Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin. Yeine’s mother was the king’s daughter who had been exiled when she married a barbarian and gave up her birthright. Yeine has been raised to be a warrior of her father’s barbarian tribe. Now nineteen years old, she’s been summoned by the king, her grandfather, to the city … Continue reading »

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The Heirloom Life Gardener

The Heirloom Life Gardener: the Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle, with Meghan Sutherland. A comprehensive guide to organic gardening. It starts with a history of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, then continues with a couple of sections on how to garden and especially … Continue reading »

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Reading list: UCLA History of Science

The Department of History at UCLA has a long core reading list for the History of Science graduate written exam (2008-09). Sub-lists: Collections and books spanning long periods (difficult to classify chronologically) Antiquity to 1600 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century and beyond Philosophy/Theory (not period-specific) Themes and Trends in History of Science, … Continue reading »

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Real-time airline flight tracking

Over on Search Engine Land, Gary Price has an overview of Heavy Duty Real-Time Airline Flight Tracking Tools. He covers Flight Aware, Plane Finder, various apps, and how to listen to live air traffic control radio.

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A Brief History of eBooks and eReaders

‪A Brief History of eBooks & eReaders v3.0‬, presented by Michael Sauers, 1 December 2011. A half-hour presentation by Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian from the Nebraska Library Commission, about the history of eReaders, from Project Gutenberg to the Kindle Fire. At the end, there’s a short explanation of ebook file formats (ePub v. Kindle). … Continue reading »

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True Grit

True Grit, by Charles Portis. “I was just fourteen years old when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band.” … Continue reading »

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Master list of “Best of 2011″ book lists

Once again, Largehearted Boy is compiling a master list of online “Best of 2011″ book lists. Fiction, nonfiction, crafts, theater, travel, poetry, cookbooks… you name it, there’s a “Best Books of 2011″ list.

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl. Ruth Reichl was the New York Times restaurant critic for the New York Times from 1993 to 1999. To keep from getting preferential treatment from the restaurants she reviewed, she wore elaborate disguises and created personas to match. The experience was … Continue reading »

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And all the rest: November

Stuff I read or watched but didn’t write about (November 2011). Movies/TV Little Mosque on the Prairie, finished season 2. Spooks, finished season 2. Burn Notice, finished season 4. Law & Order UK, season 2. Inspector Lewis, season 2. Die Hard. Space: 1999, eps 1-6. Spooks, season 3.

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