Three Books

I've finished three books recently, all new ones to me, and all three were worth my time. The first was The Greatest Game Ever Played, a golf story about the 1913 US Open. This book was subsequently made into a movie, and one can easily understand why even after hearing only the synopsis. Francis Ouimet, … Continue reading Three Books

Google me this

An interesting article about the history and direction of Google, that company which is rapidly becoming the next Microsoft in many ways. As far as I can tell, this is a pretty good history of Google, hitting the important points. While I don't agree with all of his conclusions and opinions, the author does have … Continue reading Google me this

Excerpts Promised

Long, long ago (almost a month now) I promised to supply a couple excerpts from All I Survey. Right, here you go.From On Fictional Conventions:Again and again, the modern reader may read a sentence like this: "Peter had already noticed a smiling, blue-eyed girl, with a bright, shingled head, slip in among the new-comers, suspected … Continue reading Excerpts Promised

Bookly Things

I don't think I'm going to quite match last month's total of 19, but I should finish one or two more books this month to reach 17 or 18. Respectable enough. Ah, for the lost opportunities of January.The only book I've read recently that was new to me was Dixie Betrayed by David Eicher, and, … Continue reading Bookly Things


Re-read The Amazing Power of Ashur Fine, which was one of my favourite books as a youth. It is a book aimed at rather young readers, but the concept was one with which I was quite enamoured. Wouldn't make a bad movie, really. The author, Donald Sobol, is the same guy that wrote the Encyclopedia … Continue reading Books

Excerpt from a letter

As the chair of the Information School's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Admissions Committee....I'm sorry to inform you that we will not be able to offer you admission for autumn 2006.