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Book-Digitizing Robots

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the reading-over-my-shoulder dept.

Books 240

Makarand writes "Robotic digitization systems are the new help available to complete voluminous scanning tasks. Robots that can turn the pages of books and newspaper volumes and attain scanning speeds of more than 1000 pages/hour are now available. They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!"

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Freedom 'Bots (5, Insightful)

rdewald (229443) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006974)

I think there is a touch of naivete in this notion:

"Think about the power of bringing our library to little schools in the middle of Africa," Keller said. "Would it make a difference for those who now have their minds closed to the idea of democracy?"


I am not sure it would. It might turn them on to the idea of thinking for themselves, though. That could have interesting consequences. Unfortunately, just this very possiblity is threatening to those who are now profiting from their ignorance. These people are likely in a position to be gatekeepers for the dissemination of information.

But, having a robot do something which is enhanced by mindless repetition is a natural robotic application. Then having that application be something that could enable political liberation is a interesting twist of the old "robots in service to humanity" ideals. I'm not so sure that those holding the reins are going to be so interested in this--call me cynical.

What I would like to see is a similar device for converting analog recordings, in whatever form be at tape, vinyl, wax cylinders, to an open digitized format and then have those recording made available in like fashion. It might be just as interesting to turn those kids in Africa on to Mozart, or oral arguments from the Supreme Court.

Re:Freedom 'Bots (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007034)

I'm not so sure that those holding the reins are going to be so interested in this--call me cynical.

There's an old saying: "If you don't like the government of a country in Africa, wait five minutes." /me is spending his vacation on safari in Pepsi Presents New Zanzibar.

Re:Freedom 'Bots (2, Funny)

Herg (564957) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007043)

Isn't Mozart already available in digitized format?

Re:Freedom 'Bots (4, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007057)

Would it make a difference for those who now have their minds closed to the idea of democracy?

Are you talking about the US Government here?

Re:Freedom 'Bots (2, Insightful)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007135)

"Think about the power of bringing our library to little schools in the middle of Africa," Keller said. "Would it make a difference for those who now have their minds closed to the idea of democracy?"

Think about the power of bringing food and water to little communities in the middle of Africa. Now that's powerful.

Re:Freedom 'Bots (4, Informative)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007245)

Interesting point. However, its useful to note that there are a lot of charitable and commercial corporations which currently fund (perhaps for the PR value rather than their own good intentions, and because the US dollar goes so far in most parts of Africa) technology initiatives and other educational programs. I've posted in the past about a program I'm involved in funded by a couple US coporations to put computers and networks in a West African university.

In regards to your vinyl recording idea, couldn't you just hook up a record changer (yes, they do make these; they have a big spindle and an arm) to a DAT or similar digital recording device, and then use some audio software to cut tracks at blank space?

Re:Freedom 'Bots (4, Insightful)

qoncept (599709) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007251)

Wouldn't they need something capable of viewing these digitized formats first?

Re:Freedom 'Bots (1, Funny)

vidnet (580068) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007284)

or oral arguments from the Supreme Court

Eh? Like the Clinton thing?

Freedom 'Bots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007314)

I think there is a touch of naivete in this notion:

"Think about the power of bringing our library to little schools in the middle of Africa," Keller said. "Would it make a difference for those who now have their minds closed to the idea of democracy?"

I am not sure it would. It might turn them on to the idea of thinking for themselves, though. That could have interesting consequences. Unfortunately, just this very possiblity is threatening to those who are now profiting from their ignorance. These people are likely in a position to be gatekeepers for the dissemination of information.

But, having a robot do something which is enhanced by mindless repetition is a natural robotic application. Then having that application be something that could enable political liberation is a interesting twist of the old "robots in service to humanity" ideals. I'm not so sure that those holding the reins are going to be so interested in this--call me cynical.

What I would like to see is a similar device for converting analog recordings, in whatever form be at tape, vinyl, wax cylinders, to an open digitized format and then have those recording made available in like fashion. It might be just as interesting to turn those kids in Africa on to Mozart, or oral arguments from the Supreme Court.

Re:Freedom 'Bots (3, Funny)

PateraSilk (668445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007340)

To crib some characters from lower down--

It might turn them on to the idea of thinking for themselves, though.

Mbutu: Whoa. Plato sez this is all a shadow of some higher plane of existence.

Kwasa: Die Hutu scum!

Unfortunately, just this very possiblity is threatening to those who are now profiting from their ignorance.

Mbutu: Whoa. Marx sez the capitalists exploit the surplus wealth from their employees. Adam Smith sez each person has the ability to trade freely in the marketplace to maximize his or her advantage. Why am I digging these diamonds for foreign robber barons again?

Kwasa: Die Hutu scum!

"Think about the power of bringing our library to little schools in the middle of Africa."

Mbutu: Whoa. Gandhi sez nonviolence is the best way to solve problems. What do you say to that, class?

Kwasa: Die Hutu scum!

Ahh, well. One can always dream, right?

Re:Freedom 'Bots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007510)

You people are so fucking patronising...

Perhaps I should send you Americans some recordings of the British parliament so you can learn about decomcracy, because your's is so fucked.

More adventures in meta-mod! (-1, Offtopic)

MondoMor (262881) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006975)

I can't resist! This post [slashdot.org] , pertaining to the "Fyodor incident" got up-modded. I was given one of the up-mods in my latest meta-mod session.

By God, you can be sure I marked that sucker "Fair".

For more on Fyodor, read the journals of Real World Stuff [slashdot.org] and sllort [slashdot.org] . There's probably even more. CmdrTaco is deleting posts. He's a hypocritical ass.

For more on my endless talk of abusing the meta-mod system, see my previous [slashdot.org] journal [slashdot.org] entries [slashdot.org] .

YHBT. HAND.

Yeah but... (2, Funny)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006976)

What about that Speed Reading TV Offer I took advantage of?!?!?!?!

Re:Yeah but... (1, Funny)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007036)

What about the scene in 'Short Circuit' (or was it the sequel) where Johnny Five is speed-reading all the books in the library?

Mmm, IN-PUT!

Re:Yeah but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007273)

It's the sequel.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6006977)

WE'RE GOOD BUDS, RIGHT?

Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007360)

You FAIL It!

I dump my load on your failure!

Digitizing Pr0n? (2, Funny)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006978)

They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!

Whoah! I guess some pr0n really have decent articles.

Re:Digitizing Pr0n? (4, Funny)

msheppard (150231) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007254)

I'm afraid a "puff of compressed air" ain't gonna unstick those pages.

M@

Hard to read on a screen. (3, Insightful)

Obscenity (661594) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006979)

After a long night of coding or sleeping for that matter, it is hard to focus on the text on the screen. Scrolling down is another matter, i end up putting text up to 200% zoom in Mozilla. So now we can all print out these digatized copies and read them. This is neat stuff sure, but reading from a screen is hard, and most people will print it out anyways. The good thing is that people can now download it from the net. Assuming it is hosted on a site.

Re:Hard to read on a screen. (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007274)

I find reading on a screen much easier. I never print anything, and actually prefer to read books, news, and magazines online so that I don't waste paper.

will there be (0)

emo boy (586277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006980)

books that change pages into robots next? What's this world coming to???

Application (1)

Omkar (618823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006983)

...not innovation. I know it's important, but it's not as exciting. Perhaps this attitude is why software is so buggy?

Puffs of compressed air to seperate sticky pages? (-1, Redundant)

Crazieeman (610662) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006987)

Guess that clinches it. We can finally digitize every Playboy printed.

Interesting, but... (-1, Redundant)

Kozz (7764) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006988)

"They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages"
I can see where this would have been useful at one time, but don't we all get our pr0n on the web these days?

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

jkrise (535370) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007017)

"don't we all get our pr0n on the web these days?"

Now you know where all the pr0n came from.

Great! (-1, Redundant)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006989)


They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!

