August 24th, 2006
|01:18 pm - Pluto no longer a planet!|
Hurrah! We are now finally free from the opressive clutches of those "astronomers" who feel that all the random lumps of rock in our system should be called planets.
Now that there is nothing left to do in the field of INANE SEMANTICS we might as well disband the IAU and put those great, great... great minds to work on solving better problems. Problems such as how to harness the power of one of those random lumps of rock and fling it toward a nation that most displeases us. And by us I mean US.
In all seriousness... I hope that schools won't go bankrupt replacing their science books because lunatics will demand they "update" them. I'm a proponent of the 5 year shelf life on all science texts for primary school, but I think when it comes to science education, the teacher should be about a billion times more important than the book.
May 13th, 2006
|10:56 am - The circle of life is complete|
About 150 years ago, children worked alongside men and women down in the coal mines. I guess they must have been real good at all those jobs that required small bodies. Needless to say, this was dangerous work and thus instigated the many child labor laws we have today.
Children are back at work for BIG coal now, and I'm almost as shocked by what they are doing now as what they were doing before.
Current Mood: cynical
March 29th, 2006
|02:44 pm - Music|
Just because I'm in a music-al mood/mude:
Current favorite songs-
- Buggin' Out - Tribe Called Quest
I'm very selective with my rap/hip-hop. This song never gets old
- It's Not - Amy Mann
most people I know absolutely hated her "lost in space" album. I thought it was solid
- Jugglers in Obsidian - Andreas Vollenweider
I need to find out who plays the guitar in this piece, because he or she is amazing
- Man is the Baby - Anthony and the Johnsons
I never know how to feel when I listen to these guys
- Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - The Arcade Fire
I've got this song on continuous rotation on my mp3 player
- A Desperate Cry for Help - The Beauty Shop
It took a while for me to get their second album. This is my favorite song on it
- Judy is a Dick Slap - Belle and Sebastian
In the (far) future, should I be lucky enough to become a dad I'm going to videotape the hell out of my kid and then make a montage of all the videos set on high speed and set to this music. If you know this song, I think you'll agree that it begs for a high speed video montage a-la "Benny Hill"
- Hyper Ballad - Björk
I don't know what it is about this song, but ever since I was a wee lad and stole my sister's copy of "Post" I've been hypnotized by this song
- Korobushko - Bond
the violin is my favorite instrument with the accordion coming in a very close second place. This song is missing an accordion, but it does the violins real good
- Insects Rule - Brendan Benson
I'm not a huge fan of this guy. I think his songs are hit or miss. But sometimes he hits it hard
- End of the Movie - Cake
Cake is always good for a poppy melody. I can't listen to them a lot, but this one is a pretty song, and it's short, so I make iTunes play it a lot)
- Banderilla - Calexico
one of my favorite bands, this song belongs in every western film that has ever played in my mind
- Close Behind - Calexico
they get two songs
- El Picador - Calexico
- Hateful - The Clash
I was never a big fan of the Clash, but I cannot deny that "london calling" is one of the greatest albums of all time
- Give a Little - The Concretes
this song goes a little long towards the end, but it's still a very happy song
- Down on the Corner - CCR
when I hear this song I think about prostitutes because I'm completely immature
- Pre-marital Sex - Daniel Johnston
- Please, let me get what I want - Dream Academy
I'm not sure who originally wrote this song since so many people have done a version of it somewhere. But this is the version which was played in the movie "farris beuler's day off" when they visit the chicago art museum. I wanted the (nonexistant) soundtrack to that movie so bad, mostly for this song
- TEABAGN - Dutch Courage
I have no idea where I heard about these guys first, but they are cool
- Disposable Parts - Enon
I'm getting into these "new punk" bands now just because my music collection lacks in the Fast Beats department. These guys and the Epoxies are garnering my attention
- Amid The Falling Snow - Enya
Finally, she put out completely solid album
- Evergreen - The Fiery Furnaces
I get them mixed up with the Arcade Fire all the time. I wonder why?
- Waltz - Fiona Apple
Have you guys seen this video? I have no idea if they play it on the music video stations, but think it's great
- Sherry - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Falsetto is cool
- Danse Macabre - Franz Liszt
Whenever I hear this song now I think of George Bush and Dick Cheney skeeming
- Thunder, Lightning, Strike - The Go! Team
Yes, the whole album, I can't get enough of it and I don't know why
- Uncle Tom is Dead - Guy Davis
One of the coolest blues songs I've ever heard "rap is what's happenin'! Blues ain't got nothing! Blues is old school..."
