Vehicle For Dissertation

Books I read, music I hear...My imperious opinion on both.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906

The book cover... Posted by Hello

It was quite surprising to me to read the earthquake news from Asia very shortly after requesting this book, Disaster! The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 by Dan Kurzman, from the library. This recent quake brought devastation by water where as the San Francisco quake triggered massive fires.

I'd only a vague idea of the 1906 disaster and decided to read up on it, especially after seeing the author. I've read a few of Dan Kurzman's books before and found them to be to my liking. He narrates the events through the perspectives of characters such as Mayor Schimtz attempting to keep himself out of jail by appearing a hero; a couple who go ahead with their wedding plans despite the quake and fire and a Chinese teenager despairing of his life until shown some unexpected kindness. There are many others of course, I think you get the idea. Definitely a good historical narrative.

Take a look at The Literature Network

If you're interested in reading a short story by authors like O. Henry or Rudyard Kipling The Literature Network is a good place to look. They also have full length works such as Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Prince and the Pauper by M. Twain.

The list of authors contains some 90 names in classic literature. A short bio is included for most, if not all, the writers.

Vehicle For Dissertation - Tech Edition

I decided that including computer \ IT info with books and music might be a bit of a confusion of interests. So I started a new page: Vehicle For Dissertation - Tech Edition.

If your interested in the computer stuff rather than literature and music here is the link:

Wednesday, December 29, 2004



This is, as you may have noticed, the first posting. I have begun this as an experiment and learning experience and we shall see how it goes.

The topics to be carried by this vehicle will, for the most part, encompass the topics of literature (I am an avid reader), music (another interest; I play the Mountain Dulcimer) and Information Technology (I am a freelance computer consultant, CompTIA Certified Professional and a student). What a combination!!???

My introduction being complete, I will