Saturday, July 19, 2014

Where Have All the Adjectives Gone?, and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax

by Robert M. W. Dixon
I don't usually associate theoretical linguistics with whimsy, but this collection of essays surprised me. "Where Have All the Adjectives Gone?" was an article Dixon published in the journal Studies in Language 1 (1977): 19-80, and it is the most significant article among those collected in this volume from 1982. According to one reviewer, Dixon takes the view that "semantics is prior to syntax," and so he attempts to establish semantic categories of things before proceeding to examine how they are treated in syntax. In his article about adjectives, for instance, Dixon distinguishes several categories such as color, age, value, speed and so on. The subject matter is, obviously, uncompromisingly technical and specialized, but I appreciate the amusing title.
Dixon, Robert M. W. Where Have All the Adjectives Gone?, and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax. Janua Linguarum, Series Maior 107. Berlin: Mouton, 1982; De Gruyter, 2011. ISBN-13: 9789027933096.

Friday, July 11, 2014

What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer

by Don Colbert
This book might be viewed as a fascinating take on the Mediterranean diet craze that has been in the news recently, though the movement gained steam in the 1990s. It also appeared on the tails of the "What would Jesus do?" fad.

Theoretically (or biblically), Jesus ate like a reasonably healthy Jewish peasant in the first century A.D. That means whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish, and occasionally lean meat. Jesus' diet is also kosher—although this is a point of some theological controversy (some apply Acts 10 retrospectively to Jesus). What I find particularly interesting in an American evangelical context is Colbert's praise for the benefits of red wine. More recently, Colbert published The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook containing a variety of Mediterranean recipes that satisfy the overarching biblical criteria. You might not accept the theological principles behind the book, but that is no reason to disparage the soundness of the diet. And if believers want to emulate Jesus also in terms of diet, that can only be a good thing. I imagine vegetarian Buddhist diets would also be extremely healthy, among other sacred cuisines.

A related question is What Did Jesus Digest? At least in antiquity, there was debate about whether and how Jesus digested the food he ate and whether he went to the bathroom. Some discussion of this is preserved in Fragment E of Valentinus' Epistle to Agathapous, titled "Jesus' Digestive System" by the editor and translator, Bentley Layton (Yale). According to Valentinus (A.D. ca. 100-ca. 175):
He was continent, enduring all things. Jesus digested divinity: he ate and drank in a special way, without excreting his solids. He had such a great capacity for continence that the nourishment within him was not corrupted [i.e., did not become excrement], for he did not experience corruption.
[Source: Bentley Layton, ed. & trans., The Gnostic Scriptures (New York: Doubleday, 1987).]
Others question whether Jesus needed to eat or drink at all, and so on. I wonder whether Thomas Aquinas ever addressed the question.
Colbert, Don. What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780785273196.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge

by Gordon Edgar.
How do you make that leap from politically active punk rocker to the cheesemonger of the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco? Damned if I know, but this memoir revisits the strange steps of this remarkable American journey in cheese. It all started with some antique gruyère . . . Reader beware: this is not a cheese guidebook. Cheesemonger is foremost a memoir and an introduction to the author's "punk philosophy," which guides his approach to cheese and life.
Edgar, Gordon. Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781603582377.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Darm mit Charme: Alles über ein unterschätztes Organ (Charming Bowels: Everything about an Underappreciated Organ)

by Giulia Enders.
The charming title of this book alone -- it rhymes in German -- deserves recognition here. The author is a doctoral student at the Institute for Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. Her book about the bowels has become a bestseller in Germany and will probably appear in English in the near future. In a nutshell, Enders explains how the digestive track functions and all the sundry benefits it gives us. Our eight-meter-long bowels are a worthy rival of organs like the heart and brain which monopolize our attention and praise. Here is an article about her book in The Guardian that also tells a little about Enders' rise to minor celebrity. I only hope all the media attention and lecture circuit do not prevent her from finishing her degree.
Enders, Giulia. Darm mit Charme: Alles über ein unterschätztes Organ. Berlin: Ullstein, 2014. ISBN-13 9783550080418.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to be Danish: A Short Journey into the Mysterious Heart of Denmark

by Patrick Kingsley.
I apologize for the hiatus in my posts, my dear readers and robot web-trawlers. I hope to resume this tour of the published word more regularly again.