- Ease - Hanne Hukkelberg
Another simple happy song. Good stuff coming out of Norway
- Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock (O, Brother soundtrack)
I like to nod my had to this song "yeah, you sure said it!"
- Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
Is it wrong to like this song so much? It certainly feels wrong, since the rest of her album seems so bland
- Lakes of Canada - the innocence mission
Another hit-or-miss band, but I do believe this is a very very pretty song
- Radio War - Iron & Wine
When I first heard this song I was in a Manga/Internet Cafe in Tokyo. It was very very weird
- I want you back - Jackson 5
Can you dig it?
- Here's to you - Joan Baez
This song makes me feel guilty, but it's a good song
- Inflammatory Writ - Joanna Newsom
I'm very happy that this girl got herself a record contract because she's quite talented. I imagine the majority of music lovers will not get past her unconventional singing voice, and that's just too bad.
- Strange Bath - Jon Brion (I heart huckabees soundtrack)
They've been using this song a lot on "this american life." It stuck to my brain and won't let go.
- Hello Tomorrow - Karen O. & Squeak E. Clean
You've probably heard this song from the adidas ad. I likes it
- Ikebana - Kevin Shields
This song can be found on the "lost in translation" album (and the movie is fantastic and comes incredibly close to expressing what Tokyo feels like to a foreigner). You should buy all of sophia coppola's soundtracks because she has a good ear for melodies.
- Anne Bonny Rag - Laura Veirs
I like her, but her new album is not as good as Carbon Glacier
- Lucas with the lid off - Lucas
This guy wrote this song when I must have been 13 or 14 years old. It's an awesome song, but a bit uninspired. One hit wonder, maybe. But I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Lucas
- Poor Boy, Minor Key - M Ward
I'm not currently in-tune with the state of Radio and MTV, but I think M Ward hasn't received due credit. He's 10 times the artist that Jack Johnson is.
- Dear Jesse - Madonna
My favorite Madonna song. The only one I can still listen to without feeling humiliated
- I'm sorry I love you - The Magnetic Fields
If the lyrics of this song don't remind you of some past event in your life, you are weird and should either be pitied or shunned.
- The Friends' Song - Princess Bride Soundtrack
I'm not sure what instruments those are, but I want to learn to play this song on the guitar.
- Ne me quitte pas - Maysa Matar
This song makes me wanna cry every time I hear it. And you MUST hear Maysa Matar's version, because all the others are second rate.
- Sushi Queen - Michelle Cross
Don't know what happened to Michelle Cross, but she deserves props. Most of her music is very original and memorable.
- Corona - The minutemen OR Calexico
This song is just fun to listen to
- The Dogs of B.A. - Mirah
Maybe I like this song because it sounds like Calexico should have written it
- We Run This - Missy Elliot
This song is much better if you know where the refrain tune comes from
- The Good Times Are Killing Me - Modest Mouse
I heard people don't like the newest album. I thought it was alright.
- David - Nellie McKay
She is very talented. Please buy her CD and make her write more music.
- Things Behind the Sun - Nick Drake
I would've never known anything about Nick Drake if it wasn't for the volkswagon ad, so that's another reason why I'm a total loser. But this here is one of my favorite songs ever.
- Ruiner - Nine Inch Nails
My favorite Nine Inch Nails song. I had forgotten about it. Last week I put Downward Spiral in my CD player and I remembered.
- Designs on you - Old '97s
This is as close to country music as I've gotten. Not that I think it's an awful genre, but I haven't heard a lot of original country music. None of it has grabbed me.
- The Rooster - OutKast
Coolest song out of Speakerboxxx? I think so
- Algmarschen - Peter Puma Hedlund
The instrument this guy plays is a version of the violin. It's awesome.
- B - Pinback
Pinback can do no wrong in my book
- Reach for the Sun - Polyphonic Spree
Sometimes, I can't stand these guys. Once in a while though songs like this are real nice.
- Libertango - Richard Galliano
I like the accordion...
