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Monthly Archive January, 2005

William Dampier

January 31, 2005

Powell’s Books – Review-a-Day – A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier by Diana Preston, reviewed by Times Literary Supplement: William Dampier was a Somerset man, born in the village of East Coker in the middle of the seventeenth century. His memorial brass, in the medieval parish church […]

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learning new stuff

January 30, 2005

Did you know that orcas — like J2 Granny — can live into their 90s? We went to the Seattle Aquarium today and the staff were giving out trading cards with members of our three local pods (J, K, and L). Granny was one of the ones we got, estimated birthyear of 1915, or perhaps […]

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more serializable books?

Today my feed from Project Gutenberg listed “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and Wodehouse’s “Psmith in the City.” A bit more involved doing those, but I suppose a clever hacker could do the whole thing in the MySQL backend withou using a client at all. Well, darn it, I have piqued my own interest.

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MacGuffin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A MacGuffin is a plot device that holds no meaning or purpose of its own except to motivate the characters and advance the story. The device is usually used in films, especially thrillers. The term “MacGuffin” was invented by Alfred Hitchcock, who made extensive use of the device in […]

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