Saturday, February 8, 2020

Keeping tabs on authors in LINKcat: George Steiner

George Steiner, Prodigious Literary Critic, Dies at 90.  (The New York Times, 2/3/2020)

Source:  LINKcat

Related posts:
Mary Higgins Clark.  (2/4/2020)
John Rothchild.  (1/22/2020)
Sylvia Jukes Morris.  (1/20/2020)
Johanna Lindsey.  (1/15/2020)
Elizabeth Wurtzel.  (1/11/2020)

Robert K. Massie.  (12/4/2019)
Addison DeWitt wannabe John Simon.  (12/1/2019)
James I. Robertson.  (11/20/2019)
Stephen Dixon.  (11/12/2019)
Ernest J. Gaines.  (11/8/2019)
Kate Braverman.  (10/28/2019)
Sol Stein.  (9/30/2019)
Anne Rivers Siddons.  (9/19/2019)
Paule Marshall.  (8/27/2019)
Based on the number of LINKcat holds, "Beloved" is the most popular novel by Toni Morrison.  (8/12/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Most books by Martin Mayer purchased by LINKcat public libraries have been weeded.  (8/3/2019)
Keeping tabs on Wright Morris in LINKcat.  (7/25/2019)
No room for Judith Krantz's tales of sex and shopping on the shelves of the Middleton Public Library.  (6/27/2019)
Nearly forgotten "sociological megahits" of 1970.  (6/18/2019)
Anthony Price, author of Cold War spy thrillers that few people read anymore, dies at 90.  (6/17/2019)
Herman Wouk, author of many fat books, dies at 103.  (5/20/2019)
Warren Adler:  Forgotten author who now takes up minuscule library shelf space dies at 91.  (4/23/2019)
Dan Jenkins, author of nearly forgotten classic sports novel, dies at 90.  (3/10/2019)

Nearly forgotten "sociological megahits" of 1970 Neal Thompson on parenting books.  (6/17/2018)
LINKcat libraries provide little shelf space for titles by 'rule-breaking cookbook author' Barbara Kafka.  (6/8/2018)
Weeding or historical sanitization at LINKcat libraries?  (6/2/2018)

The "spy' books by Aline Countess of Romanones haven't traveled well.  (12/17/2017)
Minimal shelf space devoted to Kit Reed's books in LINKcat public libraries.  (10/1/2017)
Carol J. Adams shares feminist classics from her personal library.  (9/8/2017)

The distant dirty dozen literary career of E. M. Nathanson.  (4/10/2016)

Gunter Grass (1927-2015).  (4/15/2015)

Thomas Berger  (1924-2014).  (7/23/2014)
Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014)  (4/8/2014)

Barbara Branden's shelf sitter.  (12/26/2013)

January 2020: The warmest month on record for Europe

‘The warmth is really unheard of’: Europe just posted its warmest January on record.  (Washington Post, 2/4/2020)
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced Tuesday morning that January 2020 was Europe’s warmest January on record, edging out previous record holder January 2007 by 0.36 degrees. 
The month was a staggering 5.6 degrees above the 1981 to 2010 baseline of “average” January temperatures across the European continent as a whole, with much of northeastern Europe surpassing benchmark values by nearly 11 degrees.     [emphasis added]

Related posts:
February 2020
Keeping tabs on Australia's record heat (2019-2020 summer edition).  (2/3/2020)

January 2020
Lots of record high temperatures broken or tied this past weekend.  (1/13/2020)
2019: One for the "impossibly warm" record books in Bethel, Alaska.  (1/8/2020)
A decade of record heat in India.  (1/8/2020)
UPDATE: Keeping tabs on Australia's record heat (2019-2020 summer edition).  (1/7/2020)

December 2019 
In Iceland, record-breaking early December heat follows a record-breaking hot summer.  (12/6/2019)

November 2019
Key West and Hawaii.  (11/18/2019)

August 2019
Alaska:  Dead salmon linked to climate change.  (8/24/2019)

June 2019
India.  (6/17 /2019)
San Francisco.  (6/12/2019)
Atlanta, Geogia.  (6/5/2019)