- Iced Lightning - RJD2
I have no idea how to classify this band or how to describe what they do, but I can't get enough
- Life on Mars - Seu Jorge (Steve Zissou soundtrack)
This version of a David Bowie classic is better than the original
- Mine's not a High Horse - The Shins
I am eagerly awaiting their next masterpiece. I wish you could know the lengths at which I went to find this album when I was in Tokyo.
- When They Ring Them Golden Bells - Snooks Eaglin
I don't know where I got this song from, but I do recommend it to everyone.
- Gold Day - SparkleHorse
When is Linkus going to get off his ass and make another SparkleHorse Album?
- Everything Hits At Once - Spoon
In my opinion, spoon has yet to top this song from their 2001 album "girls can tell"
- Celebration Guns - Stars
Maybe it's the violins, or the vocal quality, but this is my favorite Stars song by far
- Big Bang Baby - STP
Do you remember STP? This was an excellent song
- Where Does the Good Go - Tegan and Sara
Why do people constantly compare them to Le Tigre? Is there really a genre called "lesbo rock?" That's shameful
- Karate - Tenacious D
Kyle shouldn't touch Jack's food
- invisible Mobile - Tin hat trio
Give these guys a listen if you like mellow instrumental music
- Closer - The Tiny
more good stuff from Scandenavia
- All the world is green - Tom Waits
Waits is some kind of twisted genius. The xylophone is key, and he knows it
- Cherry Blossom Color Season - Katamari Damacy Sountrack
Children singing about growing up! How cute!
If you are interested in hearing these songs, and can't find them online, send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to hook you up.
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: 12.Hitoe - Dai Kirai! [Hate!]
|01:13 pm - Prettiest song ever?|
Since Charlie first exposed me to this song, I've always thought it was the prettiest song ever. If I'm ever feeling a little sad I only need to play this song and I feel a little better
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow-What A Wonderful World
(Link goes to MP3 file, if you've already got the song don't kill my bandwidth allowance ;)
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - Where Do They Make Balloons?
March 28th, 2006
|01:00 pm - Studying for my driver's license test|
Look what I found in the 2006 California Driver's Handbook
But it's totally true about not driving around the crossing bars. It's also totally true that we'll never know what's going on in the train conductor's head.
Current Mood: crazy
Current Music: Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
March 27th, 2006
|01:04 pm - A modest proposal (without the sarcasm)|
The hot topic right now is illegal immigrants. Every time this is the hot topic lots of people who know nothing about anything start opening their mouths.
I'm one of those people. But please bare with me for a moment.
I believe we should let those poor starving Canadians work here illegally. Have you ever been to rural Canada? It's awful!
Seriously though here's what I really think (and take it with a grain of salt, since I really don't know what I'm talking about here).
I truly believe that an illegal migrant worker who comes into this country to work is doing it because this country offers him opportunities he can't have (as easily) in his country of citizenship. If I lived in a country where the best job I could have only payed 2.50 an hour BEFORE TAXES, but a quick, low-cost trip to another country and suddenly I can make $500 for a week's work UNTAXED, I think it's clear what I would choose to do. My kids need to go to college back in whatever country they're waiting for me in.
Is it legal? No
Is it nice? that depends...
Is it moral? Take a good philosophy class on the subject and then talk to me
I'm of the camp that does not believe illegal immigrants are "taking our jobs." Illegal immigrants are not taking our job.
You may have heard a similar argument before, but you probably don't want the job that most of the 10 million undocumented workers are taking.
And by that, I DON'T MEAN that it's a gross job, or a hard job, or a dangerous job. What I mean is that undocumented workers don't get health insurance, don't get a pension, don't get benefits of any kind. For the most part, I believe they get payed cash, untaxed maybe, but just the cash.
This is not desirable as a career option. If you desire this, you a very poor planner of your own life and should probably seek financial advice immediately.
So, many illegal workers come here get payed much more for the same work they'd be doing in their respective countries. Eventually they make a lot of money and go back to the country they came from. In some cases, the family comes along with intent to stay in the US such that the children's children will be legal citizens.
A lot of people seem to have the most trouble with this, and I agree that there is an element of trouble in that WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND YOUR CHILD IS SICK you are screwed. So your only option is to go to a public hospital, a hospital you don't pay taxes for. The staff certainly shouldn't turn anyone away, what kind of twisted human being would turn away a sick person at the hospital?