Since one of my best friends is Danish, I naturally thought this character sketch of Denmark would be worth reading. The cover, of course, is also simply magnificent: no, Vikings didn't wear horned helmets--but this cover in the colors of the Danish flag evokes Denmark's most famous international "ambassadors" drawn in the simple, clean lines of world-renowned Danish design. The artist behind this cover, whoever he or she is, has created a masterpiece, in my opinion. How to Be Danish is by all accounts a sensitive and insightful look into the soul of the "happiest country on earth" with a surprisingly high suicide rate. Denmark is indeed much more complex than first meets the eye.
Kingsley, Patrick. How to Be Danish: From Lego to Lund, a Short Introduction to the State of Denmark. London: Short Books, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781780721330.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Giants: Sons of the Gods

by Douglas Van Dorn.
I have nothing to add to the remarkable publisher's blurb about this book:

"Goliath. You know the story. But why is it in the Bible? Is it just to give us a little moral pick-me-up as we seek to emulate a small shepherd boy who defeated a giant? Have you ever wondered where Goliath came from? Did you know he had brothers, one with 24 fingers and toes? Did you know their ancestry is steeped in unimaginable horror? Genesis 6. The nephilim. The first few verses of this chapter have long been the speculation of supernatural events that produced demigods and a flood that God used to destroy the whole world. The whole world remembers them. Once upon a time, all Christians knew them. But for many centuries this view was mocked, though it was the only known view at the time of the writing of the New Testament. Today, it is making a resurgence among Bible-believing scholars, and for good reason. The nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward... This book delves deep into the dark and ancient recesses of our past to bring you rich treasures long buried. It is a carefully researched, heavily footnoted, and selectively illustrated story of the giants of the Bible. There is more here than meets the eye, much more. Here you will learn the invisible, supernatural storyline of the Bible that is always just beneath the surface, lurking like the spawn of the ancient leviathan. It is a storyline no person can afford to ignore any longer. Unlike other more sensational books on the topic, there is no undue speculation to be found here. The author is a Bible-believing Christian who refuses to use such ideas to tell you the end of the world is drawing nigh. Once you discover the truth about these fantastic creatures, you will come to see the ministry and work of Jesus Christ in a very new and exalting light. Come. Learn the fascinating, sobering, yet true story of real giants who played a significant role in the bible … and still do so today."

The author, just by the way, "has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. mountains and also Mt. Rainier in Washington." Awesome!
Van Dorn, Douglas. Giants: Sons of the Gods. N.p.: Waters of Creation Publishing, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0615815374. [The place may be Erie, CO, but I can't confirm that. The publisher is very recent.]

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Why I Am Not a Cambellite

by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman.
This is one of a series of books explaining "Why I Am Not..." this or that world religion and Christian denomination by straight-talking bigot extraordinaire Dr. Peter Sturges Ruckman. I will just give a few interesting facts from Dr. Ruckman's Wikipedia page. He holds a PhD in religion from Bob Jones University, which he later described as "The World's Most Unusual Hell Hole." With this educational background, he authoritatively claims that the King James Authorized Version of the Bible is God's "advanced revelation" superior to the Hebrew and Greek texts. Among other colorful beliefs, including UFOs, Ruckman stated in 1994 that "no matter how much integration is carried out, the IQ of blacks is always lower than whites." He claimed in 1997 that Janet Reno had put his name on a hit list, but he unfortunately was mistaken.

