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If you want to own a facsimile of the original handwritten "Tales of Beedle the Bard", order quickly. There will only be 100,000 facsimile copies for the whole world.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard [Collector's Edition] by J. K. Rowling ($100)

There's also plenty of copies of the standard edition too.
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I finally got to see the movie.  I was amazed by two things: one, how much Lyra reminds me of an older Bug, and two, a scene that wasn't in the book [spoiler here].

When I saw that scene, I was stunned.  I actually paused the movie, stood up, and said out loud to nobody in particular, "She... Oh my God, she actually ---!"  And apparently Pullman came up with that idea, too, so I guess the Word Of God says it's canon.
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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE, and strikeout the books you read but didn't like.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read only 6 or less and make them read.

[I've read only parts of some of these, so I've bolded only parts of them, roughly proportionally.]

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The B
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Comp
lete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh .
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen .
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. O
ne Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan .
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac .
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry .
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks .
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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This one's for you, [ profile] shlafe:

Dinosaur Comics #1238
see the comic here if you wanna )
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I am Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! I am practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though I am tremendously sensible and allow my head to rule, I have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

I've never read any Austen, not more than a few pages anyway. Maybe I'll have to give this one a try...

The N-Word

Mar. 30th, 2007 10:26 am
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Stephen Colbert interviewing Jabari Asim, author of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why:

Colbert: First question. Did you want to name the book The N-Word and they said, "No, you have to call it The N-Word"? Or, did you say, "I want to name this book The N-Word," and they assumed you meant, you know, The N-Word, when in fact you meant The N-Word?

Asim: I think I suggested calling it The N-Word and they thought it was a good idea to play it safe and call it The N-Word.

Colbert: OK. This raises another interesting subject to me, is that the N-word has become so anonymous [sic] with the N-word, uh, is saying the N-word pretty much like saying the N-word? Because, I would never say the N-word, but I don't want somebody to think I'm saying the N-word by saying the N-word. You know what I mean? Because I would never say that word that begins with the letter after M.

link (via Language Log)

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Three things I accomplished today:
  • Got up at 6:30am for a brief workout (and actually did a brief workout).
  • Managed, finally, to get connected to the worst wi-fi network ever.
  • Spent the afternoon being the volunteer technical liaison to the hotel's IT department in an effort to resolve technical problems that had been plaguing the entire conference.  (See previous item.)
Three things that made me happy today:
  • Seeing that lots of people had taken me up on my recommendation of The Grit for dinner (hey, guys, they have a cookbook too...)
  • Spending the evening with Jodi
  • Learning that a friend's husband may soon be pain-free and living a happy life
sylvar: (Doonesbury: Mike and Nichole)
Today's Penny Arcade strip ("It's Really Not That Hard") contains no references to video games and yet somehow it manages to be funny.

Librarians will probably find this particularly amusing, as many of us have actually been asked this sort of question.
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I've figured out that there are only three stamps I need to keep on hand for PaperBackSwap, really:

$0.75 + $0.84 = $1.59, which is anything under 1 pound.

For additional pounds, I can add $0.48, which is accurate for pretty much any book I'd be sending.  (After a while, the prices increase less steeply.)

I guess I could do some sort of Internet-stamp thingy, but that costs more, if only in labels for the printer...


Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:03 pm
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Damn, it took a long time to run my errands.  I went to the post office and dropped off two prescriptions at Costco.  By the time I got back to the office with the pills, it had taken me an hour and 45 minutes!

I thought it wouldn't take long at all for the prescriptions because they were for 100 pills each, and last time I filled those at Costco, they just took a bottle of each down from the shelf.  As it turns out, Costco is now offering 100-pills-for-$10 prescriptions on lots of generics, so now they stock bottles of 500-1,000 pills.  Which means they had to count out 200 pills.  D'oh...   Still, $20 for more than three months' worth of two different medications?  That's impressive.

