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the definitive list

Posted in City with tags , on Thursday, October 8 by City

So I’ve finally about wrapped up my Nerd de Force of science fiction.  My plan was to polish off as many Hugo Award winners as I could (I didn’t sidetrack from the list too much besides to delve into some Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and a few others) to try to get a fairly accurate representation on the best works of the genre. If you figure they’ve given the award every year since 1953, plus a couple retro awards, I’ve now tackled a quarter of them. While it’s not my most esteemed of accomplishments, I’m feeling good about the dent I’ve made. In any case, it’ll be nice to move on to something new for awhile and to ride the bus to work without a book with a spaceship on it’s cover.

Not that every book is about space. Some don’t have anything to do with space and a lot are set on Earth, although when this is the case it usually has to do with aliens on Earth. My favorite book was possibly Robert A. Heinlein’s “Stranger in an Strange Land”. A story who’s main character is the orphan of the first manned mission to Mars and grows up away from human contact, coming back to Earth to inherit his astronaut parent’s fortunes. This is my main draw to the genre. It’s away for us to think about who we are and why we are the way we are. The character comes to earth confused, unable to understand the idea of God or what constitutes our taboos, and fights the governments who are trying to take his assets. Obviously he proceeds to found a religion based on sleeping with people.  Heinlien pushed the science fiction genre into mainstream in the 60’s and this book’s cover calls it “the most famous science fiction novel ever written”, most likely because Billy Joel used it’s title in a line of “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” 

So far it is fairly similar to the book I just finished, 1975’s “The Dispossessed”. A story about a group of pilgrim anarchists who send one of their own to their capitalist/consumerist home world to reconnect. This is the basic tenet behind the genre. The idea of “what if”. What if we colonized another planet who set up new ways to live, what if we invented this, what if there were people like that… and it doesn’t necessarily have to be set in the future. There are a lot of sub-genre’s that people don’t think of as science fiction. For example there are a couple alternate history books on the list. Philip K. Dick’s (better known for the books behind the movie Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly) “The Man in the High Castle” is about what would the world be like if the Axis had won WWII and we lived in a country split into an East Coast Nazi and West Coast Japanese empire.

Then of course there are the staple space opera’s of the genre. I read a coule books in series of Herbert’s Dune and Asimov’s Foundation. Dune was up there on my list of favorites. I only read the opener to this series, but at some point I will check out the other books. The world he set up in the first book is just too thick with characters and plot to not want to know what happened to the family of the Atreides and the Harkonnens and the struggle of the desert planet. Not making the list, but possibly my favorite series was Arthur C Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” series which goes on to 2010, 2061 and 3001, all awesome stories about what an alien intelligence could be like.

Then there are the dystopia novel’s of “Neuromancer” and “A Canticle for Leibowitz”, which are interesting for their different positions on where our society is going. Neuromancer being famous for being partially set in, and popularizing the word, ‘cyberspace’ before the idea of an electronic place was understood back in 1985.  “A Canticle for Leibowitz” takes the opposite spectrum being about a society that backlashed against technology after a nucular strike and destroyed all books to live a simpler, illiterate life. Similar to the idea of a backlash against technology is Stephenson’s book “Anathem”, robbed of the 2009 Hugo Award. The idea behind Anathem is what if a group of people tired of the perpetual media driven culture of the ‘now’ and the boom and busts of society, locked themselves away for centuries at a time shunning technology to study math and philosophy coming out every 100 or 1000 years to help soceity where they could.

For a sceptic such as myself there isn’t a much better place to find ideas about what could be if we weren’t stuck in our ways or if something were different.

my readings from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Award_for_Best_Novel
1946 The Mule by Isaac Asimov
1954 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1960 Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
1961 A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1962 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
1963 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
1966  Dune by Frank Herbert
1967 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
1973 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1974 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1975 The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
1985 Neuromancer by William Gibson
1986 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
1996 The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
2002 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Wow, I’ve been waiting to get that off my chest for awhile now. It’s amazing (for lack of a better word) what you can do when you cancel your cable, huh? Well anyone has any interesting non-fiction for me, let me in on it. It’s been far too long since I’ve read anything documenting real events and I’ve got a good list going here (Guns Germs Steel, A short history of nearly everything, Undaunted Courage, Godel Escher Bach, Surely you’re joking Mr Feynman) that I’m about to start working on.

