Thursday, May 30, 2013

Loomis Day: Wireless Technology

Mahlon Loomis is the one who proved that wireless communication was a thing that could happen. But he was WAY ahead of his time-- he proved it in 1868! Because his idea was so crazy, he couldn't get the funding to develop the technology. Luckily for us, it *eventually* happened.

To celebrate, here are some books that wouldn't have been possible without Loomis's discovery.


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. As the founder of Apple, there's no doubt that Steve Jobs has changed the face of home/personal technology and the way that many interact with it. But, Jobs is a complicated figure--not an easy guy with work with, or to be related to, and along with his massive success came massive failure.

Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick. Claire is excited when her crush follows her on twitter-- not realizing it's really her best friend who also has a major crush on her. Told entirely in tweets, email, and IM, this novel explores love online and off.

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski. After Devi drops her cell phone in a fountain, it only calls herself-- 3 years ago. Suddenly, she can tell her past self what to do to make her future life better.


Cool Stuff and How It Works by Chris Woodford, Ben Morgan, Clint Witchalls, Luke Collins, and Kevin Jones. In large, full-color spreads, this book looks technology such as iPhones and nanobots and explains how they work. For an even more in-depth look, check out the sequel, Cool Stuff Exploded.

iDrakula by Bekka Black. The original was written in journals, letters, and newspapers, so it makes sense to tell his modern version in blog, email, IM, and tweets.

Ttyl by Lauren Myracle. Angela, Zoe, and Maddigan have been friends forever, but sophomore year brings new challenges-- a skeevy teacher, partying with beer, and, of course, boys. Told entirely in IM and the first of the Internet Girls series, follow it with TTFN.


SnApp Shots: How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps by Adam Bronkhorst. This handy little guide is full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your camera phone and taking advantage of the different lenses, films, and finishes that photography apps offer.

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley. When Jack can't find a date to the prom, his best friends place a personal ad for him. The results are so overwhelming that Jack has to speed date 24 girls in 7 days to pick his date, but these girls are much more competitive and determined to win than Jack and his friends ever imagined. Told in IM.

Top 8 by Katie Finn. When Madison returns from a 2-week internet-free vacation, she discovers someone's hacked her Friendverse page, blabbed all her friends' secrets, and broken up with her boyfriend. Now Madison not only has to try to fix the damage, she has to figure out who would do such a thing in the first page.

What are your favorite wireless books?

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