Is it legal? No
Is it nice? hmmm
Is it moral? hmmmmm
Here is my proposition (It certainly isn't fool proof, but I've yet to hear anyone in the government attempt to look at it from this perspective)
Don't attack the illegal immigrant - Attack the asshole who isn't giving him health care.
People hire illegals because it's easy on the paper work. You don't have to pay for their health insurance. In the long run, if you are the owner of a construction company you can pay a legal worker his $20 bucks an hour, plus insurance, plus sick days, plus all the other wonderful stuff. Or you can give an illegal worker $20 bucks an hour (or less) and that's it. In the interest of getting cheap labor, the companies "hiring" illegals are more than happy to see them coming here.
They are the bastards we should be disciplining. In Japan, they attempt to curb illegal immigration by closely scrutinizing business. They make sure that you pay any non-Japanese worker a very very high salary. When I worked in japan I was making more money than most of the Japanese to whom I was teaching English, how sick is that?
Make a law that says that wages for anyone who isn't a citizen needs to be X dollars higher than comparable wages for legal citizens. Then set up a special office to investigate business and make sure they are paying illegals that much. THEN, any illegal going to a public service institution (hospital etc.) will receive service after he provides proof of his employer. The collection agencies will go to the employer and get money for whatever services the illegals had. This should make it less favorable for business owners to higher illegal workers.
In other words: Make laws which force business to treat illegals BETTER than American citizens. Enforce those laws with an iron fist. Problem solved.
The other issue I keep hearing about is regarding those illegals who come here and plan to settle.
- they don't speak English and they don't want to learn
- they don't want to become citizens
- they hate America
- they bring crime
- they are ruining our culture
In the interest of time (since this is already long) I'm not going to spend a lot of time addressing these but:
They don't speak English and they don't want to learn-
This is only true of a very small subset of the illegal population. First of all, you can't expect people who come here to be able to know English. For the most part, these people are not very well off in their country of origin and most likely not very highly educated. Once they come here, they learn as much as is necessary, they're busy working. They don't have the time or money to go take Berlitz classes for christ's sake! It's hard to learn a new language, anyone who's tried will tell you that. Illegal immigrants spend most of their days around people who speak the same language, where's the incentive? The majority of those who plan to stay here for the long haul DO attempt to learn the language. But they're not here to broaden their horizons, they are here to make a good life for their children. If they feel that their learning English will help them do this, they will learn English. Those who don't want to learn English are those who don't plan on staying here OR feel they are too old and think it's impossible. Those illegals who say that they hate English and they don't need it are just dumb, so you can ignore them, but luckly there aren't as many of them as one would suspect given all the talk.
They don't want to become citizens:
Why would they? It's hard enough to have to learn the language, and study for the test (which most Americans can't pass, by the way) but did you know that you have to pay back-taxes? If I was working here for 3 years, suddenly, the option to become a citizen is gone. I couldn't afford the back-taxes. Where's the incentive? My kids are going to be citizens, that's good enough for me.
They hate America
This is just retarded. Maybe there's a handful of immigrants who would actually say that, they are the minority and they are dumb. And hell, even though I think it's one of the best countries in the world, sometimes I hate America too.
They bring crime
No, they don't. Crime happens because of low education levels and poverty. Most of the immigrants are coming here for jobs. Poverty and ignorance breed crime. Pay workers well and give them access to schools and you get rid of the crime.
They are ruining our culture
I'm not even going to dignify this comment with a response. Needless to say, if you think this, you are probably dumb.
Current Mood: moody
Current Music: Aphex Twin - Girl Boy Song
March 20th, 2006
Throw away, for only a moment here, all of your presuppositions about liberals and conservatives. Forget for a little while about all the bad or good things you think the current administration has done. Completely empty your mind of the film "farenheit 9/11" and other far left wing (or far right wing) spoutings. Make sure you have RealPlayer installed and click on this. If a fraction of what you hear is true I would be stunned if you didn't feel as sick as I did. I've read stuff about guantanamo before, even quite recently, and it's still absolutely stunning.
Current Mood: shocked
March 6th, 2006
My world was turned upside down by this video: Shark vs Octopus
I was reminded of this old classic, one of the greatest music videos of our time: Monkey vs Robot
In second place? Left claw north, right claw south.
Current Mood: videoriffic
March 3rd, 2006
|07:27 am - The joke|
A man walks into a psychiatrist's office. The man is completely nude except for a couple of empty tissue boxes on his feet and a helmet made from a watermelon rind.
