King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Pciture of Video ArcadeI thought the days of video gaming on console machines were over, but it is not a lost art. King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters is a truly entertaining documentary about an underdog challenger to the Donkey Kong high score title.  After being laid off from Boeing, Redmond resident Steve Wiebe hones his Kong skills with his free time and reaches the high score.  After sending his high score video results to Twin Galaxies, the official electronic games referee, his score is eventually disregarded due to interference from Billy Mitchell, the current Donkey Kong Champion.  Later Steve “challenges” Billy to a live arcade Donkey Kong showdown.  I won’t spoil it for you. Watch it yourself to see who wins the King of Kong title.

Hike Seattle

Happy Earth Day! All over Seattle, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds – spring is finally here! What better time to get out on the trails and explore the beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest? Whether you are a seasoned hiker or novice, there are plenty of resources to help you find the perfect destination for an hour, a day, or a weekend.

One of my favorite guides is 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens.  Featuring not only well-known hikes, such as Mt. Si and Wallace Falls State Park, but also lesser-known destinations such as O. O. Denny County Park Loop and the Heybrook Lookout Trail, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles includes maps, driving directions, and trail descriptions highlighting points of interest.

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Strangeness in the Stacks

cover image of bizarre booksOne of the best things about working in a big library that has been around for a century or so is all the odd and curious old titles one stumbles over in our own vast collection. If you want a sense of what I’m talking about, check out Russell Ash & Brian Lake’s Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities. Here you will find such deathless and unintentionally funny titles as Scouts in Bondage by Geoffrey Prout, A Glowing and Graphic Description of the Great Hole by Mrs. D.U.C. and The Romance of Proctology by Charles Elton Blanchard. What a wonderful world in which titles like Sarah Pomeroy’s Little Known Sisters of Well Known Men, Ray Huang’s 1587: A Year of No Signficance or Ethel Brilliana Tweedie’s My Tablecloths Continue reading “Strangeness in the Stacks”

Demons Are a Ghouls Best Friend by Victoria Laurie

Book cover of Demons are a ghouls best friendWhen professional medium MJ Holliday hears that a boarding school in Upstate New York is being haunted by a terrifying phantom, she and her business partners rush out to banish the bad guy. With the help of the Lake Placid townsfolk and a friendly specter named Eric, MJ attempts to learn the truth about the ghostly “Hatchet Jack” and save the school from another terrifying semester.

There is a lot to love about Demons Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend — engaging characters (from the ghosts to the parrot), a romantic entanglement and a few hair-raising moments that will have you sleeping with the lights on, at least for a few nights. While reading about MJ and her pals, keep in mind that author Victoria Laurie is a professional psychic. This fact gives the book a bizarre credibility — and, besides that, it’s just cool.

April Question of the Month: An irregular series

bnr_askaquestion.gifThe reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing.  They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything.   As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library.   Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase.  Got a stumper? Click on Ask a Librarian.  It’s what we do. 

“What is $161,000.00 in 1987 dollars worth in today’s dollars?”

We found a calculator on the web at
that gives the answer to your question using various measurements.  Be aware that current data is only available through 2007.

In 2007, $161,000.00 in 1987 dollars was worth:
$293,856.18 using the Consumer Price Index
$263,229.41 using the GDP* deflator
$378,036.94 using the Continue reading “April Question of the Month: An irregular series”