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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Spica75 » Fri May 15, 2020 7:37 pm

Té Rowan wrote:https://archive.org/details/quietingpractica119bere — "Quieting: a practical guide to noise control", published as NBS Handbook 119.
How to make your surroundings that little bit quieter.


Oh, that IS a good find. Despite most of it being essentially more or less "common sense", it's an easy source of lots of things that are oh so easy to not think of or just miss.
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Postby Té Rowan » Sat May 16, 2020 10:28 am

https://github.com/redblade7/smtoomuch — YKYWTMSMW Book & Fortunes for Linux
Well, yeah, the "You Know You Watch Too Much Sailor Moon When…" list is on Github.
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Postby Té Rowan » Sun May 31, 2020 6:59 pm

https://archive.org/details/TheMangaGuideToElectricity
Why, yes, it's a manga about electricity.
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Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sun May 31, 2020 8:43 pm

It was neither an e-book nor a manga, but I sent my great-nephews off to college with The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Larry Gonick. They were doubtful, but thanked me once they got back from their first year. Gonick also did statistics and calculus, plus many others.

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Postby Té Rowan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:38 am

https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Station-Albums/10.56.20-PM-7-20-69-CBS-Moon-Landing.pdf
"10:36:20 PM EDT, 7/20/69" is about CBS's coverage of The Moon Landing.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Spica75 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:22 am

Ellen Kuhfeld wrote:It was neither an e-book nor a manga, but I sent my great-nephews off to college with The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Larry Gonick. They were doubtful, but thanked me once they got back from their first year. Gonick also did statistics and calculus, plus many others.

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Ooh, that looks fun. :P
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Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:39 am

My favorite was The Cartoon History of the Universe. That was not just one book -- it was a series. I don't know exactly how many - the numbers are confusing, but they go as high as 13. (I realize this is supposed to be about e-books. Some of these series [but not all] are available thusly for kindle.) Another wonderful 'comic' from that era was The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated into Hippie and illustrated by Gilbert Shelton. Whenever I can find a copy at a reasonable price I buy it and use it to gift to any theatricals I know at the time. It can be gotten as a CD at horrendous expense, or on the used-book market at somewhat less horrendous price.
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Postby Té Rowan » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:54 pm

https://archive.org/details/CPUWars — The "CPU Wars" comic again, this time as an e-book.
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Postby Té Rowan » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:15 pm

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Postby Té Rowan » Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:42 am

http://history.nasa.gov/ep76.pdf — A short doc about the Apollo 13 mission.
"Houston... we have a problem."

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20120000497 — "Fairing Well" (17.6 megabyte PDF)
"Yeah, breaker one-nine, this is Shoebox. Come in, Dragbuster." Yes, NASA did investigate ways to reduce truckers' fuel costs.
https://history.nasa.gov/monograph46.pdf (13.4 megabytes)
This version is smaller, but I do not yet know what other differences are between them.
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Postby Té Rowan » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:21 pm

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/88797main_kerosene.pdf — "The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey"
The autobiograpy of one Donald L. Mallick. This guy flew for NAVY, NACA and NASA.
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Postby Té Rowan » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:53 am

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/62791 — "Conversational Exercises in the Shanghai Dialect"
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Spica75 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:13 pm

Té Rowan wrote:http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/62791 — "Conversational Exercises in the Shanghai Dialect"
Now how conversant can one become…


How the heck are you supposed to learn THAT without having any idea what the kanji means??? :?
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:48 am

Either this is a secondary module to another book, or the target group already has a grasp on the language. In the latter case, I am most emph excluded.

Edit: Three Army pamphlets, all about how to take care of this or that:

https://archive.org/details/M16a1ComicBookMaintenanceManual — The M16A1 rifle.
https://archive.org/details/PAM750-31 — The M561/M792 Gama Goat.
https://archive.org/details/dapam750-34preventativemaintenanceoflead-acidbatteries — Automotive batteries.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:06 am

The Army decided, long ago, that comic books (or at least comic book format) was a good way to get things over to soldiers. They hired Will Eisner (a very good artist - the Eisner Awards are named after him) to do them. Manga hare not the only instructional comics! (Hell, I've even done instructional comics myself.)

I'm pretty sure the rifle maintenance booklet was done by Eisner, or at least his shop. The battery maintenance one was definitely not done by Eisner - the artist may have done work for Archie comics. The Gama Goat one, it's a tossup - whoever it was was trying for the Eisner style, but it's not the Real Thing.

I was told by Mort Weisinger (who was the editor of Superman at the time) that during WWII editions of Superman were published in Basic English, to help bring the less-literate recruits up to speed.

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