He says to the psychiatrist "Doc! You've gotta help me! There's something wrong with my brother!"
I love books. They are magical. They transport you to other worlds. The other day I was skimming a few pages from "My Brother Sam is Dead" and I found myself transported to a battlefield in the revolutionary war! I took two slugs to the chest and shrapnel all along my left side. While I recover, I think I'll just stick to Italian cook books.
Current Mood: groggy
Current Music: Facing East - Thievery Corp.
March 1st, 2006
|08:45 am - crystal ball|
Last night I had a dream. A dream I recall vividly.
In this dream I held a crystal ball about the size of a billiard ball.
Maybe a little smaller than a billiard ball.
This smaller-than-a-billiard-ball-sized crystal ball had a mild imperfection in the glass.
It was cloudy on one side, but practically flawless everywhere else.
I rubbed that side against my jacket and the cloudiness transferred itself from the now-flawless crystal ball to my jacket.
I think this dream has something to do with me getting the clap last Tuesday when I went to Tijuana.
Current Mood: syphlitic
Current Music: heart eats brain
February 28th, 2006
|07:25 am - I spy|
I own a non-pair of monocular and I have a window in my bedroom as wide as the north wall.
When I have time, I put the monocular to my eye and I spy.
Yesterday, I saw a baby take his fourth steps under his mother's watchful eye. It was horrid just hovering there over the child as his mother lay screaming in pain and grasping at her face.
Today I am seeing two crows make love after a complex 3 minute courtship in which the lady crow gifted the gentleman crow an oxford English dictionary and a 9-inch piece of mint dental floss. They are very progressive, crows.
Tomorrow I will see two identical looking men in biker shorts and dinner jackets pass each other with a bow but no words between them. And I will tell you all about it.
Current Mood: weird
Current Music: winamp really kicks the llama's ass
February 2nd, 2006
|06:01 pm - I am now world famous|
If you do a google images search for 'ugly baby' my picture comes up on the first page of hits (fourth row, fourth column at the time of this post)
I can't find the words to describe how happy that makes me...
Current Mood: nerdy
Current Music: t.l & the pharmacists
January 4th, 2006
|10:37 pm - Futbol geekiness|
Today, I was trying to figure out/plan how I'm going to watch the world cup. I believe the games begin june 9th and I assume I'll have a summer job by then so I should have enough money to get the joy giving cable wires switched to the 'flow' position. But the first game I'm really interested in will be Italy vs Ghana on the 12th.
The first round groups are all quite interesting this year. It's ridiculously premature to be saying the following, but my prediction for the final two will be czech republic (if they get out of round one, they'll go all the way baby! I believe in beginners' luck) and Germany are going to meet up in the end. I'd really like to see Italy representin' of course, but I'm sick of having my dreams crushed.
In doing some of my preliminary research regarding viewing schedules as they pertain to the pacific time zone I came across this BBC news article making the claim that soccer is the most exciting sport EVAR simply due to its unpredictability. So if my guess ends up being accurate does that mean the sport would be boring for me?
Interesting trivia A
- Did you know that, according to Coca Cola Corp, USA is ranked 8 in the world outranking both Italy and England?
- Did you know that Coca Cola Corp is retarded?
- Did you know that my grandmother's favorite soccer player is Del Piero because "he's a nice guy"? And she also likes Buffon but because of his cute ass.
- The reason why it's called soccer in America is because when the sport made its way to the universities of this amazing nation, american rules football had already staked out the pitch. The sport was then named Association Rules Football which was shortened to Assoc and then further shortened to 'soc' but then lengthened to soccer. And to think it could have just as easily been called ARF or Ass.
This message was brought to you by TATRSAITUSA: The Association To Raise Soccer Awareness In The USA)
Current Mood: silly
Current Music: silence
December 31st, 2005
I just heard about a blue grass covers album of modest mouse. I'm not really sure what to think. Take a look for yourselves
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: fireworks
December 28th, 2005
|10:28 am - Funny Japan|
I saw this funny video on ifilm's 'viral videos' where it is introduced as a japanese video with fake subtitles. As far as I can tell, the subtitles are not fake at all. The video is made to be funny. And funny it is.
Current Mood: amused
December 8th, 2005
|01:59 pm - one sentence rant from a linguist|
Why the hell does a word need to be in the dictionary in order to be officially considered a word?
