Newsletter 141 – June 2008
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Number 141 – June 2008 – ISSN 1470-1863
Music, Arts, Culture, and Technology
as seen from digital hub Manchester UK
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0— ‘Web 2.0 A Strategy Guide’ – eCommerce
Amy Shuen’s new book should not be missed by
anyone who wants to follow the latest developments
in Web 2.0 technologies and eCommerce.
What’s Web 2.0? (you might be thinking)
Well, Web 1.0 got web pages onto our computer
monitors. But that’s just downloading information.
Web 2.0 allows us to interact with it and up-load
our responses. We now live in an online world
where two way communications are the norm.
Anybody running an online business needs to
take this into account. She shows how this can
be done, and even offers checklists so that you
can run internal audits to monitor your performance
and see where it can be improved.
It might be useful to read this book in conjunction
with Chris Anderson’s influential book on eCommerce,
‘The Long Tail’. Details here:
0— Pub Quiz Question #1
What do the initials DERV stand for?
0— Create your own Fonts – for f.r.e.e
If you head over to FontStruct, you can
create, download and share your own fonts.
FontStruct is a free font-building tool
brought to you by the world’s leading
retailer of digital type, FontShop.
FontStruct lets you quickly and easily
create fonts constructed out of geometrical
shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern,
like tiles or bricks.
Once you’re done building, FontStruct
generates high-quality TrueType fonts,
ready to use in any Mac or Windows
You can keep your creations to yourself,
or share your ‘FontStructions’.
Explore the Gallery of fonts made by
other FontStruct users and download
them or even copy them and make your
0— Pub quiz – Question #2
At which river’s mouth does Sunderland lie?
0— ‘Larkin, Ideology & Critical Violence’
Guest critic John White reviews a book which
argues the case for poet Philip Larkin.
It’s timely, because Larkin has been much
criticised since the publication of his
letters and diaries.
In both those he revealed a taste for very
politically incorrect jokes and remarks,
not to speak of a penchant for soft p.o.r.n
This is arguing the case that he’s been
both misunderstood and misrepresented.
0— Pub quiz – Question #3
Which is the oldest ruling family in the world?
0— ‘Using Statistics’ – new book
Students are often horrified to discover
that in some subjects such as biology and
sociology – you’ve got to use statistics.
This book is written for people who want
to get through the process as painlessly
It does this by clarifying the underlying
principles of statistics, rather than the
rather unexciting maths involved.
David Rugg explains what questions you
can ask of information – and what answers
can legitimately be accepted.
He definitely makes a pretty dry subject
seem less daunting. Most useful.
0— Pub quiz – Question #4
From what is black pudding made?
0— ‘Writer’s Market UK 2009’ – new book
If you have any ambition to publish what
you have written, you will need good advice
about how to do it.
You’ll also need up-to-date details of
publishers, what they are looking for,
and where their offices are located.
This new publication is a mammoth
compilation of publishers, and agents
contact details, newspaper and magazine
offices, and media contacts.
It also has short essays written by
professional writers giving advice on
the current state of the publishing
It’s a formidable new rival to the best-selling
guide of this kind ‘The Writers and Artists Year Book’
0— Pub quiz – Question #5
On which river is the Hoover Dam?
0— ‘The Meaning of Life’ – new book
Terry Eagleton has been much in the news recently.
First he had a political row with Martin Amis,
his fellow professor here at Manchester University.
Then the University decided to sack him on
the dubious grounds that he had reached the
age of retirement.
This is his latest book, which wrestles with the
age old question of ‘Has life any meaning – and
if so, what is it?’
Eagleton doesn’t come up with a definitive
answer, but he raises all sorts of possibilities.
He also shows how a number of modern philosophers
have looked at the question.
I don’t think it will stop him getting the sack,
but it’s worth reading.
0— Pub quiz – Question #6
Which are the largest and strongest muscles in your body?
0— ‘Thrown to the Woolfs’ – Bloomsbury memoir
John Lehmann twice worked for Leonard Woolf
as assistant at the Hogarth Press (see below).
This is his account of what it was like to be
a publisher – first in the 1930s, then during
the war years.
Eventually, he fell out with Leonard Woolf
over matters of artistic policy – but not
before he had helped Hogarth to become one of
the most successful independent publishing
houses in the UK.
This is one for Bloomsbury anoraks – like me.
0— Pub quiz – Question #7
Which welsh county does not have a coastline?
0— ‘MHRA Style Guide’ – latest edition
There’s a new edition of the Modern Humanities
Research Association Style Guide (phew!) available.
It’s designed to help writers prepare their texts
for publication – and its big selling point is that
it’s so short.
It’s also very ‘encouraging’ in that the guidance
notes are all posited on the notion that you’re
just about to be published. Read it, and you’ll
feel you’re on the brink of becoming famous.
It’s also terrifically good value.
0— Pub quiz – Question #8
Who created the famous willow pattern pottery?
0— The Hogarth Press – historical notes
In its time, between 1918 and 1976, the
Hogarth Press published work by Virginia Woolf,
Sigmund Freud, T.S.Eliot, E.M.Forster, Christopher
Isherwood, Henry Green, Katherine Mansfield, and
That’s not a bad list, for an enterprise which
began using a hand press bought for twenty quid
that was mounted on a dining room table.
This is an account of the enterprise, telling
the story of the early struggles, the later
triumphs, and the strange finale when Leonard
Woolf persuaded the husband of the woman he
lived with on weekdays to buy shares.
0— Pub quiz – Question #9
What is the Hawaiian word of greeting?
0— Reference Management Software
Many students struggle with bibliographic
referencing and citation. It’s very common
right up to postgraduate level for people
to get their footnotes and endnotes mixed up,
their bibliographic presentations in a muddle,
and their notions of how and what to quote
out of kilter with the required system.
Fortunately, there are now software programs
which will help to keep everything in order
for you. The best known of these is Endnote,
but there are now Open Source alternatives.
Yes – that means they are f.r.e.e !
And the generous folks who compile the
pages of the world’s biggest encyclopedia
have even done a comparison chart, outlining
the features of each one. It’s here at –
0— Pub quiz – Question #10
Which is the oldest English cheese?
0— Ghost Stories by Henry James
You probably know that Henry James wrote
long, complex, and amazingly subtle
novels – many of which have been turned
into successful films.
But did you know that he also wrote ghost
stories at one phase of his career?
‘The Turn of the Screw’ is the best known
of these, but there were more, exploring
the spooky relationships between the living
and the dead – and especially the ambiguous
nature of people who believe in ghosts.
0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS
#1 What do the initials DERV stand for?
ANSWER: Diesel Engine Registered Vehicle
#2 At which river’s mouth does Sunderland lie?
#3 Which is the oldest ruling family in the world?
#4 From what is black pudding made?
ANSWER: Pig’s blood
#5 On which river is the Hoover Dam?
ANSWER: The Colorado River
#6 Which are the largest and strongest muscles in your body?
ANSWER: The buttocks
#7 Which welsh county does not have a coastline?
#8 Who created the famous willow pattern pottery?
ANSWER: Thomas Minton 1789
#9 What is the Hawaiian word of greeting?
#10 Which is the oldest English cheese?
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