Why they'd want to scan in my pr0n mags is anyone's guess.

Input? (0)

dev_alac (536560) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006993)

Iiiiinput!

So they're finally going to make something good come out of the Short Circuit movies?

Perfect labour for robots (-1, Redundant)

InterruptDescriptorT (531083) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006994)

They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages

Finally! Project Gutenberg [gutenberg.net] will be able to archive every issue of the Playboy magazines I donated!

Re:Perfect labour for robots (1)

Wuukie (47391) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007206)

Yeah sure, the articles is why people buy these magazines. But really, this would be cool for Project Gutenberg [gutenberg.net] , or more specifically those scanning books for the Distributed Proofreaders [archive.org] .

But can they also (-1, Offtopic)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 11 years ago | (#6006997)

.. flip over the centerfold and choke their chicken?

Re:But can they also (2, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007056)

sure, as long as they get Popular Mechanics or something...

Re:But can they also (1)

BabyDave (575083) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007285)

Brief Red Dwarf snippet (from DNA):
  • [Kryten] Now, why do you suppose that happened?
  • [Lister] W-w-w-what were you thinkin' of at the time?
  • [Kryten] Well, nothing in particular, sir. I was just idly flicking through an electrical appliance catalogue. I came across the section on super deluxe vacuum cleaners, and suddenly my underpant elastic was catapulted across the Medical Bay.
  • [Lister] You see, man? You're neither one thing or the other. You shouldn't be gettin' erotic thoughts about electrical appliances.
  • [Kryten] Er, it was a triple-bag, easy-glide vac, with turbo-suction and a self-emptying dustbag.

Short Circuit (5, Funny)

sin(theta) (609000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007002)

Finally, Johnny-5 is coming alive!

moron phonIE ?pr? stock markup felon.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007003)

FUDge synthesizing blogs. yuk.

impress me (1)

Shadestalker (598690) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007004)

Make me say "whoa." Make robots that skip to the end to find out whodunit.

Current Books? (2, Interesting)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007005)

With all this trouble of digitizing books, when the publishers send their books to libraries - do they include digital copies? They really should. Although, I don't know if there's an RIAA equivalent in the literary world but if there is, the idea of giving a digital copy might frighten them. Librarians? Has a publisher ever mentioned digital copies that are in a non-crippled format?

Re:Current Books? (1)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007275)

I forget the exact name (Book Writers Guild? Writers and Publishers Guild?) but there is an organization which has been in the news in the past for complaining about used copies of books being sold at places like Amazon.com and undercutting their profits from the new books. So, yes, I guess there is an RIAA equivalent, at least to some degree. Certainly, the copyright owners still can prevent unlimited digital copies, though, book-RIAA or no.

Re:Current Books? (-1, Troll)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007321)

Yes, I didn't mean to suggest that unlimited copying of copyrighted works should be allowed. My thought was that if we look at how the RIAA has behaved - attacking legitimate users of distribution networks, then a library which is giving out digital copies of works that are past the copyright period, could receive those pesky cease and desist orders from an RIAA-like body. Of course now we're getting into the realm of copyright and the fact that Disney's mouse is going to be theirs forever...thus making my blood boil; so I'll stop this post here before someone has to invoke Godwin's law on me.

Just like my old teacher (1, Interesting)

mike_c999 (513531) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007007)

Combine this with M$ speech synthesis (Sam) and that could replace my old history teacher.

All he did was dictate notes to us, Very Fast and boring

Scanned pages (4, Interesting)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007013)

This story is a good opportunity to plug some free software you could use to help digitize books.

Stuart Inglis's tic98 [waikato.ac.nz] is a lossless compressor designed for black-and-white scanned documents. It achieves better compression ratios than anything else, or at least it did a couple of years ago. If you have scanned documents to make available online, it's fairly simple to write a CGI script to convert tic98 on the fly to PDF.

Hopefully someone else will reply to this comment with a recommendation of good free OCR software.

Re:Scanned pages (5, Informative)

tempestdata (457317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007062)

Actually, I've seen this robot operate in person and it is a work of art. The way the arms move makes you think its going to rip the book to pieces, yet some how it manages to pick up exactly one page( It detects if its picked up two pages and drops the extra page) and flip it.

I was the lead developer for the software side that actually does the crunching on the images. However, I'm not sure exactly how much I am allowed to talk about it so I wont. Basically, the software side of it does produce PDFs, JPGs and TXT files from the OCR performed on the images.

Re:Scanned pages (2, Informative)

tempestdata (457317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007080)

Oh... and no, unfortunately, its not open souce.

Book Ripping and Burning! (4, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007223)

Time for a change in terminology.

Re:Scanned pages (0, Redundant)

brarrr (99867) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007350)

I saw it too, several years ago. It's working title was Johny-5.

The silly thing claimed to be alive, so someone from hollywood thought it would make for a heartwarming story and made a movie out of it.

Problems with tic98 and cheap OCR software (-1)

Old Ike (637987) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007086)

Not enough of ME!!!!!!

When I think of dirty old men, I think of Ike Thomas and when I think about Ike I get a hard-on that won't quit.

Sixty years ago, I worked in what was once my Grandfather's Greenhouses. Gramps had died a year earlier and Grandma, now in her seventies had been forced to sell to the competition. I got a job with the new owners and mostly worked the range by myself. That summer, they hired a man to help me get the benches ready for the fall planting.

Ike always looked like he was three days from a shave and his whiskers were dirty white, shaded by the brim of his battered felt fedora.

He did not chew tobacco but the corners of his mouth turned down in a way that, at any moment, I expected a trickle of thin, brown juice to creep down his chin. His bushy, brown eyebrows shaded pale, gray eyes.

The old-timer extended his hand, lifted his leg like a dog about to mark a bush and let go the loudest fart I ever heard. The old fellow then winked at me, "Ike Thomas is the name and playing pecker's my game."

I thought he said, "Checkers." I was nineteen, green as grass. I said, "I was never much good at that game."

"Now me," said Ike, "I just love jumping men . . ."

"I'll bet you do."

". . . and grabbing on to their peckers," said Ike.

"I though we were talking about . . ."

"You like jumping old men's peckers?"

I shook my head.

"I reckon we'll have to remedy that." Ike lifted his right leg and let go another tremendous fart. "He said, "We best be getting to work."

That summer of 1941 was a more innocent time. I learned most of the sex I knew from those little eight pager cartoon booklets of comic-page characters going at it. Young men read them in the privacy of an outside john, played with themselves, by themselves and didn't brag about it. Sometimes, we got off with a trusted friend and helped each other out.

Under the greenhouse glass, the temperature some times climbed over the hundred degree mark. I had worked stripped to the waist since April and was as brown as a berry. On only his second day on the job and in the middle of August, Ike wore old fashioned overalls. Those and socks in his high-top work shoes was every stitch he wore. When he bent forward, the bib front billowed out and I could see the white curly hairs on his chest and belly.

"Me? I just love to eat pussy!" Ike licked his lips from corner to corner then sticking his tongue out far enough that the tip could touch the end of his nose. He said, A man's not a man till he knows first hand, the flavor of a lady's pussy."

"People do that?"

He winked. "Of course the taste of a hard cock ain't to be sneezed at neither. Now you answer me, yes or no. Does a man's cock taste salty or not?"

"I never . . ."

"Well, old Ike's willing to let you find out."

"No way."

"Just teasing," said Ike. "But don't give me no sass or I'll show you my ass." He winked. "Might show it to you anyway, if you was to ask."

"Why would I do that?"

"Curiosity, maybe. I'm guessing you never had a good piece of man ass."

"I'm no queer."

"Now don't be getting judgmental. Enjoying what's at hand ain't being queer. It's taking pleasure where you find it with anybody willing." Ike slipped a hand into the side slit of his overalls and I could tell he was fondling and straightening out his cock. "Now I admit I got me a hole that satisfied a few guys."

I swallowed, hard.

