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The Amazing Microchip

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Microchip
Small Wonder
Billings
1984

Direct from 1984, here is the latest and greatest technology on microchips. I have a feeling this technology is going places! My favorite is the picture with the bug holding the microchip. I think our next move is to train ants to fix microchips and then we will eventually become slaves to the ant overlords. I think this is how Skynet started.

Mary

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Email Addresses of the Rich and Famous

E-mail addresses of the Rich & Famous
Godin
1994

Submitter: This is perhaps the most embarrassing offerings we’ve ever submitted to Awful Library Books, and we’ve offered up a few doozies!  An email directory from 1994?  We’ve hit a new low. I wonder if Al Gore still checks his email at vice.president@whitehouse.gov.  I wonder why the author included page 20.  The heading there reads, “CELEBRITIES (PROBABLY FAKES).” The page includes an email address for Howard the Duck, for crying out loud!  Why did we buy this book?

Holly: I can actually see buying something like this, but you have to know you’re going to weed it within a few short years. I just love it when people ask for a celebrity’s personal email. You know their publicist handles all that, right? And yours may or may  not ever be opened at all, let alone read, and I almost guarantee it won’t be read by the celebrity themself. Interesting to note that this book is by Seth Godin.

Side note: in this post, Seth Godin says he’s embarrassed about this book!

 

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A Nerdy Career Choice

Find a Career in Engineering
Stambler
1962

Long time site followers have probably heard over the years that both Holly and I are married to engineers. If you want to watch an engineer twitch, tell him/her about your average reference desk shift. Holly and I have a running gag about how long our super-smart, logical engineers would last on a reference desk. Answer: Not long.The frustration level would kill them.

I am also going guess that this book was hardly instrumental in inspiring either of them toward their chosen career. (For my husband and his contemporaries, I would bet it was Scotty from Star Trek.)

I will give this book some props for mentioning that women should be part of the engineering landscape as well. People of color are no where to be found.

Career books are also my hot button weeding problem. It’s a nice glimpse into the past, but shouldn’t be considered for young people looking for career advice.

Mary

More Nerd Stuff:

It’s a Wang!

Fly Me to the Moon

Data Diddling

Computers from Olden Times

Numerical Methods for Engineers

And because I mentioned Star Trek: Can You Speak Klingon?

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