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Language Myths

I got this a little while back, and while it was enjoyable enough, I found it a bit repetitive. If you know anything about linguistics (even as little as I know), there’s not a lot here that will be new

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BookMooch: exchange books and trade them, like a book swap or book barter I’ve joined Bookmooch, an interesting book-trading social site. You join, add books you’re willing to give away to your inventory, and when somebody else wants to “mooch”

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Books that Changed My Life

1. The study game: How to play and win with “Statement-PIE”, by Laia Hanau The book that taught me how to study and take useful notes. I so wish I ran into it before my Junior year of college. 2.

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I was excited there for a minute Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device Initially I misread the announcement and thought that the Kindle came bundled with the OED as its built-in dictionary. I would happily have paid $399 for the complete contents of the OED in

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Why Google Will Probably Prevail

Google Print (application/pdf Object) Despite the attempt by the Authors Guild to cut the noses off of their authors to spite their faces, according to this analysis Google will probably prevail with a fair-use defense, assuming that the court follows

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Roger L. Simon: You never write, you never call, you never email!

Roger L. Simon: You never write, you never call, you never email! Google’s not asking permission, because what Google is doing is fair use, if it’s even reproduction or distribution at all. Google and its lawyers say (and I happen

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Progress Report

528 books cataloged, 4 bookcases complete, 17 bookcases to go. Several of them are full of manga and comic collections, though, so that might wait til a second pass… I’m discovering books that I had forgotten I owned, or had

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Cataloging until I’m Catatonic

I was up past midnight last night cataloging, and I’ve gotten 237 books done. That’s approximately the builtin bookcase next to the fireplace, plus the top two shelves of the bookcase next to the computer (which are stacked two deep

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My Library

I’ve added a widget in the sidebar that displays random books from my library, via “LibraryThing”: Cool, ne? Hacking the WordPress template wasn’t hard, but figuring out exactly where to hack was a pain in the _tuchis_.

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LibraryThing | Catalog your books online

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online This looks really interesting: a way to catalog your books online. It’s cheap (free for up to 200 volumes, $10 for a lifetime subscription after that), and it appears to be really easy to

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