Archives. In The News, May-June 2010

Oil's Strange Transformations

New dive footage captures unusual phenomena deep below the Gulf's surface.

New Bestselling Books From Hachette

Deliver Us From Evil, Baldacci, HachetteDeliver From Evil by David Baldacci published by Hachette/ Grand Central in 2010. Evan Waller has built a fortune buying and selling anything and anyone. His new business venture would lead to millions of deaths worldwide. The mysterious operative from The Whole Truth must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal, but he doesn’t know yet Waller’s abilities. There’s someone else pursuing Waller in Province - Peggie Campion, she is an agent for a secret vigilante group. They unaware of each other’s mission, hunting the same man. David Baldacci is the author of many books, published in many languages in more than 80 countries.
Unnamed, HachetteThe Unnamed, a novel by Joshua Ferris published by Hachette/ LB in 2010. This is a compelling love story, tragic and engaging. Tim Farnsworth is an aging man, healthy and handsome. His wife loves him and their marriage is stronger than ever. He is passionate about his work and his partnership at Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. One day he walks out, changing his life dramatically. This is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and about the unseen forces of nature. Joshua Ferris is an award-winning author. He lives in New York.
Just Let Me Lie Down, HachetteJust Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms For the Half-Insane Working Mom by Kristin van Ogtrop published by Hachette/ LB in 2010. There appears to be a mystifying and completely unhelpful hole in the reference-book canon when it comes to mostly happy partly crazy working moms and their daily lives. Women want succeed at work and do what’s best for their children. They know perfection is a concept but never a goal. Motherhood and working are journey of trial and error, and years later you feel that you know less than when you started. . . This book provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Author presents terms and concepts to illustrate the highs and lows of trying to combine work and family in the same life. Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple magazine.

Relief for Gulf Is 2 Months Away

Oil Spill, June 1st, 2010A supply vessel passes through oil floating near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearthe coast of Louisiana.
Bid after bid has failed to stanch what has already become the nation's worst-ever spill, and BP PLC is readying another patchwork attempt as early as Wednesday, June 2nd.


I Am OZZY. Ozzy Osbourn, HachetteI Am OZZY by Ozzy Osbourne published by Hachette/ GC in 2010. His father always said he would do something big one day. After he’d had a few beers, he’d tell to John Michael Osbourne that he is either going to do something very special, or he’s going to go to prison. He was right, Ozzy was in prison before his 18th birthday. Every day of Ozzy’s life has been an event. He took lethal combination of booze and drugs for thirty years; he survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs; he was accused of attempted murder. . . People ask him how come he is still alive, and he doesn’t know what to answer. Today, at his 60, he ends up with five kids, four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills. He is just a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time. Ozzy was born in 1948, he is an award-winning solo artist, who has sold over a hundred million records. In his illustrated with color photos book, Ozzy shares with the readers his amazing life and his success stories.

Rolling Stone: "Exile on Main Street"

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recall the "adventure" of recording "Exile on Main Street."

Presidential State Dinner

Presidential state dinners have a long history of scandals...
Ronnie James Dio Died

According to a statement from Ronnie James Dio wife and his manager, Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, May 16 at 67. Dio was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven And Hell.

Claudette Losier at the Burlington Art Center

Claudette Losier’s solo show, entitled “Body Voyage - Return To The Sacred,” will be open May 26th - June 29th in the Burlington Art Center, located at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Ontario, Canada.
“Body Voyage – Return to the Sacred” is a continuation of Claudette’s journey of self-discovery of identity.
Claudette Losier: “This body of work explored the notion of identity as it relates to the body, femininity, home, consciousness, emotions, and spirituality. I am currently returning to the swimmer image as a metaphor for yoga meditation. This work was inspired by my underwater snorkeling pictures from Dominican trip (2004) and by the spiritual wisdom of my guru Paramahansa Yoganand, whose writings contain much symbolism of water for union with the Creator and Universal Consciousness identity. Like Yoga, the snorkeling is a very peaceful and meditative activity that leaves one with a greater feeling of peace and oneness.”

In this show, artist using her experience of snorkeling to create works that speak specifically of yoga science such as restlessness, light floatation of the body, focus concentration on breath, vibrations, life force control, and meditative state of being one with the material matter world and beyond.

UK Election

Now, Britain has a coalition government for the first time since 1945, union which promises a new style of politics. But critics predict it will end in an early and messy divorce.
Now the biggest party of government, the main opposition Conservative party had to do a deal with the Liberal Democrats to secure the position of prime minister for David Cameron, its leader. The party won a record number of seats, but still didn't do enough to get the overall majority it desperately craved.

