mentions, as just about everyone has heard, that Amazon has introduced a feature to allow you to do full-text searches on the books they sell.
Sure, its “only” 120,000 of their books, but still, this is a great leap forward, as long as the sticky issues of legality and copyright an be hashed out. I don’t see myself the danger–it would be far easier to photocopy or scan a book, than to try and get significant portions of the text via this system of Amazon’s.
And the search engine needs some work, but this is one of those small milestones of the digital age.
It’s odd that, for example, different books in a series are and aren’t in this database. (The Kushiel series, for example). It’s too bad that the GBOA wasn’t made searchable, or else this would be superlative for the Amber community.
On the other hand, one can search Carl Sagan’s COSMOS and find that, in that book at least, he does NOT use his famous phrase “billions and billions”
This time around, I am going to talk about S.M. Stirling’s ON THE OCEANS OF ETERNITY, Guy Gavriel Kay’s LORD OF EMPERORS and Eric Nylund’s SIGNAL TO NOISE
Continue reading Book Review XIII
Since I have a dialup connection again, I thought that I would try and play a bit with an offline blogging tool, just to see how it works.
Perverse Access Memory: WISH 70: Games That Challenge You
Have you ever played in a game that has challenged you in some way? What was the challenge? Do you think you lived up to it? How did it affect other games you play/have played?
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No, not the Great Red one, but a black one has shown up on Jupiter’s equator. Astronomers are not sure what in the world it is.
But I’ve recently (a couple of weeks ago, at the Olsons) watched 2010…and I vividly remember the scene when the Black Monolith transported itself to Jupiter and began multiplying…
As Crooked Timber reports, today is the last flight of the Concorde.
I find it amazingly ironic that, when I was born, we were both sending Men to the Moon and flying paying passengers between Europe and America at supersonic speeds. As of tomorrow, we can and will do neither.
I had a conversation with Scott a couple of weeks ago about RAMjets and SCRAMjets, SSTOs used for antipodal flights, and other such possible supersonic transports.
Do we need such beasts, with teleconferencing, the Internet, and other means of communication? Does someone really need to fly at supersonic speeds for anything more than just a whim? (And of course, do we need a manned presence on the Moon)?
In any event, speaking of the irony and the mixed bag of progress in transportation, I daresay that, during rush hour, it likely takes much longer today than 20 years ago to go from Los Angeles to San Diego, or Minneapolis to Duluth, or New York to Philadelphia, thanks to the rise in traffic.
You’ve no doubt seen this elsewhere, but Jim Caviezel, slated to play Jesus in the controversial new movie about the Passion that Mel Gibson is producing, managed to be hit by lightning, along with the film’s assistant director.
He, though, had been struck already.
I don’t get the casting, though. I like Caviezel, and he might actually suit for one or two of my RPG characters (especially Marcus)…but Jesus?
Sure, I know the actor is more important than the appearance…but to give you another example, would you expect Sean Connery to play Iago? Or Ice-T to play Charles Foster Kane?
Then again, as much as I like (and have a thing for) Monica Belucci, I don’t think she’s right for Mary Magdalene, either. Now Milli Avital (sp?), the actress who played the love interest in the movie version of Stargate…now SHE has the look.
I’ve joined the crew at Deck of Realities and will be posting trumps, probably primarily word-trumps there.
Now this is cool…The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum.
A digital database of Latin texts, some are translated, others are not.
Doubtless Dorothea at Caveat Lector (she of the latin dates for her Blog entries) has long since known about it.