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Star Wars Fever

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Star Wars is back in the spotlight because the long-awaited movie “The Force Awakens” is now in theaters and it is getting favorable reviews. This movie is “Episode VII” in the series and follows some characters (such as Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford) about 30 years after “Episode VI” (which is 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”).

It is important to know the sequence of the Star Wars movies, as it can be confusing to beginners. The first Star Wars movie from 1977 was called “Star Wars” but is also called “Episode IV: A New Hope.” That’s right, the first movie was the fourth in the storyline, and the prequels (the beginning of the story) came out starting in 1999! The movies were released in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-3 and now 7. Click here to see and place holds on KDL’s copies of Star Wars movies.

Note to beginners: While much science-fiction takes place in the future, Star Wars takes place “long ago, in a galaxy far away.”


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Gone Girl is Back!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Gone GirlGillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the book that friends told their friends to read in 2012 and 2013. Now the book is flying off the shelves again, because the movie just finished a successful run in theaters and the DVD is coming out this month. The book is well-written, descriptive, psychological and full of thrilling plot twists. It centers around a wife who is missing and the husband who is under a cloud of suspicion.

The movie stars Ben Affleck and is directed by David Fincher. As far as movie adaptations go, it is a very good summary of the book, and the author wrote the screenplay.

 

 

 


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Do You Like “Downton Abbey”?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Historical drama “Downton Abbey” is back for a fourth season, airing Sunday nights on PBS. If you’d like to see previous seasons, KDL has the show on DVD.

Here is a list of book suggestions by KDL staff for those who can’t get enough of “Downton Abbey”!

 


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Khaled Hosseini’s Upcoming Novel is Announced!

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

After a six-year wait, the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns is announcing his follow-up novel, And the Mountains Echoed. According to his website, this title will be released on May 21, 2013. KDL cardholders can begin placing holds now.

“Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.”  –Penguin Group

 

 


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Downloading Free Computer Programs

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Some software — such as Microsoft Word or Photoshop — can cost a lot of money.  However, there are a lot of free programs (“freeware”) available for download. 

The site I like to use is Download.com.  It is a component of CNET.com, the computer news and information site.  Download.com is known for being “Spyware Free,” which is quite a feat in the downloading world.

Towards the bottom of the site, the different categories of programs can be found, such as “Word Processing” or “CD burners.”  You can also search by keyword for a certain type of software, and read helpful user reviews.  Personally, I have downloaded a free program for an on-screen drum machine, and programs to make DVD photo slide shows. 


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Emoticons for beginners – :)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

How are you feeling today?  Hopefully more like 🙂 and not like :(. 

If you don’t understand that, you need to tilt the top of your head to the left, and look at these “Emoticons” (emotional icons, in the form of punctuation) sideways:

🙂   Smiley Face

🙁   Frown Face

😉   Wink and a smile

😮  Surprised

In human conversation, it is fairly easy to tell when someone is joking by their tone and body language.  In email, you don’t have that luxury, and it is easy to mis-interpret something as negative or mean-spirited.  Emoticons can help clarify your statements in an informal setting.  This website is a good introduction to emoticons.


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How to Take a Screenshot

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

You can capture a picture of what you’re looking at on a PC’s screen.  This is called a “screenshot.”   You can save the image, or paste it into a document.  Try these steps:

1.  Have the screen appear the way you want it.

2.  Hit the button in the upper-right of the keyboard that says “Prnt Scrn” or “Print Scrn.”

3.  Go into another program, such as Microsoft Word or MS Paint (Start Menu – All Programs – Accessories – Paint).  Now, paste the image (press CTRL + V, or go to Edit and hit Paste).

In these programs, the image can be cropped or stretched.  You can even crop a small portion of the image, like if you just wanted a little picture of the Start Menu or the toolbar, or a graphic from a website.


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Listening to Music for Free

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Would you like to listen to music for free, but you have too much of a moral compass to download music illegally? Most mainstream artists limit what songs of theirs are free on the internet, but through Amazon.com (the world’s largest store), you can listen to 30 second samples of songs by most popular artists.

This is great partly as a way to “try it before you buy it,” but it is also a great way to learn about a musical artist that you are not familiar with. To get to these free download samples, in the drop-down menu next to Amazon’s search bar, choose “MP3 Downloads,” and search for “Coldplay” (for example).  You’ll get a list of every song by that artist that Amazon sells as an MP3, and you can listen to samples of the songs.


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Adding a Website to Your “Favorites!”

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Why go through the effort of typing website addresses, if they are ones you go to frequently?  Here are the ways to have your favorite sites at your fingertips through the browser on your personal computer (here is an example picture):

If you use Internet Explorer:

  1. Be at the site you like (or even a folder such as “my documents!”).
  2. At the top, click on “Favorites,” and “add to favorites.”
  3. You can give the page a different or shorter nickname if you’d like. 
  4. Click “add.”
  5. To access the site later, click on “Favorites” and then click on the site!

If you use Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Be at the site you like.
  2. At the top, click on “Bookmarks,” and “Bookmark this page.”
  3. You can give the page a different or shorter nickname if you’d like. 
  4. Click “done.”
  5. To access the site later, click on “Bookmarks” and then click on the site!

Firefox note: If you want to save Firefox favorites IN the actual toolbar, try “Bookmarks,” “Bookmark this page,” and change the folder to “Bookmarks toolbar.” 

You can change the order of your favorites, or organize them into folders. If you want to delete a “favorite,” click on “favorites” (or “bookmarks”), RIGHT click on the offending one, and DELETE.

Happy computing!


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In Defense of Yahoo

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

 

I’d like to take a moment to talk about Yahoo.com.  Everyone talks about Google, but I don’t think everyone relies on Google because the results are better.  Google is lucky enough to be a verb too, while it is awkward to tell someone to “just Yahoo it.”  Even though I do most of my “Googling” through Google because I like the simple interface, I use Yahoo as my homepage for a few reasons:

  • It has news stories in the middle of the page, with tabs for world or local news.
  • By choosing “Games” on the left, one can find really fun games, including online crossword puzzles!
  • Click “Movies” and search by your zip code.  You can see the movie listings for all theaters in your area.
  • Choose “TV” and enter your zip code to see your local TV listings.  It is an easy way to find out what is a new episode and what is a rerun.
  • By choosing “Shopping,” you can select a product and compare prices between vendors.
  • Choose “Maps” and search for businesses or addresses (like Mapquest or Google Maps).

I understand that many of these features can be found through Google, but they are in the forefront through Yahoo’s main page.  In addition to the features I mentioned, Yahoo has normal searching at the top, including an image and video search. 

Keep Yahoo-ing!


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