This is coming from the fact that people think its big news that podcasting received "word of the year" by the "new oxford effin dictionary" when last year it refused to recognize it by adding it to it's holy pages.
In other news, some kind of virus has decided to take residency in one or both of my precious lungs. I'm constantly short of breath and coughing up stuff, the consistency and color of which will remain a secret known only by me and possibly the virus.
In further news, indigenous tribes of north america's north west are sueing the US government for not doing something about emmission control. Does anyone want to make a prediction as to what will come of this?
Current Mood: sick
Current Music: Tori Amos - Iieee
November 30th, 2005
|10:00 pm - Regarding japanese cusine|
Here is a westerner's perspective on Natto taken from a very funny website. My personal experience with this staple of Japanese countryside cooking was not so bad, but I can definitely see where this guy's coming from:
I recently came across a container of fermented soybeans in the
supermarket. I don't mean an old container of soybeans some stockboy
forgot to toss. These are fermented-on-purpose soybeans from Japan.
That's what Natto is.
I remembered hearing about this stuff on Iron Chef one time
when it was the secret ingredient. The judges in the show were
commenting on what a great job the chefs had done to "supress the
smell" of the natto. I'm no Iron Chef, but I've got a clever way to
supress the smell. Don't put it in your fucking food. I might not win "Battle Natto," but I promise you my dinner won't smell like stank-ass soybeans.
I found it slightly unsettling that the sealed styrofoam container had creepy little airholes in it. As if what was inside needed to breathe. I dared to lift the lid, which made me regret that I
needed to breathe. The natto was coated in some kind of sick slime and
had the complex yet playful aroma of a dumpster in July.
Actually, the little pile inside looked kinda like baked beans. It
also smelled kinda like baked beans. If they were baked in the filthy
heat of Satan's asshole.
This particular batch was made by a company in Japan called Shirakiku.
I haven't been able to determine if Shirakiku is a food manufacturer,
or just a store that sells gag gifts and practical jokes. It might be
Not unlike Michael Jackson, these harmless soybeans had undergone
some kind of hideous transformation. They were now a freakish version
of their former selves. (Which, coincidentally, should also be kept
away from your children.)
The most disturbing aspect of this stuff is it seems to get "activated" when you stir it. What I mean by this is, (and I may actually weep, but...) the slimy coating on the beans develops into stringy, stretchy, marshmallow-like strands that will forever haunt my dreams.
Basically, if you move it back and forth enough, you're left with a
gross, sticky mess. (Hey, natto and I have at least one thing in
common!) And now that I think about it, that's exactly what it looks
like the pranksters back at Shirakiku did into my beans. You guuuys!
I force-fed myself a big ol' spoonful, and found it to be slightly
rancid and extremely bitter. Unfortunately, swallowing didn't help
dissipate the flavor because the strings of bean jizz melted, coating
my mouth and lips with a glistening sheen of sadness.
The entire experience is difficult to describe, but if you can
remember back to the very first time you made out with a hobo's ass,
it's a lot like that.
What I find most hilarious is that there is an expiration date on the package. What could they possibly expect to happen to the product on this date THAT HAS NOT ALREADY OCCURRED?!!!
Also, nestled in this mound of compost was a li'l packet of mustard. In its place, I would strongly suggest a written apology.
I do have one last theory about the date on the package. It may be
an expiration date, but not for the beans. If you finish the container,
that's the day you die.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Tegan and Sara - Fix You Up
November 28th, 2005
|04:56 pm - This here is some funny stuff|
This one's been going around university campuses I found it hilarious.
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: Sigur Ros - Vaka
November 19th, 2005
|03:12 pm - meme|
This is the guardian's list of the top 20 geeky books. Bold the ones you've read.
1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson (I own it, it's next on my shelf of 'to be read' books)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham
9/20 is something to be proud of. That I've never heard of 10, 14, 16, 18, 19, and 20 is a bit weird...
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: Fiona Apple - Waltz (Better Than Fine)
November 6th, 2005
|09:15 am - ridiculous|
Can you imagine these people sitting together in an ethics class? What is the point?
And if you are still not familiar with this bit of news, you really should be. Plain and simple, the white house wants the CIA to be able to torture people.
In the meantime, intelligent design is still going strong. I actually don't know whether to be amused or ashamed.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Tori Amos - Past The Mission