Normal Distribution in Library Thing


At library school I took the required course on the role of research.  Each week the professor would draw graphs all over the dry erase board and then with vigor mark out the bell curves on each of them with his marker.  I didn’t much get it then, and I don’t get it now but…

Iconic Books of the United States


I’ve often promoted my ongoing program to read books from all the nations of the world in Around the World for a Good Book.   It’s got me thinking closer to home about the best books from each of the United States.  It’s hard to determine an iconic book for each state.  A great book about…

Book Review: Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger


Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) (2008) by Jeffrey Kluger is my first foray into reviewing a Advance Reading Copy of a book by of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Or maybe not since I saw this book last week in the window at Harvard Book…

Every Book I’ve Ever Read *


So I’m a junior in high school beginning to apply for college and attending a lot of college-related events. Inevitably the following question is asked: “Liam, what do you like to do?” “Oh, I like to read a lot…” “Really, what books have read lately?” And my mind would go blank.  What have I read…

del.icio.us, Library Thing, and Twitter updates


Here’s how I’m using my social networking tools these days. del.icio.us When I first registered for del.icio.us I imported all the bookmarks from my browser and then didn’t use it for a year.  I didn’t really need all those bookmarks so I cleaned things up by deleting them all.  I also cleaned up and consolidated…