Sunday, July 13, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2014

A.L. Leroy, Interior With a Man Reading at His Desk, 1827

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I have been reading The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore.   This is a very long and baudy literary joke.  The Fool named Pocket is the main character in this farce set in a Shakespearian Venice where all the characters speak English.  There is Iago, Desdemona, Othello, Shylock, Rodrigo, and other characters from Shakespeare's plays.  The language is written to encourage buffoonery and is full of sexual innuendo and can be a bit dirty.  There are plenty of hijinks with disguises, thievery, and political chicanery.  It is a light, enjoyable read.

I decided to stop reading Designing the Internet of Things by Adrian McEwen and Hakim Cassimally.  The latter parts of the books were on design, prototyping new devices, the manufacturing process, business models for new products and other specific things if you planned on building a new internet enabled device like a door bell that activated an internet based camera feed.  I was more interested in finding out what the internet of things was than building something.

Having finished reading The Serpent of Venice at the laundromat, I found it entertaining.  The afterword describes how it uses characters from Shakespeare's Othello and The Merchant of Venice as well as The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe.  There are other references including the appearance of Marco Polo as a character towards the end of the book.  A solid farce.

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