Ruckman's Why I Am Not series is dedicated to offensive ridicule and denigration of people who do not believe the same thing as Ruckman. Although to date he has not written Why I Am a Christian Bigot, you can form a good idea what he would say in such a book from any of these volumes. As for the poor "Cambellites" (actually, that name alone is pejorative), Ruckman calls them "'Water Dogs' because because they are unsaved Gentile dogs depending on water baptism to save them rather than faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ." Oh, ok. They allegedly "are more akin to Roman Catholics than Bible-believing Christians. Personal illustrations are given to demonstrate the absurdity and extreme hypocrisy of the 'Water Dogs.'" I'm glad extreme hypocrisy is not lost on Dr. Ruckman.

Since he mentions Roman Catholics, it is worth reading, for instance, the censored quotations from Ruckman's Why I Am Not a Catholic in a glowing one-star review by Peter S. Bradley. The quotations are censored because Amazon will not let Bradley publicly post the offensive racial slurs Ruckman actually uses.
Ruckman, Peter S. Why I Am Not a Campbellite. Pensacola, FL: Bible Baptist Bookstore, (1997) 2011. ISBN-13: 9781580262972.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones

by Scott Hahn.
What a novel idea: making friends with angels and saints. Admittedly, this is a very Roman Catholic approach to the heavenly spheres. What's the difference, in current theology, between an angel and a saint? Are all angels saints and vice versa? Or are they completely different categories altogether? Even archangels like Gabriel and Michael are also saints, although there are not many of them. Perhaps angels are treated like patron saints (with whom one might make friends) less often because only a handful have names and thus personalities (besides the two mentioned, there's Raphael and a handful of others, like Uriel, from apocryphal literature - and hence not in the Catholic Encyclopedia). It's hard to be friends with an abstraction, even if there are supposedly nine orders of them (Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim). And saints? Are they de facto angels? Of course, this hair-splitting approach to the question is just so typical of western religious philosophizing. Personally, I'm happy for people to believe what they want to believe.
Hahn, Scott. Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones. New York: Image, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0307590794.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice

by Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson.
Continuing with off-the-beaten-path DIY, I noticed this guidebook, which I find simply fascinating. I wonder how simple it is to care for an earthen floor. That is what most of humanity has had since the beginning of houses. There are several steps to the building process, which the authors list as 1.) Sourcing and harvesting materials; 2.) preparing the subfloor; 3.) pouring, finishing, and sealing the floor; and 4.) living with and maintaining your earthen floor. As I think about the coffee stains on my carpet, I suppose it would at least be far simpler to clean up spills.
Crimmel, Sukita Reay, and James Thomson. Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice. New Society Publishers, 2014. ISBN-13: 9780865717633.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners

by Linda Sparks.
I have noticed hundreds of do-it-yourself books in my relentless book browsing, but this one truly stood out. Corsets are not exactly the first article of clothing you'd think of for hobbyists. The author in fact founded her own company (Farthingales) to supply corset-making materials. That's pretty amazing entrepreneurship! I wonder how big the corset-making market in the U.S.A. is. Another question the springs to mind is what advanced corset-building would look like.
Sparks, Linda. The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-53573-5.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Piggery Waste Management: Towards a Sustainable Future

by Euiso Choi.
I love this book cover. Its soft, pink, painted piggy reminds me of children's books about little piggies, like these:

The subject matter of Piggery Waste Management, admittedly, is rather different. More like this one:
Pig poop is important. As the publisher's blurb states, "Among animal wastes, piggery waste is the most troublesome." No kidding. Fortunately, you don't need to live near a river in China to dispose of your piggery waste. This book covers all the technological solutions available to aspiring piggery owners and waste-disposers, from "anaerobic digestion," mentioned in a previous post, to "advanced oxidation, adsorption and membrane technologies." That's swell!
Choi, Euiso. Piggery Waste Management: Towards a Sustainable Future. London: IWA Publishing, 2007. ISBN-13: 9781843391319.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sewing Machine Secrets: The Insider's Guide to Mastering Your Machine

by Nicole Vasbinder.
Secrets and lies! I like titles of instructional books that make the material somehow secret. A secret is not just something you don't know; it's something that someone else knows but keeps from you. It is arcane and potentially forbidden knowledge. The author assumes the role of an informer, an "insider" in this case, who shares with you something vaguely illicit and exciting.

