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19th-Nov-2010 06:34 pm(no subject)
Stolen from allanh 

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this list; bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.


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 Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (This is 3 books!!!)

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 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

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 Hitch Hiker’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 (All of them? Yeah, all of them.)

34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Wait, wasn’t this already covered in #33???)

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 One 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

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’s 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 - Kazu 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 (Also Charlie & The Great Glass elevator, James & The Giant Peach, Mathilda, and Switch Bitch.)

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
29th-Dec-2009 01:24 pm(no subject)
I don't understand modern marketing.

I grabbed a can of "Coke Zero" from the frig at work (they were out of Diet Coke) and there's this logo AVTR for the movie Avatar. Am I supposed to be such a big fan of C-0 that seeing an ad for Avatar is supposed to make me want to see it? Am I supposed to be such a big fan of Avatar that simply seeing its logo on the side of a can is going to make me yearn for that can?

What am I missing?
22nd-Nov-2009 09:53 pm - ST-TNG Season 5
I finished Season 5 of ST-TNG about three weeks ago. Perhaps the worst cliff hanger ever. Three weeks later, and I haven't bothered watching to see how the story concludes.
22nd-Nov-2009 07:09 pm - Dr. Milton Mazo, RIP
My pediatrician died on Friday at age 92.

Normally, I wouldn't consider this a big deal. But Dr. Mazo was an openly gay pediatrician living with his partner in conservative Savannah, GA in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. He was also considered one of the top best pediatricians in the city. I never knew about his gayness until I had moved onto an "adult" doctor, but certainly my parents knew.

After retirement, he and Billy moved to Atlanta. I regret that I never had the chance to talk with him after I came about much later. I regret that I never had the chance to meet Billy--in fact I never even knew his last name until I read it in the obituary.


14th-Oct-2009 02:21 pm - P = NP ?
DataMatrix
For my nerdier friends, I offer the following recent paper from the ACM on the current state of the P = NP question.  What would it mean if P = NP? What would it mean if it doesn't. Will quantum computing destroy public-key cryptography. Though it gets a bit technical in places, it's a surprisingly almost readable paper.

For the romantic minded, I offer the following tale of romance gone horribly wrong. Who knew that computer science could save someone from a pathological liar. Make sure to know the difference between GET and POST.

And of course, the obligatory XKCD comic:



14th-Oct-2009 11:54 am - Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes
DataMatrix
From the BBC.  So it's got to be true:

The forward slashes at the beginning of internet addresses have long annoyed net users and now the man behind them has apologised for using them.

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has confessed that the // in a web address were actually "unnecessary".

He told the Times newspaper that he could easily have designed URLs not to have the forward slashes.

"There you go, it seemed like a good idea at the time," he said.

He admitted that when he devised the web, almost 30 years ago, he had no idea that the forward slashes in every web address would cause "so much hassle".

His light-hearted apology even had a green angle as he accepted that having to add // to every address had wasted time, printing and paper.

Sir Tim is currently director of the World Wide Web Consortium and he is also working with the UK government to help open up access to government data.
11th-Oct-2009 11:11 pm(no subject)
DataMatrix
 I just found a new wonderful web site.  http://illusioncontest.neuralcorrelate.com/.  Each year they hold a contest for best new optical illusion.  Here is my favorite, which won third prize this year:



It's pretty obvious that the image on the left is a woman, and the one on the right is a man.  Except for the fact that both photos are of the same androgynous face. The one on the left has had the contract increased, while the one on the right has had the contrast decreased.

Here is my second favorite, from 2007.  It's simple and yet it's brilliant. Notice how the tower on the right leans a lot more than the tower on the left.


The only problem is that the two photos are identical.

6th-Oct-2009 03:12 pm(no subject)
DataMatrix
I was horrified until I realized that it was The Onion.


New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To Smoke'

As Andrew Sullivan points out, the truly awful thing is that such an advertisement probably would work.
14th-Sep-2009 10:22 pm - Mark will be on the History Channel

Alas, we don't get cable, so we won't be able to watch it until it appears on Hulu or iTunes.  My husband was interviewed quite extensively for this show. We have no idea how much made it into the final cut.


The Universe : The Hunt for Ringed Planets
Airs on Tuesday September 15 09:00 PM

They are breathtaking, lethal and a constant source of surprise. The stunning rings of Saturn have mesmerized countless scientists over the centuries. With particles the size of a house shooting at 53,000 miles per hour around the planet, any spacecraft passing through would meet an instant and catastrophic end. Inside the rings is like a NASCAR race--with bumping, jostling and frequent collisions that can cause a massive spin-out. Lesser known are the other planets that have rings--Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, possibly Pluto and Mars. Even Earth has a ring. Comprised of some 200 satellites in a geosynchronous orbit, it is the only known man-made ring in the universe. But the most remarkable thing about rings is that they contain the story of the birth of our solar system, and entire distant galaxies. Rings are more than a wonder of the universe--they reveal the secrets of our own origins.

13th-Sep-2009 11:33 pm(no subject)
Just finished Season 4 of ST-TNG.  I guess we won't be seeing Worf any more.
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