April 2019
Australia suffers through record hot March.  (4/2/2019)

March 2019
Seattle's record-breaking winter heat.  (3/19/2019)
UPDATE: Central Florida's record-setting February heat.  (3/2/2019)

January 2019
2018: Hottest year ever for Australian state of New South Wales.  (1/11/2019)
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life.  (1/11/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Prague experiences hottest year on record for third time this decade.  (1/6/2019)

August 2018
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)

Climate change as a matter of fact (Polar regions edition: Antarctica record high temperature)

Reported in Antarctica Breaks Its Hottest Recorded Temperature.  (EcoWatch, 2/7/2019)

Related polar regions posts:

Siberia's permafrost.  (12/11/2019)
Unprecedented ice melt in Greenland and the Arctic so far this June.  (6/15/2019)
Disappearing old ice in Arctic.  (6/4/2018)
North Pole.  (2/28/2018)
Beavers migrate to Arctic.  (12/24 /2017)
Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  (12/14/2017)
Emaciated polar bear.  (12/9/2017)

Other editions:
Business and finance

Other Climate Change as a Matter of Fact posts

CES2020: Lulupet smart litter box

CES 2020 Revisited: Gas Station Anti-Skimmer Device, A Smart Kitty Litter Box and more.  (KTLA, 2/7/2020)
LuluPet showed off their intelligent litter box solution that uses image recognition to analyze stools. It can alert you about anything abnormal with your cat's health. They plan to sell the litter box for $149 in March 2020.
CES2020 Innovation Award honoree

Other CES2020 posts:
November 2019
SmartyPans.  (11/11/2019)
Warming up for CES2020 with a modern version of "Play Misty for Me".  (11/29/2019)

January 1-15, 2020
Pizza served up by Picnic(TM) robot.  (1/3/2020)
FutureLight files the Waydoo Flyer under 'bizarre'.  (1/3/2020)
Townew automated garbage can, a discomposing sign of the times.  (1/8/2020)
When it comes to useless consumer technology products, Charmin Rollbot wipes the competition!  (1/8/2020)
LG encourages you to grow your own with its indoor garden appliance.  (1/9/2020)
And the promise of a flying car just keeps on floating.  (1/10/2020)
Qoobo and Petit Qoobo, robot pillows in two sizes.  (1/11/2020)
Meet Samsung's Ballie, who looks like a yellow softball and will follow you everywhere.  (1/11/2020)
U by Moen smart faucet.  (1/11/2020)
Scary future brought to you by Samsung Neon.  (1/11/2020)
Climate360 smart bed.  (1/11/2020)
MamaRoo Sleep Bassinet keeps parents in dreamland.  (1/12/2020)
Segway S-Pod.  (1/12/2020)
Stick-up, highway robbery, case of grand larceny: Core meditation trainer.  (1/13/2020)
One-wheel Yeti cooler.  (1/13/2020)
Cubii Go compact seated elliptical device.  (1/14/2020)

January 16-31, 2020
LG ThinkQ smart door.  (1/17/2020)
BMW 13 Urban Suite concept car.  (1/20/2020)
Sing along with the Kohler Moxie shower head.  (1/21/2020)
Clean your teeth 10 seconds with the Y-Brush toothbrush.  (1/22/2020)
The Narwal:  It mops and vacuums!  (1/25/2020)
Ampere Tech Side Pocket Wireless fanny pack.  (1/26/2020)
NeuraSpud, the smart potato.  (1/28/2020)
Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced.  (1/29/2020)
The Bartesian (think Keurig bartender).  (1/30/2020)
Hello, my name is BellaBot, and I'll be your server tonight.  (1/31/2020)

February 2020
Wavee toothbruch speaker.  (2/1/2020)
Robosen T9 Robot.  (2/2/2020)
MedWand remote office visits.  (2/3/2020)
Scoocase, the electric scotter suitcase.  (2/4/2020)
Lua, the smart flower pot.  (2/5/2020)
Robo-shark.  (2/6/2020)
PocketDrum.  (2/7/2020)

The archives:

Keeping tabs on the former Swiss Colony distribution center in Madison WI

Photos by Retiring Guy

Update: City Plan Commission slows Amazon plans for delivery center on Milwaukee Street”.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/28/2020)
Land owner appeals Plan Commission denial on portion of Amazon project.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/7/2020)

Dear David Brooks, Better to use polling averages rather than cherrypick individual polls. Best, Retiring Guy

How Trump Wins Again by David Brooks. (The New York Times, 2/6/2020)

First of all, Speaker Pelois formally announced an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019.