With this book, I imagine a cabal of professional seamstresses, all sworn to secrecy. They meet in obscure sewing rooms and their sewing machines have been modified with illegal hardware, available only on the black arts-and-crafts market. These supercharged machines use hollow-tipped needles and go from 0 to 60 stitches a second with a press of the pedal. It takes some skill to master sewing machines like this... Not to mention the forbidden stitches they can produce. Do you dare read on?

Admittedly, Sewing Machine Secrets sounds a hell of a lot better than Sewing Machine Information. In all seriousness, though, props to Nicole Vasbinder, who runs her own studio and store, teaches classes, and has doubtless written a revealing book!
Vasbinder, Nicole. Sewing Machine Secrets: The Insider's Guide to Mastering Your Machine. Loveland, CO: Interweave, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781596686038.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Aerobic Granular Sludge

edited by Stephan Bathe, Merle de Kreuk, Belinda McSwain, and Norbert Schwarzenbeck.

It just rolls of the tongue: "aerobic granular sludge." Rolls off the tongue metaphorically, I mean. What is, pray tell, aerobic granular sludge? Wiki offers some help. It is basically sewage that is being broken down in "digesters" (like gigantic, nasty slow-cookers stewing with shit) by granules consisting of hungry microbes that use oxygen. Hence they are "aerobic," in contrast to the more popular "anaerobic granular sludge." Here's a picture of our friendly granules:

I quote from the blurb: "Laboratory studies and preliminary field test led to the conclusion that granular activated sludge can be readily established and profitably used in activated sludge plants, provided 'correct' process conditions are chosen. But what makes process conditions 'correct'? And what makes granules different from activated sludge flocs? Answers to these questions are offered in Aerobic Granular Sludge . . . Aerobic Granular Sludge provides up-to-date information about a rapidly emerging new technology of biological treatment."

Granular sludge, sludge plants, activated sludge flocs: If that doesn't sound like the perfect subject for an exciting panel of papers (note the book cover), I don't know what is.
Bathe, Stephan,  Merle de Kreuk, Belinda McSwain, and Norbert Schwarzenbeck, eds. Aerobic Granular Sludge. Water and Environmental Management Series. London: IWA Publishing, 2005. ISBN-13: 9781843395096.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite

by Translated by Richard McDougall, with an introduction by Michel Foucault.

Foucault discovered these memoirs in his research for his famous History of Sexuality. These memoirs are a sad monument to the excessive rationalism and supposedly scientific categorization or human beings in the 19th century. Herculine Barbin was born in 1838 and raised as a girl, which she remained until the age of 22. She became a teacher at a girls' school and became involved with one of the other female teachers. Her hermaphroditism was eventually discovered, and the revelation resulted in a court ruling that led her to change her legal status to male. After that Herculine, now he, went to Paris as a man, ending miserably in suicide at the age of 30.

Apparently, during the Middle Ages, hermaphrodites were normally allowed to decide whether they were male or female once they reached adulthood. That was certainly an improvement over the ancient Roman position, which considered hermaphrodites an evil prodigy sent by the gods and usually drowned such children at sea.
Foucault, Michel. Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite. Vintage, 1980. ISBN-13:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe: The Story of Blue Babe

by R. Dale Guthrie.

Blue Babe was a steppe bison, also called steppe wisent, that roamed the northern hemisphere during the Ice Ace. Steppe bison were big boys. According to Wikipedia, "The steppe wisent was over two metres tall, reaching 900 kg (1984 lbs) in weight. The tips of the horns were a meter apart, the horns themselves being over half a meter long." If you're wondering just how fricking big that is, consider this helpful illustration:

or this one:

They overlapped with our Ice Age ancestors, who presumably made enormous wisent burgers from them. Here's the Altamira Steppe Wisent painting, from Spain:

Too cool, huh?

