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December is:

Did you know? December is:

  • Rising Star Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Spiritual Literacy Month
  • Bingo’s Birthday Month
  • National Tie Month

Happy Holidays!

Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2009

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Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

Here’s a bit of silliness for your vacation:

The Muppets doing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody:

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Knitting: Casting On

In honor of tonight’s meeting of the knitting circle at Fremont Main Library (7pm, Conference Room A), here are two videos explaining how to “cast on.”

Howcast: How to Cast on –

Expertvillage: Knitting Instructions: Cast On –

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13 Books I’ve Been Meaning to Read

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Thursday Thirteen #93

I’m back from my vacation and I’m thinking about books again. (Big surprise, eh?) So, here are some excerpts from Mount Readmore (a.k.a. my to be read pile.) What books do you have in your stack?

1. The Game by Laurie R. King – I’ve enjoyed the ones in the series before this one, but I just haven’t continued…yet.

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – I still haven’t read any Austen, but this is the one I’ve had recommended to me.

3. Wicked: Witch by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder – Debbie is a friend, and I’ve read almost all of her other stuff. And now that this series has been optioned by Dreamworks…I should really get my act together.

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Okay. I admit it. I’ve started this one a couple of times…but I haven’t finished it. *hangs head in shame* I have skimmed it a few times though.

5. The Summer King by O. R. Melling – I loved book one, and I even own this one. I need more time to read.

6. Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton – I stalled out on Snowbound, and I need to just move on to this one. I love the Aunt Dimity books.

7. Shapeshifter: The Demo Tapes 2 by Susan Helene Gottfried – I just need to remember to stick this book in my bag. Someday my memory might actually be working in the morning.

8. The Jewish Book of Why by Alfred J. Kolatch – Okay. I just went and got this off of the shelf again. Let’s see if I can read it before it’s due this time.

9. Weird California by Greg Bishop – I actually have this one checked out and I’ve read the first couple of chapters. Will I finish it before it’s due this time?

10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – I actually tried to listen to this one in my car. That didn’t work so well…

11. Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs – This is another one of those books of which I’ve only read the first couple of chapters. Fail.

12. The Celts: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe – This is literally only one book in a stack of books on the same topic that I need to read. (You see, I can’t afford another Degree right now, so my plan is to just read all of the books.)

13. Sons of the Profits, or, There’s No Business Like Grow Business: The Seattle Story, 1851-1901 by William C. Speidel – I went on the underground tour in Seattle and the datapoints all come from this book! It taunts me from my shelf. I need to get to this one.

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Book Adaptation Update: November

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Here is the November 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.

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 2011.

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: Currently in theaters.

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

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009. (I’m thinking that this might change soon.)

Daughter of Fortune: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009. (I’m thinking that this might change soon.)

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

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In post-production with a U. S. Release date of 2 April 2010.

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.

Eclipse: In post-production 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: In post-production 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.

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 pre-production 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: 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 development 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.

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

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

New Moon: Due in U.S. theaters 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: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 13 August 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 “In development” 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 2011.

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: Currently filming 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: Not yet on DVD.

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

Wicked: Witch Not sure how they are going to divide up the five book series and make it into films, but it looks like the first film may be called Curse.

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

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Everyone is invited to this special open house featuring the series of “My Global Village” paintings by award-winning artist Larry Van Deusen, which are now on permanent display at the Centerville Library. In honor of the global theme, the library will also host International Family Game Day activity. You will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Van Deusen, enjoy the beautiful artwork, have fun playing games with your family and friends, and taste some snacks of international flavors.

Time: Tuesday, November 24, 3:30-6:00 Open House, 3:00-7:00 Games

Location: Centerville Library, 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536

For more details, please contact the library at 510-795-2629 during its open hours: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

                To have a preview of the paintings, watch this video:

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palindromes_jacketPalindromes are words or phrases, sometimes even whole sentences that read the same backwards and forwards. There are short palindromes like noon, eye, or refer and longer ones like kayak, radar, or racecar. The longest common word palindrome in the English language is redivider at nine letters. The longest palindrome in the world may be the Finnish word for soapstone seller: Saippuakivikauppias (nineteen letters). What about phrases and sentences? Try some of these:

*Madam, I’m Adam
*No lemons, no melon
*Too bad I hid a boot
*A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
*Ma is as selfless as I am.

For a funny look at palindromes take a look at Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis! by Jon Agee, which includes palindromes accompanied by funny sketches.

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