(The New York Times, 2/5/2020) 

Secondly, Trump's average approval rating has hardly budged since September 24, 2019.

Source:  Real Clear Politics (red arrow added)

Donald Trump fraud alert: He knows there's a sucker born every minute.

And most of them voted for him.

Trump campaign competition to dine with president condemned as a 'fraud'.  (The Guardian, 11/89/2019)
Media reports this week have cast doubt on whether the competitions produce real winners, fueling speculation that Trump, accused of swindling the public in past ventures such as Trump University, is at it again. 
Richard Painter, a former White House chief ethics lawyer, spoke out amid deepening questions over the fundraising lotteries that, so far, the Trump campaign has been unable to answer.
“I’ve received dozens of these fundraising emails,” said Painter, who was George W Bush’s ethics counsel for two years. “If they have lunch or dinner, then it’s OK. If not, then it’s fraud. I’ve seen no proof that they actually happen.”

Yahara Commons UPDATE: February 2019 construction site drive-by

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559-square-foot, $995/month studio

11/27/2019 update starts here

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9/8/2019 update starts here.

716-square-foot 1-bedroom unit

7/23/2019 update starts here.

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6/1/2019 update starts here.

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360-degree view of 2-bedroom apartment

4/25/2019 update starts here.

4/8/2019 update starts here.

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1/3/2019 update starts here.

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11/15/2018 update starts here

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10/16/2018 update starts here.

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The 3 phases of the Yahara Commons development.  (Monona East Side Business Alliance)

Building features include: 
  • 96 residential apartments 
    • 21% Studio
    • 54% 1 BR
    • 25% 2 BR
    • Residential club room, fitness room, and rooftop patio 
  • 24,050 s.f of commercial space at the 1st Foor (Broadway level) 
  • 3,800 s.f. commercial space (intended for special events) at the public park level 
  • 3,000 s.f. park building, leased back to city for public restrooms, park maintenance storage, and a multi-purpose room that could function as a concession stand, ice skate rental, etc. 
  • 178 Indoor parking spaces 
  • 88 Surface parking spaces + 14 street parking spaces
  • Architectural entrance monument and signage at the new Broadway entrance.

8/12/2018 update starts here.

From the Yahara River Bridge on West Broadway
Photos by Retiring Guy

Near the intersection of West Broadway and Bridge Street

From across West Broadway

From the Yahara River Bridge on Bridge Street

From Winnequah and Pirate Island roads

Yahara CommonsRiverfront RedevelopmentMaster Plan.  (Galway Companies)

6/4/2018 update, "Early June progress report", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

4/11/2018 update, "Excavation and foundation work underway", starts here.

View over the fence from West Broadway

From the West Broadway bridge over the Yahara River

From Winnequah and Pirate Island roads

Video and photos by Retiring Guy

3/22/2018 update, "Drive-by on a sunny afternoon", starts here.

3/9/2018 update, "Chase Bank demolition is done", starts here.

View from Yahara River bridge
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Panoramic view of site

2/14/2018 update, "Demolition of former Chase Bank building at Yahara Commons redevelopment site", starts here.

Question:  Where does all that demolition material go?


1/30/2018 update, "Site preparation still underway at Yahara Common redevelopment in Monona", starts here.


Original 11/14/2017 post, "Demolition of buildings underway at Yahara Commons redevelopment in Monona", starts here.

The view from Broadway

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The view from behind the building at right in above photo

Major riverfront redevelopment in Monona to begin construction this year.  (Capital Times, 7/26/2017)
The project, known as Yahara Commons, will ultimately create 26,000 square feet of commercial space, 33,000 square feet of office space, a public park and over 230 residential units between West Broadway and Bridge Road along the Yahara River, south of Lake Monona.

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