In December 2004 I bemoaned the fact that god was to be cut from the film versions of His Dark Materials. The first film will be released in a couple of months’ time and I see (via MediaWatchWatch) that the cuts from The Golden Compass aren’t deep enough the satisfy the Catholic League who have… Continue reading Catholic Call to Boycott “Golden Compass”
I’m currently reading Rachel‘s book Out of the Tunnel. You should too. It’s really rather good. More details when I’ve finished it (which won’t take long at all – it’s a very gripping read).
Two nice surprises yesterday. Firstly, when I went into Forbidden Planet I found that they had copies of Fragile Things in paperback. I thought it wasn’t published for another month or so. Sure, I could have saved a few quid by getting it from Amazon, but I wanted it there and then. So I bought… Continue reading Nice Surprises
Most of the time telethons like the BBC’s Children in Need and Comic Relief are enough to have me frantically punching at the remote control to find something less scary to watch. Oh, I know that it’s all for charidee and that they raise lots of money which is spent on good causes. It’s just… Continue reading Shaggy Blog Stories
The shortlists for this years British Book Awards have been announced. Richard Dawkins is included on the Author of the Year list and The God Delusion is on the Book of the Year list. Don’t forget to vote. Update: The results were announced yesterday and Richard Dawkins is Author of the year.
From the Amazon.com page for the book Google Analytics by Mary E. Tyler and Jerri Ledford “…very useful.” (dave.org.uk, October 2006) Which is extracted somewhat carefully from the review I wrote In summary, the descriptions of the Google Analytics reports are very useful if you can ignore the over-familiar language, but the sections that contain… Continue reading Compare and Contrast
I wrote a review of The God Delusion on Amazon. Here’s what I said: For the last few years, Richard Dawkins has been becoming more and more open and confrontational with his views on religion. A few of the essays in “A Devil’s Chaplain” and this year’s Channel Four documentary “The Root Of All Evil?”… Continue reading The God Delusion
I’ve written a review of Google Analytics by Mary E. Tyler & Jerri L. Ledford. Executive summary – it really wasn’t what I was looking for.
There’s an interesting discussion over on David Heinemeier Hansson’s blog about how the technical publishing industry could change in order to give better deal to technical authors. It’s particularly notable for the contributions from Tim O’Reilly and Gary Cornell (the publisher at Apress). One point that interested me was DHH’s assertion that all books are… Continue reading Shaking Up Tech Publishing
I really don’t understand why the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail are suing Dan Brown for using their ideas. Surely if you have a good idea then you’e happy if other people publicise it too. Maybe they just don’t like their work being associated with something quite as trashy as The… Continue reading Copyright vs The Holy Grail