EPubBooks: Free, Open Source, library based on the EPUB standard

The world is based on many different viewpoints and reading books from different authors, different time periods, and different subjects enhance your world, through a retelling of a story, but the world at large, learning lessons through history and lives once lived. Link:


As many of you know, keeping new and exciting books in your E-Reader device can be a challenge or very expensive. Last week, I was talking about the Gutenberg Project (link: ) which has free, open source books, outside of their copyright age, waiting for you to download for no cost and keep as long as you like. Today, we are looking at another site which has free ebooks, it is called "EPubBooks."

EPubBooks Overview

"epubBooks is a self-publishing and ebook distribution platform. All ebooks on this site are free to download and can be read on all the popular eReaders. These include, but are not limited to; iPad, Kindle (coming soon), iPhone, Android, Kobo, Nook, S…

Automated Kitchens: The Future with Robotic Chefs

Now, it's not the fact that this kitchen exists, but in the context of automation, the success of this device could automate cooking as we know it.


A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog posting on "Automation and the Youth Unemployment Market" (link: discussing how many of the manual labor tasks in which youth are the primary workers (such as cooking, cashier, and receiving) are all going through automation. This blog post will focus on food and the automated kitchen.

About Moley

"Moley Robotics has created the world's first fully-automated and intelligent cooking robot. It learns recipes, cooks them and clears up after itself! It can mimic the actions of a master chef precisely, bringing a variety of delicious dishes, prepared to world-class standards to the domestic kitchen and other food preparation areas. The system comprises a full suite of appl…

Be The Blog: Mailing List and Distribution Options

Hey Everybody!

I want to let you know that I appreciate the time you invest every week to check out this blog and read its contents. Within each posting, I try to provide a glimpse into a larger world by 1) using open source reports as the basis of blog posts, 2) obtaining information from both sides of an issue so you can reach your own conclusions, and 3) inform you of issues and topics that are relevant to everybody's life. Everyone absorbs information differently, from reading the newspaper, looking at Facebook and Twitter feeds, or even listening to the radio.

Just like this blog, there are different ways to get the information every week:

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Project Gutenberg Free, Open Source, books for your E-Reader

Projects like this one, transforming old books into ebooks, bring historical voices to the forefront of ebook generation, is important to everyone. Introduction

Having an e-reader is a powerful tool. It allows you to access plenty of ebooks, audiobooks, and other content directly by swiping a few gestures on your device. But, after a while that becomes expensive. Today's blog entry is how to get books without lowering your bank account in the process. The best place I have found for free e-books is at Gutenberg Press.

What is Project Gutenberg?

"Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks."[2] It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library.[3]Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domainbooks. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As …

The Future of STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs offer a bright outlook for those who invest the time to have a STEM career. But, all of us have to work together. for a more inclusive and diverse workforce.Introduction

Last weekend, my son came to me and started asking questions about my job, what I do at the office, and what kind of education I have. After answering his interview questions, I asked the same of him. What does he want to do when he gets out of high school. He's looking at all sorts of things, but nothing definitive. Although, he did mention that he wanted to get into engineering, which did make me smile. I let him know that to be an engineer that he does need to know his Math and Science. But, as long as he is happy in the career that he chooses, and is not living in my basement with his wife and kids, that I would be happy at any job he wanted to do. Listening to that now made me start thinking about what kinds of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (…

Writer's Boon Shoutout

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to do a "shout out" to Writer's Boon who included one of my book opening lines as part of the article: "Best Opening Lines from Contemporary Authors" (link: This was for the book "The Day of the Flying Pot Roast", which is part of: "The Absurd Adventures of Monkey, Puppy, and Lion" series (link: Thank you Writer's Boon for picking my book!

How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child?

As a parent, having any information which can predict where my income is going is a welcome change.

It's another evening about to be over. The sun has gone down, the remnants of dinner have been put in the fridge, and tonight's selection of homework is complete and ready for grading tomorrow. Having kids is fantastic, but my kids are older now, and I know so much more than I did when my wife told me they were "on the way." From that moment, and honestly well into the week, I had a lot of questions about the expansion of our young family. Including one, how much does it cost to raise a kid? This goes through a lot of people's minds as they learn that a child is on the way.

There is never a number that you can put on having a child. But, it is nice to see what kind of dollars having a kid entails before they become part of your family. It is nice to have a guide and figure out how much a child costs between the time they are born until 18 years old. Ho…