Learning PHP 5

In March, I used Learning PHP 5 as the basis for class material when I taught Introduction to PHP Programming at the Mallett's Creek Branch. Sklar does a good job of methodically approaching PHP in a way that will be welcoming to a newcomer to PHP, but also provide a good reference to those who have been programming in PHP for awhile.

Eat a good meal before reading the book, however, as Sklar's examples sound delicious and may make you hungry!

Thirteen and a Day

Today, Salon posted a review of Thirteen and a Day: the bar and bat Mitzvah across America, by Mark Oppenheimer. The book discusses the state and history of the American b'nai Mitzvah ritual, and tells the stories of several contrasting approaches to the event.

RIP: Shana Alexander

Author, journalist, and Point/Counterpoint star Shana Alexander died June 23rd at 79. Her journalism career included stints for Junior Bazaar, Flair, Mademoiselle, and Life Magazine, and she served as editor of McCall's from 1969 to 1971.

From 1975 to 1979, she argued weekly with James J. Kilpatrick on 60 Minutes, becoming a national celebrity, inspiring a famous Saturday Night Live sketch, and an infamous catchphrase.

Alexander also produced several books, including Anyone's Daughter (a biography of Patty Hearst), a book about Astonishing Elephants, and an Autobiography.

New Blues

The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James, 1930
Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James, born 1902 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and developed a three-finger picking style (like Mississippi John Hurt), and used an E-minor tuning he called "cross-note" tuning. He plays both guitar and piano on this disc on the Yazoo Label. The 1930 audio is noisy, but James' character and unique sound is not to be missed by Blues Fans.

Lightnin' Hopkins: The Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 2.
According to Blues Legend, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, as a teenager, heard Lightnin' Hopkins play at a coffeehouse, and later remarked, "He doesn't even know when to change chords." Lightnin', standing behind Gibbons, said, "Lightnin' change when Lightnin' want to".

AADL Event DVDs

AADL records and broadcasts selected events every month. We also produce DVDs of selected events and put them on the shelves, in case you missed an event you were hoping to catch. Request one today! Here are a few highlights from our collection of event DVD:

Town Hall Meeting on the Allen Creek Greenway
Recorded March 8, 2005. Including Joe O'Neal, Ed Shaffran, and Janis Bobrin.

Does ADHD Really Exist?
Recorded February 8, 2005. Featuring Dr. Richard Solomon.

The Myth of Dynamite: Exposed!

RPS is an international sporting organization built around a contest that is centuries old. In Japan, it's called Jan Ken Pon; in Germany, Schnick Schnack Schnuck; and in parts of the US it's known as Roshambo. Rock Paper Scissors is a simple game, but when played in a competitive series, it becomes an intense, high-stakes contest of psychology, intuition, and nerves of steel. Next week, we've got Chris Berggren, Bronze Medalist from the 2004 Rock Paper Scissors World Championships, to tell his story, share strategies, and assist at the first ever AADL Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, July 14th, 2:00 PM, at the Downtown Library.

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