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Bleeding Edge

Technology and science related posts are included in this category.

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Books About the Interwebz

Submitter: I live in [Canada] and was just recently hired at a high school in order to get their library up and running once again. The collection has not been touched for many years and most of the books were donations from when the school started in 2000. As I was weeding through the collection I came across many books on how to use the internet-most of which are from the early 90s. I laughed as I realized that Netscape does not even exist anymore and how the book on the middle-right is about a program for Windows 95. It’s okay to have some books on computers for a library but there’s no way these books would be helping anybody! These are definitely being weeded!

Holly: Unless you’re running an archive, which most high schools are not, these are useless to your library. You just cleared half a shelf of space in one fell swoop!

More Bleeding Edge Internet Books:

Gay and Lesbian Online

When the Computer Overlords Run the World

Old School Computer Crime

It’s a Wang!

Television of Yesteryear

How it works… Television
Edwards and Rogers

I am quite certain our friends in the UK will be familiar with the Ladybird books. I lived in the UK for a couple of years when my children were small, and our home was filled with these books.  My kids loved them. Lots of detail and great illustrations. However, like most nonfiction about technology, it needs to be retired at some point. I do love the illustration of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding as an example of event television.


More technology for kids:

Cool and Cordless!

Call Me!

What Makes TV Work?

You’ll put your eye out

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Robot Overlords


Submitter: Just weeded this from my elementary school library (where I’ve worked halftime for three years).  Just a little horrified I’ve only now come across it.

Holly: Please tell me it’s not because it was checked out! Funny how things get missed, though. You find them years later and think “WTH?” There are some great pictures of old robots below, but if you want to see some real robot action, check this out! (FIRST Robotics is awesome. Seriously.)


Robot Redux:

Fear the Robot Invasion

Danger Will Robinson


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