Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One of the Things I Love

Picking up a novel after spending a few weeks on non-fiction. It's the best. Northanger Abbey was my latest novel read, and it took me about 5 days even though I was busy because I couldn't put it down! After reading non fiction you 'forget' how engrossing novels are - non-fiction just doesn't read like that, interesting though it may be.
Long story short: if it's been a while, pick up a novel and give yourself a slab of time to read because it's better than tv.
Also, read Northanger Abbey - it's really amusing and a lovely story. Despite Henry Tilney being paid out in the paper a while ago I liked his character, and for once an Austen heroine had a living, likeable, pretty strong mother. Only S&S lives up to that. It's also quite an easy read compared to the others, from memory, but maybe I'm just used to the language now....
Anyway, that's the overflow of my mind at the moment. Novels and Austen. Hope you enjoyed.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Two Weeks Later

When does the word 'concise' stop being correctly applied simply through relativity and start being just the wrong word to use? Today I found 'The McGraw Hill Concise Encyclopaedia of Science' - or something along those lines. However, the encyclopaedia had:
a)two volumes on the shelf
b)about 4000 pages in each volume
c)very large surface areas
I wouldn't have called that concise. But apparently it had been adapted from the McGraw Hill Encyclopaedia of Science. I.e not concise. So in other words, concise is a relative term meaning, 2 volumes long instead of 10. But surely there's a point where concise just doesn't really apply. If you cut it from 20 volumes to 10 it's shorter, but if the entries are still quite long its not concise. Right?
My point? Food for word-thoughts. Love it

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ever Thought...

About how online chatting is so different to real life chatting? I usually don't try to have three real life conversations at once and write a blog post. I don't usually abandon a real life conversation fro 2-3 minutes to finish a chore I forgot about without telling you. There are a few more differences but I'm talking to three people so I have to make this quick - think about it.