eBook Exchange: A Study in Scarlet

Lately, I’ve felt somewhat overwhelmed by my options regarding Sherlock Holmes. Between Robert Downey, Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title character (And really is there a more perfect name for a British actor than Benedict Cumberbatch?), I’ve had many options for my Sherlock viewing. But I recently realized, I’ve never actually read any of  the Sherlock Holmes stories. So, I figured since I have a few days off coming up soon, I’d look into them. And of course since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the novels long ago, they’re available for free in the pubic domain.

I’m starting at the beginning, with A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle’s first work containing the now-familiar Holmes. Since the novel is available through Google Books, I can download it, print it or read it online or on my eReader. So many options and never once did I have to set foot outside my house!


Thanksgiving Hours

Brown Library will be adjusting their hours for the Thanksgiving holiday. The hours will be:

Wednesday, November 23: 7:45am- 3pm

Thursday & Friday, November 24-25: CLOSED

Saturday, November 26: Resume normal hours: 9am-2pm.

Friday Finds: Olympic Posters Throughout the Ages

There’s a lot of buzz starting about the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London. Recently, the posters for the London games were revealed, with mixed reactions.

For this week’s Friday Find you can take a trip through posters of previous Olympics, dating back to 1912 in the online gallery Olympic Posters Throughout the Ages. Not only do the posters offer a glimpse at the marketing of past Olympics, they detail the style and culture of the era and country hosting the Games.

A personal favorite is the poster for what came to be known as the “Austerity Games,” the first Olympic event held after World War II. Coming in a close second and third are the posters for the 1968 Games in Mexico City and the 1988 Games in Seoul, because they epitomize the psychedelic nature of both eras perfectly.

Friday Finds: YouTube’s Free (and Legally Available) Documentaries

When I mention YouTube, it’s likely your mind goes to videos of kids and cats doing silly things, people hurting themselves trying ridiculous stunts and pirated versions of TV shows and movies. But did you know there is an entire section of free and legal documentaries available on YouTube? There you’ll find hundreds of documentaries in their entirety, for you to sit back and enjoy. And no grainy camera phone captures of the real thing, these are all DVD quality.

Need some recommendations? Here’s some of my favorites:

The Atomic Cafe– A collection of American propaganda films from the 1950s.  The Cold War era was a terrifying time, but looking back on some of these films, they are both comical and terrifying.

Down From the Mountain– A concert movie of the night that the musicians from the soundtrack of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? came together at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and performed the music from the soundtrack.

Google Me– Ever wonder what people who have your same name are like? Jim Killeen did and he tracked down 6 other Jim Killeens to see what they were like. Turns out, they all had more than their name in common.


Friday Find: World War II in Photos

Perhaps the best description of this project is from the project’s creator, Alan Taylor.

This series of entries was originally posted weekly to TheAtlantic.com from June 19 through October 30, 2011, running every Sunday morning for 20 weeks. In this collection of 900 photos over 20 essays, I tried to explore the events of the war, the people involved at the front and back home, and the effects the war had on everyday lives. These images still give us glimpses into the real-life experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. There were thousands of events affecting millions of lives, and I hope that I was able to do justice to this important story in this large-photo narrative format and thank you for joining along the way.

The photos provide a unique a personal look into the lives of those who were affected by WWII, and from many different perspectives. Some are beautiful, some horrific, but all tell a story of what was happening in the world at that time.  A word of warning: many of the sections have graphic pictures and by default are obscured until you choose to view that picture. The section on the Holocaust, however, is comprised almost entirely of graphic images  and therefore are not obscured. While the information this section portrays is important and a significant part of the history of the 20th century, the images may not be for the faint of heart.

World War II in photos from the Atlantic