Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this is the stereotypical dystopian view of the world and regarded as a classic, it was not an enjoyable read. As a collection of views of a disturbing world that was clearly influenced by the issues in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia it gives a depressing impression of man’s inhumanity and the pointlessness of survival. Yet we survive! I am glad it was an audio book as being a skim reader, I am sure I would have missed much of the intricate detail that Orwell clearly pondered on for a considerable period. Elements of the emerging philosophical views of that time on knowledge were interesting. Doubt I will be seeking this out to read again but I will acknowledge it is a magnificent writing effort and clearly has influenced the world post publication with Big Brother and the Orwellian view of the world impacting countless stories and movies in so many ways.

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A nice blog – “Making Book”


Richard Hollick is the author of Making Book an enlightening look into the book world. He was born in Scotland and educated there and in England. After a youth spent in total devotion to rugby football, he started working for Cambridge University Press in 1965, where he remained in various capacities for 29 years in London, Cambridge, and finally New York. Most recently he did print-on-demand for Oxford University Press in New York.

He writes about the publishing industry, book making and writing in general. He has some interesting insights and worth watching his rational predictions for the future. A blog to follow I suspect.


Well Liked Mystery Writers

Mystery authors :

Are you looking for some mystery writers to start out with or simply to add to your collection. Amazon has nice search pages full of them or you can check out your local store or favorite second hand sites. Enjoy!

John Sandford – John Sandford – Virgil Flowers series

CJ Box – Joe Pickett Series

Craig Johnson – Walt Longmire Series

Donna Leon – Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries

Joseph Flynn – Jim McGill Series

James Patterson – Women’s Murder Club series

Julia Spencer Fleming – Julia Spencer Fleming Mysteries

Faye Kellerman – Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers

A. Jance – A J. P. Beaumont series

Catherine Coulter – FBI series

Michael Connelly –Harry Bosch series

Sue Grafton – Alphabet series

Archer Mayor – Joe Gunther Novels

L. J. Sellers – Detective Jackson mysteries


How to Do a PhD Reading List

In starting out to develop some academic rigor in my research and writing I found these books to be of some help. Maybe you will too.


Quotes from “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

American Gods
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful saga, well researched and in places memorable. I found so many parts of this work that I wanted to remember – enjoy some quotable quotes!

“You never learn how to write a novel,” he told me. “You only learn to write the novel you’re on.”

‘One question that has always intrigued me is what happens to demonic beings when immigrants move from their homelands. Irish-Americans remember the fairies, Norwegian-Americans the nisser, Greek-Americans the vrykólakas, but only in relation to events remembered in the Old Country. When I once asked why such demons are not seen in America, my informants giggled confusedly and said “They’re scared to pass the ocean, it’s too far,” pointing out that Christ and the apostles never came to America. —Richard Dorson, “A Theory for American Folklore,” American Folklore and the Historian (University of Chicago Press, 1971)’

“Information and knowledge: these are currencies that have never gone out of style.”

“For the joy’s gone out of me now, like the pee from a small boy in a swimming pool on a hot day.”

“Every hour wounds. The last one kills.”

“How’d you lose your eye?” Wednesday shoveled half a dozen pieces of bacon into his mouth, chewed, wiped the fat from his lips with the back of his hand. “Didn’t lose it,” he said. “I still know exactly where it is.”

Okay: how can we be sure the CIA wasn’t involved in the Kennedy assassination?” “I don’t know,” said Stone. “How can we be sure?” “He’s dead, isn’t he?”

“We were so poor that we couldn’t afford a fire. Come New Year’s Eve my father would suck on a peppermint, and us kids, we’d stand around with our hands outstretched, basking in the glow.”

“Canada Bill sighed, and shrugged his shoulders, and said, ‘I know. But it’s the only game in town.’

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

“Tonight, as you eat, reflect if you can: there are children starving in the world, starving in numbers larger than the mind can easily hold, up in the big numbers where an error of a million here, a million there, can be forgiven. It may be uncomfortable for you to reflect upon this or it may not, but still, you will eat.”

“No man, proclaimed Donne, is an Island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each others’ tragedies.”

“Read me anything interesting you find in the paper.” Shadow looked carefully, and he turned the pages slowly, but he couldn’t find anything.”

“You are an analog girl, living in a digital world.”


“Organizing gods is like herding cats into straight lines.”

“that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead),”

“This paper,” said Natalie, “has another one of those articles in it. ‘Is America Changing?’” “Well, is it?” “They don’t say. They say that maybe it is, but they don’t know how and they don’t know why, and maybe it isn’t happening at all.” Sam smiled broadly. “Well,” she said, “that covers every option, doesn’t it?”

