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CollectionsYour library (2,429), To read (143), Currently reading (5), Recently Read (8), Read but unowned (104), Wishlist (175), Reviewed (102), Jane's (170), E-books (9), Favorites (7), Didn't like (44), Parenting (7), Baby (10), Culled (49), All collections (2,751)

Reviews102 reviews

Tagstpb (945), mmpb (779), science fiction (698), hb (577), fantasy (548), nonfiction (532), unread (330), humor (219), short stories (199), ftppl (196) — see all tags

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Recommendations54 recommendations

About meThose who are tempted to draw conclusions about my gender from that of my spouse are encouraged to carefully consider their assumptions.

About my libraryNotes on Collections:

Books in "Your Library" are those I own. The default state, for books not tagged "unread", is that I have read them. This seems obvious to me.

"Recently Read": I started tracking this in September, 2014. I will keep the most recently-read 20 or so books in here. (It will be less to start with as I build up the collection.)

"Read but unowned": As should be obvious, this does not include every book I've ever read. This is not an exhaustive list of every book I've ever read. Including all the crap i read as a kid or in high school (or, for that matter, the high-school required reading) would make this much, much, much longer. This primarily includes books I've read in graduate school and later, plus a few I read in college that I remembered.

"Wishlist": Books on my wishlist are those I have definite plans to either purchase or borrow from the library. Books I'm only considering do not appear in my account.

Notes on a couple tags:

I only use the "LC Challenge" and "Dewey Challenge" tags in my wishlist, to remind myself. To see what books I've actually read for the challenges please see my threads.

"jane's": Books belonging to my wife, Jane. I've only entered a fraction of her books, those which I've read and enjoyed, (or found useful, in the case of reference books), plan to read, or those I would have bought if she hadn't. I may end up entering her collection in the future.

Zero stars means a book is something that I can't assign a rating to (like an anthology with stories of variable quality), or in a few cases something I'm conflicted about for reasons unrelated to the text. Half a star is the lowest meaningful rating. I am fairly strict about trying to normalize my ratings, so three stars is an average read for me. This means I enjoyed it; it is not a negative rating.

GroupsArr, me hearties!, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Birds, Birding & Books, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Dewey Decimal Challenge, Early Reviewers, Ecology and the environmentshow all groups

Favorite authorsIain Banks, Alison Bechdel, Steven Brust, Raphael Carter, Diane Duane, Jasper Fforde, John M. Ford, Neil Gaiman, Daniel Keys Moran, Patrick O'Brian, Terry Pratchett, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, David Zindell (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresA Different Light Bookstore, A Different Light Bookstore, Book Alley, Bookmans - Grant, Brand Bookstore, Know Knew Books, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Mystery and Imagination Bookshop, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Second Story Books, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, Vroman's Bookstore

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationWashington, DC area

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/lorax (profile)
/catalog/lorax (library)

Member sinceSep 15, 2005

Currently readingVikings: The North Atlantic saga by William W. Fitzhugh
Prairie: A natural history by Candace Sherk Savage
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain: now collected for the first time by Mark Twain
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
When it's a Jar by Tom Holt

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Oh well, I knew it was a long shot—have fun at the party!
It just occurred to me that Eric Cline is talking at the National Book Festival in DC tomorrow, if you want to get a sampling of what he's like in under an hour. I've never seen him speak, and I know speaking is different from writing, but it seemed worth mentioning anyway.
Thanks! That's the opposite of my "whitewash" tag--indicates prominent characters of color.
thank you! I total forgot I even had this account and yes I must have mistyped that title.
I didn't realize until you pointed it out that you had to be a member to post in Reading Globally, so I've now changed that. Please feel free to go ahead and post your notice about your group on the Reading Globally Message board. RGAdmin, aka rebeccanyc
Simpson! I did a real LOL!
As soon as I typed "from another angle" I knew it was impossible; however at least I was in the vicinity, yes? Thanks for the more in depth information.
It appears you and I have the same profile picture taken from different angles. Is yours Arp 273? Or am I just being stupid and there's no such thing as different angles of these galaxies?
You left a message for me about Mahout about a month ago which I didn't see until now because I only look at LibraryThing about once a month.

