What Really Happens When you Navigate to a URL

As a software developer, you certainly have a high-level picture of how web apps work and what kinds of technologies are involved: the browser, HTTP, HTML, web server, request handlers, and so on. In this article, we will take a deeper look at the…

Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights—Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. HarperPerrenial, 2002. ISBN: 978-0060933913. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights is a collection of interviews, beginning with the formation of the Mattachine Society and The Daughter’s of Bilitis, right through…

Interrupted Music The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology—Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology. Kent State University Press, 2005. ISBN: This is not the first Verlyn Flieger Tolkien study we’ve reviewed, and I hope it won’t be the last. Interrupted Music is a brilliant study of Tolkien’s mythic creation, with particular emphasis on the role…

J. R. R. Tolkien Encylopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment—Michael Drout, Ed.

Michael Drout, Ed. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006). ISBN:978-0415969420. Order Paperback from Amazon The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment is a very large book, weighing just under 4.5 pounds, with 800 folio size two-column pages, including a list of the forty-six contributors,…

Calvin and Hobbes on Academic Writing

Maine Mead Works, Honeymaker Meads

In 2007, entrepreneur Ben Alexander co-founded the Maine Mead Works in Portland, Maine, with experienced South African mead-maker Dr. Garth Cambray. Maine Mead Works is going strong today, still staffed by Dr. Cambray, mead-maker Nick Higgins, and Ben and Carly Alexander. They offer a variety of carefully-crafted meads made from…

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition—William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

Strunk, William Jr. and E. B. White. The Elements of Style Longman 4th edition, 1999. ISBN: 978-0205309023. Strunk and White is, and was, aimed at English undergraduate essay writers. It began as a small pamphlet that Strunk wrote, printed himself, and gave to his freshman comp and introduction to literature…

On the Reviewing of Books

[I now] suggest some hard-won guidelines for responsible reviewing. For instance: First, as in Hippocrates, do no harm. Second, never stoop to score a point or bite an ankle. Third, always understand that in this symbiosis, you are the parasite. Fourth, look with an open heart and mind at every…

Law and the Multiverse: Immortality and Copyright

In comic books the issue is not just long-lived or immortal characters like Wolverine, but in fact most characters seem not to age much, and in the rare event they do die they usually don?t stay dead. So the ?life of the creator plus 70 years? ter…

What women want: Gay male romance novels

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/valentines-day/what-women-want-gay-male-r… This quote pretty much says it all. According to m/m author Heidi Cullinan: One of the reasons why more women are ravenous for these books is that they want to read s…

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