[bksvol-discuss] Islands in the Pacific

Hi Brian,

As I said, it was basically a good scan. The 15 pages
were garbage. I thought when I deleted them I'd get to
the real ones--that they'd be extras, but they
weren't--smile. But re-scanning was no problem, and I
found out that my new OCR doesn't put the ends-of-line
breaks it, so that was a good thing.

Interesting that you work with and travel to the
Pacific Island territories. What do you do? Are you
with the government? Are the conditions still as bad
as in the book? Of course, when Evans went, I guess it
was the rainy season, because there was a lot of rain
Anyway, I found out what breadfruit and frangipani and
copra (and how to make it and what it's used for) and
pandanus are, as well as a lot of other things. smile

Maybe you should write a book about the current state
of the various islands. A friend's daughter went to
Vanuatu for the Peace Corps and hated it. I think she
left early.

Cindy
--- Brian Miller <brian-r-miller@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Cindy,
> 
> It was me who scanned it, and I've been meaning to
> get back to this book
> and clean it up -- I don't remember 15 pages
> missing, though -- zoinks! What
> a bummer.
> 
> I loved this book, too, so I will give it some
> attention in the very near
> future.
> 
> Another bookshare volume you might like is, The Sex
> Lives of Cannibals,
> about a couple who move to Tarawa (Kiribas) in the
> Pacific, with similar
> eye-openning results.
> 
> Another book I have that I plan to submit is "The
> Edge of Paradise" about a
> a guy who servedin the Peace Corp in Micronesia, and
> then went back to work
> there for many years.  It's a fabulous book.
> 
> In my day job I work with the Pacific island
> territories all the time, and
> I've traveled to many of these locations.  It's
> fascinating and sad, as you
> described.
> 
> Brian Miller
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>;
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> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:34 PM
> Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Transit of Venus
> uploaded to admin queue
> 
> 
> > More than a travel memoir, Transit of Venus is an
> > interesting and readable history of the South Seas
> > nations, written with humor.
> >    Toward the end of the book, the author visits
> the
> > Marshall Islands and Bikini atoll and describes
> the
> > messy and unsanitary conditions the natives live
> > under, having been moved from their homes by the
> > American military. Of course, the book was written
> in
> > 1992. Hopefully our government has improved the
> living
> > conditions since then.
> >
> > After reading this book, I've lost all desire ever
> to
> > go to the South Pacific. New Caledonia,
> Fiji,Vanuau,
> > etc. don't sound the least bit beautiful or
> romantic,
> > although when you see the tourist-beckoning sites
> > online the beaches, etc. look beautiful. Maybe the
> > islands' towns and beaches have been cleaned up
> and
> > there are more things to do than the author found.
> >
> > If you're anything like me, your vocabulary will
> > increase by reading this book. There were a lot of
> > words I didn't know, some deriving from a history
> I
> > didn't know enough about, some being English or
> > Australian words.  Fortunately, it's quick and
> easy to
> > look them up in google while reading the book.
> smile I
> > love volunteering for bookshare--I have learned so
> > much from different books, and about the existence
> and
> > genre and quality of different authors, and about
> the
> > various capabilities of Word.--and I thought I was
> > well-educated before. smile
> >
> > This was a good scan except for the end-of-line
> breaks
> > (and missing 15 pages in the middle, by which time
> it
> > was too late to reject. smile)  I don't know who
> > scanned it and I don't know if anything can be
> done
> > about that except to pre-validate and get rid of
> them.
> > I know my scans used to have the same thing, but I
> > always pre-validated before submitting.  I think
> it
> > may be the OCR. Now, because I have Fine Reader 5,
> I'm
> > not getting those end-of-line breaks.
> >
> > Cindy
> >
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