Movers and shakers

While I was away, some people have been busy moving or being otherwise creative about their blogs.

Amy has moved her blogs Books, Words, and Writing and Amy on the Web . She has built her own website for these blogs, coding it herself — impressive! One of my ambitions is to learn enough html to build my own website, too. I even bought "Building a website for dummies" a year or two ago, though I can’t understand it. (What does that make me?) Do visit Amy’s blogs, they are both lovely and entertaining reads. As well as plenty of book-related news and information, you can learn very useful things such as how to make an omelette when camping.

James of New Tammany College has a new (additional) blog called On the Shelf — a scientifically based investigation of books. Imaginative or what? Here is what he has to say about it:

"Here we are experimenting with books. As a scientist would, starting from a position of doubt, we seek to verify, by experimentation, the bookness of those articles called ‘books’. The scope of the experiment includes any books on the shelf. We will measure and assess them. Poke, prod, pull and push them. And we shall do this systematically. For each book we will generate core diagnostics: dimensions, area, weight, number of pages; ISBN, publisher, date published. Then we will record some more qualitative indicators of the subject’s bookness. Does a new chapter start on page 50? If so, what is the first sentence there. What about on page 100? (A hypothesis in support of this step in the experiment is that if a book starts a new chapter on page 50, and again on page 100, then the world is a slightly less chaotic and arbitrary place.)

Next, we will seek evidence of the reading of this book, in support of our assessment of its bookness. Has it been read? Has this instance (assuming it’s a copy and not a unique original) of it been read? If so, has anything been underlined. (A hypothesis in support of this step in the experiment is that if a reader has underlined something in a book s/he has done so to mark a heightened experience of the subject’s bookness.)

Finally, based on the information gathered, and any ancillary data (also known as ‘favourite bits’), we will make a proclamation as to the subject’s bookness. This can be either a qualitative (e.g. ‘a cracking read’) or quantitative (e.g. score 5 out of 10 on the bookness scale) statement. If you would like to contribute, please email me: gilesgoatboy AT gmail DOT com. Please note that the data for each experiment may be subject to revision (usually adding more data, to bolster the case against doubt)."

I am looking forward to what happens when different editions of the same book come into play.

Last but of course not least, Minx has gone Beta. In her post Moving Upstairs she passes on the wisdom of the experience, with "additional reporting" in the comments. Even more info can be found in Advice Please and Well?…. , so if you are on Blogger and thinking of upgrading to Beta, read these posts first. Mind you, you will probably get so distracted by Minx’s wonderful blog (The Inner Minx), and the free-spirited comment sections, that you won’t ever get around to the Blogger upgrade.

3 thoughts on “Movers and shakers

  1. Hi Maxine – thanks for the link and the kind words about my crazy experiment with blogging about books. My main worry at the moment is whether or not I’ve correctly understood the concept of density (esp. as it applies to fiction and non-fiction)!
    Wonderful to have you back on the blogging bandwagon (so to speak).

  2. Do you think that I should set myself up as an advice blog Maxine. I really think that I have a feel for this!!

  3. Yes, Minx, I think the world would be a lovely place if you were its Chief Advisor.
    James, thanks for the nice comment. Here’s one for your new blog — Jenny had her first ever Latin lesson yesterday and has just purchased HP and the Philosopher’s Stone in — you guessed it — Latin. She’s reading it word by word with the aid of the dictionary. Wonder how the two editions would compare scientifically? 😉

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