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Archive for September, 2006
CRITICAL MASS: Sobol Award Offers $100,000 for Unpublished Novel
EDIT: Nevermind. The Sobol award is possibly a scam.
Dave Sim, a confirmed luddite who does not own a computer and refuses to go on the Internet, has a blog anyway.
Language Log: Oldest Writing System vs. Oldest Language
This morning NPR reported on an exciting find in Veracruz, Mexico: the discovery of fragments with apparent writing dating back to the Olmec civilization, nearly 3000 years ago. This would, the NPR introducer of the segment said, be “the oldest writing found in the Americas”. She then handed […]
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon’s e-book reader - Engadget
Will Apple change television forever? By Paul Boutin - Slate Magazine
Free Classic AudioBooks. Digital narration for the 21st Century
Some free audiobooks for you. Public domain stuff, and the “advanced text-to-speech” books sound freaky—like they’re being narrated by Stephen Hawking—but I did listen to Kafka’s The Trial that way and found it interesting.
‘How to’ guide that is no practical use - [Sunday Herald]
“Every year,” said Philip Roth recently, “70 readers die and only two are replaced.” By “readers” Roth meant people who do not regard books as commodities, or pseudo-intellectual accessories, people who read serious books with high-minded intent. With so many other, less mentally taxing pursuits […]