Thursday, May 29, 2008

Locals Craft Unique Book About Allegheny River

By: Dean Wells
POSTED: May 15, 2008

There hasn’t been anything created like it in over 150 years.

Citing a need from their customer base, Josh and Piper Lindell, owners of Indian Waters Canoe Rental in Tidioute and Allegheny Outfitters in Warren, have developed a river guide book for the Allegheny River that traces the water route from Warren to Tionesta in fine detail.

It’s the first book of its type published in the modern area.

The last time a detailed river guide was published in the area was 1855. “The Allegheny Pilot” chronicles islands, channels and sandbars from Warren to Pittsburgh. It was intended for navigational use by lumber raft and flatboat pilots.

“The Allegheny Pilot” — which is available for viewing online via the Warren Library Association — was made somewhat obsolete by the construction of the Kinzua Dam in the 1960s, which altered water flows and seasonal water depth.

The Lindells published their book last summer — “The Allegheny River Paddling Guide” — with a different target audience in mind.

Gone are the lumbermen and flatboat pilots and crews.

In their place?

Canoeists, kayakers, fishermen and plenty of other people who make the river their summer playground — and are looking for interesting things and places to see and visit.

“The idea for the book definitely started with the customers,” Piper Lindell said. The Lindells purchased Indian Waters near Tidioute in June 2006, then followed up by buying Allegheny Outfitters in Warren that September. “So many people were coming between the two liveries, asking about a guide book. We were certain there was something already out there. There was just nothing. Even the basic watertrail maps didn’t please everyone.”

Enter Piper Lindell’s sister: Tataboline Brant.

Brant was working as a newspaper reporter in Alaska when she made the long trip back to Warren County for a visit. “I came back and Piper said, ‘People are asking for a guide book,’” Brant said.

A decision was made to put a book together.

“We did a big reporting trip from the dam to Indian Waters,” Brant said. “We clocked the river. We took notes on everything we saw.”

They took notes, they took photos. They tried to capture the local flavor the Allegheny River offered in the 45 miles between Warren and Tionesta.

“We were trying to write it in a way of, Let us take you by the arm and show you all the cool stuff in our backyard,” Brant said. “It’s kind of intimidating when you go to a new place and think about checking something out by yourself. We tried to unlock a lot of stuff along the river.”

The Lindells and Brant spent the winter of 2006-2007 doing research for the guide book by reading books about the area, visiting sites online and making trips to the library. They talked to people who canoed the Allegheny for years.

“It was on-the-scene reporting,” Brant said. “It was interviewing with folks, then doing background research on primary sources, books, the Times Observer, the Erie paper — your standard research.”

Piper Lindell began laying out and designing the guide book in January 2007 with a goal of having the book ready in time for the 2007 canoeing season.

It was a process of trial and error.

“We kept coming up with ideas while we worked on it,” Brant said. “We were doing the layout and Josh came up with the idea to include GPS waypoints. So we had to go out and gather those.

“We were really pushing hard to get it out by the next season,” Brant said. “We really wanted it to be there. Our customers were expecting it, so we were really under the gun.”

At one point, the Lindells and Brant were forced to redo the entire layout of the book after discovering how much it would cost to print a laminated waterproof edition.

“We didn’t want to reduce the quality, but we wanted to make it affordable,” Brant said. “We couldn’t have a book that cost people $50.”

“It’s so durable,” Piper Lindell said of the laminated final product. “It will last years and years and years.”

The book was completed and 500 copies were printed by an Erie company in the summer of 2007.

The final spiral-bound product contains 34 pages of major landmarks, historical sites, places to stop for food, supplies, camping, hiking, etc. Each feature is marked on a detailed topography map.

“The feedback has been awesome,” Brant said.

“I’ve had some people who bought the book who have been canoeing for the last 15 years who have said to me, ‘I never knew these things were along the river,” Piper Lindell said.

According to Brant, they tried to include as many businesses as possible in the guide book in lieu of mentioning paid advertisers to give the book a more complete feel.

“Where we put opinions in, we tried to make it transparent,” Piper Lindell said. “We’d write things like, ‘Oh, we like the steak sub here — but you can also get this and that here and here.”

The guide book has already started making an impact on local businesses.

“I was talking to (Warren Main Street manager) Chris Cheronis recently,” Piper Lindell said. “She told me that there was a group of canoers in Snuffy’s Cafe last year. The owner started talking to them and asked where they came from, how did they get (to Snuffy’s). They said, ‘Oh, this guide book.’”

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The most expensive book...

= over 296 talents (19,536 pounds – almost ten tons!) of gold and 776 (51, 216 pounds – more than 25 tons) of silver, not counting travel expenses, hotel bills, catering service, gold smith’s services, tailoring bills for 226 suits plus tidy sums to the local furniture and textile merchants, not to mention the considerable expense of a public celebration! In today’s deflated money, the gold and silver alone would amount to nearly 38 million dollars!

