Archive | December 2006

Oh dear

Mary Cheney is pregnant and US Republicans are not happy. (She’s gay you see).

“Not only is she doing a disservice to her child, she’s voiding all the effort her father put into the Bush Administration,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, a senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, run by Concerned Women for America.

I don’t know where to start with this one. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

(Well, I do but it would involve a lot of swearing).

Like that? You’ll hate this.

I love this. You all know about the goodness that is LibraryThing? Well the good folks there have come up with a take on the “if you like this, you’ll love this’ suggest-a-book thingo that Amazon runs. LibraryThing has an Unsuggester.

It analyzes the seven million books LibraryThing members have recorded as owned or read, and comes back with books least likely to share a library with the book you suggest.

It comes up with some bizarre (and obviously unsuited) pairings that you’d be hard-pressed to find in a single user’s LibraryThing catalogue. If you liked Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason you will not like Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic. If you liked Augustine’s Confessions then chances are you won’t be enamored of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Night Pleasures.

Although probably not incredibly useful for picking your next book, it’s interesting to see which books LibraryThing sees as furthest away from each other.

December ALR

The new ALR is out and this month there’s an ‘online special’. Well, there’s two related articles: Sal Humphries looks at computer games and Genevieve Tucker spreads the word on litblogs.

In case you don’t know, there is a commenting facilty at ALR online.

A lack of OzLit teaching in Oz unis?

I touched on this in October at Online Opinion (reposted at LP with excellent discussion provided by commenters), Rosemary Neill took a longer, rather better-researched look at it the Weekend Australian and Laura at Sarsaparilla has posted an excellent response to Neill and why she thinks the reported death of OzLit teaching in Australian universities is a bit of a beat-up.