Ike winked. "Care to be asshole buddies?"

***

We worked steadily until noon. Ike drew a worn pocket watch from the bib pocket of his loose overalls and croaked, "Bean time. But first its time to reel out our limber hoses and make with the golden arches before lunch."

I followed Ike to the end of the greenhouse where he stopped at the outside wall of the potting shed. He opened his fly, fished inside, and finger-hooked a soft white penis with a pouting foreskin puckered half an inch past the hidden head.

"Yes sir," breathed Ike, "this old peter needs some draining." He exhaled a sigh as a strong, yellow stream splattered against the boards and ran down to soak into the earthen floor.

He caught me looking down at him. He winked. "Like what you're viewing, Boy?"

I looked away.

"You taking a serious interest in old Ike's pecker?"

I shook my head.

"Well you just haul out yourn and let old Ike return the compliment."

Feeling trapped and really having to go, I fumbled at my fly, turned away slightly, withdrew my penis and strained to start.

"Take your time boy. Let it all hang out. Old Ike's the first to admit that he likes looking at another man's pecker." He flicked away the last drop of urine and shook his limp penis vigorously.

I tried not to look interested.

"Yes sir, this old peepee feels so good out, I just might leave it out." He turned to give me a better view.

"What if somebody walks in?"

Ike shrugged. He looked at my strong yellow stream beating against the boards and moved a step closer. "You got a nice one,boy."

I glanced over at him. His cock was definitely larger and beginning to stick straight out. I nodded toward his crotch. "Don't you think you should put that away?"

"I got me strictly a parlor prick," said Ike. "Barely measures six inches." He grinned. "Of course it's big enough around to make a mouthful." He ran a thumb and forefinger along its length and drawing his foreskin back enough to expose the tip of the pink head. "Yersiree." He grinned, revealing nicotine stained teeth. "It sure feels good, letting the old boy breathe."

I knew I should button up and move away. I watched his fingers moving up and down the thickening column.

"You like checking out this old man's cock?"

I nodded. In spite of myself, my cock began to swell.

"Maybe we should have ourselves a little pecker pulling party." Ike slid his fingers back and forth on his expanding shaft and winked. "I may be old but I'm not against doing some little pud pulling with a friend."

I shook my head.

"Maybe I'll give my balls some air. Would you like a viewing of old Ike's hairy balls?"

I swallowed hard and moistened my dry lips.

He opened another button on his fly and pulled out his scrotum. "Good God, It feels good to set 'em free. Now let's see yours."

"Why?"

"Just to show you're neighborly," said Ike.

"I don't think so." I buttoned up and moved into the potting shed.

Ike followed, his cock and balls protruding from the front of his overalls. "Overlook my informality." Ike grinned. "As you can see I ain't bashful."

I nodded and took my sandwich from the brown paper bag.

"Yessir," said Ike. "I just might have to have myself an old fashioned peter pulling all by my lonesome. He unhooked a shoulder strap and let his overalls drop around his ankles.

I took a bite of my sandwich but my eyes remained on Ike.

"Yessiree," said Ike, "I got a good one if I do say so myself. Gets nearly as hard as when I was eighteen. You know why?"

I shook my head.

"Cause I keep exercising him. When I was younger I was pulling on it three time a day. Still like to do him every day I can."

"Some say you'll go blind if you do that too much."

"Bull-loney!" Don't you believe that shit. I been pulling my pud for close to fifty years and I didn't start till I was fifteen."

I laughed.

"You laughing at my little peter, boy?"

"Your hat." I pointed to the soiled, brown fedora cocked on his head. That and his overalls draped about his ankles were his only items of apparel. In between was a chest full of gray curly hair, two hairy legs. Smack between them stood an erect, pale white cock with a tip of foreskin still hiding the head.

"I am one hairy S.O.B.," said Ike.

"I laughed at you wearing nothing but a hat."

"Covers up my bald spot," said Ike. "I got more hair on my ass than I got on my head. Want to see?"

"Your head?"

"No, Boy, my hairy ass and around my tight, brown asshole." He turned, reached back with both hands and parted his ass cheeks to reveal the small, puckered opening. "There it is, Boy, the entrance lots of good feelings. Tell me, Boy, how would you like to put it up old Ike's ass?"

"I don't think so."

"That'd be the best damned piece you ever got."

"We shouldn't be talking like this."

"C'mon now, confess, don't this make your cock perk up a little bit?"

"I reckon," I confessed.

"You ever seen an old man's hard cock before," asked Ike.

"My grandpa's when I was twelve or thirteen."

"How'd that come about?"

He was out in the barn and didn't know I was around. He dropped his pants. It was real big he did things to it. He saw me and he turned around real fast but I saw it."

"What did your grandpa do?"

"He said I shouldn't be watching him doing that. He said something like grandma wouldn't give him some,' that morning and that I should get out of there and leave a poor man in peace to do what he had to do."

"Did you want to join him."

"I might have if he'd asked. He didn't."

"I like showing off my cock," said Ike. "A hard-on is something I always been proud of. A hard-on proves a man's a man. Makes me feel like a man that can do things." He looked up at me and winked. "You getting a hard-on from all this talk, son?"

I nodded and looked away.

"Then maybe you should pull it out and show old Ike what you got."

"We shouldn't."

"Hey. A man's not a man till he jacked off with a buddy."

I wanted to but I was as nervous as hell.

Ike grinned and fingered his pecker. "C'mon, Boy, between friends, a little cock showing is perfectly fine. Lets see what you got in the cock and balls department."

In spite of my reluctance, I felt the stirring in my crotch. I had curiosity that needed satisfying. It had been a long, long time since I had walked in on my grandfather .

"C'mon let's see it all."

I shook my head.

"You can join the party anytime, said Ike. "Just drop your pants and pump away."

I had the urge. There was a tingling in my crotch. My cock was definitely willing and I had a terrible need to adjust myself down there. But my timidity and the strangeness of it all held me back.

Hope you don't mind if I play out this hand." Ike grinned. "It feels like I got a winner."

I stared at his gnarled hand sliding up and down that pale, white column and I could not look away. I wet my lips and shook my head.

Old Ike's about to spout a geyser." Ike breathed harder as he winked. "Now if I just had a long finger up my ass. You interested, boy?"

I shook my head.

The first, translucent, white glob crested the top of his cock and and arced to the dirt floor. Ike held his cock at the base with thumb and forefinger and tightened noticeably with each throb of ejaculation until he was finished.

I could not believe any man could do what he had done in front of another human being.

Ike sighed with pleasure and licked his fingers. "A man ain't a man till he's tasted his own juices."

He squatted, turned on the faucet and picked up the connected hose. He directed the water between his legs and on to his still dripping prick and milked the few remaining drops of white, sticky stuff into the puddle forming at his feet. "Cool water sure feels good on a cock that just shot its wad," said Ike.

***

"Cock-tale telling time," said Old Ike. It was the next day and he rubbed the front of his dirty,worn overalls where his bulge made the fly expand as his fingers smoothed the denim around the outline of his expanding cock.

I wasn't sure what he had in mind but I knew it wasn't something my straight-laced Grandma would approve of.

"Don't you like taking your cock out and jacking it?" Ike licked his lips.

I shook my head in denial.

"Sure you do. A young man in his prime has got to be pulling his pud."

I stared at his calloused hand moving over the growing bulge at his crotch.

"Like I said," continued Ike, "I got me barely six inches when he's standing up." He winked at me. "How much you got, son?"

"Almost seven inches . . ." I stuttered. "Last time I measured."

"And I'm betting it feels real good with your fist wrapped around it."

"I don't do . . ."

"Everybody does it." He scratched his balls and said,"I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Then, looking me in the eye, he lifted his leg like a dog at a tree and let out a long, noisy fart.

Denying that I jacked off, I said, "I saw yours yesterday."

"A man has got to take out his pecker every once in a while." He winked and his fingers played with a button on his fly. Care to join me today?"

