August Book Display

World Wide Web Anniversary

The creation of what would become the World Wide Web was suggested by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN, in Switzerland. The name was suggested on August 1, 1990 and by October of that year they had designed a prototype Web browser. They also introduced HTML and URLs. By early 1993, there were 50 Web servers worldwide. Come check out both the history and current trends concerning this now household technology at the Todd Library during the month of August.

Who Made That Dummy Text (aka “Lorem Ipsum”)? via



“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit” is probably the most popular sentence in the world that is not meant to be read. “Lorem Ipsum” (shorthand for the entire, seemingly endless body of Latin text) is the green screen of the publishing world — placeholder copy used by designers to replicate how a block of text will look and how many words it will fit before swapping in the fully written article. This apparent gibberish, however, has been used for this purpose since the 1500s, and its foundation goes back even further. According to

It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 B.C., making it more than 2,000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the citations of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (“The Extremes of Good and Evil”) by Cicero, written in 45 B.C.

Who Made That Dummy Text? –

James Salter Wins the 2010 Rea Award

James Salter Wins the 2010 Rea Award…

Rea Award for the Short Story is a lifetime-achievement prize bestowed annually on “a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made a significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form.”

This year ’s jurors praised Salter as “the most stylish and grave and exact of writers.”

via Paris Review

Hugo winners, 2011



The winners were:
* Best Novel (1813 ballots): Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
* Best Novella (1467 ballots): The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
* Best Novelette (1469 ballots): “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
* Best Short Story (1597 ballots): “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
* Best Related Work (1220 ballots): Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
* Best Graphic Story (1263 ballots) Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1755 ballots): Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (1466 ballots): Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
* Best Editor, Short Form (983 ballots): Sheila Williams
* Best Editor, Long Form (898 ballots): Lou Anders
* Best Professional Artist (1304 ballots): Shaun Tan
* Best Semiprozine (1112 ballots): Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
* Best Fanzine (870 ballots): The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
* Best Fan Writer (814 ballots): Claire Brialey
* Best Fan Artist (993 ballots): Brad W. Foster
* John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1138 ballots): Lev Grossman

Hugo winners, 2011 – Boing Boing.