November 22nd, 2005

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George Best: Footballer or Alcholic?

Had a conversation about George Best at work today (started with something along the lines of "is he dead yet?").

This got us onto the changing perceptions of him. Those that were around in his football heyday still viewed him as a famous footballer. Those of us that weren't knew him better for being an alcholic. Then again in my case, not being a huge football fan may have had a influence on this.

So I thought this was a good excuse to have another poll...

Poll #618164 George Best

George Best is a famous... (please select the one you feel is most fitting)

Football Player
3(33.3%)
Alcholic
6(66.7%)
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The Guardian top 20 geek books revisited...

OK, as you've all had a few days to complete the poll. Here's the Guardian's list of geek books rearranged according to how well read they were in the poll:


  1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (1)
    Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell (2)

  2. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (3)
    Dune -- Frank Herbert (6)
    Foundation -- Isaac Asimov (8)

  3. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett (9)

  4. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov (7)

  5. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman (17)
    Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham (20)

  6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick (4)
    Neuromancer -- William Gibson (5)

  7. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson (11)
    Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson (13)
    Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks (14)
    The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson (18)

  8. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick (16)

  9. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (12)
    Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein (15)
    The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson (19)

  10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland (10)