Category Archives: Random Enjoyment

Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan

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Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ:  paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news.   As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.

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Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy

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Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!

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The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar

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Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.

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Field Trip to the Library!

By Jennifer Wolfe

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My favorite day of the year at the Athens State University Library is field trip day. Let me explain…

As a child one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to go to the Knox County Public Library’s Norwood Branch on Merchant Dr. in Knoxville, Tennessee for the summer reading program. This should have been my first clue to my future profession – a librarian.

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The Tragic 1909 Typhoid Fever Epidemic

By Sara Love

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In was 1909; Athens Female College entered its sixty-sixth scholastic year on the 15th day of September. The previous five years had been the most successful years in the entire history of the Institution. In addition to local students, there were 151 boarding students enrolled from across Alabama and adjoining states. The faculty was made up of 23 excellent administrators and teachers. The health of the entire College community seemed perfect. College records indicate that only two deaths had occurred during its history and those occurred before the Civil War. On October 14, 1909, there was not a sick person on the campus.

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Jules Verne and the Steampunk RV

By Ron Fritze

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Most people have read something by Jules Verne whether it be Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days. A lot of his novels have been made into movies, some more than once. Verne was an early contributor to the genre of science fiction when it was first blooming. He wrote during the late nineteenth century and shared its faith that Western Civilization had entered into a permanent age of progress. His fiction predicted various technological innovations such as the submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island), the helicopter (Robur the Conqueror alt. title The Clipper of the Clouds), or a combination, submarine/airplane/automobile (The Master of the World). Little remarked upon is that Verne also envisioned the recreational vehicle.

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Horsehoe Bend 200th Countdown

By Ron Fritze

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200th anniversaries don’t come along all that often but we have one coming up in Alabama in a few weeks. On the 27th of March, 2014, it will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

If you, like me, grew up with“The Wonderful World of Disney” appearing on the TV on Sunday night, you’ll remember the Davy Crockett (aka Fess Parker) episodes. I remember as a little kid the opening episode in which Davy and his friend George Russel (aka Buddy Ebson, aka Jed Clampett) were scouting for hostile Indians in a swampy region. Along the way, Davy has to fight a bear and kills it using just his knife. He also fights an Indian chief to save Russel’s life. My memory is that at the end Davy’s boss Andrew Jackson arrives with the army and captures all the hostile Indians in what I now know was a highly sanitized version of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Of course, if you are younger and grew up on the Disney Channel and Nickelodean, than you grew up with the same TV shows that I watched, it is just that for you they were retro while for me they were cutting edge.

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On the Joys of Browsing: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

By Ron Fritze

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These days, people tend to go on the internet to get answers to their questions. I know that I do. That said, I still have and use a big collection of reference books. One reason is that a standard reference book will be more reliable than some of the internet sites (although I think Wikipedia is generally quite reliable). Another reason is that for some purposes, a reference book can be just as easy to use, or even easier than an online source. That is certainly the case for dictionaries. But there is another reason for checking out many ink and paper works of reference—they are fun to browse. Well, maybe not for everyone, but they are fun for me and I am not alone.

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Mike the Protector

By Guy McClure

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This may or may not have actually happened, but it happened in my head and it is happening on the paper on which I’m writing so that’s good enough for me.   The following is a story about fear, trust and an unspoken friendship that I have encountered along a wooded path.  It begins with a first step and I’d like to take you with me.  Believe it if you need to.

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A Victorian Life: Read the Book, Don’t Wait for Masterpiece Theater

By Ron Fritze

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Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt by Katherine Frank is the next book on the literary itinerary of the day-time book discussion group.  Who is Lucie Duff Gordon, you ask?  In a nutshell, she was a woman author and translator who lived (1821-1869) during the first half of the Victorian era in London.  I am sure most people have never heard of her.  Certainly I hadn’t until I started doing research on Victorian travelers in Egypt.  But once I started reading about her life, I found out what a truly fascinating person she was, as was her family.

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