Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meet the Shelf Inflicted Staff - Arbie Roo (aka Robert)

Today's guest is everyone's favorite sombrero-wearing hedgehog, Arbie Roo

How did you discover Goodreads?
A friend of mine sent me a link to it.

What have been your most memorable Goodreads experiences?
Possibly everything connected to reading The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose whilst others tried and failed or finished way ahead of me. Even (in fact way) harder than the Feynman Lectures Vol.3. What’s a Lie Algebra again? What’s sheaf cohomology again? And why doesn’t Penrose know about orbital spin?! And General Relativity is only proved to conserve energy/momentum/angular momentum for asymptotically flat cases!!!

Seemingly endless arguments about the Weak Anthropic Principle with Manny.

Being shocked to find people “voting” for my reviews.

Name one reviewer not in the Forbes 25 that people should be aware of.
  What was your initial reaction to Amazon buying Goodreads?
Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh! The Horror!

 How many books do you own?
Dunno, over a thousand almost certainly.

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite book of all time?

What are your thoughts on ebooks?
I wish they weren’t platform dependent; that stifles competition and tends towards monopolisation of the market.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing?
What’s the difference, these days?

Any literary aspirations?
I’m a published author but I don’t expect many people are interested in such titles as, “Correlation between Scintillation Indices and Gradient Drift Wave Amplitudes in the Northern Polar Ionosphere” and “Imaging Meso-scale Ionospheric Structures.”

 My Evil Villain Lair:

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