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Spent a lot of time in the city (Placentia) library, growing up. New books kept their original paper covers for a time (wrapped in a plastic sleeve), then were sent out(?) to be re-bound in more durable covers.

Long time ago...

What do libraries do now? 

If you were a public library, would you re-bind a physical book when there is a digital form? Should you? Why?

Once thought I would one day be glad to have a substantial library of my own. Over time have found very few books I wanted to keep, and now most purchases are not physical.

Seems this sort of business has a narrowing market. What place can they find and keep in future?
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They own their building and most machinery doesn't have to be replaced or updated for decades so I think cost is relatively low, and people still will pay a pretty penny to restore old family photo albums and bibles and things, and they get commissioned to do limited run or one-of-a-kind collectibles / deluxe collector's editions / art books etc. which retail at a high price. They also get paid well to bind menus for fancy restaurants. Now it's more about low volume and high margin.
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First, I suspect it is very highly probable that "modern" humans interbred with Neanderthals, and in fact that was a large factor in the disappearance of Neanderthals as a distinct species. 

Two hints that lead to that suspicion. One, a study that suggested a small genetic advantage would displace a competing trait in remarkably short time (on the larger scale). Second, the human sexual tendency on the larger scale to breed with (how can I say this?) ... almost anything.

Also note there seems to be a group in the present who verge on the irrational when rejecting the notion of interbreeding. I suspect this has an emotional basis.

Second, none of us - even the most rational - use all of the qualifications inherent in many (all?) of our observations. Too tedious. 

As a guy who started in Physics, the current topics of "dark matter" and "dark energy" are ... er ... massive. A lot of things that we assume are true (and are within a certain range of experience), but we have this gigantic gap we cannot yet explain. (By our current models, most of the universe is "dark matter" and "dark energy" ... and we have not the slightest concrete notion what that means!) 

Announcing you have certain percentage of Neanderthal genes (as the 23andme site has also told me) is accurate within our current range of understanding.  

In the end, everything may be up for revision, and should be assumed.
 
I've seen several people announce exactly what percentage of their DNA comes from Neanderthals. And yet some scientists believe Neanderthals were extinct before modern humans migrated into their territory and that therefore human-Neaderthal interbreeding was not logically possible. (There's also the open question of whether interbreeding would have been biologically possible if it were logically possible, i.e. whether it would produce live, fertile offspring.)

I'm not concerned here with whether humans have Neaderthal DNA. My point here is that some people will rush ahead and announce a result to several significant figures even while its uncertain whether the thing in question even exits.

When someone says they are 2.7% Neanderthal, not 2.6% or 2.8%, they're implying that human-Neanderthal interbreeding did occur, that it produced fertile offspring, that these offspring began a line of descent that continues to the present, that we know the DNA of this line in detail, that there are markers in this line that could not have come from any modern human ancestor, and that it is possible to measure to within 1 part in 1000 exactly how much of this DNA exists in a contemporary individual. That seems to be an awful lot to assume, starting from an event that at least some believe was logically impossible. 
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The way I read this, we still see only that gravity is not what we expect, sometimes. Another attempt to find any other effect has failed. The term "dark matter" might as well be "WTF". :)
Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015, show that dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.
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The folk here seemed a bit thrown off by us when I showed up with my son (in his usual scruffy plaids), his girlfriend, and my three-year-old grandson. The time was off-peak, so they were not at all busy. We got seated in the back, away from the few customers present. ... hmmm ... That said, the waiter (Rickie?) did make a real effort to be very helpful. My son was especially fond of the pork-belly burger, from a prior visit. I was less impressed. (Not really a criticism. OK ... just not to especially memorable.) We will be back. They passed the fries test. Fried potatoes are a cheap, simple food. Easy to get right. Easy to get wrong. Most places get it wrong. This place got it right! That strongly suggests a kitchen focused on doing things right. I look forward to seeing if there is something else on their menu, more to my taste, done with equal care.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
If you have reason to be in the area (Fringe Festival!!), this out-of-the-way place is a nice relaxed diversion. Funky old house with an outdoors patio on a quiet side-street, very good food, and friendly folk. If you are looking for pretension, this is the wrong place. If you are looking for a cheap meal, this is the wrong place. If you are looking for a relaxed meal with very good food, this is the right place. I try to go here pretty much every time I am in the area. :)
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Went to Woody's as my son had a very positive impression of the (original) Huntington Beach location. First, they have a huge menu, that seems somewhat random - no clear impression at what they are good. My son ordered an omelet, but did not want to finish. (He is in the Marines, and is not easily discouraged.) I had a burger - which was good - but the fries were old, dried out, and had an off-flavor. Servers were cheerful, but never checked to see if we needed refills. Seems like another instance of a franchise without enough skill in the kitchen.
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To be clear, this is a place to hang out with the aging suburban "bikers" crowd. You do not go here for the food. The food is cheap, edible, indifferent, at best average. Mainly this place is a particular sort of fashion statement. Weekend "rebels" with new leather and shiny motocycles. Bit of a disappointent. I like scruffy joints that serve good food, and this place is very local.
Atmosphere: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
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