"I don't think so."

"What's the matter, boy? You ashamed of what's hanging 'tween your skinny legs?"

"It's not for showing off."

"That would be so with a crowd of strangers but with a friend, in a friendly showdown, where's the harm?

"It shouldn't be shown to other people. My Grandma said that a long time ago when I went to the bathroom against a tree when I was seven.

"There's nothing like a joint pulling among friends to seal a friendship," said Ike.

I don't think so." I felt very much, ill at ease.

"Then what the fuck is it for," demanded the old man. "A good man shares his cock with his friends. How old are you boy?"

"Nineteen almost twenty."

You ever fucked a woman?"

"No."

"Ever fucked a man?"

"Of course not.

"Son, you ain't never lived till you've fired your load up a man's tight ass."

"I didn't know men did that to each other."

"Men shove it up men's asses men all the time. They just don't talk about it like they do pussy."

"You've done that?"

"I admit this old pecker's been up a few manholes. More than a few hard cocks have shagged this old ass over the years." He shook his head, wistfully, "I still have a hankering for a hard one up the old dirt chute."

"I think that would hurt."

"First time, it usually does," agreed Ike. He took a bite from his sandwich.

I looked at my watch. Ten minutes of our lunch hour had already passed.

"We got time for a quickie," said Ike. "There's no one around to say, stop, if were enjoying ourselves."

He unhooked the slide off the button of one shoulder-strap, pushed the bib of his overalls down to let them fall to his feet.

"Showtime," said Ike. Between his legs, white and hairy, his semi-hard cock emerged from a tangled mass of brown and gray pubic hair. The foreskin, still puckered beyond the head of the cock, extended downward forty-five degrees from the horizontal but was definitely on the rise.

I could only stare at the man. Until the day before, I had never seen an older man with an erection besides my grandpa.

Ike moved his fingers along the stalk of his manhood until the head partially emerged, purplish and broad. He removed his hand for a moment and it bobbled obscenely in the subdued light of the potting shed. Ike leaned back against a bin of clay pots like a model on display. "Like I said, boy, it gets the job done."

I found it difficult not to watch. "You shouldn't . . ."

"C'mon, boy. Show Ike your pecker. I'm betting it's nice and hard."

I grasped my belt and tugged on the open end. I slipped the waistband button and two more before pushing down my blue jeans and shorts down in one move. My cock bounced and slapped my belly as I straightened."

"That's a beaut." Ike stroked his pale, white cock with the purplish-pink head shining. "I'm betting it'll grow some more if you stroke it."

"We really shouldn't . . ."

"Now don't tell me you never stroked your hard peter with a buddy."

"I've done that," I finally admitted,. "But he was the same age as me and it was a long time ago." I though back to the last time Chuck and me jerked each other off in the loft of our old barn. Chuck wanted more as a going away present and we had sucked each other's dicks a little bit.

"Jackin's always better when you do it with somebody," said Ike. "Then you can lend each other a helping hand."

"I don't know about that," I said.

Ike's hand continued moving on his old cock as he leaned over to inspect mine. "God Damn! Boy. That cock looks good enough to eat." Ike licked his lips. "You ever had that baby sucked?"

I shook my head as I watched the old man stroke his hard, pale cock.

"Well boy, I'd say you're packing a real mouthful for some lucky gal or guy." He grinned. "Well c'mon. Let's see you get down to some serious jacking. Old Ike's way ahead of you."

I wrapped my fist around my stiff cock and moved the foreskin up and over the head on the up stroke. On the down stroke the expanded corona of the angry, purple head stared obscenely at the naked old man.

Ike toyed with his modest six inches. "What do you think of this old man's cock?" His fist rode down to his balls and a cockhead smaller than the barrel stared back at mine.

"I guess I'm thinking this is like doing it with my grandpa."

"You ever wish you could a done this with your grandpa?"

"I thought about it a lot."

"Ever see him with a hard-on."

"I told you about that!"

"Ever think about him doing your grandma?"

"I can't imagine her ever doing anything with a man.

"Take my word for it, sonny, we know she did it or you wouldn't be here." Begrudgingly I nodded in agreement.

"Everybody fucks," said old Ike. "They fuck or they jack off."

"If you say so."

"Say sonny, your cocks getting real juicy with slickum. Want old Ike to lick some of it away?"

"You wouldn't."

Ike licked his lips as he kept his hand pistoning up and down his hard cock. "You might be surprised what old Ike might do if he was in the mood for a taste of what comes out of a hard cock."

And that is what he proceeded to do. He sucked me dry.

Then he erupted in half-a-dozen spurts shooting out and onto the dirt floor of the potting shed. He gave his cock a flip and shucked t back into his overalls. He unwrapped a sandwich from its wax paper and proceed to eat without washing his hands. He took a bite and chewed. "Nothing like it boy, a good jacking clears the cobwebs from your crotch and gives a man an appetite."

***

The following day, We skipped the preliminaries. We dropped our pants. Ike got down on his knees and sucked me until I was hard and good and wet before he stood and turned.

"C'mon boy, Shove that pretty cock up old Ike's tight, brown hole and massage old Ike's prostate.

Ike bent forward and gripped the edge of the potting bench. The lean, white cheeked buttocks parted slightly and exposed the dark brown, crinkly, puckered star of his asshole "Now you go slow and ease it along until you've got it all the way in," he cautioned. "This old ass craves your young cock but it don't want too much too soon. You've got to let this old hole stretch to accommodate you."

"Are you sure you want to do this?"

"Easy boy, easy," he cautioned. "You feel a lot bigger than you look. Put a little more spit in your cock."

"It's awfully tight. I don't know if it's going to go or not."

"It'll go," said Ike. "There's been bigger boys than you up the old shit chute."

I slipped in the the last few inches.. "It's all in."

"I can tell," said Ike. "Your cock hairs are tickling my ass."

"Are you ready," I asked.

"How are you liking old Ike's hairy asshole so far?"

"It's real tight."

"Tighter than your fist?"

"Might be."

"Ready to throw a fuck into a man that reminds you of your grandpa."

"I reckon."

"I want you should do old Ike one more favor."

"What?"

While you're pumpin' my ass, would you reach around and play with my dick like you would your own? Would you do that for an old man?"

I reached around and took hold of his hard cock sticking out straight in front of him. I pilled the skin back and then pulled it up and over the expanded glans. I felt my own cock expand inside him as I manipulated his staff in my fingers. I imagined that my cock extended through him and I was playing with what came out the other side of him.

"C'mon, boy, ram that big cock up the old shitter and make me know it. God Damn! tickle that old prostate and make old Ike come!"

I came. And I came. Ike's tightened up on my cock and I throbbed Roman Candle bursts into that brown hole as I pressed into him. His hairy, scrawny ass flattened against my crotch and we were joined as tightly as two humans can be.

"A man's not a man till he's cum in another man." said old Ike. "You made it, boy. But still, a man's not a man till he's had a hard cock poked up his ass at least once."

Every time I think of that scene, I get another hard-on. Then I remember the next day when old Ike returned the favor.

I never have managed to come that hard again. If only Ike were here.

Great, but.. (1)

Omkar (618823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007021)

It's so expensive! The article estimates that the robot is only cost effective for huge projects (>5.5million pages). This technology is not going to make an impact until it becomes cheaper.

Re:Great, but.. (2, Insightful)

daves (23318) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007058)

... or until someone donates one to Project Gutenberg.

Re:Great, but.. (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007097)

I wonder why it is so expensive..

It can't be _that_ hard to make surely? The ocr software is already done (unless they made lagre improvements there?)

as for the trick of turning pages.. well go for something simple - static electric rod or something.
Just make something that works on say 90% of the pages.

Then you hire someone to sit there and fix it when it goes wrong.

The whole solution would be a hell of a lot cheaper..

