March 26, 2006


303.483 Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet - currently on the "new book" shelves. The title is somewhat misleading, as at least half the chapters concern issues that are equally important to adults without kids: spam, spyware, firewalls. We are trying to arrange some sort of public workshop on security and Internet fraud but meanwhile please look through this book and watch out for ... phishing. Received any of these lately?
419 scams. A local resident using the computer center almost fell for one of those a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately she asked a question of a staff member who realized what was happening, intervened and stopped her. (A good list of examples) and there are many, many more ...

Please note: the DOJ distinguishes 3 issues

  1. Internet Safety
  2. Internet Security
  3. Internet Responsibility
see also:
Links for parents
Hoax du Jour
DOJ computer crime section

Posted by library at 03:03 PM | Comments (0)

March 02, 2006

Octavia Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler, writer of remarkable science fiction, McArthur fellow, Hugo and Nebula winner, altogether amazing woman, died this past weekend. If you have never read her work we have Fledgling, published last fall and three of earlier works: Bloodchild : novellas and stories, Clay's Ark and Parable of the Talents.

A partial list of her work: (series grouped)
Patternist Series: Patternmaster; Mind of my Mind; Survivor; Wild Seed; Clay's Ark
Xenogenesis Series: (Lilith's Brood) Dawn; Adulthood Rites; Imago
Earthseed Series: Parable of the Sower (Nebula nominee); Parable of the Talents (Nebula winner)
Short works: Speech Sounds (Hugo winner); The Evening, the Morning and the Night (novelette, Nebula nominee); Bloodchild (this novelette was both a Hugo and a Nebula winner)
online stories The Book of Martha; Amnesty

Interview from 2000; an interview from 2004; partial bibliography; a short biography and extensive bibliography of the critical literature; Time Warner author page; Pasadena City College entry; other links

And was she also the Octavia E. Butler who co-authored Good Questions for Math Teaching with Peter Sullivan? At least some editions supposedly list an Octavia E. Butler as a co-author though this is not substantiated in the LOC catalog. Seems unlikly, but in at least one of the novels one of the characters is a high school math teacher.

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