What caught my eye tonight? (Not including crime-fiction-related material, which is captured at Friend Feed, where you are welcome to look and join in.)
From Big Bad Book Blog: "Assuming you haven’t had the time, energy, or mental aptitude for legal matters to get to the bottom of what’s going on with Google Book Search and the settlement reached last October, we highly recommend this helpful FAQ from Wired. It gets directly to the root issues of the debate sans stuffiness or legalese." This is an important issue and I think it is worth thinking about it – especially if you are a book publisher or institutional librarian. This may seem obvious but many publishers seem to be taking a "head in the sands" approach to Google's plans – which, according to Wired, could end up costing libraries, rather than benefiting them.
Gage Henry writes a very astute post at Based on Books on the film vs book of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the pivotal book in J. K. Rowling's transcendental series. It is such a pleasure to read a well-argued post from someone who "gets" both what the author and the film maker were aiming at, and who analyses the differences well.
When should kids start dating? This question is posed by Jennifer Howse at the Times Alpha Mummy blog (which I follow with vicarious interest as it is mostly about issues concerning parenting young children – I would have found it essential support reading when in that crazy, unsettling situation myself!). My own answer is "the graph does not have it right" – but the point of the post is to draw readers' attention to something called "funny graphs", which may be worth checking out for gems such as "fear of swine 'flu vs knowledge".
And, via being a blogger on the Typepad platform, here's news of an interesting blog: Daily Routines, "how writers, artists and other interesting people organise their days". It is categorised by various systems, including occupations and habits: scientists, unsurprisingly, don't get a mention per se. Even so, a dangerously intriguing blog.