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The Owlcroft Company Home Page

(The Owlcroft Company, a Washington State corporation.)

The Owlcroft Company Home Page

The Owlcroft Company

The Owlcroft Company owns and operates a number of web sites on a broad variety of topics. These sites are all designed to be both useful and pleasant to visit: their page layouts are intended to avoid the squeezed, small-type, multi-column, ad-cluttered, blinking-light, zooming-image visual nightmare that so many of today's sites have become. Owlcroft sites are meant as places where you can calmly relax and enjoy your visit while yet getting helped to a generous dose of information on the sites' topics.

Given below is a list of those sites, separated into two categories: those operated under their own domain names and those existing within the owlcroft.com domain. Included for each is a brief description of that site's topic.

You can make contact with The Owlcroft Company by emailing us.

(You can find out more about us as individuals, too, at: Eric's personal site, and Lynn's personal site).

Click here to search for any in-print book at The Book Depository.
Click here to search for any used book through Abebooks.

Free-Standing Web Sites Owned and Operated by The Owlcroft Company

An induction cooktop with stainless-steel pots and pans.

The Induction Site

Induction is a wholly different method of cooking, and this site explains in full what it is, how it works, what its advantages are (it is simply the best cooking technology there is, for both professional and home cooking), and who makes units today. Induction, long popular around the world, is finally having a resurgence in North America, with new name-brand units appearing; people who want to know why will find out at this leading internet resource site.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of titles relating to cooking.

A rack of wine bottles.

That Useful Wine Site

Whether you are a veteran wine drinker or a complete novice, you should find this site quite, well, useful. It has information pages on each of about 150 major wine grapes, from Agiorgitiko to Zierfandler, telling about the grape, what wine like from it is like, and—the crux—several examples of such wine each under $20 and each recommended by numerous wine critics, professional and amateur: this site is not one person's or a few individuals' personal tastes, it is "data mining" of consensus critical opinion. Using it, you can sample a variety knowing you are drinking what a lot of people consider a fine example of it, yet one that doesn't break the bank. The site also includes numerous pages of general wine-drinking and wine-buying advice and information.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of titles relating to wine.

A fantasy illustration.

Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy

For the civilized reader, too many--most--web sites about science-fiction or fantasy literature recall American Bandstand: "Uh, wull, Dick, I give it a 86 'cause it had a good beat an' yuh could dance to it." What one might charitably call "naive enthusiasm" abounds. But, while a cold spritzer is often welcome refreshment, when we go into a restaurant of quality and ask for the wine card, we do not expect to see Gallo Chablis or Annie Greensprings mong the listings. This site seeks to be a wine card of science-fiction and fantasy literature; it is dedicated to presenting works in the fields of science-fiction and fantasy—sometimes collectively called "speculative fiction"—that get high grades for literary quality without needing any bonus points just for being science fiction or fantasy. The books are judged as literature, not as "science-fiction books" or "fantasy books".

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of speculative-fiction titles.

A baseball.

The Owlcroft Baseball-Analysis Site

From one of the pioneers of modern baseball analysis—a long-time consultant to successful major-league ball clubs—comes this site, which not only explains thoroughly the rationale and methodology of modern analysis, but--in season--presents daily-updated detailed stats on teams and players, allowing fans to see how much players are really helping (or hurting) their team, and how well any team is really playing.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of titles relating to baseball.

A revolver.

Matters Criminous

The mystery-crime-detection genre is--like most literary genres--regrettably dominated by works lacking literary merit, and is indeed almost antagonistic toward such works; yet authors of substantial merit have been (and are) producing works of enduring value within the field. While this site does not pretend to be a comprehensive survey of all that is literate within the genre, it does select and describe a good number of authors and series that meet that criterion; moreover, it includes links to select further resources in the field. Possibly most important of all, it also provides a complete listing of all the books (and omnibuses) for each series, along with used-book searches for each title.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of mystery/crime/detection titles.

A garden basket of tomatoes.

The "Growing Taste" Food-Gardening Site

A rich cornucopia of detailed information for home vegetable and fruit gardeners, the site includes immensely detailed and exact growing information for a great variety of vegetables and fruits—but above all it focuses on identifying the most flavorful varieties of each; in an era of water-swollen "hybrid vigor", where heavier and harder are the chief commercial criteria for edibles, the home gardener, who can pick those "cultivars" that make the best eating, needs help sorting through all those "best ever!" claims made for each and every variety in garden-seed catalogues, and this site provides that much-needed guidance.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of vegetable-growing titles.

Bottles of steroids.

The "Steroids and Baseball" Site

Everything you think you know about steroids and other "performance-enhancing" drugs in baseball is (almost certainly) wrong.

This fact-filled site draws extensively on the medical literature and detailed analysis of actual statistics to get to the truths about what steroids do and don't do for performance, whether any records are "tainted", what the extent and severity of medical side effects really are, whether American youth is being led astray by ballplayer "role models", and the formal ethics of performance-enhancing substance use in sports.

(This site is an outgrowth of the Owlcroft Baseball web site described above on this page.)


Oxalic-Acid Information

Oxalic acid is a component of many common foods (notably dark-green leafy ones), and many people have health-related concerns about it, because it is implicated in medical conditions such as kidney stones and gout. The internet contains a lot of unscientific rubbish on the topic; here are the facts.

The site also has an extensive bookshop (with both new and used books available) of titles concerning diet and health.

Owlcroft Company Web Sites Within the owlcroft.com Domain:

An open dictionary.

The English Language

This little site is not so much about what correct English grammar and usage are as it is a reasoned (but passionate) argument that there really is such a thing as "sound English", and thus—necessarily—such a thing as unsound English. In a time when more and more voices clamorously decry the existence of any sort of standards whatever (for English, or anything), this site explains why care with our words is essential to us as individuals and to our society and our very civilization.

The site also has a highly selective bookshop of titles concerning English grammar and usage.

The real, physical Owlcroft House.

What and Where is "Owlcroft"?

While this site is a "guided tour" of the real, physical Owlcroft House—establishing its location, environment, and design details, as well as its appearance outside and in—it is in a more general sense an example of the effectiveness of solar design. The entire annual heating "bill" for this 2000-square-foot-plus home not far from the Canadian border is roughly one-fifth of one cord of wood!

The site also has an extensive bookshop of titles concerning solar-home design.

If you want to try a "simple" search at The Book Depository, you can do that right here. Enter any of one or more keywords, a full or partial book title, an author name, or an ISBN (or a mix of those), then press the <Enter> key:

Or, if you want to do a slightly more complex "advanced" search at The Book Depository, you can go direct to The Book Depository's search page (which will open in a new browser window or tab).


Click in this sentence to search for any used book through AbeBooks.

Perhaps interested in growing some of your own vegetables and fruits to cook with? Click here to visit the Growing Taste gourmet home-gardening web site!
Like wine with your food (or on its own)? Click here to visit That Useful Wine Site: advice & recommendations for both novices and experts.

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