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Intertextuality in Ready Player One – Part Two

Ready Player One (part two)


  • Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Equations Of Life by Simon Morden – The Metrozone Trilogy

  • Heroes Die by Matthew Stover
  • The Amber Series by Roger Zelazny
  • The Petrovitch Trilogy (The Complete First Three Novels) by Simon Morden – The Metrozone Trilogy

  • Mither Mages trilogy by Matthew Stover
  • Metagame by Sam Landstrom
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

  • Upload by Mark McClelland
  • Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

  • Killobyte by Piers Anthony
  • Infoquake: v. 1 (Jump 225 Trilogy) by David Louis Edelman
  • The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set by Lev Grossman

  • Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • Supercenter by Jason Rizos

  • Armchair Safari by Jonathan Paul Isaacs
  • Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson
  • Lucky Wander Boy by D.B. Weiss

  • The Postmortal by Drew Magary
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley/li>

  • Erebos by Ursula Polanski
  • Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  • Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

  • Epic (The Avatar Chronicles) by Connor Korstick
  • Saga (The Avatar Chronicles) by Connor Korstick
  • Half the Day is Night by Maureen F McHugh

  • New Model Army by Adam Roberts
  • Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
  • JPod by Douglas Coupland

  • Geekomancy by Michael R Underwood
  • Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole
  • Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer

  • Level Zero (The NextWorld Series Book 1) by Jaron Lee Knuth
  • Hobgoblin by John Coyne
  • Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer

  • You by Austin Grossman
  • AlterWorld by D Rus
  • The Clan by D Rus

  • Nexus by Ramez Naam
  • Space Demons The Trilogy by Gillian Rubinstein

Intertextuality in Ready Player One

Ready Player One


  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture  by David Kushner
  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy
  • Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick


  • Otherland by Tad Williams
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Diamond Age by  Neal Stephenson

  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson
  • The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Daemon by  Daniel Suarez

  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Caverns of Socrates by Dennis McKiernan

  • Dream Park Series by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
  • The Barsoom Project by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
  • California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

  • Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett
  • The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett
  • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

  • Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn

  • Split Infinity by Piers Anthony
  • The Blue Adept by Piers Anthony
  • Juxtaposition by Piers Anthony

  • Conqueror by Stephen Baxter
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson
  • Idlewild by Nick Sagan

  • Multiplayer by John C. Brewer
  • Halting State by Charles Stross
  • Rule 34 by Charles Stross

  • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  • The Atopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather
  • Freedom by Daniel Saurez

  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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My Internet of Things

Experience Dajuroka®!

This is a very small singularity on the mushrooming web that is morphing over time. Dajuroka gets around 1,000 hits these days and has been around in some form or other for over a decade in blogs, wikis, games and more than I can remember.

The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. The term Internet of Things was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999.

My scribblings are representations of a journey through the internet and where one individual’s search and thirst for knowledge might take them. Dajuroka® Industries is a small but agile organisation involved in many aspects of knowledge management, health and safety informatics, the social world and excitement that is the web with its gaming, media, innovation and overall joy of the written and visual world!

Enjoy what links from here and the interesting areas that are blogged. They change at whim but feel free to comment, state your own views, provide interesting links that we would love to follow up. They will be moderated so be good. It is all about the connections we can make and there is an infinity of them in the in the Internet of Things.

Dajuroka® – a place to start out in search for knowledge and possibly a bit of understanding!


Quotes – Health Informatics

“Health Care is challenging Digital!” (Source: David Hansen – 11 October 2016)

  • “e-health is really hard”. “e-health is about connecting things up.” (Source: Rob Wooding, GPCG Forum Brisbane 2002)”
  • “The paper medical record is an abomination .. it is a disgrace to the profession that created it. More often than not the chart is thick, tattered, disorganised and illegible; progress notes, consultants notes, radiology reports and nurses notes are co-mingled in accession sequence. The charts confuse rather than enlighten; they provide and forbidding challenge to anyone who tries to understand what is happening to the patient.” (Source: Computing. Vol. 10 No.2, 1993, Bleich.H)
  • “In attempting to arrive at the truth, I have applied everywhere for information, but in scarcely an instance have I been able to obtain hospital records fit for any purposes of comparison. If they could be obtained they would enable us to decide many other questions besides the ones alluded to. They would show subscribers how their money was being spent, what amount of good was really being done with it, or whether the money was not doing mischief rather than good.” ( Nightingale Florence, 1859)
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