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2012

Dec 31 2012

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

by Jnai W

Will you be spending New Year’s Eve with friends and family? Will you have a fun, raucous night on the town with your gang? Will you be spending the last few hours of 2012 at a traditional watch night church service? Perhaps you’ll be scrambling to take down your Christmas tree by the stroke of midnight—that was how my family spent a particularly memorable New Year’s Eve when we were youngsters, racing against the televised Times Square Ball Drop to fully dismantle our faithful old plastic Tanenbaum. (I can’t remember if we beat the clock or not but I do remember that it was a blast).  I’ll likely be spending this evening at home with friends and family, swapping New Year’s resolutions, finishing off the last of the Christmas goodies and singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight.

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? However you spend the holiday be safe, be merry, stay classy and have a Happy New Year!

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Dec 28 2012

The Year in Pictures

by Jimmy L

Sometimes it’s hard to look back and remember everything that happened in the past year. But The Guardian has posted 19 beautiful photographs that sum it up pretty nicely, from the athletic feats at the Olympics to the election night moments in November. And this one, taken in Hoboken, New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy wrought its destruction:

Floods in Hoboken

A similar collection of iconic 2012 photographs is also up at the World Press Photo site. Dedicated to understanding the world through photojournalism, the site holds a yearly contest in several different categories including General News, People, Sports, Daily Life, Portraits, and many more. The following photo was the winner in the Nature category, and shows a desperate polar bear who has climbed up on a cliff face, trying (unsuccessfully) to feed on eggs from the nests of guillemots, in late July.

Cliff-climbing polar bear attempting to eat seabird eggs

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Dec 26 2012

Best in 2012

by Dea Anne M

As the year draws to a close, it’s no surprise to see “best of” lists appearing everywhere online. I’m always interested in these and sometimes even more interested in checking out the accompanying comments. Everyone it seems has an opinion about “the best” and many of us express our opinions on this topic with great, shall we say, energy. Here’s a roundup of some recent top reads lists.

NPR publishes several targeted lists each year. Lists for 2012 include:

The  New Yorker’s “Page-Turners” blog features favorites from regular contributors. Not all these picks are new books but the list is nonetheless thought-provoking.

On November 30th, the  New York Times published its 10 Best Books of 2012. Several of these titles are available from DCPL including:bodies

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Goodreads, the popular “social cataloging” website has announced its Choice Awards for 2012. Readers vote for the best books in a wide range of categories including Paranormal Fantasy, Food and Cookbooks, Graphic Novels and Poetry. Some top picks include the following—all available at DCPL.

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May 23 2011

Doomsday Already?

by Greg H

By now most of us have probably heard of Harold Camping and his Family Radio Ministry. Mr. Camping has proclaimed that, through his expert study of scriptures, he can confidently state that Jesus is coming back to Earth on May 21st.  After a similar prediction in 1994  didn’t pan out Mr. Camping blamed a miscalculation.

I’ve had experience with only one other Doomsday deadline.  Back in 1973-74 my junior year of high school coincided with the arrival of the Comet Kohoutek. I was moderately excited because this was the first comet I was going to have a chance to see and, after hearing so many tales about the majesty of Haley’s comet, I expected that the night sky was going to be illuminated by a fiery ball with a long glowing tail.  I didn’t expect to hear that the comet was to be the end of us all.

Word came to us via some orange index-sized cards that someone was handing out to students as they arrived at the high school. Kohoutek equaled game over.  The halls buzzed with chatter the way they did when any unexpected shift in the routine, like an assembly, occurred.  The only thing that I remember beyond that is that, when the day of reckoning arrived, I felt a little giddy like some momentous finish line had been reached. If the world was going to end would it do so before I had to go to gym class?  Ultimately the day passed as we all really knew it would; tests were taken, cafeteria food was served, and homework assigned. Kohoutek, never much of a spectacle as a comet, was even less impressive as a portent.

End of the world prophecies are nothing new.  The following titles from our library system will help shed light on this tendency through history.

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