Re:Great, but.. (4, Insightful)

Daniel Boisvert (143499) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007144)

All it takes is one *really* large project. If somebody like the Library of Congress started scanning/digitizing their collection (I know--subject/verb agreement :), it would obviate the need for just about any smaller libraries to do so. You don't need thousands of libraries to scan the same book, you only need one, and then you can replicate electronically. Surely there are specialty libraries around that have unique collections, but again--all you need is one...

I didn't RTFA, but this could be useful not only for developing countries, but as a "force-multiplier" of sorts for smaller community libraries. En masse digitizing of published works would allow smaller libraries to compete on a more even footing with larger ones, without having to invest loads of money into their collections and facilities to hold them.

Any well-heeled library patrons out there want to donate some money earmarked for one of these things to the large library of your choice?

Input, Input, Input...... (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007022)

What did everyone forget Number 5" [hollywood.com] ?

DMCA smack down (3, Funny)

BMonger (68213) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007023)

Those people in #bookz on IRC are gonna be so excited about this...

Hmm... (3, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007051)

What do the newspapers, and more likely magazines think of this?

Now the magazine rack at 7-11 will show up on Kazoom and all that.

I mean, comic books or "graphic novels" as the nerds call 'em already get traded freely, but that's because some joker with no life takes a day out of his life to scan and crop each page.

But if you could just take the magazines, stick 'em in this robot, then share 'em, it could hurt the publishing industry the way it's hurt the recording industry.

And everyone will justify it by saying "why should I buy a magazine when it only has one good article and the rest is crap!"

So what measures can we expect to see? Lighter inks, crazier fonts to screw with the robots OCR? Funny paper that makes it hard to flip pages?

Re:Hmm... (0)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007103)

Funny paper that makes it hard to flip pages?

you obviously never look @ porn.....

Re:Hmm... (4, Funny)

bob_jordan (39836) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007373)

" So what measures can we expect to see? Lighter inks, crazier fonts to screw with the robots OCR? Funny paper that makes it hard to flip pages? "

I think you just described a typical issue of wired. Are they worried about people copying?

Bob.

Code Orange means the terrorists won (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007059)

Every time I have to show three forms of ID and walk through a metal detector just to go to my office, the terrorists have won, eliminating productivity and positive morale. And for what?

My adventures with Michael (-1)

Old Ike (637987) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007067)

When I think of dirty old men, I think of Ike Thomas and when I think about Ike I get a hard-on that won't quit.

Sixty years ago, I worked in what was once my Grandfather's Greenhouses. Gramps had died a year earlier and Grandma, now in her seventies had been forced to sell to the competition. I got a job with the new owners and mostly worked the range by myself. That summer, they hired a man to help me get the benches ready for the fall planting.

Ike always looked like he was three days from a shave and his whiskers were dirty white, shaded by the brim of his battered felt fedora.

He did not chew tobacco but the corners of his mouth turned down in a way that, at any moment, I expected a trickle of thin, brown juice to creep down his chin. His bushy, brown eyebrows shaded pale, gray eyes.

The old-timer extended his hand, lifted his leg like a dog about to mark a bush and let go the loudest fart I ever heard. The old fellow then winked at me, "Ike Thomas is the name and playing pecker's my game."

I thought he said, "Checkers." I was nineteen, green as grass. I said, "I was never much good at that game."

"Now me," said Ike, "I just love jumping men . . ."

"I'll bet you do."

". . . and grabbing on to their peckers," said Ike.

"I though we were talking about . . ."

"You like jumping old men's peckers?"

I shook my head.

"I reckon we'll have to remedy that." Ike lifted his right leg and let go another tremendous fart. "He said, "We best be getting to work."

That summer of 1941 was a more innocent time. I learned most of the sex I knew from those little eight pager cartoon booklets of comic-page characters going at it. Young men read them in the privacy of an outside john, played with themselves, by themselves and didn't brag about it. Sometimes, we got off with a trusted friend and helped each other out.

Under the greenhouse glass, the temperature some times climbed over the hundred degree mark. I had worked stripped to the waist since April and was as brown as a berry. On only his second day on the job and in the middle of August, Ike wore old fashioned overalls. Those and socks in his high-top work shoes was every stitch he wore. When he bent forward, the bib front billowed out and I could see the white curly hairs on his chest and belly.

"Me? I just love to eat pussy!" Ike licked his lips from corner to corner then sticking his tongue out far enough that the tip could touch the end of his nose. He said, A man's not a man till he knows first hand, the flavor of a lady's pussy."

"People do that?"

He winked. "Of course the taste of a hard cock ain't to be sneezed at neither. Now you answer me, yes or no. Does a man's cock taste salty or not?"

"I never . . ."

"Well, old Ike's willing to let you find out."

"No way."

"Just teasing," said Ike. "But don't give me no sass or I'll show you my ass." He winked. "Might show it to you anyway, if you was to ask."

"Why would I do that?"

"Curiosity, maybe. I'm guessing you never had a good piece of man ass."

"I'm no queer."

"Now don't be getting judgmental. Enjoying what's at hand ain't being queer. It's taking pleasure where you find it with anybody willing." Ike slipped a hand into the side slit of his overalls and I could tell he was fondling and straightening out his cock. "Now I admit I got me a hole that satisfied a few guys."

I swallowed, hard.

Ike winked. "Care to be asshole buddies?"

***

We worked steadily until noon. Ike drew a worn pocket watch from the bib pocket of his loose overalls and croaked, "Bean time. But first its time to reel out our limber hoses and make with the golden arches before lunch."

I followed Ike to the end of the greenhouse where he stopped at the outside wall of the potting shed. He opened his fly, fished inside, and finger-hooked a soft white penis with a pouting foreskin puckered half an inch past the hidden head.

"Yes sir," breathed Ike, "this old peter needs some draining." He exhaled a sigh as a strong, yellow stream splattered against the boards and ran down to soak into the earthen floor.

He caught me looking down at him. He winked. "Like what you're viewing, Boy?"

I looked away.

"You taking a serious interest in old Ike's pecker?"

I shook my head.

"Well you just haul out yourn and let old Ike return the compliment."

Feeling trapped and really having to go, I fumbled at my fly, turned away slightly, withdrew my penis and strained to start.

"Take your time boy. Let it all hang out. Old Ike's the first to admit that he likes looking at another man's pecker." He flicked away the last drop of urine and shook his limp penis vigorously.

I tried not to look interested.

"Yes sir, this old peepee feels so good out, I just might leave it out." He turned to give me a better view.

"What if somebody walks in?"

Ike shrugged. He looked at my strong yellow stream beating against the boards and moved a step closer. "You got a nice one,boy."

I glanced over at him. His cock was definitely larger and beginning to stick straight out. I nodded toward his crotch. "Don't you think you should put that away?"

"I got me strictly a parlor prick," said Ike. "Barely measures six inches." He grinned. "Of course it's big enough around to make a mouthful." He ran a thumb and forefinger along its length and drawing his foreskin back enough to expose the tip of the pink head. "Yersiree." He grinned, revealing nicotine stained teeth. "It sure feels good, letting the old boy breathe."

I knew I should button up and move away. I watched his fingers moving up and down the thickening column.

"You like checking out this old man's cock?"

I nodded. In spite of myself, my cock began to swell.

"Maybe we should have ourselves a little pecker pulling party." Ike slid his fingers back and forth on his expanding shaft and winked. "I may be old but I'm not against doing some little pud pulling with a friend."

I shook my head.

"Maybe I'll give my balls some air. Would you like a viewing of old Ike's hairy balls?"

I swallowed hard and moistened my dry lips.

He opened another button on his fly and pulled out his scrotum. "Good God, It feels good to set 'em free. Now let's see yours."

"Why?"

"Just to show you're neighborly," said Ike.

"I don't think so." I buttoned up and moved into the potting shed.

Ike followed, his cock and balls protruding from the front of his overalls. "Overlook my informality." Ike grinned. "As you can see I ain't bashful."

