Sunday, May 29, 2005


 Roberta Pournelle's Reading Program: The Literacy Connection If you have children or grandchildren age four to forty who don't yet read English, this will teach them. It never fails. Go see.

There is also:

Subject: Open Course Ware HOME SCHOOLERS TAKE NOTE

Dr. Pournelle, This link is from a list server I belong to, and I thought you might find it interesting and usefull. Not directly related to the Linux theme of the list, but there's a few engineers and science-buffs on that list.

George Laiacona III

Because it was not instantly apparent what this was, I elicited the following:

Dr. Pournelle, It's all free. According to the website: "MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT.

MIT OCW's goals are to: Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept. MIT OCW would not be possible without the support and generosity of the MIT faculty who choose to share their research, pedagogy, and knowledge to benefit others. We expect MIT OCW to reach a steady - though never static - state by 2008. Between now and then, we will publish the materials from virtually all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses.

We will be continually evaluating the Access, Use, and Impact of MIT OCW over the course of the next five years. With 900 courses published as of September 2004, we are still in a learning stage of this MIT initiative and we will benefit enormously from your feedback, as we strive to make MIT OCW as rich and useful as possible for our users."

George Laiacona.

This should be of great interest to home schoolers, but also to the general readership. The wealth of material available here is astonishing.

The George Mosse Lectures in history are very much worth your attention.

In case you missed it, do not overlook the MIT Course Materials available free on line. There are also McGill course lectures, and the  George Mosse Lectures. This is a lot of good material available for home schoolers and others.

The rest of this page is somewhat out of date, but there are still places referred to here that are worth looking at.  is a remarkable account of a young woman's long journey into day and eventually to the night. 

THIS turns out to have been a work of fiction: I put it that way rather than "hoax" because it was well done, and even as a work of fiction was interesting. It also inspired considerable passion among people not usually given to such, both when it was thought real -- chivalric defenses abounded -- and anger when it turned out to be untrue. A remarkable experience.


BYTE Magazine :The NEW AND REVISED BYTE, which is a webzine only; but there are also links back to the archives. This is where you will have to go if you want to read my columns after January 1999

Global cooling: the Ice Ages and something of their onset. 

Robert Tinney, who did the early BYTE covers, can be found at 

where he's still available for illustrations and such.


John Carr and information on the late H. Beam Piper at 

Science fiction: 

GNU and the Free Software Foundation at


MY FICTION WORKS: is a web site devoted to my CoDominium series, and has some serious bibliographic scholarship. Great graphics, good bibliographical material and all around NEAT! A lot of work went into this, as well as into: and are a heavy duty chronology of my works, and again a place well worth looking at. There are some wonderful maps and such like. 

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COOL PLACES TO GO Is James P. Hogan's web page. Jimmy Hogan is one of the writers whose work I like a lot; he's also a serious thinker.

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society LASFS   Larry Niven and I go maybe half the time to Thursday night meetings. On Burbank Blvd in the Valley. has some hilarious cartoons; a bit like Alan Cooper's book in visual format...

Donald W. McArthur [

Jerry, Here is a web source for images, icons and the like:

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That is a wonderful place, and if you do web work you should know about it. Tom Halfhill's home page. The man's a genius, but if you read BYTE you know. Dog woman from another planet. I am not making this up; in fact she's a close friend who came with Roberta and me on the Baja Eclipse Expedition. You will also find Alex's trip report, and some of Eric's work. (This review is WAY out of date.) is Peter Kent's web site, and VERY MUCH WORTH looking at if you are trying to build a web site or find things to understand.  Dana Blankenhorn's Clued in Page: a commentary on our screwy business, who's clued, who needs to buy a clue, and who couldn't use one if they found it in the street. A discussion of the Thor Power Tools decision, which I think had a more profound effect on publishing practices than is argued here, but still good background. Publishing is an odd game, most writers don't understand it, but then many publishers don't either.   is way cool. The name says it all.


In September 2000 I solicited user suggestions for cool sites. Here are some:

The perfect is the enemy of the good. 


ManRun V1.0  freeware from 12-Mar-97.

Allows you to turn off autorun and/or autorun your CD ROM disk on demand. I use it from Start->Run.


 Warmest regards, Rev Chris Boatright. Tualitan, OR.



This whole page is seriously in need of revision. There are a lot of places worth going, and this isn't very well organized anyway. I'm dancing as fast as I can...