About 270 B.C., Ptolemy Philadelphus, ruler of Egypt and Syria, was diligently seeking to make the city of Alexandria the culture capital of the world. One of his ambitions was to stock the shelves of its great library with copies of every book on earth, translated out of their original tongues into the then universal Greek, thus making available to Egyptian scholars all the recorded wisdom of the ages. Already the collection numbered more than 200,000 volumes, and he was shooting for 500,000.

Ptolemy was particularly eager to obtain a copy of the wonderful scriptures said to be possessed by the Hebrews. These mysterious laws were said to have been delivered to the Jews by Jupiter (the Father God) himself, and it was commonly believed that the superior personal morals, domestic and social stability, unquenchable patriotism, and remarkable financial talents of the Jewish people were somehow connected with their possession and observance of these fabulous laws. Conceiving himself to be a worshiper of this God (along with others, of course), Philadelphus thought it grossly unfair of “Jupiter” to have given such a marvelous tool of living to the Jews only and to have withheld it from so many other worshiping nations.

So he resolved to make the secret wisdom available to all men through his great library. But the noble venture was easier said than done, for two major obstacles stood in the way. First, the only authentic and reliable copies of the Jewish writings were kept in a great temple in the formidable mountain stronghold of Jerusalem, jealously guarded by fanatical priests whose reluctance to disperse the hidden knowledge to foreigners was legendary. Second, never in history had any translation of the scriptures been permitted, so what good would a copy of the law do in the Alexandrian library? Certainly, almost any Hebrew could speak Greek, but who other than a Jew could read those weird, hind-part-before Hebrew characters? Obviously, Ptolemy would have to enlist the unprecedented cooperation of the most notoriously uncooperative body of bureaucrats the world had ever (or has ever) known --- the Orthodox Jewish priesthood!

It mattered little that Philadelphus was the ruling monarch. Jewish religious convictions had never been known to yield to force, regardless of how ruthlessly applied. Besides, Philadelphus wasn’t that kind of man, as his name implies: “Brotherly Love.” The king sought the advice of his counselors, and determined to besiege the citadel of Jewish conservatism with a massive barrage of goodwill. The king would send priceless gifts to the Jerusalem temple, with massive sacrifices for the altar --- plus, for good measure, a respectable amount of payola for the priests’ personal enrichment. This would be accompanied by a letter proclaiming the king’s friendship for the Jews, his admiration of their laws, and his earnest desire to procure the superior blessings of their great religion for all his subjects.

One of Ptolemy’s advisors, a man named Aristeus, raised a touchy question: “How much impression do you think that’s going to make, as long as we Egyptians continue to hold 120,000 Jews in slavery since the days of your father, Ptolemy Soter, who invaded Jerusalem under the guise of friendship and requited its hospitality by bringing all these people back as POW’s?”

“Hmmm . . . .,” said Ptolemy. “I see what you mean. . . . Tell you what we’ll do. We’ll emancipate all the Jews in Egypt. Reimburse their owners at twenty drachmas a head. Let them go home if they want to, or give them full citizens’ rights if they prefer to stay here.”

“But that will cost 400 talents!” cried one counselor.

“Pay it!” said the king. “We can recoup part of the expense by confiscating the property of anybody who holds out or refuses to accept the government-fixed price of his Jews. . . . But even if it costs the whole amount, I want that Book at any price!”

So all the Jews went freed, at a cost approximating $1,639,419, and the king sent a letter to Eleazar the Jewish high priest, along the lines I have mentioned, adding that he had emancipated all the Jewish slaves who had, somehow --- doubtless without his father’s knowledge --- been kidnapped by certain mutinous and unprincipled soldiers and kept in secret and unauthorized bondage until such time as he, Philadelphus, had become aware of the gross outrage upon so noble a people and rectified situation. And now, would the high priest kindly reciprocate the king’s goodwill by lending as official copy of the Jewish Scriptures to the Alexandrian library only long enough for an accurate translation to be made into the Greek language; and, to assure that the work should be done with reverence, care and accuracy ___, to the handling of divine wisdom, would he also send six of the most reliable scholars out of each of the twelve tribes of Israel to carry out the project at the king’s own expense.

Ptolemy dispatched his letter, to Jerusalem, along with 50 talents of gold fashioned into furnishings and vessels for the temple, another 100 talents in money to finance sacrificial offerings on behalf of the king, and a fabulous treasure of precious stones.

The proud-but-poor priests were taken by storm, and Eleazar was delighted to grant so flattering a request from so well-proven a friend. The seventy-two elders were soon on their way to the great city of Alexandria.