I nodded and took my sandwich from the brown paper bag.

"Yessir," said Ike. "I just might have to have myself an old fashioned peter pulling all by my lonesome. He unhooked a shoulder strap and let his overalls drop around his ankles.

I took a bite of my sandwich but my eyes remained on Ike.

"Yessiree," said Ike, "I got a good one if I do say so myself. Gets nearly as hard as when I was eighteen. You know why?"

I shook my head.

"Cause I keep exercising him. When I was younger I was pulling on it three time a day. Still like to do him every day I can."

"Some say you'll go blind if you do that too much."

"Bull-loney!" Don't you believe that shit. I been pulling my pud for close to fifty years and I didn't start till I was fifteen."

I laughed.

"You laughing at my little peter, boy?"

"Your hat." I pointed to the soiled, brown fedora cocked on his head. That and his overalls draped about his ankles were his only items of apparel. In between was a chest full of gray curly hair, two hairy legs. Smack between them stood an erect, pale white cock with a tip of foreskin still hiding the head.

"I am one hairy S.O.B.," said Ike.

"I laughed at you wearing nothing but a hat."

"Covers up my bald spot," said Ike. "I got more hair on my ass than I got on my head. Want to see?"

"Your head?"

"No, Boy, my hairy ass and around my tight, brown asshole." He turned, reached back with both hands and parted his ass cheeks to reveal the small, puckered opening. "There it is, Boy, the entrance lots of good feelings. Tell me, Boy, how would you like to put it up old Ike's ass?"

"I don't think so."

"That'd be the best damned piece you ever got."

"We shouldn't be talking like this."

"C'mon now, confess, don't this make your cock perk up a little bit?"

"I reckon," I confessed.

"You ever seen an old man's hard cock before," asked Ike.

"My grandpa's when I was twelve or thirteen."

"How'd that come about?"

He was out in the barn and didn't know I was around. He dropped his pants. It was real big he did things to it. He saw me and he turned around real fast but I saw it."

"What did your grandpa do?"

"He said I shouldn't be watching him doing that. He said something like grandma wouldn't give him some,' that morning and that I should get out of there and leave a poor man in peace to do what he had to do."

"Did you want to join him."

"I might have if he'd asked. He didn't."

"I like showing off my cock," said Ike. "A hard-on is something I always been proud of. A hard-on proves a man's a man. Makes me feel like a man that can do things." He looked up at me and winked. "You getting a hard-on from all this talk, son?"

I nodded and looked away.

"Then maybe you should pull it out and show old Ike what you got."

"We shouldn't."

"Hey. A man's not a man till he jacked off with a buddy."

I wanted to but I was as nervous as hell.

Ike grinned and fingered his pecker. "C'mon, Boy, between friends, a little cock showing is perfectly fine. Lets see what you got in the cock and balls department."

In spite of my reluctance, I felt the stirring in my crotch. I had curiosity that needed satisfying. It had been a long, long time since I had walked in on my grandfather .

"C'mon let's see it all."

I shook my head.

"You can join the party anytime, said Ike. "Just drop your pants and pump away."

I had the urge. There was a tingling in my crotch. My cock was definitely willing and I had a terrible need to adjust myself down there. But my timidity and the strangeness of it all held me back.

Hope you don't mind if I play out this hand." Ike grinned. "It feels like I got a winner."

I stared at his gnarled hand sliding up and down that pale, white column and I could not look away. I wet my lips and shook my head.

Old Ike's about to spout a geyser." Ike breathed harder as he winked. "Now if I just had a long finger up my ass. You interested, boy?"

I shook my head.

The first, translucent, white glob crested the top of his cock and and arced to the dirt floor. Ike held his cock at the base with thumb and forefinger and tightened noticeably with each throb of ejaculation until he was finished.

I could not believe any man could do what he had done in front of another human being.

Ike sighed with pleasure and licked his fingers. "A man ain't a man till he's tasted his own juices."

He squatted, turned on the faucet and picked up the connected hose. He directed the water between his legs and on to his still dripping prick and milked the few remaining drops of white, sticky stuff into the puddle forming at his feet. "Cool water sure feels good on a cock that just shot its wad," said Ike.

***

"Cock-tale telling time," said Old Ike. It was the next day and he rubbed the front of his dirty,worn overalls where his bulge made the fly expand as his fingers smoothed the denim around the outline of his expanding cock.

I wasn't sure what he had in mind but I knew it wasn't something my straight-laced Grandma would approve of.

"Don't you like taking your cock out and jacking it?" Ike licked his lips.

I shook my head in denial.

"Sure you do. A young man in his prime has got to be pulling his pud."

I stared at his calloused hand moving over the growing bulge at his crotch.

"Like I said," continued Ike, "I got me barely six inches when he's standing up." He winked at me. "How much you got, son?"

"Almost seven inches . . ." I stuttered. "Last time I measured."

"And I'm betting it feels real good with your fist wrapped around it."

"I don't do . . ."

"Everybody does it." He scratched his balls and said,"I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Then, looking me in the eye, he lifted his leg like a dog at a tree and let out a long, noisy fart.

Denying that I jacked off, I said, "I saw yours yesterday."

"A man has got to take out his pecker every once in a while." He winked and his fingers played with a button on his fly. Care to join me today?"

"I don't think so."

"What's the matter, boy? You ashamed of what's hanging 'tween your skinny legs?"

"It's not for showing off."

"That would be so with a crowd of strangers but with a friend, in a friendly showdown, where's the harm?

"It shouldn't be shown to other people. My Grandma said that a long time ago when I went to the bathroom against a tree when I was seven.

"There's nothing like a joint pulling among friends to seal a friendship," said Ike.

I don't think so." I felt very much, ill at ease.

"Then what the fuck is it for," demanded the old man. "A good man shares his cock with his friends. How old are you boy?"

"Nineteen almost twenty."

You ever fucked a woman?"

"No."

"Ever fucked a man?"

"Of course not.

"Son, you ain't never lived till you've fired your load up a man's tight ass."

"I didn't know men did that to each other."

"Men shove it up men's asses men all the time. They just don't talk about it like they do pussy."

"You've done that?"

"I admit this old pecker's been up a few manholes. More than a few hard cocks have shagged this old ass over the years." He shook his head, wistfully, "I still have a hankering for a hard one up the old dirt chute."

"I think that would hurt."

"First time, it usually does," agreed Ike. He took a bite from his sandwich.

I looked at my watch. Ten minutes of our lunch hour had already passed.

"We got time for a quickie," said Ike. "There's no one around to say, stop, if were enjoying ourselves."

He unhooked the slide off the button of one shoulder-strap, pushed the bib of his overalls down to let them fall to his feet.

"Showtime," said Ike. Between his legs, white and hairy, his semi-hard cock emerged from a tangled mass of brown and gray pubic hair. The foreskin, still puckered beyond the head of the cock, extended downward forty-five degrees from the horizontal but was definitely on the rise.

I could only stare at the man. Until the day before, I had never seen an older man with an erection besides my grandpa.

Ike moved his fingers along the stalk of his manhood until the head partially emerged, purplish and broad. He removed his hand for a moment and it bobbled obscenely in the subdued light of the potting shed. Ike leaned back against a bin of clay pots like a model on display. "Like I said, boy, it gets the job done."

I found it difficult not to watch. "You shouldn't . . ."

"C'mon, boy. Show Ike your pecker. I'm betting it's nice and hard."

I grasped my belt and tugged on the open end. I slipped the waistband button and two more before pushing down my blue jeans and shorts down in one move. My cock bounced and slapped my belly as I straightened."

"That's a beaut." Ike stroked his pale, white cock with the purplish-pink head shining. "I'm betting it'll grow some more if you stroke it."

"We really shouldn't . . ."

"Now don't tell me you never stroked your hard peter with a buddy."

