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Irony

I just sold a book to a person in New York. The mailing address was a business on Wall Street. I think people may find the title of the book to be ironic. Link to book title.

East Coast Bias

I have been using the website Paperbackswap.com to exchange books. The site has a neat mapping feature that show where your books are sent to and where the books you get come from. Take a look at the maps for the books I have sent and received. There is a clear east coast bias.

iPod Murder

Story in the NYT.

Independent New York Bookstore

I sold a copy of Altered Carbon to an independent bookstore in New York City today. I find it kind of ironic that an independent bookstore in New York is buying from an Amazon seller in the midwest. Like everyone else he or she probably wants a cheaper copy of the book.

Saturday Book

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
Direct link
to book at PBS.
Direct link to book at Amazon.

Paperbackswap.com

At Paperbackswap.com you can list your used books and if someone requests them you receive one credit for each book you ship to someone else. Each credit can be used to request a book that you want. You can also buy credits for roughly $2 a piece. Not a bad price to have a book brought right to your front door. There is no shipping charge so a book only cost a credit. You can get a credit for $2 or you can ship someone a book.
Here are some books at the site that I recommend:

Titgroup

I receive an email with the subject line "Titgroup: titgroup in antwerp heart of Europe". I roll my eyes and wonder why my spam filter works so poorly. But the rest of the subject line does not seem to fit for a sex related email so I open the message. The message seems to be spam but it is not of the porn variety. It seems several people of the marine persuasion from Belgium have decided to open a marine services company called "Titgroup".

Gulag

On the cover of the hardcover edition of The Gulag Archipelago there is the following quote that I have always found interesting.

Books and Prisons

I have been selling books online. Recently I have had two orders that have gone to prisons and I have had problems with each order. One book went to a federal prison in Louisiana. Two weeks after I mailed the book I recieved the book back from the post office. There was a sticker on the package that books could only be sent by bookstores and direct from publishers. On the first package I had only included my return address but not the name of my store. I have a batch of return labels that is only big enough for my street address, city, and state.

Plutarch Quotes

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

--Plutarch

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

--Plutarch

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

--Plutarch

Quote

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
- Franklin P. Adams

ISBN oddity?

I purchased a copy of The Da Vinci Code at a book sale to resell online. On the title page of the book is this ISBN 0385504209. The book is a trade edition size paperback but the ISBN on Amazon links to the hardcover edition of the book. Printed on the back of the book is a price barcode and an ISBN. This is not a sticker put on by the store but it is a printed part of the back cover. The barcode has a barcode number and at the top of the barcode it says ISBN and list this number 0965707202. Run this ISBN at Amazon and see what you get.

Cliff Stoll Quote

I found this Cliff Stoll Quote.Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?Cliff Stolls claim to fame was catching a german hacker as detailed in the book The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. He also wrote the books Silicon Snake Oil : Second Thoughts on the Information Highway and

50 State Quarters

Here is a link to a little project I have been working on at night that deals with the US Mints 50 State Quarters program. If anyone has any book suggestions I would be happy to hear them.

Ebert

I think I like Roger Ebert so much because you can learn from his reviews. I think a good movie maker could do worse then reading all the reviews of Roger Ebert and taking some of the advice contained in them.
Here is a line that I liked from Ebert's review on the "Revenge of the Sith". special effects should be judged not by their complexity but by the degree that they stimulate the imagination
Full review here.

Is Walmart Good for America

Frontline ran a story called "Is Walmart Good for America". They also created a webpage that has some detailed information. The page does a good job of giving opposing viewpoints. In the section about "The China Connection" there is discussion from both sides.

One Nation Under Law

Book: One Nation Under Law
Book Description

Freakonomics

Interesting book discussion in the NYT about the book Freakonomics.

Sith Reading

With the movie coming out some libraries might consider making this book available. A little Star Wars analysis.
A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars

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