The Atomic Bomb and the Word of God Smith 1945 This piece of cold war ephemera was published within months of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. Smith, a faculty member of Moody Bible Institute and Fuller Theological
Category: Bleeding Edge
Technology and science related posts are included in this category.
It’s a Wang!
Word Processing on Wang Systems
Submitter: Now stop laughing, Beavis. Wang Computers are a real thing and were moderately successful in the 1980s. However, the company no longer exists, and most offices probably retired their Wangs in the early 1990s. THREE copies of this book were on the shelf at my library in December 2012, hiding in the “Z” (library science) call number.
This is from an academic library outside of North America. Our university was established in 1968, and our current library building was built in the mid-1980’s. Because of the need to build our collection basically from scratch, no one thought much about weeding in the first few decades. During the holiday break, I’ve pulled not only this gem, but also books on dBase, AppleWriter, VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro, WordStar, and other defunct software that hasn’t been in use for over 15 years.
Doesn’t this look fun? Computers A to Z
The Computer from A to Z Kalman 1999 Well, these kids sure look like they’re having a good time. Computers must be GREAT! Why on earth would you use this image for the cover of this book? Let’s make computers
Phun with Phones!
What Makes a Telephone Work Darwin 1970 That phone on the cover is the latest and greatest technology, according to the book. THERE ARE NO DIALS! Gasp! Touch Tone is the wave of the future! I am old enough to
Ham Shack, Baby
Setting Up & Using Your Own Ham Shack Cebik 1981 They left off “your mother’s basement” from the list of places you could set up a ham shack (first sentence, first image below). Seriously, though, this is a reasonable subject
Abacus: My Mistake
The Abacus: A Pocket Computer Dilson 1968 As I was weeding my new collection, the 500s, I came across this book. I instantly thought, “why on earth do we have a book about the abacus?” and put it directly in
Fear the Robot Invasion!
50 Facts About Robots Lambert 1983 A 6 year old regular patron of mine once stated “you can’t have too many robot books”. True enough. However, I think we can safely let this one slide into the great beyond. Aside
Cool and Cordless!!!
Get the Message
Thanks to the anonymous submitter for this catchy title from her juvenile nonfiction section. I wonder what the message is? How about “this library is SO irrelevant!”