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Karl Smithe
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cyber-geek, economic radical
cyber-geek, economic radical

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The Petrol Engine, by Francis John Kean

100 year old book for 100 year old technology.

Of course now we say gasoline engine for automobiles.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/55403/55403-h/55403-h.htm

Now the automobile has a von Neumann device at its heart and will soon drive themselves. Who imagined that 100 years ago.
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A Forbidden Bookshelf? How unAmerican!

https://openroadmedia.com/the-forbidden-bookshelf
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Networld! Only 20 years out of date. What did they think of the Internet in 1995?

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/55002/55002-h/55002-h.htm

There is no mentions of Linux or Google in the entire book. That shows how out of date it is! What, no smartphones using GPS to track everyone via the Internet?
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Everyone wear mirror shades all of the time.
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So how much CO2 is the result of Planned Obsolescence? When do the Economists and Climatologists talk about that? Duh, what is NET Domestic Product?
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Karl Smithe commented on a post on Blogger.
(I still have unfond memories of my high school English teacher telling my parents to throw out "all that crappy science fiction" because "She's too smart to read that").

That is so funny!  Admittedly there is lots of crappy science fiction but it is amazing how smart the "Literary People" think they are.  How many can explain how 100 year old internal combustion engines work?  But now we have dirt cheap von Neumann machines everywhere messing with the book publishing business.  LOL
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What is with Project Gutenberg?

Light Science for Leisure Hours by Richard A. Proctor
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54455

That book was published in 1886! It contains essays from 1868, Why would anyone but a science historian want to read this in 2017? Like they can't find public domain material more useful to reproduce.
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An incomplete history of music titled:

A COMPLETE HISTORY of MUSIC
by Winton James Baltzell

With a 1908 copyright how complete can it be?
But now it's completely free.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/54392/54392-h/54392-h.htm
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Here is a nice bit of history:

The American Railway, by Thomas Curtis Clarke
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/54383/54383-h/54383-h.htm

Ultimately more important than Civil War battles.
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