GoodReads iPhone App

This may already exist in some form, but here’s an imaginary feature list:

  • adds to GoodReads library based on a photo of a bar code and/or ISBN
  • page-based annotations based on photo or entry of page #, including word-lookups, favorite words, or just random notes
  • maybe you could print out a bookmark with a barcode for a given book, and when you want to leave a note for the book your reading, you use your iPhone to scan the bar code first

I usually have a bookmark and pen by my side as I read, and I keep note of cool or unknown words, choice quotes, or whatever thoughts occur to me while reading.  I don’t think the iPhone can really serve as a replacement (too thick, too expensive), but it might make for an interesting way to enhance social reading sites like GoodReads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing.

There is a small, seasonal creek that runs through the Temescal Farmer’s market.  As far as I can tell, it runs above ground from around Frog Park, under CA-24, down to around 51st St.  It only seems to run in the summer, and kids at the market play poohsticks and splash around in it.  I have found this stream confusing for a while and have a few questions

  • where does it come from?
  • why does flow in summer?
  • is it really safe for children?

My Ubuntu Cheat Sheet

Looks like I’m maintaining an Ubuntu server these days…

Package Management

# Finding Installed Dependent Packages
apt-cache rdepends --installed packageX
# Installing Individual .deb Packages
sudo dpkg -i package_file.deb
# Ubuntu version info
cat /etc/lsb-release

Trust not to aptitude…

Sometimes aptitude does silly things, like install X11 when all you wanted was ImageMagick. Try apt-get as well to see if it doesn’t have a different set of deps (this is true of ImageMagick as of December 2008).


Old-style service scripts are in /etc/init.d but up-to-date methods of managing them are described at

# make a service start at startup
sudo update-rc.d servicename defaults
# remove from startup
sudo update-rc.d -f servicename remove