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Review: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book! It's one of those books that I stole time for. What? Someone needs to go to the store? On it! Just let me grab my audiobook...

I kept being reminded of Dava Sobel's book "Longitude". The books are both history based and have a good bit of storytelling, good storytelling! It was very interesting to have, at the end, the author tell of the current state of the gravestones of both the madman and his victim. It was also very neat to hear (in this audiobook edition) an interview between the author/narrator Simon Winchester and the current editor of the OED!

It's hard to talk about this book without giving away spoilers in the fashion of interesting tidbits, because it is just so interesting. So, I'll leave you with that.

If you like this book, try Dava Sobel's Longitude, and vice versa.


Catching Up

May through August was unbelievably busy for me. I'll try to catch up. In that time I:
Graduated.Flew to Kansas to be with my family for a short, emotional time.Flew back to start a whirlwind internship I will never forget.Drove across country to Arizona to see friends and family.Drove BACK across country just in time to start my masters program.And I am catching up on schoolwork, while catching up on everything else.Dear family and friends, I thank you for your patience.
To hold you over (some more) here's Bill Nye, boxing for science!

2014Sep10 Snorkeling Biorock Artifical Reef

For my masters in Environmental Science I take a course called Environmental Restoration. Largely it's a paperwork course: we read copious articles about restoration and then discuss. But sometimes, we get to see actual restorations. On this occasion we went to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida site of the Lauderdale-by-the-Beach Biorock Artificial Reef project.

Review: Goodnight Darth Vader

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this book on the library shelf and had to snag it. It's a great little bedtime story, with great art. I really like the scenes he chose for the characters. I laughed out loud at the Ewoks!

Apparently he's done a few more. I'll have to read them too.

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