Blue Babe was actually frozen and preserved until his mummified body was found in 1979 in an Alaskan gold mine. This book essentially describes everything that we could learn about Babe and the Ice Age from his body. I imagine it almost as a realistic version of the Pixar Ice Age films. Instead of fun adventure and adult-oriented wisecracking, the animals die and are devoured by lions. The End. Now turn off that damn TV!

Blue Babe
That's one dead steppe wisent.
Guthrie, R. Dale. Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe: The Story of Blue Babe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990. ISBN-13: 978-0226311234.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Blood Sex & Scooby Snacks

by ian watson (sic).
I was won over by the lack of punctuation on the cover and, as far as I can see, throughout the book. I first interpreted the title as "Blood, Sex, and Scooby Snacks." That is certainly interesting enough, but it is wrong. There are only two terms here: one is "blood sex," and the other is Scooby Snacks. What is "blood sex," I wonder, and why would you need more of it? Well...

This book is in fact a highly amusing rant about abysmally bad movies, especially horror movies. Michael Bay of Transformers receives dishonorable mention. He's not to be confused with the far saner and socially valuable Michael Bay* who introduces the volume. Rather than make shitty movies, the latter Michael Bay works in fast food in Newark.
Watson, Ian. More Sex Blood & Scooby Snacks. N.p.: Amazon Digital Services, 2013. [This book is available as a Kindle edition and has no ISBN, apparently, which is a pity.]

Friday, March 07, 2014

Judo: History, Theory, Practice

by Vladimir Putin, Vasily Shestakov, and Alexy Levitsky.

I alluded to this book in my last post about Seagalogy, but I think President Putin, judoka extraordinaire and all-around badass, deserves a post in his own right. Putin is not just your everyday ice-cold KGB man who has risen to become de facto autocrat of modern, post-Soviet Russia; he also is an highly accomplished martial artist, who has even written a book about judo and filmed an instructional video, Let's Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin. The video was released in 2008; perhaps he found time to film it between his term as Prime Minister of Russia and his second stint as President? I'm not sure whether his latest adventure in the Crimea satisfies the judo motto of "Maximum efficiency with minimal effort" (or does it?), but I hope it ends peacefully like a judo match.
Putin, Vladimir, Vasily Shestakov, and Alexy Levitsky. Judo: History, Theory, Practice. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2004. ISBN-13: 9781556434457.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal

by Vern. Yes, just Vern.
I recently read about Steven Seagal hanging out in Russia with Vladimir Putin, one of few men who could possibly kick his ass, and then I stumbled across this wonderful book. I think the author's blurb should speak for itself:
"Vern, the self-styled ‘outlaw film critic,’ is known to millions for his hilarious reviews on the Ain’t It Cool News website, and is described by Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro as 'equal parts Hell’s Angels and Pauline Kael... a national treasure!'

"Now, finally, Vern is ready to unleash his magnum opus: an in-depth study of the world's only aikido instructor turned movie star/director/writer/blues guitarist/energy drink inventor — the ass-kicking auteur Steven Seagal. From Above the Law to his Mountain Dew commercials, his entire career is covered in Vern’s inimitable style.

"As Vern himself puts it, Seagalogy is 'a book that will shake the very foundations of film criticism, break their wrists and then throw them through a window.'" There you have it.
Vern. Seagalogy. A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal. Updated and expanded edition. London: Titan, 2012. ISBN-13: 9780857687227.
Check out Vern's Seagalogy website, and the enlightened reviews of the 2008 or new 2012 edition. Did you know Steven Seagal put out a blues album called "Songs from the Crystal Cave"? For real: 4.4  out of 5 stars. You'd think it'd be higher than #96,517 in music on Amazon. Oh, and the reviews are great.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves

by Jack Douglas.
You don't have to be a Japanese Jew interested in sex, cooking, and wolf-raising to appreciate this book, but it wouldn't hurt.
Douglas, Jack. The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves. New York: Putnam, 1972. ISBN-13: 9780399110436.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is Our English Bible Inspired?

by Dr. Samuel C. Gipp.
The answer is YES! YES! YES! The 1611 King James Version of the Bible is the currently reigning inspired word of god, supplanting all others. So if you didn't know already, or if you don't speak English, you'd better check out what God has to say in the latest authorized installment of His truth.

