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About meRetired Oracle and SQL Server DBA and Java, Python, shell, Perl, C++, C, Modula-2, Pascal, FORTRAN, AED, Algol-60, MAD programmer.

My personal philosophy: MYOB.

About my libraryMy library is best described by a Feynman diagram: it is surrounded by a cloud of virtual books. Some are tagged 'borrowed from library' or 'get this'. Some have been annihilated: they are tagged 'deaccessioned' or 'discarded'. Some are bosons: they are tagged 'dup'. Also see those tagged 'moochable' or 'for sale on'.

"A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up reading them". -- Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

"But my true glory lies within my books: printed or anciently written, bound or unbound, there are near four thousand of them. ... But I need not tell you that there are also marvels within my books -- among them wonderful and rare works by Zoroaster, Orpheus, and Hermes Trismegistus, as well as the sheets of old ephemerides. ... These are not to be found for money at any market or in any stationer's shop, since in truth they are works for secret study." -- Peter Ackroyd, The House of Doctor Dee

"In Chymicis versanti Natura, Ratio, Experientia et lectio, sint Dux, scipio, perspicilia et lampas." -- Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens Fuga XLII

GroupsBanned Books, BannedBooksLibrary, Book Collectors, BookMooching, Combiners!, Edgar A. Poe, Entheogens, Evolve!, Fforde Ffans, Forteana & Strangenessshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Charles Addams, Matsuo Bashō, Jorge Luis Borges, Eleanor Cameron, Gregory J. Chaitin, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Conrad, H. S. M. Coxeter, Theodore Dalrymple, Edwidge Danticat, Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin, Daniel Defoe, Samuel R. Delany, John Derbyshire, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs, John Dunning, Lord Dunsany, M. C. Escher, Willard R. Espy, Richard P. Feynman, Jasper Fforde, Jeffrey Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Martin Gardner, Edward Gibbon, Robert van Gulik, Dashiell Hammett, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Zenna Henderson, Christopher Hitchens, Matthew Hughes, Johan Huizinga, Thomas Henry Huxley, Max Jammer, S. T. Joshi, Friedrich von Junzt, Franz Kafka, Michio Kaku, Desmond King-Hele, Tessa Kiros, Donald E. Knuth, Wangari Maathai, Michael Maier, H. L. Mencken, Robert K. Merton, China Miéville, Hope Mirrlees, Richard Mitchell, Hayao Miyazaki, Barry Moser, Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Nashe, Joseph Needham, Charles Nicholl, Joe Nickell, Hesketh Pearson, Edgar Allan Poe, George Pólya, William H. Prescott, John L. Ruth, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Bob Shaw, Charles Stross, Amy H. Sturgis, Jonathan Swift, Raymond Tallis, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Silvanus P. Thompson, R. Gordon Wasson, Robert J. White, Gene Wolfe, Austin Tappan Wright (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAreopagitica Books, Big Jar Book Store & Cafe, Book Trader, Half Price Books - North High, Robin's Book Store Inc--closed 2012 :(, The Cranbury Bookworm, The Next Page, Whodunit?, Wolfgang Books

Favorite librariesBibliotheca Alexandrina, Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, Library of Congress, The Library Company of Philadelphia

MembershipER. LibraryThing Early Reviewers

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LocationLansdale, PA 19446, USA

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Member sinceJun 27, 2006

Currently readingTomorrow's Cthulhu: Stories at the Dawn of Posthumanity by Scott Gable
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
A Wild Tumultory Library by Mark Valentine

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