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Books and their discontents

From Substitute's entry, here is my own list of books, differently categorized.

The following is a list of the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Books I've read at least once:

I have read the bolded books more than once

  • Dracula
  • Treasure Island
  • The Hobbit
  • The Aeneid
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Anansi Boys
  • Catch-22
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Silmarillion
  • The Odyssey
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Iliad
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Brave New World
  • Frankenstein
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 1984
  • The Inferno
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Dune (Don't read the rest of the series)
  • The Prince
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

Books I've started, but could not finish

  • A People's History of the United States: 1492-present
  • The Brothers Karamazov

Books I cannot abide

I have read the bolded books. The others are loathed on reputation alone.

  • Dubliners
  • Cryptonomicon
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ulysses
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  • The Kite Runner
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • The Fountainhead
  • The Satanic Verses
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Corrections

Note: The following authors can suck it: Ayn Rand, James Joyce and Charlotte Bronte. Yes, we all know how clever you are. Now go away.

Books I'd like to read

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Once and Future King
  • Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Name of the Rose
  • Moby-Dick
  • Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Foucault's Pendulum
  • The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Books I'm not interested in reading

  • Les Misérables
  • Oliver Twist
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Mansfield Park
  • Angels & Demons
  • Middlemarch
  • The Historian: a novel
  • Quicksilver
  • Middlesex
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
  • American Gods
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Great Expectations
  • Emma
  • The Blind Assassin
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • War and Peace
  • Don Quixote (abridged version)
  • Life of Pi : a novel
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Anna Karenina
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Beloved
  • The Mists of Avalon
  • Oryx and Crake: a novel
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Confusion
  • Lolita
  • Persuasion
  • Northanger Abbey
  • On the Road
  • The Three Musketeers
  • David Copperfield
  • White Teeth
  • Gravity's Rainbow
  • Watership Down
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values
  • Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
  • The God of Small Things
  • Neverwhere
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

Want to know something even sadder than me organizing this list? I wrote a Perl script to do the markup.

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lj Jabber thingie

I tried out the weird jabber thingie the the LJ dev team developed. It seemed to work ok, although I no jabber hacker (I live that to prog).

Since my primary workstation runs XP Pro, I used the Pandion client. I tried the SIM client, but that didn't connect to the server.

Ok. Please continue reading now.
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All good things...

My Fellow use.perlers,

When, in the course of human events, it becomes
necessary for one programmer to dissolve the blogginating bonds which have connected him with others, and to assume among the powers the Web, the separate (but not quite) equal station to which the laws of CGI and of CGI's God (St. Berners Lee) entitle him, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that he should declare the causes which impel him to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that not all blogs are created equal, that some are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable features, such as posting pictures and controlling background colors.

We, therefore (meaning me), appealing to the Supreme Judge of public opinion for the rectitude of our (mine, actually) intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good readers of my blog, solemnly publish and declare, that this blog is, and of right ought to be a free and independent site.

And may God have mercy on my poor soul.

That is all.

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those aren't friends

From Chris Juergensen's site on the Lydian mode:

«Just like the previous two modes, to figure out on the spot what major
scale you need to be playing. Let's say you are jammin with your friends
Bob and Pete and the chart they give you says you have to play a solo over a
G maj7#11 vamp. You need to figure out what major scale you need to
be playing so you just remember your lydian scale mode rule which is: lydian
mode = major scale up a perfect 5th. Remember how this works? If G is on
the third fret, D is a perfect fifth from that note. All you have to do is
play a D major scale over the Gmaj7#11 chord and you'll be groovin' away with
the lydian mode.»

Friends don't let friends vamp on Gmaj7#11 chords. Only junkies messed up
on Chic Corea or the Mahavishnu Orchestra would have such abnormal and
unclean thoughts.

UPDATE: What's sad is that I googled for both of these names and still got them wrong. Sigh...

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