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text 2017-10-04 00:21
A Different Kind of Hero



I thought it was time to develop a different kind of hero children can relate to. 


Too many existing heroes have a common background- an adult mourning the death of a relative. This horrific experience laid the path of the said person to become a superhero. Batman, Spiderman, and many others became heroes due to losing a relative from an act of crime.


I thought it would be hilarious to create a child who uses a malfunctioning gadget suit to protect his accident prone parents who were first responders. The defected gadgets is an addition to the humor. But Jeff is not a quitter. The themes of persistence and determination to attain goals is apparent. Right vs. Wrong. Good vs. Evil. All that are elements in this tight action-pack book with great illustrations by my brother Aaron Harris.


10 year-old Jeffrey Morgan is on a never-ending conquest to save his mother, a police officer, and his father, a firefighter from the acts of tyrants looking to compromise the quality of life in Springdale. Thus, Jeff's secret intervention makes him a protecter of the city too (Of course he eventually realizes that in the chapter-book).


Please check out "Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender" on Amazon as a paperback and ebook at http://a.co/ipx06VE and http://a.co/53SJIc8 Subscribe to my FREE monthly newsletter about the history of comic strips, comic superheroes, and their creators at http://kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ


You and the children won't be disappointed in the story of Jet Set Jeff: Science Defender.


My brother Aaron is fantastic. Check out his art gallery at http://Amiablecomics.wixsite.com/entertainment and at http://aarongharris.deviantart.com (parental advisory for some content)





Source: www.amazon/author/harriskenneth
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text 2017-01-25 08:40
Here come gadgets for BookLikes bloggers!

The bookish gadgets make us really happy. Not regular happy, we mean crazy joyful. Our heart rate increases, the blood pressure rises, the cheeks blush, both of our hand shake and lip corners lift up into a smile. A very big smile. Our reaction was the same when we teamed up with Mikołaj Adamczyk, the 3D designer and artist from Clonova, who decided to expand his portfolio with the collection of bookish gadgets. Yep, you heard us right, THE BOOKISH GADGETS! So, who's interested? :D


What's 3D printing anyway?

3D printing uses a printer to create three-dimensional objects in comparison to a regular printer where are only two dimensions: the front of the page and the back. 3D printing adds a volume to these two.

3D printed object are created by adding or depositing layers of material. Plastic is the most commonly used but you can print with number of materials including steel, silver or gold, basically anything that can be melted or put back together in layers. The technology is developing super fast and it's already possible to print buildings or eatable books. How cool is that!


But let's get back to the bookish stuff :) Our brainstorms resulted in the three projects listed below but worry not, more are coming! As always, we're curious of your opinion. How do you like them? Do you consider them useful? Would you like to ... get one of these? :) It's the very beginning of the 3D projects so we'd like to ask: if you had an opportunity to print yourself a 3D bookish gadget what would it be?


Please let us know in the comment section below.  We do plan on some surprises so stay tuned :-)


1. Cat a Stopper is a handy hand-free way to keep your books open. This book page holder and a bookmark is great to hold a book or a magazine wide open for easier viewing, it's also perfect for reading while standing or lying. A helpful gadget for all multitask readers who read many books at once (academic research) or prefers big format and hard cover books. Helps you keep your place while studying, enjoying a cup of coffee or taking an Instagram shot. Awesome for cookbooks, it will keep your books clean and spotless.

2. A transparent scrap page / note taking bookmark

This will help you stay organized and keep your books in a perfect condition, no more dog ears! Thanks to this note taking page you can highlight the passage you find essential and add all necessary notes. Perfect for students, analytic readers, quote lovers.

3. DIY Bookshelf

There are never too many books, only not enough bookshelves in the book lover's life. Here's a ready to go plan to create a shelf of your own design.

Can't wait to hear what you think of those! Add your comments and ideas for more bookish gadgets in the comment section below.

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review 2015-09-18 00:00
The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age
The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, an... The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age - David S. Abraham I'll never see my electronic gadgets the same way again! In this amazing book, David Abraham surveyed our current uses of rare metals, where they come from, how dependent on them we are, and what those consequences are. There was a great balance of science and tech and international politics and policy. As we work to make our lives better, more convenient, and greener (think batteries!), we're using more and more elements most people have never heard of. And since we don't mine those elements here in America, we lack both the awareness and the expertise to grasp the effects. Abraham bemoans the lack of American study and oversight of the technological changes we've made: is it okay to rely on China to mine these resources for us, outsourcing our pollution? Japan recently learned the hard way that rare elements are the foundation of their tech economy -- when China withheld them, Japan capitulated to China's policy demands. A small fraction of American's recycle their gadgets, but even when they do, only a small fraction of the metals are recovered; can we make recycling more green?

The stat that really got my attention early on in the book was the fact that, though an Intel chip in the 1990s was built with only 15 elements, today Intel chips are manufactured with nearly 60 different elements. The supply chain is not secure; in fact, most companies don't really know where this stuff is coming from. Our own military has only recently realized that the security of this supply chain is a new vulnerability and set out to study it. As a 21st-century nation, we don't really train people in mining anymore. Colorado School of Mines is pretty much the only institution doing it, and they're rather isolated and short on funds.

Abraham calls for some action as well as awareness. These rare elements are already major international policy players. We should be organizing to ensure that we can influence how they are harvested, how much is supplied and how they are used. Before I read the book, that would have been a yawner for me. Not so anymore, which means that Abraham has a good chance of accomplishing what he set out to do. Now we just need to get enough folks to read it.

I got a free copy of this from Net Galley.
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text 2015-08-07 15:05
Too Scared to Even Try This

I came across across this little gem this morning



I knew it had to happen eventually -- someone would come up with a way to calculate how long it would take to get through my (embarrassingly) ever-growing pile of books to read.


How accurate is it?  I have no idea because just between you, me and the wall, I'm just too scared to even look at the number -- not to mention that I have never sat down to count the number of books in that TBR pile, both real and virtual.


If you are a braver soul that I this is the LINK for the webpage.




The evil calculator looks like this ...


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review 2015-06-30 20:44
The Mesmer Menace by Kersten Hamilton
The Mesmer Menace: Gadgets and Gears, Book One - Kersten Hamilton,James Hamilton

This was a really fun book. I loved the steam punk aspect and all the gadgets and robots that helped run the Amazing Automated Inn. Our storyteller, a cute little dachsund named Noodle, was such a great voice. I loved how his thoughts really brought the story to life and added a bit of comedy at times. When the mesmers come to invade the inn, it's up to Noodle and his owner to try and save them. Their creativity and bravery was great to watch.


*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

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