Shopping Could Be Cheaper

The 64-33 vote inserted the fee requirement in a package of new financial rules the Senate is considering to ward off a repeat of the financial crisis.
The vote was a major defeat for banks, which lobbied hard against it. But the measure attracted heavy bipartisan support and surpassed a 60-vote threshold for passage. Seventeen Republicans voted for the amendment; 10 Democrats voted against it.
Striking at a lucrative bank business, the US Senate on Thursday voted to force credit card companies to reduce fees for debit card transactions and permit merchants to offer customer discounts based on their payment method.

Limerick School of Art and Design

Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), in the south-west of Ireland, has launched its new MA in Art and Design, which focuses on Social Practice and the Creative Environment (MA SPACE).
The unique MA SPACE programme is designed to fulfil student demand from art, design and related fields, nationally and internationally. This is a one-year full-time/2 year part-time taught MA programme, multidisciplinary in nature, which focuses on the growing area of social practice.

European Union officials were working out the details of a financial support mechanism to prevent Greece's debt turmoil spreading to Portugal and Spain, ready for approval by EU finance ministers on Sunday.
The leaders of the 16 countries that use the single currency said on Friday after talks with the European Central Bank and the executive European Commission that they would take whatever steps were needed to protect the stability of the euro area.

The World's Richest Moms

There are 70 billionaire moms in the world, and only eight of those women--including Meg Whitman and J.K. Rowling--earned their own way to vast riches. But none of those self-starters are among the world's 10 richest moms, a group that is dominated by widows and daughters of the very rich.
hf ullmann. Architecture Compact: Colour

Architecture Compact: Colour, hf ullmannArchitecture Compact: Colour by Barbara Linz published by hf ullmann 2010. Color speaks to emotions and has immediate effect. It is a structural phenomenon. Color theory and the science of colors are themes Western architecture has embraced since the 20th century. . . This fully illustrated book explores the most beautiful and important schemes in international architecture of the past decades. It presents 40 projects, focusing on the pragmatic aspect of buildings and relates it to their design. Also, the book studies buildings with their materials, exploring subject of painted-on color and substantial color, and bring to the life the wide range aspects.

New $100 Bill

The $100 bill was recently redesigned to combat a specific, widespread form of forgery.
Hachette: Back Bay Books

Slip of the Knife, HachetteSlip of the Knife by Denise Mina published (first paperback) by Back Bay Books/ Hachette in 2010. This novel is about Paddy Meehan who is not a stranger to the murder because she is a reporter and lives in a crime scene. But this time, she was surprised. She was not ready for a visit from the police department: her fellow journalist and former boyfriend Terry has been found dead. When Paddy decided to find out what happened, she discovered many secrets and lies. Now, she was trapped in a dangerous story that could damage her life and career. This is Denise Mina’s second novel, she lives in Glasgow.

Wiley: Adjustment Computation

Adjustment Coomputation, WileyAdjustment Computations: Spatial Data Analysis, 5th Edition, by Charles D. Ghilani published by Wiley in 2010. No observation is ever exact. In recent years, the least squares methods of adjusting spatial data has been rapidly gaining popularity as the method used for analyzing and adjusting surveying data. In this edition Chilani has increased discussion on using software, such as those contained on the companion web site (, spreadsheets, and programming in Mathcad. This edition includes discussion in the tau criterion, which is used in post-adjustment statistical blunder detection. The process of localizing a GNSS survey has been expanded, and much more. This account is an invaluable reference and self-study resource for photogrammetrists, surveyors, foresters, geographers, transportation planners, and resource for students preparing for licensing exams and for courses in surveying, civil engineering, forestry, cartography, and geology.. Charles D. Ghilani, PhD, is Professor of Engineering in the Surveying Engineering program at the Pennsylvania State University.

Sage: The Kaleidoscope of Gender

Kaleidoscope of Gender, Sage
The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities by Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine (Editors) published by Pine Forge/ Sage in 2010. This 3rdedition provides an overview of the cutting edge literature and theoretical frameworks in the sociology of gender. It focuses on where the field is moving and the changing paradigms and approaches to gender studies. It is a comprehensive analysis of the key ideas, theories, and applications in the field viewed through the metaphor of kaleidoscope. The Kaleidoscope of Gender’s features: updated instructions to each chapter and each reading provide an overview of the pertinent theoretical and thematic issues addressed; articles by top scholars in the field challenge to question how gender shapes daily life; questions to consider at the beginning of each chapter help to focus on key point, and much more. Stimulating and accessible, this book explains how complex, evolving pattern of gender is constructed interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally. Joan Z. Spade is professor of sociology at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. She also teaches courses on education, family, research methods, and statistics, published articles on rape culture and co-edited two books. Catherine G. Valentine is professor emerita of sociology at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She has also served as president of the New York State Sociological Association.

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