Saturday, June 29, 2013

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” 
― Mark Twain


Congratulations, you have made it 180 days into the year. That means we are almost half way there! Only 185 days left of 2013.

Tour de France begins today and continues through Juily 21st. The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occassionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L’Auto; it is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and the finish on the Champs-Élysées. The modern editions of the Tour de France consist of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi). The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France. The number of teams usually varies between 20 and 22, with nine riders in each. All of the stages are timed to the finish; after finishing the riders’ times are compounded with their previous stage times. The rider with the lowest aggregate time is the leader of the race and gets to don the coveted yellow jersey. The 2013 Tour de France will be the 100th Tour de France. It is scheduled to start in Corsica, in the city of Porto-Vecchio. The island will host the first three stages. The tour will be the first to be completed only on French soil since 1988. It will feature a final set of stages which have been described as “brutal“, including three Alpine stages in the last week along with a “viciously hard” time trial.


Today is National Camera Day. Derived from the Greek words “light” and “writing,” photography has “developed” over the years. Camera Day is best celebrated with pictures. Pictures are invaluable memories of our lives and of the world. They tell stories. With digital technology, using a camera has never been easier. Cameras are now built into cell phones, so you always have a camera with you, ready to record the moments of your life. To many people, a camera is a vital tool to record important events in the family and in the world. It captures the moment…..forever. It creates the memories that we share and look back upon. From the birth of a baby, to high school graduations, people take pictures at a fast click. Year after year, the camera records family vacations, holidays and Christmas. The camera takes pictures of good times, and occasionally bad times. In 1827, Joseph Niepce created the first photographic image with a camera obscura. The process required 8 hours of light exposure that eventually faded. In 1839, Louis Jacques Daguerre took the first fixed image that didn’t fade. His method required about 30 minutes of exposure. He named the process after himself – the Daguerreotype. Tintypes were developed in 1856 by Hamilton Smith and decades later, George Eastman invented flexible and unbreakable film that could be rolled. George Eastman is often called the “Father of Photography”. He didn’t invent photography. He made many photographic inventions, and created the mass production that brought cameras into everyday use by millions, if not billions of people. His most famous slogan “You take the picture, we do the rest.”


June 29th is National Waffle Iron Day. Waffle irons originated in Belgium during the 14th century. These early contraptions consisted of two metal plates hinged together. The plates were then attached to a long pole, which allowed the cook to hold the iron over an open fire. In 1869, a man named Cornelius Swarthout patented the first American waffle iron. This device was designed for cooking over the burner of a wood or gas stove. Fifty years later, General Electric began producing the first electric waffle irons for everyday use. Today is an important celebration for all the breakfast lovers of the world. Homemade waffles are one of the cornerstones of a delicious morning meal, and the waffle iron makes it all possible. To celebrate National Waffle Iron Day, whip up some waffle batter and have breakfast-for-dinner tonight! Top your homemade waffles with syrup, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate, or even fried chicken. Bon appétit!


Father Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis on June 29, 1776 in what is now San Francisco, California.


On this day in 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.


On June 29, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Furman v Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.


On this day in 2007, Apple Inc. released their first mobile phone, the iPhone.


Some of the writers born June 29th include:

Joachim Heinrich Campe (1746), Willibald Alexis (1798), Giacomo Leopardi (1798), Devaki Nandan Khatri (1861), Zsigmond Móricz (1879), Fulgence Charpentier (1897), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), John Toland (1912), Frédéric Dard (1921), Vasko Popa (1922), Chan Parker (1925), Jean-Louis Pesch (1928), Oriana Fallaci (1929), Sławomir Mrożek (1930), John Bradshaw (1933), Chuck Schaden (1934), Don Rosa (1951), Mark Radcliffe (1958), and Samantha Smith (1972).


We remember two authors today on the anniversary of their passings.


Irving Wallace was an American best-selling author and screenwriter. Wallace was known for his heavily researched novels, many with a sexual theme. Wallace published 33 books during his lifetime, all translated into 31 languages. Several of Wallace’s books have been made into films. One critic described him “as the most successful of all the many exponents of junk fiction perhaps because he took it all so seriously, not to say lugubriously”. Wallace was a blue-collar writer who wrote for a blue-collar audience. Most critics were scornful of his novels’ flat prose and pedestrian characters. Wallace grew up in Wisconsin. He was the father of Olympic historian David Wallechinsky and author Amy Wallace. Irving Wallace was married to Sylvia Wallace, a former magazine writer and editor. Wallace loved and championed the underdog. He enjoyed writing the stories of outsiders. With his son, daughter and wife he produced some notable non-fiction works, including three editions each of The People’s Almanac and The Book of Lists. Many of the odd facts Wallace uncovered he utilised in his novels.


Fred Thomas Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction short stories and S.F. novels. Saberhagen also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires (including the famous Dracula) are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. He married fellow writer Joan Spicci in 1968. They had two sons and a daughter. On June 29, 2007, Saberhagen died of prostate cancer in Albuquerque.

The Art of Cross Examination

Today’s special priced book is The Art of Cross Examination by Francis L. Wellman. The copy we have is in Very Good Condition and is from the same same publisher as that pictured but our cover is slightly different, the typical Kessinger yellow-and-white with black lettering. Has never been used, but shows shelf wear.


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