Ptolemy welcomed them with great pomp and feasting, and declared the day of their arrival a holiday to be observed annually through the remainder of his reign. He notified his secretary to cancel all his business appointments for the next twelve days, while he entertained these distinguished guests and discussed religion and philosophy with them. After this, the guest were shown to the sumptuous quarters where they should live and the quiet, fully equipped studio on an off-shore island in the sea where they could work undistracted; and each scribe was advanced three talents of expense money for out of pocket emergencies. The scholars had ample time to enjoy this largesse in the exciting Egyptian capital, since their workday ended at three each afternoon.

As the Jewish elders departed to return to Jerusalem with their Hebrew master copy, they were given further emoluments to make their three-month sojourn worth their while: each received two more talents in money, a souvenir golden cup of one talent, and three new suits of clothing. In addition, each was permitted to carry off the furniture, linens and ashtrays from his hotel room. And along with them, Ptolemy sent to the high priest ten suits of clothes, ten silver mounted bedsteads, 30 gold cups of a talent each, a golden crown, 100 lengths of fine linen yardage and some royal purple, plus other unspecified vessels and trophies of gold for the temple.

All in all, Philadelphus copy of the Bible cost him something over 296 talents (19,536 pounds – almost ten tons!) of gold and 776 (51, 216 pounds – more than 25 tons) of silver, not counting travel expenses, hotel bills, catering service, gold smith’s services, tailoring bills for 226 suits plus tidy sums to the local furniture and textile merchants, not to mention the considerable expense of a public celebration! ... (Allegedly written by one J. Curtis Manor)

That is the Septuagint or LXX (Greek Old Testament) which I am translating. I have already published GENESIS, EXODUS, LEVITICUS (Greek-English), and IESOUS aka JOSHUA (Servant of God), which are found, among others, at

Hopefully, THE WILL BIBLE (Genesis to Iesous) would be published soon.

Most Expensive Book I’ve ever Bought

I instantly fall in love with Western Digital’s - My Book, when I happened to read an article about it on InTech section of TheStar Newspaper.

This is, I think the only medium-sized external hard-disk worth buying, due to its slick design. Other external hard disks that I know of look bulky and dull, but My Book simply looks cool and it blends well with my Samsung 732N+ monitor since both have glossy (shiny) black finishing. It’s worth few extra bucks for the look~ And WD is a trusted storage device brand, second biggest after Seagate anyway.

Anyhow I’ve bought it today :) and are really excited bout it, though its just -duh- a hard disk. It is as advertised, 320GB, cool design, 3 Yrs warranty. WD offers range of capacity of 160GB - 1TB (terabyte)

I can finally back-up important files that I had since 2005. Seriously, I can go mad if my current internal hard disk spoils, those data are as if my life~!
Love it, love it, love it!
p/s - I’m home now and I am so gonna love KL!

Buy the World’s Most Expensive Book

Price: $20,700,000.00
This 800 year old book was hand drawn by the monks of the Benedictine monastery Helmarshausen and it includes all four of the Bible's Holy Gospels on 226 parchment pages.

But if anybody asks you why you bought it, say it was “for the pitchers.”

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History of the Book

friday, january 19, 2007

The history of the book is the story of a suite of technological innovations that improved the quality of text conservation, the access to information, portability, and the cost of production. This history is strongly linked to political and economical contingencies and the history of ideas and religions.

Origins and antiquity

Writing is a system of linguistic symbols which permit one to transmit and conserve information. Writing appears to have developed between the 7th millennium BC and the 4th millennium BC, first in the form of early mnemonic symbols which became a system of ideograms or pictographs through simplification. The oldest known forms of writing were thus primarily logographic in nature. Later syllabic and alphabetic (or segmental) writing emerged.

Silk, in China, was also a base for writing. Writing was done with brushes. Many other materials were used as bases: bone, bronze, pottery, shell, etc. In India, for example, dried palm tree leaves were used; in Mesoamerica another type of plant,Amate . Any material which will hold and transmit text is a candidate for books. Given this, the human body could be seen as a book, with tattooing, and if we consider that human memory develops and transforms with the appearance of writing, it is perhaps not absurd to consider that this ability makes humans into living books (this idea is illustrated by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, Peter Greenaway in The Pillow Book).

The book is also linked to the desire of humans to create lasting records. Stones could be the most ancient form of writing, but wood would be the first medium to take the guise of a book. The words biblos and liber first meant "fibre inside of a tree". In Chinese, the character that means book is an image of a tablet of bamboo. Wood tablets have also been found on Easter Island.


A book is a collection of paper, parchment or other material with text, pictures, or both written on them, bound together along one edge, usually within covers. Each side of a sheet is called a page and a single sheet within a book may be called a leaf. A book is also a literary work or a main division of such a work. A book produced in electronic format is known as an e-book. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers.

Publishers may produce low-cost, pre-publication copies known as galleys or 'bound proofs' for promotional purposes, such as generating reviews in advance of publication. Galleys are usually made as cheaply as possible, since they are not intended for sale. A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm. A book may be studied by students in the form of a book report. It may also be covered by a professional writer as a book review to introduce a new book. Some belong to a book club.