jwp_logo.gif (3595 bytes)Major Technological Breakthrough!!!

Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device called BOOK. The BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: No wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover! Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works...
Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in half. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now BOOKs with more information simply use more pages. This makes them thicker and harder to carry, and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.
Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped overboard. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which indicates the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session-even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous bookmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (Pencils).
Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future. The BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

Being a Student
"Never mind what you know or what you’ve done; it’s what you can learn that counts."
- Marcus H. Brown (chief optician for the Mount Palomar 200" telescope)

Are You a Learner?
All humans are natural learners; it is a part of our heritage. But most of us don’t realize this for two reasons:

  • Negative learning experiences in (and outside) the educational system
  • Lack of any training in how to apply often unsuspected natural learning talents to learning.

Have trouble believing you are such a great learner? Convinced that you are a poor learner – one who absorbs new things slowly and with great difficulty? That‘s because, like most other people, you tend to focus on the times you’ve had trouble learning (through the use of archaic, ineffective learning techniques). You probably rarely – I’m willing to bet never -- stop to think of what you have already learned in life and that you learn every day.
You learned to walk, read, write, add, subtract, multiply and divide; you learned a smattering of history, geography, science, politics, maybe a few languages; you learned a lot about your favorite passions, whether they be golf, antiques, movies, cars, old coins. Then there are the hundreds, perhaps even thousands of large and small details you had to learn about your job. There’s all this and a whole lot more that you routinely absorb (learn) every day, without even realizing that you are doing it or what a fabulous learner you are.
- Excerpt from Double Your Brainpower: Increase your Memory by using all of your brain all of the Time. By Jean Marie Stine

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