Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Whole New World

The Aladdin song says:

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Little did we know how prophetic those words would be, 16 years later, for this particular day and age.


(The pic above is supposedly the Bart Station at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station - Pic stolen from Wiki)

Little did we know that when the song appeared in 1992 and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song it was really speaking of books.

Why do I say that?

Here is a news flash. (Dated: 05.28.2008)

BART has teamed up with the Contra Costa County Public Library system to set up a novel automated book-lending system that will launch Thursday at the Pittsburg/Bay Point station.

A vending-like machine located at the station will hold some 400 books that can be checked out for free by anyone with a valid Contra Costa County library card. A patron will insert the card, get access to the available titles and check out up to three books. A robotic arm will retrieve the books.

They must be returned to the book-lending machine within three weeks.

Now people no longer have to sit in a train on their way to work. They can travel the world and indeed the universe...

That is if the system provides Science Fiction...

That is if the riders enjoy books...

Be careful Contra Costians. Don't ride past your stop...

Hat Tip to Anirvan at Journal
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