Mike Becvar
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June 15, 2011

Library cards

Filed under: Clown, entertainment, Life in General — Mike @ 1:09 pm

Last year, I started listening to books on CD in the car during my daily commute to and from work. When I began, I only had books from the Harry Potter and Inheritence Cycle (Eragon) series. I let Amazon suggest a few other books and found a few titles at Borders or the local used book store.

One of the books I picked up, was Magyk by Angie Sage (part of the Septimus Heap series). I enjoyed the book, but when I went to see if I could get the next book in the series, I discovered that new copies were not available from Amazon, or just about any other seller I could find. They had the print copy and an MP3 version, but not the book on Audio CD.

Well, this past weekend, I was at the Burke Center Library and had some time before making balloons for the kids and decided to check out their collection of books. I was surprised to see how many Audio Books they had. I walked up and down the aisle, but really didn’t see anything I liked. I then went over to the kids section, and stumbled upon the Septimus Heap series and discovered they had the books on CD. Now, I don’t actually have a library card. I was tempted to get a card and check out the books, but this library location isn’t exactly close to home. I pass two libraries every day on my way to and from work, so I decided to wait and planned to make a visit to my local library.

I checked online and discovered the Fairfax County Library System has their card catalog online, and they even indicate which libraries have the books and if they are currently available. The library closest to my home has the complete series, but the books are currently checked out. The other library that I pass has the first three books and they are available.

Now, it just so happens that I have been listening to the first book in the series again and I am almost done. It would be perfect timing if I can get the next book in the series now and continue listening to it as soon as I am done with the first book. So, now may finally be the time to get a library card, something I haven’t had since I was in high school.

June 13, 2011

Rollover Ads

Filed under: Websites, Life in General — Mike @ 8:10 am

I hate rollover ads. Let me say that again, I hate rollover ads.

I know that it is unlikely that we will ever get to the day when the Internet is ad free. But it seems like companies are making ever more desparate attempts to force people to see their ads. Websites still have the much hated popup or pop under ads. But for me, one of the most annoying is the rollover ads. The problem, in my opinion is that they are too easy to trigger and too hard to dismiss. As the ad grows to fill the page, there is very little room to move the mouse that is not ontop of the ad. And some will be triggered as the page loads and not be dismissed even though the mouse is NOT over the ad. It takes too much effort to find ways to close the ads.

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