Archive for February, 2011

Some poems we like to read at bedtime

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We have a book of classic poetry that we often read a bit of at bedtime. Some of mini-Elbeno’s favourite poems:

  • Naming of Parts by Henry Reed
  • Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc
  • The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling
  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Happy Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 14th, 2011

x = 16 sin³t
y = 13 cos t – 5 cos 2t – 2 cos 3t – cos 4t


Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Right, that 100 books meme that’s been going around.

First, it’s not really from the BBC. It’s from the Guardian. And it’s based on a poll from World Book Day 2007.
Second, since it’s based on a poll, it reflects popular books, so I’m not sure why there seems to be a persistent myth that the average person has read only 6. Probably a ruse to make the meme spread as everyone feels superior.

Anyway, it seems there are a bunch of books on there that are good, and I will probably read some. I have read about a quarter of the list and I own several on the list that I haven’t yet read. In particular, I should make another attempt at each of the following, which I have tried before and failed to make much headway in:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Mrs. Elbeno’s favourite book)
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Rebecca
  • Anything by C. Dickens