27 August 2006
List of Blogging SF/F Writers
26 August 2006
What Kind Of American English Do You Speak?
25 August 2006
How To Pronounce Those Difficult Literary Names
24 August 2006
The Reader's Bill of Rights
23 August 2006
So You Think You Know Jane Austen?
The quiz is based on the book by the same name by John Sutherland.Jane Austen is my all-time favourite author, so I wasn’t real surprised by my result:
You scored 17 out of a possible 18. Are you, perhaps, a time-traveller from the 18th century? Congratulations: have ten thousand a year. You are more than ready to tackle the quiz book itself.
22 August 2006
New Coleridge Archival Material Soon To Be Available To The Public
21 August 2006
Searching For New Authors To Read
19 August 2006
Combining Book Titles and Band Names
18 August 2006
Oppel Auctions a Character Name For Charity
17 August 2006
What Kind of Science Fiction Writer Are You?
16 August 2006
Naguib Mahfouz Gravely Ill
15 August 2006
The Authors Who Dominate My Shelves
14 August 2006
Stump The Booksellers
Children's books, probably read during the 1940s, about a young honey bee who searchs for a good shape to use for building a honeycomb. After experimenting, he comes up with a hexagon as an ideal shape and goest back to the hive to suggest that they use this shape - not knowing that is what they already use! Sort of a "re-inventing the wheel," or "doomed to repeat the past" thing. Thank you.If you think you know the answer to this, you can send in an answer via this page. This site is run by Loganberry Books, a used bookseller in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Via Weblog V2.
13 August 2006
100 Years of the British Newspaper
12 August 2006
Montgomery Home Now an Historic Site
11 August 2006
Reading Books Very Quickly
· table of contents, glossary, index. · anything in bold, titles, and subtitles. · first line of every paragraph. · entire bookI don’t think this would work for me; I prefer the old-fashioned approach. I’m not averse to looking at the table of contents and flipping through the book to look at items in bold, but trying to skim through the book otherwise just confuses me. Via randomWalks.
10 August 2006
Dumbledore Will Not Pull a Gandalf, Says Rowling
09 August 2006
Comma Error Results In Millions of Dollars Lost
08 August 2006
Fiction Featuring Math
07 August 2006
A Ruckus Over Hemingway’s Cats
06 August 2006
The Domesday Book Online
I especially liked browsing through the list of names of Essex landowners. I saw the names of Countess Judith; Walter the Cook; Goscelin the lorimer; Frodo, brother of the abbot; and Roger God-save-the-ladies (I swear I'm not making this up). The National Archives has a good website about Domesday. You can read about the background to it (what it is, why it was created) and you can find out what the information in it can tell us about Anglo-Saxon England. There is also an online Latin tutorial that’s suitable for complete beginners. There is a section for children, too—they can play a game that asks them to count the animals on the farm (and then there’s an explanation about why that was important for Domesday). For some analysis of Domesday, you can check out J. J. Cohen’s comments about Domesday and colonialism. Via In The Middle.
05 August 2006
Franz Kafka’s Trivia Challenge
For the last thirty years, M-----'s gait has been gradually slowing under an accruing burden of recollection and regret. Fifteen years ago he walked at half normal speed. Today, while shambling tediously across an intersection, he is about to stop forever, right in front of oncoming traffic. For ten points: make a sort of nervous, almost spasmodic gesture commenting on his fate.Via Unmanageable Imaginations.
04 August 2006
Belated Birthday Greetings To P.D. James
Watch As Ancient Writing Revealed Today
an intense X-ray, produced in a particle accelerator, will be scanned across a page of the document, causing the iron in the original ink to glow, or fluoresce. A detector will record the fluorescent glow, producing a digital image of the original letters and diagrams in the 1000-year-old manuscript onto a computer screen.Watch it unfold today on the live webcast (starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT) . Via Yahoo! Picks.