Longpen Bookfest at Green Living Show

Who knows what people are remembered for. Hedy Lamarr became famous for acting in a lot of second rate movies, but now is remembered for US patent 2292387: the invention of frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication, that has "served as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones to WiFi Internet connections." (wikipedia) Margaret Atwood is one of the world's most successful authors, winning Bookers and G-G's galore, but is also the inventor of the Longpen, where a pantograph meets the internet and videoconferencing. We thought it interesting when we covered it but now we are beginning to see the impact it might have. Her books are better than Hedy's movies, but this Longpen has legs.

The Green Living show in Toronto at the end of April is running string of book signings that anyone would kill for- Robert Kennedy Jr., David Suzuki, Tim Flannery (introduced by Graeme Gibson) and George Monbiot (introduced by Margaret Atwood). Instead of flying them in at great carbon cost, they are all appearing by longpen, powered by the wind through Bullfrog. One can talk to them all and get them to autograph that book, they are spread out from Australia to the UK, yet it is carbon free.

Normally, a show might be able to nail one or two authors of this calibre. Now, through the Longpen, they can have an entire slate of them. What book lover could miss such an opportunity. ::Green Living Show

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