More Newtonian Swag


Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician – Anthony Everitt
The Annotated Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson (Editor)
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 2 (Angels’ Revenge / Cave Dwellers / Pod People / Shorts, Vol. 1)

“Unread” Book Meme

(via Swimming with Sharks)

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you own but have not read.

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I’ve been tagged for a book meme

(via Dunner’s)

The Rules:

  1. You have to look up page 123 in the nearest book around you.
  2. Look for the fifth sentence.
  3. Then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
  4. And then tag five people, just like you were tagged!

Let’s see… My home office is packed with books, so I’ll also do both fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction: Unknown Means by Elizabeth Becka (by my desk because it just arrived in the mail a few days ago)

Maybe not.

No one wanted to think of Marissa as a victim. Marissa least of all. But if Evelyn tried to avoid the topic, people would assume there has to be more to the story. Nothing beat a good drama like a terrific conspiracy.

Non-Fiction: The ACE Programmer’s Guide: Practical Design Patterns for Network and Systems Programming by Stephen D. Huston, James CE Johnson, & Umar Syyid (I was using it as a reference yesterday)

This is an application of the Strategy pattern [3], which allows you to change your “strategy” without making large changes to you implementation. To facilitate changing one set of IPC wrappers for another, ACE’s are related in sets:
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Each class abstracts a bit of low level mess of traditional socket programming. All together, the classes create an easy-to-use type-safe mechanism for creating distributed applications. We won’t show you everything they can do, but what we do show covers about 80 percent of the things you’ll normally need to do.

I’ll tag (a more or less random selection from my blogroll):