July 7th, 2004


More From the Cataloguer's Desk

Today's cataloguing batch contained some interesting-looking treasures:

Coffee : a dark history by Antony Wild. A Brit-style, quirky look at a popular beverage. Book review here ... even if you don't want to read it, it's worth flipping through just to look at the photos comparing a web spun by a spider on marijuana to one spun by a spider on caffeine. :P

Catastrophes and lesser calamities by Tony Hallam. Most people associate mass extinction with the dinosaurs, but at least four more are known to have occurred in Earth's history. Hallam provides an overview of all the current theories and the discoveries that have inspired them.

1603 : a turning point in British history by Christopher Lee (no, NOT the actor ***grin***). A new entry in the focus-on-a-year trend, this volume describes the year that Elizabeth I died and James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, beginning the Stuart reign.

Marks of opulence : the why, when and where of western art, 1000-1914 by Colin Platt. A history of the relationships between western art and the patrons who financed it.

And finally, in a move far away from the British publications, there's Steve Bass's PC annoyances : how to fix the most annoying things about your personal computer. The cover image should bring a nostalgic smile to the face of anybody who remembers the bad ol' days of the Yahoo KEB chatroom (hands up, all those who borrowed the official KEB sledgehammer!). I wish this was one of Amazon's "look inside" books ... the circle drawn on the inside of the back cover, accompanied by the announcement that the buyer has saved $5.00 because there's no CD (instead there are URLs for free online help sites related to the book) inside brought smiles all 'round the office (CDs in books are extra work and an all-round royal pain where libraries are concerned).

Happy reading!