Sportsman of the Year

Sportsman of the YearSportsman of the Year

Sports Illustrated has announced its annual Sportsman of the Year award and it goes to...drumroll...Michael Phelps! All the details are in the December 8 issue or you can find it on their website. SI.com also has a list of the 38 other nominees (along with essays justifying why), such as: Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods, Joey Cheek, Nnamdi Asomugha, Stephen Curry, Rapahel Nadal, Dara Torres, and many more.

Make It Right in New Orleans

Make It Right in New OrleansMake It Right in New Orleans

The January issue of Architectural Digest has an article about Brad Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation's work in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Photos show finished homes that are designed to fit long and narrow lots, and feature pillars (to survive future flooding), rooftop escape hatches, and solar panels. The photos also reveal just how much more work remains to be done in order for this neighborhood to fully recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Find events in Metro Detroit using our magazine collection.

Hour Detroit November 2008
Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade Information!
Page 64 - Read about David Danielson, the director of the Thanksgiving Parade Company and check out the giant Bob Seger head.

Visit Detroit Fall 2008
Page 40 - Look ahead at Metro Detroit events in 2009:
North American International Auto Show Jan 11 - 29
Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular Jan 23 - 25
Rocky Horror Picture Show Feb 27 - Mar 1
NCAA Men's Final Four April 4 and 6
Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival Memorial Day Weekend
Detroit International Jazz Festival Aug 28 - 31

Plants In The News

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So when you bring the green indoors this winter the plants may say "thank you".

Maybe you heard about Midori the blogging houseplant. Midori lives in Donburi Cafe in Kamakura Japan.

Just as plants are finding a voice in Japan the government of Switzerland has placed a ban on the humiliation of plants.

Read about the botanical interface that makes plant blogging possible and check out a product that will help you listen to your own plant.

Interested in this topic, check out these books: Plantwatching: how plants remember, tell time, form partnerships, and more / Malcolm Wilkins and Natural affairs: a botanist looks at the attachments between plants and people / Peter Bernhardt

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Learn how to say it with our magazine collection...

Anime Insider
November Issue Page 87
Each issue provides an opportunity to learn a little Japanese. This month you'll learn Japanese words used when bargain-hunting. For example, HYAKUEN-YA (hee-yah-koo-en-yah) otherwise known as the 100 Yen Shop is the equivalent of the U.S. dollar store.

Horticulture
October/November Issue Page 70
Check out the "Plant Index & Pronounciation Guide". I learned that I've pronounced the name of a few plants incorrectly. Take your lungworts for example, I thought they were called "Pul-mon-AIR-ree-a" you know, becuase of the lung in lungwort... But, no no no! It's "Pul-mon-AH-ree-a". You say Ver-BAY-na, I say Ver-BEE-na...let's call the whole thing off.

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What I learned while browsing our magazine collection:

India Today September 22 Issue
Page 3 – Picture this, you’ve just finished a great dinner at a restaurant and rather than a bill you get to decide what you’ll pay. This “pay what you want” business plan is only possible due to the fact that the restaurant is staffed by volunteers who prepare and serve the rotating menu. Often times the volunteers are well-off folks looking to connect with and serve the community. Seva Café in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India provides a tasty avenue for public service. This is a good thing…right Martha?

Taiwan Panorama September 2008 Issue

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In our magazine collection...

SAVEUR September 2008 Issue

Page 46
"The Best Brownie Recipes in the World"
Three recipes, one from Katharine Hepburn. The recipes have only four ingredients in common: unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. One recipe uses 1 cup of chocolate covered espresso beans.

Page 73
"Why We Love Watermelon"
Fall approaches and this article gives one last taste of summer...
- A brief history of watermelon,
- A list of things that go well with watermelon,
- Cool recipes for watermelon salad and pickled watermelon,
- Beautiful pictures of the many varieties of watermelon,
- Watermelon art.

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In the September 2008 issue of Scientific American:
Page 72 "RFID TAG - You're it"

I didn't know that RFID tags were used in WWII to identify allied aircraft...so maybe the Brits call it the RAFID. :)

RFID tags are embedded in the electronic U.S. passports. China is using the RFID tag in the national ID.

Read a related blog from 2006.

WHoa! Wild Animals! - Jeff Corwin Books

You see him on TV! Here's the Jeff Corwin Experience on our NEW BOOKS Shelves.
Into Wild Amazonia;
Into Wild Galapagos;
Into Wild Africa;
Into Wild Madagascar; and more.

If you LOVE to read about wild life, checkout the Kids Magazines:
ZooBooks;
Cousteau Kids;
Ranger Rick;
National Geographic Kids.
Looking for gift ideas?
Magazine subscriptions make a wonderful gift that goes all year!

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Motor Trend and Mother Earth News go together like oil and water..., or not?

Motor Trend September 2008 issue, Page 93
2009 - 2010 New-Car Buyer's Guide noting "gas misers" that get 30+ miles per gallon. Not a single 2010 model featured in the review earned the "gas miser" rating. The misers are the Honda Civic, Clarity, and Fit, the Mini Clubman and Cooper, the Nissan Altima, the Smart Fortwo, the Tesla Roadster, the Toyota Camry, Corolla, Prius, and Yaris, and the Volkswagen Jetta.

Mother Earth News August/September issue, Page 78
Mother Earth News is building a car for the Automotive X competition. The car built by Jack McCornack is called Max and gets 100 miles per gallon using a Kubota diesel engine (a tractor engine).

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