BookLog 2011.05.29 — Botany For Gardeners: Third Edition — Introduction to California Plant Life, Revised Edition

Been a bit since I’ve posted anything here, luckily I can’t imagine I’d have “regulars” so I’m not in any way, shape, or form, worried about it. I’d imagine the only readers of this blog are those brought in by the occasional Google result. As my career/educational goals have moved from the technical to the botanical, so to has my preference in casual reading moved to more botanical horizons.

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BookLog 2010.04.14 — Bonk by Mary Roach — Hackmaster Basic from Kenzer and Co — Pathfinder by Paizo

I’m simulcasting, so to speak, in HTML[1] and Gopher[2], when I find an elegant way to migrate over my old posts they will be available in my gopher servers archive [3].

I’ve always been very text oriented, in an era where people say “I don’t read.” as if silly pig-ignorance were a virtue it seems a task of herculean proportions just to get my text fix. Books are great, Commandline computer interfaces are efficient, and gopher is a clean way to deliver text in the style of books, as apposed to the more Magazine like format of the World Wide Web. Not that I have an inherent problem in the glitzy glamor of the WWW, just that I find the best format for the written word is, quite simply, the written word.

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BookLog 2010.03.29 — Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Well I finally finished this one, and I have to say I was still loving it to the very last word. Living in a nation that, more often than not, has seemed to turn its back on the sciences and any semblance of progress it’s quite the breath of fresh air to read a best-selling popular science text. Your Inner fish presents human evolution from fish to man in vivid, exciting, and down right alluring detail. This book really gets to the heart of what makes us so wonderfully, or sometimes woefully, complex. In fact in the course of reading this book I found out the convoluted reasons behind several medical issues in my own personal history.

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BookLog 2010.02.17 — And another Thing… by Eoin Colfer — Red Land Black Land — Your Inner Fish

And Another Thing… – Eoin Colfer –
Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: 6of3

I finally finished Eoin Colfers addition to Douglas Noah Adams semminal trilogy in three parts, and I have to say, I really liked it.

This text has received alot of harsh critisizm, and much of it seems to be not of the “I read this book and it was a pile of fetid dingo’s kidneys” type, but rather more the “I will never read this book, a Hitchhikers book by another author is a SIN AGAINST NATURE” type.

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{Update: The Arboretum in Santa Cruz now charges a small $5 fee for entry due to budget cut backs. Still well worth it in my opinion.}

I’ve always been of the opinion that you can tell alot about a person from the sorts of Grandmothers they keep. As a child I spent alot of time with mine. Most of that time was spent in her yard playing around in the dirt with her plants. My own Grandmother is not the sort of woman who would survive in an urban, yardless, apartment, and she most certainly is not the sort to raise a grandson who would be happy in an urban, yardless, apartment. I had to deal with one for a time and it was horrible, not even so much as a patio or a good window to put a plant rack against.

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