| Mar 16, 2015
| 1:41 PM
"Majorlabelland and Assorted Oddities" by Pete Crigler is jam packed with ugly truths—stories of Virginia musicians' slippery climb to acclaim. It reads like a print version of television's "Behind the Scenes" only here, unlike the VH1 opus, tales...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 11:00 AM
The op-ed published on Feb. 26 about Amazon's Kindle and text to speech technology references Amazon's donation of Kindles to National PTA ("Bring back TTS, Kindle".
The PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle is a reading program that is...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 1:31 PM
Amazon's Kindle is common enough in American life to be "the Official E-reader of the National PTA." But it could enrich the lives of many more people if recent E Ink models weren't missing text to speech (TTS) technology. TTS costs next to nothing and...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 2:35 AM
Happy Freebie Friday!
This week's red-hot freebies incude a $100 Fitbit Flex from TD Bank, a price cut from Verizon Wireless, free frozen yogurt, museum visits on Saturday and Sunday, up to $50 in free gift cards from Pubix, a free $15 off a $15...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 9:22 AM
Harry and Sally may have hooked up in Manhattan, but New York City doesn't compare to Orlando, according to Amazon.com. The company released their rankings of the "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S." today, and the City Beautiful is number 3 -...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 1:51 PM
When I was in college, it was standard practice to find research materials in the library, read for a while, make Xerox copies of pertinent pages, and take them home. Libraries had conveniently-placed copy machines for just this purpose. The process of...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:33 AM
While Mrs. Biblioracle was doing her residency at Virginia Tech to become a small animal internal medicine specialist, we lived within easy driving distance of the greatest all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch of all time.
The brunch was hosted by the Mountain...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 10:36 AM
J.K. Rowling has been very protective of Harry Potter, not letting her boy wizard jump into the e-book format until 2012. When he finally did, it was part of a universe she controlled, Pottermore.
Now the seven original Harry Potter books are...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:34 AM
In November, a pair of technology journalists issued the latest in what seems to be a constant stream of announcements proclaiming the start of a book publishing revolution. First, co-authors Jason Hiner and Lyndsey Gilpin said they would crowdfund...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 12:11 PM
A janitor in the Chicago offices of internet giant Google was charged with possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to sell to a Wilmette pawn shop watches, cameras, tablets and other items stolen from the tech company's River North offices,...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 3:00 PM
The following items were collected from police reports:
A 5-foot-6 man of medium build holding a black semi-automatic gun robbed Community Bank on the 1000 block of Lake Street of an undetermined amount of money between 12:18 and 12:21 p.m. Dec. 31....