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I’m still waiting for the new 3G version of the iPad to arrive in stores. (Word has it that they will be available at the end of the month.) I’ve been seeing a lot of video of the iPad in the wild, but this has to be one of my favorites. One of my favorite…

Flight of the iPad

I’m still waiting for the new 3G version of the iPad to arrive in stores. (Word has it that they will be available at the end of the month.) I’ve been seeing a lot of video of the iPad in the wild, but this has to be one of my favorites. One of my favorite pianists of the moment is Lang Lang. Here in the encore performance, he takes the stage and plays an outstanding version of Flight of the Bumblebee on the iPad’s piano software program. Enjoy. Courtesy of The Mobile Gadgeteer.

Posted by Joel on April 25 2010 • Multimedia

Book Stall Stars

From More Intelligent Life, this interesting story takes a quick look at something I’ve always wondered about: What are some of the most popular books at those book stalls outside well-known New York bookstores?

Simon Akam writes: “Arriving in New York from Britain to study for a master’s, I spent a lot of time hanging around these stalls and soon saw the same titles cropping up time and time again—in particular literary American fiction by writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck. And so last autumn I set out to discover the most common title on secondhand bookstalls in New York, as a way to gauge literary tastes and trends. I chose four areas where booksellers congregate: the stretch of Broadway at 112th and 113th streets on the Upper West Side near Columbia University, Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, West 4th Street outside New York University, and Sixth Avenue around 8th Street. In each location I catalogued two stalls, listing their collections by author and title. After several weeks I had a tally of more than 3,000 books.”

Here is what he found:

Posted by Joel on April 25 2010 • Books

Presidents and the Books They've Read

It practically goes without saying, but throughout history our nation’s presidents have been avid readers. This Washington Post article highlights some of the books that have helped shape presidential viewpoints over the years.

From the article, written by Tevi Troy: “In a historical sense, Obama follows a long line of ardent presidential readers, paging all the way back to the founders. John Adams’s library had more than 3,000 volumes—including Cicero, Plutarch and Thucydides—heavily inscribed with the president’s marginalia. Thomas Jefferson’s massive book collection launched him into debt and later became the backbone for the Library of Congress. “I cannot live without books,” he confessed to Adams. And it’s likely that no president will ever match the Rough Rider himself, who charged through multiple books in a single day and wrote more than a dozen well-regarded works, on topics ranging from the War of 1812 to the American West.”

Posted by Joel on April 25 2010 • Books

iPad magazine art direction

Here is a good look at some of the magazine art direction conducted so far for the iPad. It’s impressive. I’m sure once the 3G iPads enter the market later this month that even more such projects will begin to show up.

iPad Magazine Art Direction from Brad Colbow on Vimeo.

Posted by Joel on April 11 2010 • Multimedia

Libraries of the World

In the past, I’ve blogged about some of the most interesting book stores around the world. Along that same line, this link shows some of the most interesting libraries across the globe. What great environments. This photo is from the Libray Parabola, which is the reading room of the British Library.

Posted by Joel on April 03 2010 • Books