The answer is that I don't know anything about Mahout. I've read the web page and think it looks interesting, but haven't played with it yet.

Out of curiosity, what is your use case, and have you used Mahout? I'm wondering if it could be applied to graphical modeling problems, maybe as an alternative to GraphLab.
I saw your review about the Harvey Milk biography. It really is kind of a shame if it's as bad as you say. I would be interested to know if you found another, better, biography of him though.

To the anonymous troll or trolls who has been methodically thumbing-down all my recommendations:

If you have a problem with something I've said, say it to my face. I guarantee you I can handle it. Don't take it out in an irrelevant and inappropriate forum.
Hi Lorax!

Maybe I should have written you first before adding a comment to the long standing bug thread.

You did write at the beginning:
As I track them down I will add thread references for each issue. I'm sure I have forgotten some; please add them and I'll edit the first post accordingly.

This, of course, should not be the work of one person. But I do have the feeling that some of the older bugs really should be fixed before they continue with new enhancements. Your idea is excellent and maybe a small group can help you!

The best idea would be if LT would keep such a list we could all see and they could let us know when something is fixed, not just in the thread where it first or last came up.

Anyway many thanks for your initiative!

Greetings from a very warm Vienna, John Marshall
Provocative recommendation: Cryptonomicon and Moby Dick. I thumbed it ... up, as several others I'm familiar with after reading that thumb abuse thread.
Thank you for your explanation.

Thanks. I changed it to public.
I'm enjoying it, though it points out the places where my science knowledge is weakest. It's kinda frustrating when you realize how far short your science teachers fell when it came to teaching the nature of things like light, heat and electricity. But you probably don't have that issue since you've got a science background. I'm going to have to look into this stuff later.
Hi, Lorax, I forget to visit the HOBNOB with AUTHORS page and therefore had not answered your question until today. I see you are in Pasadena. I will be at the Pacific Asia Museum and Vroman's in September. PAM will have a small show of the art from FORGET SORROW.
We're having a spontaneous group read apparently. What are the chances?
THANK YOU!! esta
Yes I noticed they seemed to have the Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet links mixed up. How does that happen? They still have not fixed it by the 05-02-2010. What other CK things you working on. I have just entered a number of Shakespear quotes. I was surprised that there were not there already
Aha! I kept looking at the subheadings, and totally missed the pencil. Thanks! :)
So I keep hearing, but I don't see anywhere to set it? I poked around on the Local page.
Any time. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I've seen too much bigotry and stupidity to let something like this go by without at least a comment.
Wow. Your review of "Aqua Shock" was truly no-holds-barred, ad vry helpful therefore. Thanks for saving me the eyeblinks!

Just wanted to say I'm honored to be added to your "Interesting libraries" list. We share a lot of books, and I'm looking forward to having a closer look at your collection!
"since it isn't apparent to everyone that I am in fact not an idiot."

I knew you weren't! :oD Doesn't that cheer you up? LOL
About "excuse me for stepping on foot." . . . Many years ago I tried to teach politeness to deaf children (no easy task in those days when signing was prohibited). I did my best. This set off a frenzy. Much INTENTIONAL foot-stamping accompanied by their version of EXCUSE ME! (Prompted by your post in Hot Topics) esta
i'm impressed (seriously) by your helper badges, though i'm not quite sure how they get assigned. I HAVE noted how helpful your suggestions have been. I hadn't realized i'd "earned" any when i saw my 3???
I most save face here. That was during grad school to make extra money. I am now in biotech.
Except those who resorted to systems administration to support themselves!
I'm glad someone recognises how to do nested quoting! (re your reply in a thread on CK)
Must go back to doing it myself here...
Problem seems to have disappeared.
Looks good. Let's try an apostrophe in a word.
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