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13 Music Videos from the 1980s

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Thursday Thirteen #84

Okay. The secret is out. I love music from the 1980s. So, this week I thought that it might be fun to delve into the realm of 80s music videos. With the help of my husband, I managed to cover a piece of paper from an old daily calendar with tiny red writing. I had so many video suggestions that I could have made about three of these lists (availability permitting.) Here is what I ended up with. What is your favorite music video from the 1980s?

13 80s Music Videos:
1. A-ha – Hunting High and Low

2. Peter Gabriel – Big Time

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Here is the September update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

As always, if you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Airborn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Airman: In development with a release date in 2011.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010.

The Amulet of Samarkand: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Angels & Demons: Not yet on DVD.

Anita Blake: No IMDB information as yet, nor do we know what they will be calling the project. Personally, I want to know who will be playing Edward. (more info here)

Atlas Shrugged: This project is now listed as “Announced” again. Release date is still listed as 2011.

Beastly: Currently filming, with a US release date of 30 July 2010.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Chariots of the Gods?: In development with a tentative 2012 release date.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Currently filming with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date is now 23 October 2009.

City of the Beasts: In development with a 2011 release date.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Due in U.S. theaters on 18 September 2009.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

Daughter of Fortune: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

Discipline: In development with a 2010 release date.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Eastwick: The new TV show version of The Witches of Eastwick will arrive on ABC in September 2009.

Eclipse: Currently filming with a release date of 30 June 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: In development with a release date in 2012 sometime.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Due in U.S. theaters on 25 November 2009.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said: In development with a 2011 release date.

Game of Thrones: This TV series looks to be appearing on HBO in 2010.

Gimme a Call: In development with a 2011 release date.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: Currently filming and due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Currently filming and due in theaters on 15 July 2011.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Not yet on DVD.

The Hobbit: Announced with a release date currently set for December 2011.

House of Night: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

The Illustrated Man: In development with a theoretical 2010 release date.

The Immortality Factor: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

It: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lorax: In development with a release date in 2012. Word is that this will be in 3D.

The Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 15 January 2010.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Mars Needs Moms!: Currently filming with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In pre-production with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: In development with a 2013 release date.

My Sister’s Keeper: On DVD Nov 17, 2009.

Neuromancer: In pre-production with a release date in 2011 sometime.

The NeverEnding Story: In development with a 2012 release date.

New Moon: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: In development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

Paradise Lost: This version is in pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Paradise Lost: And this version is in development with a 2012 release date.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief : In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Queen of Babble: In development with a 2011 release date.

Ramona and Beezus: Currently filming and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart: In development with a release date sometime in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Stoneheart Trilogy: In development with a 2012 release date. Mind you, I’m not sure which one of the trilogy they mean to start with.

The Subtle Knife: Now listed as “Unknown” with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Sword of Shannara: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Thirteenth Hour: In development with a release date in 2011.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Not yet on DVD.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release on 23 December 2011.

Tomorrow, When the War Began: In pre-production with a 2010 release date.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag: In development with a 2011 release date.

Where the Wild Things Are: Due in U.S. theaters on 16 October 2009.

Where’s Waldo?: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

World War Z: In development with a 2010 release date.

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Tour de Niles

You live in Fremont, maybe you work in Fremont.  You might go to school in Fremont.  But what do  you  know  about  Fremont? Recently,  some local Girl Scouts (  Coyote  hills and Chabot Service Units) put together an historic walking/biking tour of one small part of fremont — the Niles District . Learn about the historic nursery, the old film studio, or other tidbits of Niles hitory . Go here to read about the project, download the podcast or print out a brochure. The grab your bike or put on your sneakers and learn a little bit about the town where you live.

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All I can say is: Wow. I was looking forward to this film already. Now, I’m dying for it to be November. And yes, I’ve given in and am re-reading the book. This is not something that I generally advise before seeing a book to film translation (I tend to re-read after seeing the film so I wont be too distracted by inconsistencies), but I couldn’t resist. If you haven’t seen this trailer yet, give it a try.

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Ghostwalk

ghostwalk_jacketWhat does Isaac Newton have to do with a group of animal activists terrorizing present-day Cambridge? And how could a series of crimes committed in the seventeenth century have anything to do with the murder of a contemporary professor? Could a moment in the past be so entwined with a moment in the present that events seem to be reapeating themselves some three hundred years later? Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott is an intriguing, thought-provoking mystery that borrows its’ premise from the quantum theory of entanglement. Stott applies this theory to time, imagining what might happen if two moments of time somehow got entangled. This book has quite a bit of actual history on the seventeenth century in it, so if you are a fan of the time, you will definitely enjoy this book on another level. Even without a love of history, though, the book on it’s own is quite gripping and told in fascinating detail.

Want to know more about Rebecca Stott? Check out her website.

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13 More Detectives/13 More Authors

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Thursday Thirteen #83

By special request, this week’s guessing game is book-related. I have chosen thirteen Detectives. It is up to you folks to guess the author of the books said detective appears in. I will add each correct first guesser to the post as we go along. Any remaining answers will be revealed at the end of the day on Thursday.

Good luck!