"I've done that," I finally admitted,. "But he was the same age as me and it was a long time ago." I though back to the last time Chuck and me jerked each other off in the loft of our old barn. Chuck wanted more as a going away present and we had sucked each other's dicks a little bit.

"Jackin's always better when you do it with somebody," said Ike. "Then you can lend each other a helping hand."

"I don't know about that," I said.

Ike's hand continued moving on his old cock as he leaned over to inspect mine. "God Damn! Boy. That cock looks good enough to eat." Ike licked his lips. "You ever had that baby sucked?"

I shook my head as I watched the old man stroke his hard, pale cock.

"Well boy, I'd say you're packing a real mouthful for some lucky gal or guy." He grinned. "Well c'mon. Let's see you get down to some serious jacking. Old Ike's way ahead of you."

I wrapped my fist around my stiff cock and moved the foreskin up and over the head on the up stroke. On the down stroke the expanded corona of the angry, purple head stared obscenely at the naked old man.

Ike toyed with his modest six inches. "What do you think of this old man's cock?" His fist rode down to his balls and a cockhead smaller than the barrel stared back at mine.

"I guess I'm thinking this is like doing it with my grandpa."

"You ever wish you could a done this with your grandpa?"

"I thought about it a lot."

"Ever see him with a hard-on."

"I told you about that!"

"Ever think about him doing your grandma?"

"I can't imagine her ever doing anything with a man.

"Take my word for it, sonny, we know she did it or you wouldn't be here." Begrudgingly I nodded in agreement.

"Everybody fucks," said old Ike. "They fuck or they jack off."

"If you say so."

"Say sonny, your cocks getting real juicy with slickum. Want old Ike to lick some of it away?"

"You wouldn't."

Ike licked his lips as he kept his hand pistoning up and down his hard cock. "You might be surprised what old Ike might do if he was in the mood for a taste of what comes out of a hard cock."

And that is what he proceeded to do. He sucked me dry.

Then he erupted in half-a-dozen spurts shooting out and onto the dirt floor of the potting shed. He gave his cock a flip and shucked t back into his overalls. He unwrapped a sandwich from its wax paper and proceed to eat without washing his hands. He took a bite and chewed. "Nothing like it boy, a good jacking clears the cobwebs from your crotch and gives a man an appetite."

***

The following day, We skipped the preliminaries. We dropped our pants. Ike got down on his knees and sucked me until I was hard and good and wet before he stood and turned.

"C'mon boy, Shove that pretty cock up old Ike's tight, brown hole and massage old Ike's prostate.

Ike bent forward and gripped the edge of the potting bench. The lean, white cheeked buttocks parted slightly and exposed the dark brown, crinkly, puckered star of his asshole "Now you go slow and ease it along until you've got it all the way in," he cautioned. "This old ass craves your young cock but it don't want too much too soon. You've got to let this old hole stretch to accommodate you."

"Are you sure you want to do this?"

"Easy boy, easy," he cautioned. "You feel a lot bigger than you look. Put a little more spit in your cock."

"It's awfully tight. I don't know if it's going to go or not."

"It'll go," said Ike. "There's been bigger boys than you up the old shit chute."

I slipped in the the last few inches.. "It's all in."

"I can tell," said Ike. "Your cock hairs are tickling my ass."

"Are you ready," I asked.

"How are you liking old Ike's hairy asshole so far?"

"It's real tight."

"Tighter than your fist?"

"Might be."

"Ready to throw a fuck into a man that reminds you of your grandpa."

"I reckon."

"I want you should do old Ike one more favor."

"What?"

While you're pumpin' my ass, would you reach around and play with my dick like you would your own? Would you do that for an old man?"

I reached around and took hold of his hard cock sticking out straight in front of him. I pilled the skin back and then pulled it up and over the expanded glans. I felt my own cock expand inside him as I manipulated his staff in my fingers. I imagined that my cock extended through him and I was playing with what came out the other side of him.

"C'mon, boy, ram that big cock up the old shitter and make me know it. God Damn! tickle that old prostate and make old Ike come!"

I came. And I came. Ike's tightened up on my cock and I throbbed Roman Candle bursts into that brown hole as I pressed into him. His hairy, scrawny ass flattened against my crotch and we were joined as tightly as two humans can be.

"A man's not a man till he's cum in another man." said old Ike. "You made it, boy. But still, a man's not a man till he's had a hard cock poked up his ass at least once."

Every time I think of that scene, I get another hard-on. Then I remember the next day when old Ike returned the favor.

I never have managed to come that hard again. If only Ike were here.

More... (-1, Redundant)

seangw (454819) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007071)

...inpuuuuut. C'mon, I'm not the only one who imagined that Short Circuit scene?

Re:More... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007126)

Considering you're about the 50th idiot to post about it, NO.

all very interesting.....BUT..... (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007079)

How many L.O.C's per hour is that?

Rent these suckers out! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007092)

I've got an apartment and storage unit full of books. Set one of these babies up at a Kinko's kinda place for rental, I'll digitize 'em all and live the kind of minimalist-yet-scholarly life I've always dreamed of :)

Really, it's ridiculous that I've got 140 gigabytes of storage in my apartment, and all these shelves of paper. (And don't bitch to me about reading on screen, a tablet with high-resolution screen displaying large type wouldn't be too bad, and digital paper ain't far away.)

I'm all for democracy, of course... (5, Funny)

CommieLib (468883) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007093)

But does this passage puzzle you a bit?

"Think about the power of bringing our library to little schools in the middle of Africa," Keller said. "Would it make a difference for those who now have their minds closed to the idea of democracy?"

I'm not sure I get the connection:

Mbutu: Hey, Kwasa, check out this copy of "The Horse Whisperer" on my Palm Pilot.

Kwasa: Incredible! We must hold free elections immediately!

Re:I'm all for democracy, of course... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007209)

This Keller is an elitist American Asshole and should go back to reading his books. The idiots want democracy by force, the elitists want democracy by education. The only things that they both have in common is that they believe that the countries that need it don't deserve is, and they both don't believe that a country wouldn't want such a precious gift.

Here's a hint, it's Africa. They can't eat books!

Re:I'm all for democracy, of course... (1)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007406)

Here's a hint, it's Africa. They can't eat books!

Especially not electronic books!

Sticky Pages (-1, Redundant)

Obiwan Kenobi (32807) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007102)

They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!

This will go a long way in digitizing Playboy collections around the world.

*cough*

Re:Sticky Pages (1, Funny)

Cackmobile (182667) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007123)

nice one

Soon Illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007104)

So, is there a "BIAA" who can lobby all the worlds politicians to make this device illegal?

Galley Slave ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007128)

Actually, I found the original (by Asimov)
better ...

Project Gutenberg (5, Insightful)

Mechanik (104328) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007141)

What do we need to do to get one of these donated to Project Gutenberg? Right now one of the biggest things holding them up is a lack of volunteers to manually scan the books.


Mechanik

Re:Project Gutenberg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007255)

I wish....but if you want to help out come over to Distributed Proofreaders @ http://texts01.archive.org/dp

Re:Project Gutenberg (4, Interesting)

tempestdata (457317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007365)

Well I have some good news for you. While, I was working (and I still am actually) on this project I asked the Digital Library Projects Manager, who is basically in charge of this project about releasing the books they scan to the public. His reply was that they were probably going to release a pretty significant portion of the books they scan to the public. The rest would only be available within Stanford University Libraries.

So, you may at one point see those books freely available for download, provided they can get those copyright issues ironed out.

Re:Project Gutenberg (3, Informative)

Musashi Miyamoto (662091) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007399)

Actually, the primary thing holding up Project Gutenberg is the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act. The copyright law was recently extended so that nothing created earlier than the 1920s is going into the public domain.

There is a large body of great 20th century works that will not enter the public domain for many years. Stuff by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Willa Cather, Wallace Stevens, Yeats, Virginia Woolf, et al.

