find out what about pirates is fact and is fiction. The myths are debunked and replaced with a more accurate, and often more gruesome, account.

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside their Hidden World, by Jay Bahadur. Reading about the inner working of modern pirate organizations from Jay Bahadur, the first man to write about the Somali pirates from on the inside.

Red Rover(inside Sea Tales), by James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper’s iconic style from Last of the Mohicans, but with pirates on the open ocean instead of Native Americans in the forests.

Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian – The first of several novels detailing the friendship of Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the ship’s surgeon, as they sail in service of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Contains some very detailed descriptions of life aboard a man-of-war.

Crossbones, by Nuruddin Farah. Over a dozen years after leaving, two brothers return home to Puntland, the region of Somalia notorious as being a pirate hideout. Things are not as they remember them to be.

The Planet Pirates, by Anne McCaffrey. It’s about pirates…in space.

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Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock down Culture and Control Creativity, by Lawrence Lessig – If our society values freedom of speech and freedom of the press, how do allow such tight control of major media outlets? Lessig examine how large media corporations have manipulated copyright law and broadcast agencies to control the market and stifle creativity.

Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity, by Siva Vaidhyanathan – Along similar lines to Free Culture, this books focuses more on the history. It a bit on the small side for a history, but this one is packed full of information.

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, by Rebecca MacKinnon – How do Facebook privacy settings really affect people? Here’s just one example:

June 2009: Facebook encourages underground opposition groups in Iran to use Facebook as an organizing tool.
December 2009: Facebook changes its privacy policy with no warning. Sections of Facebook that were now private (friend list, groups, etc) no longer even have that option. The Iranian government uses this information to find and arrest political prisoners.

That’s all for now. Make sure to check back for more recommendations. Or just stop in and ask in person!

-Dennis

Futurism

Fifteen years ago, cell phones were bigger than some modern laptops and no could have imagine having their own 100 GB of information. Now, cell phones fit in a pocket and are able to do things that seemed impossible before. No one knows for sure what technological changes the future will bring, but it sure is fun to think about.

The Physics of the Future: How Science will shape Human Destiny and our Daily Lives by the year 2100, by Michio Kaku. Computers will be controlled by tiny chips in our brains, cars will drive themselves (possibly fly themselves, too), and spaceships the size of a needle will allow science to see other planets and stars. These are just some of the predictions Kaku makes in this quite-literally forward thinking book.

Futuring: The Exploration of the Future, by Edward Cornish. Instead of making his own predictions, Cornish explains how others identify trends in modern science and technology in order to make your own informed predictions.

Future Imperfect: Technology or Freedom in an Uncertain World, by David Friedman. “One theme of the book is that the future is radically uncertain. Technological changes already begun could lead to more or less privacy than we have ever known, freedom or slavery, effective immortality or the elimination of our species” – from GoodReads.com

A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down, by Robert Laughlin. Laughlin, a Nobel-prize winning physicist, talks about the future of physics and where science is general might be heading over the next few decades.

Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems Inspired by Living Things, by Robert Frenay. Beginning with some existing examples, Frenay shows ways that technology could imitate life to work more efficiently.

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Profiles of the Future, by Arthur C. Clarke. Writing about the future isn’t new by any stretch. Here, Arthur C. Clarke, one of the fathers of modern sci-fi, made his predictions from back in the 80’s about what the future would hold. See what he got right.

What are you most excited for from the future? Personally, I’m looking forward to replicators and teleporters. Anything to help me eat better and cut down on the commute.

– Dennis

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