And I guess the main reason it took so long at the post office was that I was mailing out about 25 books to PaperBackSwap members; it's good to get these books out of the house, better to know they're going to appreciative readers, and best to be able to get credits so that when we do move, we'll be able to furnish our new home with books at no further cost to us.   (The way PBS works: we pay media-mail shipping, about $2 per book, and we get credit for every item received from us.  When we spend the credit, we pay nothing at all; we just get a book in exchange for a book.  There will eventually be a $10-20 annual charge to participate, but not for a while yet.)
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I'm adding opening lines to a database to be selected randomly for the new library catalog.  I'm not planning to spend lots more time on the opening-lines database, but if there are some you'd like to suggest, please go ahead.

See the quotes here:
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Now that the holiday season is drawing to a close, I've used some gift money to treat myself to a few things I've been wanting:
I also got a few things that weren't just for me:
And if I can just find out where exactly Office Depot delivered my assortment of disposable fountain pens, I'll have fun with those soon too.

Bed shopping is continuing.  It occurs to me that maybe we should buy a low-profile foundation first, and then if that doesn't provide the support Jodi needs, we could go for a new mattress.
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I've gone to Quest Diagnostics and surprised myself by being in a good mood in a crowded office (chairs not always available) for an hour-long wait at the end of a fast.

I've picked up prednilisone for Pied and am waiting for the evening to give her a little treat with pills hidden inside. (I hope she doesn't read LJ.)

I've gone to one library and picked up some great stuff, gone to another library to get Jodi a DVD of the Gilmore Girls, stopped at the bank to deposit a small check, and grabbed some tofu and vegetables from Dragon Express.

And I've already found two errors in one of the library books, I Love You, Nice to Meet You: A Guy and a Girl Give the Lowdown on Coupling Up. One was just a missing article ("I once had [a] short fling with..."), but the other was a howler: a footnote that claimed "an American submarine named the Ehime Maru surfaced under a Japanese fishing trawler". The publisher has been notified.

I'm worried about my grandmother, and [ profile] fizzgig_bites's mom, and [ profile] heathrow's mom, and I ought to get more exercise my own self. Those who pray, start with the first three and get around to me if you have a chance.
sylvar: (Utena: Did You Hear?)
and it's badly fascinating. I'm going to bed because I should although I don't want to. (But I wouldn't be able to get much further without A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan anyway.)
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I got hooked. Dammit, this is too nifty. Guess I shouldn't have had that can of guarana soda...

[UPDATE at 9am the next day: LibraryThing seems to be down at the moment...]
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It's been a long time since I picked up a book and read it in one sitting. The last one I can remember for sure was Ender's Game, and I read that around 10 years ago.

But last night I got Spider Robinson's Night of Power from the library, and read it until 11pm. I went out for a bite, returning at midnight, and began to watch the spelling bee. I went to sleep at 2am, tired but quite entertained.

Night of Power was written in the mid-80s and set in the mid-90s. We didn't have in-car navigation systems then, but of course we have them now, so that didn't even seem like science fiction. But I'm looking forward to the multimedia performances of "the Juice", a band that is to flash music what the Grateful Dead were to rock.

Highly recommended. Ben-Bob says check it out.
sylvar: (HIMYM: Barney/Ted Shared Moment)
Down in Mobile they're all crazy, because the Gulf Coast is the kingdom of monkeys, the land of clowns, ghosts and musicians, and Mobile is sweet lunacy's county seat.
-- Eugene Walter in The Untidy Pilgrim,
quoted in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing

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During the drive home from a doctor's appointment (about which I'll write more later), I listened to the podcast of a BBC In Our Time show about 17th-century print culture in England and how the rise of literacy and printed material affected the (English) Civil War. [ profile] segnbora will probably enjoy listening to the show, which is available here in mp3 format. (A complete podcast feed of In Our Time is here.)

I realized that, since European history was optional in high school, I am ignorant of some pretty basic facts about the period. While I'm sure I could look up individual facts, I'd like a recommendation from anyone who knows of a lively, readable book that would explain things like these:
Questions )
If anyone feels like explaining this stuff, that's cool too, but I assume it will be most expedient to give me the title of a book.
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A painting of Abraham Lincoln against a yellow background
Lincoln, Abraham

How cool is this? The Elements of Style Illustrated is a sublimely odd idea: take a classic reference book about the English language and insert totally unnecessary (but utterly delightful) illustrations. I think that perhaps only this sort of nonlinear thinking could have improved a writers' guidebook. Browse through it in a bookstore if you get the chance.

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