Its a shame. I actually enjoy reading literature, and I am forced to go to the library for anything newer than 1923.

Archival Projects (4, Insightful)

borkus (179118) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007160)

This would be awesome for records/document archiving. I knew a guy who worked at our State Library who had to catalog courthouse records across the state. He'd go out to some remote county where all the marriage, land and court records were on paper and try to figure out what they had. Some of the records went back to before the American Revolution. In nearly all cases, the only records were on paper.

If he could drag this robot along to a courthouse and scan the records over a couple of weeks, it would allow him digitize that information quickly. Not only would the digital copies be easier to search, they would be easier to preserve. One courthouse, where their file room was in the basement, nearly lost all of its old records to a flood.

Step 3 is profit?? (1, Funny)

colonelteddy (556564) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007187)

Being able to scan 1000 oages an hour: $Lots

Converting 8 million volumes into a digital database: > $250 million

Having robots digitize every porn collection in the world, fast : Priceless

Finger lickin good (4, Funny)

dspfreak (666482) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007204)

They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!

I'm glad they didn't go with the design where it licked its thumb before turning each page. I hate that!

Get these to librarians ASAP! (1, Insightful)

l0rd (52169) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007225)

Once librarians get their hands on these they could be the new b00kw@r3z G0dz. Just think about searching the content of your library on kazaa.

By that time someone will have thought up copy protection ;)

I can't wait for digital textbooks (2, Interesting)

gnurb (632580) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007247)

I did quite a bit of research on a low cost book scanner awhile ago, because the though of not having to lug around a heap of books from class to class is a dream come true. I hope this technology really takes off, and they find a way to make the whole thing a bit smaller/cheaper. I bet textbook publishers are scared silly about this..

This is useful for other professions too (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007248)

A robotic scanning machine for books could be very useful for litgation support too. I work for a company that is an out-source firm for law firms and we get a lot of books to copy and scan. Hand place copying is a pain like you wouldn't believe. This machine could end all of that, only if you had a large enough project to justify buying this machine.

But of course, this would also probably raise the cost to the law firms we have as clients, and of course they would charge their clients more.

Tony (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007256)

Hey, Tony.. Are you reading this? 8-)
--
Pete

I am a geek (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007271)

and i love to suck cock

Reredundantt (1)

the darn (624240) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007279)

Now Johnny 5 can scan in all the sticky pr0n on earth!

LORD - Dont you people see what's happening here?! (4, Funny)

blakespot (213991) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007286)

I don't know about you, but when I see a robot latched onto one of humanity's tome's of knowledge, poring over it at 1000 pages / minute puffing and aiming its high resolution CCD, I see what is clearly the first step in the rise of machines which will lead to the utter anhialation of humankind!!! We can't just feed them our knowledge!!

For the love of GOD, someone check this!!


blakespot

Re:LORD - Dont you people see what's happening her (1)

Obiwan Kenobi (32807) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007420)

Just wait! Soon they'll organize and create a city called 01 and enslave the world!

And then some guy named Keanu will save us! And think he can act too!

They might even call it a Second Renaissance [intothematrix.com] !

Why the DMCA really does apply (1, Funny)

Slashdolt (166321) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007303)

A book is essentially a form of encryption. You cannot copy pages from a book into a digital form without using some sort of technological device that breaks this "analog" encryption, which under the DMCA is clearly illegal.

Expect to see these outlawed real soon. Either that, or expect a "Steven King" model to be available this fall.

--
Slashdolt

Does it cost that much? (4, Insightful)

zebadee (551743) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007319)

The article says it would become cost effective for 5.5 million pages. Later it says it costs between $1 - $4 per book in the Far East. So if you estimate a book to have around 300 pages, doing the digitising manually would be $18333-$73333 per 5.5 million pages (ie 5500000/300 multiplied by cost per book). From the way article is written I expected it to cost ALOT more. I guess the proof reading cost for manual conversion could be high?

This page... (1)

Sinus0idal (546109) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007326)

... was created by a cadre of book turning robots for Sinus0idal... Hmmmm. Naaaah.

I am a lame geek (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007331)

and i love sucking geek cock

For those antique books (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007352)

We can also put the digitizing, framing, and hosting services together for a prestigious piece of fine art. Imagine a beautifully framed old book that has been digitized for reading on the World Wide Web. The digitized antique book display provides a beautiful piece of art for your office, home or library and testifies to your gift of free reading on the Internet. The digital publishing preserves the unique signs of age of the book and proves that only you own the original book that was made forever visible by all.

Digitization (1, Informative)

kriox (630423) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007359)

I once took part in a project that intended to digitize millions of newspaper clips, some of them copies of more than 125 years old originals.

That was in 1999.

Digitizing was the easy part, actually, since the pages were convenintly in A4 paper, but the OCR, oh mighty Cthulhu! I was a young and inexperienced one in those days, and OCR software really wasn't up to the task (we didn't have the money to proofread all that text).

I don't have to tell you how disappoiting it was trying to index 1.2Gb of garbled text.

I miss being naive. =)

Great and now they'll sit idle (1)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007363)

while the books crumble away because they have fallen back into copywrite and some suit with no vision beyond the next quarter refuses to allow his 'property' to be 'stolen'.

Old news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6007382)

Read LISNews.com [lisnews.com] if you like these sort of stories, delivered in a more timely manner [slashdot.org] .

It's already starting to hit home... my experience (3, Informative)

boy_afraid (234774) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007427)

Not to long ago I had to do a research paper for a college class. No big deal, I've done many of them, and I was not looking forward to this one. Well, I went to the Houston Public Library in Downtown (which I hadn't been to in many many many , you get the idea, years). I got the library card that gave me access to some computer terminals and computer card catalogue. I was amazed about what they had converted electronically and links to other sites that had dictated material. I was also amazed that I could get all this same access from home using the information printed on the library card. So I go home (I have Road Runner cable modem) and do my research instead of being trapped in the library and get to work. I find electronic format of lots and lots of textbooks, magazines, government docs, and many many more. What put me a notch or two down from my high horse was that I even found that they had radio talk shows transcribed (which I used in my research paper) that helped a lot!

There is a lot of information ALREADY converted from text and audio sources at your fingertips that was unfathomable a few years ago. And all of this is free from the website (and links to other sources) from the public library. Talk about your one stop shop.

sticky pages!! (0, Redundant)

slyguy420 (193568) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007429)

"They even use puffs of compressed air to separate sticky pages!"

they are going to need more than compressed air to unstick the Pr0n mags! ;)

Will those scanned books available online? (1)

5prite (655586) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007449)

<quote>
The newly installed robot is finishing two pilot projects, scanning books published by Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information and ...
</quote>

It means they have scanned this [stanford.edu] this [stanford.edu] this [stanford.edu] this [stanford.edu] and this [stanford.edu] ?

Will they be available online for reading? :)

Heidelburg press (3, Informative)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007460)

Using air to separate and move paper is not new. Heidelburg platen presses (you may remember them from high school graphic arts classes) have had this feature for about fifty years.

hm (1)

machine of god (569301) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007484)

Yes, but can it take tests too?

Use in colleges (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007486)

I'd love to be able to scan my textbooks and put them all on my laptop. It seems like a waste of effort to carry a laptop and two other eight pound books around all day. Toss in my Aiptek hyperpen and I should be able to take notes right on the scanned pages.

Sure there are IP issues to iron out and *gasp* cutting out the middle man (paper publishing) might help make college textbooks actually affordable.

Actually, I'm in the middle of using an ultra-fast scanner at work just to see how this exact setup plays out. I'm sure to piss off a professor or two, especially if he/she suspects his book is on the P2P networks. Heh, give me an A and everyone goes home happy.

Johnny Five is alive! (0, Redundant)

Marco_polo (160898) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007515)

More Input!

This is exactly the technology we need... (1)

foxtrot (14140) | more than 11 years ago | (#6007522)

...to build a Tivo for books!

-JDF
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