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Looks aren't everything

I’ve been fiddling around with my template. It’s tough being a graphic designer that has zero web design skills. I feel so – s0 – so helpless! I almost broke my brain adding that third column. I think it looks a little too much like a ‘guy’ website. Muy macho, you know? Like, sci-fi, classics,...

Philip K. Dick is not lame. Strange, maybe.

I finally saw A Scanner Darkly last week and was mightily disappointed at how lame it was. Although, just like the book, it’s saved by it’s ending. Philip K. Dick has been floating around in my head recently. What with Elliot putting The Man in the High Castle on his favorites list, me having it...

My Five Favourite Books, 2006

I didn’t do a lot of reading for pleasure in 2006. I blame the first year of EFM with it’s insane reading demands for this. That, and the time taken up reading my favourite book this year (maybe of any year), in a year with little time for reading. Surprisingly, I read a lot of...

The Man Who is Chesterton

I may have to read The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (affiliate Link) again after reading Anne Perry’s short article on G.K. Chesterton’s classic. She refers to that confusing conundrum of a book as “food, armor, and a compass for the soul”. How many authors get to have that said about them? Too few....

The Stack Revisited

The books in The Stack (today, that is. sigh.): The New Penguin History of the World: Fourth Edition by J.M. Roberts The Authority of The Bible by C.H. Dodd Space Lords by Cordwainer Smith The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer The Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith The Decline and Fall of...

Why Do I Do This To Myself?

Well, here, in all it’s raging glory, is The Stack. I do this to myself every year around the holidays. Do all anxious readers do this to themselves? I can’t help it. Collector mentality probably plays into this sickness of mine. I just like seeing them stacked up. I lie to myself, I think, and...

Beginnings

Every blog needs a beginning. Here are a few beginnings from some of my favourite books: Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected. The...