Book review!

My latest book review was published last month and I did not even know it.

“A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World” by Scott Tong. Library Journal, 11/15/2017, Vol. 142, Issue 19, p86-87.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Doctor Kevin!

Congratulations Doctor Kevin Frank!

Fellow IDV PhD student Kevin just finished his PhD Dissertation on “Strategic Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Divergent Paths of Uganda and Tanzania.” He included this in his Acknowledgments page: “My classmates in the Doctoral Program in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi provided the comradeship that is so important in blended curriculums. I would especially like to thank Ms. Melissa Aho, a splendid research librarian and classmate who helped me navigate many of the shoals of academic resources. Her efforts greatly contributed to the breadth of sources of which I made use” (2017, iv). I am sure that Kevin would have done just fine without me, but its still super cool to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Kevin!

Real shoes!

I am wearing two shoes! Two new shoes! I have not worn a ‘real shoe’ on the right foot since July due to having to wear the surgical boot and the surgical shoe. Unfortunately I had to buy one size too big due to continued foot surgery swelling and I need shoes because “winter”. I thought about buying two different sizes of the same shoe (regular size and one size bigger), but figured it would just be easier to wear a thicker sock on the normal foot. Plus it will be a good excuse to wear socks that don’t match. (Insert evil laugh here). Like I ever needed an excuse to wear mismatched socks.

Baby steps!

This week is the eight week mark for foot surgery. Today I was given the doctor’s ok to finally start to move from the surgical boot to the surgical shoe! One small step for Melissa, one…

Release the drone!

My first drone!

Its the “World’s Smallest Camera Drone + 2GB Micro SD Card” all for the low price of $25.00 or $28.98 with shipping. Haha. I don’t expect that much from it, but its a good first start to owning a drone.

Description:
This tiny flyer is the smallest drone of its kind to carry its own camera for taking epic shots in the smallest places. Four fast blades make this new quadcopter omni-directional, which in layman’s terms means it can dip, dash, zip, spin, and flip anywhere you tell it to via remote control. Plus its decked out with LED lights so you can embark on night flights and document it all the while. Tote it anywhere you go and let it rip.

Includes a 2GB camera memory card
Captures crystal-clear video & photography (rare for a drone of this size!)
Includes LED lights for night flying
Provides 3 speed flight modes
Delivers superior flying stability
Takes less than 30 minutes to fully charge up
Moves up, down, left or right
Includes side flight, hover, flip & hand launch capabilities

Note: Total weight falls below US national regulations. FAA Drone Registration is not required.

Specs:
Dimensions: 2.44″L x 2.44″W x 0.79″H
Weight: 0.53 oz
Color: orange
Channel: 4CH
Battery: 3.7V 120mAh
Transmitter batter: 2 AAA
Flight time: about 4 minutes
Charge time: about 25 minutes
R/C distance: about 98 ft
Camera: 0.3 megapixel