13 More Detectives/13 More Authors:
1. Jacqueline Kirby – (Elizabeth Peters, guessed by: Alice Audrey (whose reply was eaten by the spam filter. sorry.) & Beth (whose reply I saw first))
2. Betsy Devonshire – (Monica Ferris)
3. Kate Martinelli – (Laurie R. King)
4. Kat Colorado – (Karen Kijewski, guessed by: Dianne)
5. Peter Shandy – (Charlotte MacLeod, guessed by: Dianne)
6. Temperance Brennan – (Kathy Reichs, guessed by: Susan)
7. Regan Reilly – (Carol Higgins Clark)
8. Kay Scarpetta – (Patricia Cornwell, guessed by: Susan)
9. Midnight Louie – (Carole Nelson Douglas, guessed by: Susan)
10. Isabel Dalhousie – (Alexander McCall Smith)
11. China Bayles – (Susan Wittig Albert)
12. Stephanie Plum – (Janet Evanovich, guessed by: Brenda ND)
13. Adam Dalgliesh – (P. D. James, guessed by: Nicholas)

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A Bit of Trivia

Do you enjoy reading bestsellers? Have you ever thought about what might have been a bestselling book before your time? Just for fun, today I offer you a bit of trivia about a few books you might recognize. (source: Cader Books. As near as I can tell, these lists relate to numbers in the USA.)

The Crisis by Winston Churchill was number 1 on the Fiction best seller list in 1901. His book The Crossing was number 1 on the 1904 Fiction Best Seller list. In 1906, his book Coniston was also number 1 on the list. Quite the bestselling author, eh? (And no. Not *that* Winston Churchill.)

The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle ranked number 7 on the 1902 Fiction best seller list.

The first three books on the 1902 list were: 1. The Virginian by Owen Wister, 2. Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Caldwell Hegan, and 3. Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall by Charles Major. The following year, The Virginian came in at number 5, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch was number 6, and Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall didn’t make the list.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin placed 8th on the 1904 list.

At number 8 on the 1905 list was Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. This same book placed 9th on the 1906 list.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was number 6 on the 1906 Fiction best seller list, which placed it above The House of Mirth, but below Winston Churchill’s latest blockbuster.

Oh, and just for fun, Wikipedia says (and I’m not sure how valid it is) that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has sold more copies than Lord of the Rings. An interesting fact, if it’s true.

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These are prescheduled weekly or monthly programs.  For special events, please check our current listings on Alameda County Library’s website at http://www.aclibrary.org

Click on program name for more details.

Ages Program Name Dates
Ages 2 – 6 Read-To-Me Drop-in Storytime, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm except Nov. 26th. Oct. 1st -
Dec. 17th
Ages 3 – 5 Preschool Storytime Plus, Thursdays 11:15 am – 12 pm. Oct. 1st-
Nov. 19th
Ages 3 – 6 English/Mandarin Storytime Plus*, Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:15 pm, no class on Nov. 3rd.  Registration required. Sept. 29th -
Nov. 24th
Gr. 1 – 6 Read-With-Me* Reading Assistance
Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, 3:15-3:45, 4-4:30, or 4:45-5:15, no classes on Nov. 24th and 26th. Registration required.
Oct. 6th-
Dec. 17th
Gr. 4 and up Kids Book Club*
Second Thursdays of the month,  4-5 pm. Registration required.
Oct. 8th,
Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th
Parents Parenting Class for Mandarin-speaking parents, first Thursdays of the month, 12:30 – 2 pm Sept. 10th, Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd

:)  Centerville Library is located at
 3801 Nicolet Ave, Fremont, CA 94536. Phone: 510-795-2629

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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris is an intriguing look at revenge through the eyes of a new teacher at St. Oswald’s school for boys. What starts out as minor annoyances — a missing pen, a lost class register soon escalates to vandalism, burglary and yes, even murder. Just how far is the revenge going to go? And can anyone stop it before it destroys St. Oswald’s completely? Harris writes the book in alternating first person narratives and keeps building the suspense little by little, until the moment when she reveals the final, shocking surprise. Believe me, your draw will drop — it’s that unexpected.

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13 More Characters/ 13 More Shows

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Thursday Thirteen #82

Well, you all enjoyed my last few guessing games so much I’ve come up with yet another one. Below I have listed thirteen characters from various television shows. It is up to you to name the show. Many of them are well known this time, and one or two are on the more obscure side. I will add the name of each “first correct guesser” along with the correct guess as we go along. Let’s get started!

13 More Characters/ 13 More Shows:
1. Johnny Smith (Dead Zone, guessed by: Tamy)
2. Sam Winchester (Supernatural, guessed by: Beth)
3. Abby Sciuto (NCIS, guessed by: Tamy)
4. Jamie McCrimmon (Doctor Who, guessed by: Dianne)
5. Amita Ramanujan (NUMB3RS)
6. Paul Buchman (Mad About You, guessed by: Tamy)
7. Kermit Griffin (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, guessed by: Dianne)
8. Ianto Jones (Torchwood, guessed by: Beth)
9. Shawn Spencer (Psych, guessed by: Debbie)
10. Angela Montenegro (Bones, guessed by: Tamy)
11. Teresa Lisbon (Mentalist, guessed by: Fourth Breakfast)
12. Alexander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, guessed by: Beth)
13. Frylock (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)

Thanks for playing, everyone!

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