Here's the author's website, so you can check out his preaching schedule and hear the inspired man in person and not mediated by imperfect text, unless it happens to be inspired, too.
Gipp, Samuel C. Is Our English Bible Inspired? Miamitown, OH: DayStar, 2004. ISBN-13: 978890120436.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

500 ans d'impostures scientifiques: Sornettes, absurdités et autres erreurs (500 years of scientific hoaxes: Nonsense, absurdities, and other errors)

by Gerald Messadié.
I was reading up about this book and came across mention of the Cardiff Giant. An atheist and a Methodist get into an argument about Genesis 6:4, which states that giants once roamed the earth. The atheist decides to make a point and has a ten-foot-tall block of stone carved into the shape of a man and buries it on his cousin's farm. A year later he hires men to dig a well there: they discover a "petrified giant." Crowds swarm to see it - for a fee. Eventually, the atheist sells his interest in it for $23,000 (about $425,000 today, making a return of almost 1000% on his investment). The famous P. T. Barnum becomes interested, offers to buy the giant for $50,000, but is rejected. So he has his own fake giant made, and claims the first one is the fake. This was apparently what prompted the owner of the first fake giant to say, "A sucker is born every minute," in reference to Barnum's copy. Ultimately, the courts decided you couldn't sue someone (Barnum) for claiming a fake giant was a fake.

If you're interested in reading about scientific hoaxes and other such fakes, and you read French, there are ninety examples documented chronologically by the author. There's an interview with him on Youtube. Bonne lecture!
Messadié, Gerald. 500 ans d'impostures scientifiques: Sornettes, absurdités et autres erreurs. Paris: L'Archipel, 2013. ISBN-13: 9782809810295.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tube Domains and the Cauchy Problem

by S. G. Gindikin.
I couldn't resist a book called "Tube Domains," which sounds like something straight out of Star Trek. I actually looked them up along with the "Cauchy Problem," but I still have no earthly idea what they are. Advanced mathematics. That's about all I can say.
Gindikin, S. G. Tube Domains and the Cauchy Problem. Translations of Mathematical Monographs 111. Providence: American Mathematical Society, 1992. ISBN-13: 9780821845660.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guide de Champignons (A Guide to Mushrooms)

by various.
From the French blurb: "Between picking mushrooms and tasting them, there is a whole world of discovery, painstaking investigation, and also surprises - not always pleasant - for the individual who is captivated by nature with its abundance of amazing flavors..."
Various. Guide des Champignons.Paris: Sélection du Reader's Digest, 2007.ISBN-13: 9782709819091.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Who's Who in Fluorescence 2009

edited by Chris D. Geddes.

This volume was the hardest hitting Who's Who in Fluorescence ever to appear, after which the series went into abeyance while the world recuperated. Who's Who in Fluorescence is the ultimate coffee-table book and one of the greatest non-fiction thrillers of modern times.
Geddes, Chris D., ed. Who's Who in Fluorescence 2009. New York: Springer, 2009. ISBN-13: 9781441901903.
Don't forget to check out past volumes beginning in 2003, and drop by the website!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bananas and Plantains (Second Edition)

by John C. Robinson and Victor Galán Saúco.

Do you know about bananas and plantains? Missed the first edition? I thought so.
Robinson, John C., and Victor Galán Saúco. Bananas and Plantains. Crop Production Science in Horticulture 19. Wallingford, UK: CABI, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781845936587.

Hair Restoration Surgery in Asians

by Damkerng Pathomvanich and Kenichiro Imagawa.

"Hair transplantation is in demand worldwide, but because Asian hair tends to be more sparse and coarse than Caucasian hair, transplantation procedures need to be adapted to Asian patients." Damn straight. I say Asian hair for everyone!
Pathomvanich, Damkerng, and Kenichiro Imagawa, eds. Hair Restoration Surgery in Asians. Tokyo: Springer, 2010. ISBN-13: 9784431996583