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A slow clock and a new book

Posted in City with tags , , , on Wednesday, September 3 by City

I heard about the Millennium Clock recently after reading about the inspiration for Neal Stephenson’s new novel that is coming out next week called Anathem. Stephenson contributed scetches for the project, which is a basically a clock that is set to keep track of time as long as mechanically possible. While most clocks are built to keep track of time in as small of fractions as possible in as small a space as possible this one will take up most of a mountain and tick once a year for 10,000 years. The artist, Danny Hillis, has apparently been working on this since the 90s and came up with the idea in the 80’s while working on making supercomputers faster. From a Wired article, “It wasn’t clear that the world needed faster, faster, faster. So I began thinking about the opposite. Working on the fastest machine in the world got me thinking about the slowest.”  If you would like to, you could write if off as a dumb idea; I think it’s pretty amazing. Trying to imagine what will be around in the year 12,008 is pointless. I mean that’s … 10,000yrs / 75yr life span = 133 generations of people in the future. If you try to look back that many years, that puts people in groups of hunter gatherers just reaching North America, braving an ice age. There is no pressing reason to try and consider what will be around still, because nothing will. But, if you were really interested in what would be going on then, you could try to build a machine that will just be reaching its maturity. It’s the only sure way to know what will be around. Stephenson took inspiration from this and imagined a group of people that were fed up with our society and wanted to devote themselves to the future and more import ideas than our fixation on short term consumerism. From what I know about the story it’s about a dude who is set to be one of the first people to leave his sect of scientist and philosopher’s secluded land when it’s set to open to the world after his ancestors locked themselves away thousands of years earlier.

 
The whole clock thing reminded me of a project I found interesting earlier this year. Called the Telectroscope
This one had a giant telescope looking thing coming out of the ground in both London and New York. It was said to be a giant tube drilled through the Earth started in the 19th century. You could look at someone at the other side in real time, from London to New York through the tube. Of course it was done by using a broadband video feed that connected the two, but it represented the finished product of ideas that really where floating around in the 19th century of ways to transmit pictures over distances. I like it because I imagine showing one of the scientists from that era the device and them belittling them for not understanding modern electricity, which would be a good example of Arthur C Clarke’s 3rd rule of prediction: Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.
So anyway I just wikipedia’d it and turns out its called “installation art”… so yeah, I guess thats the kind of art im into.

Literary Thought of the Week (part 3)

Posted in CoJo with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, April 2 by Cojo

Everyone’s favorite literary discussion has returned. Right now I am reading 2 books so why not put up a thought from each of them. You may comment on whatever one you find most interesting (or neither if you so decide).

1) This comes from Tom Robbins’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Robbins) [Parker can you make this a normal link, for some reason I am too retarded to figure out how to do that] “Another Roadside Attraction”. I’ve said this before and I am sure I will say it again, but Tom Robbins is a fucking incredible author.

The scene is pretty simple John Paul Ziller (drummer/magician) is asking his wife Amanda (hot chick/mushroom aficionado) about her thoughts on religious schooling:

“My impression is this: There is an insect called the hunting wasp. The female hunts for spiders and other insects and preys on them in an unusual way. She stings them in the large nerve ganglion on the underside of the thorax so that they are not killed but only paralyzed. She then lays an egg on the paralyzed victim (or within it’s body) and seals the prey up in a nest. When the egg hatches, the wasp larva commenses to eat the prey, slowly, gradually, in a highly systemized way. The nonvital tissues and organs are eaten first, so that the paralyzed creature remains alive for a good many days. Eventually, of course, its guest eats away so much of it that it dies. During the whole long process of consumption, the prey cannot move, cry out or resist in any way.”

“Now, suppose we view the Church as the hunting wasp, it’s stinger being represented by the nuns and priests who teach in the schools. And let us view the pupils as the paralyzed prey. The egg that is injected into them is the dogma, which in time must hatch into the larva-personal philosophy or religious attitude. This larva, as that of the wasp eats away from within, slowly and in a specialized manner, until the victim in destroyed. That is my impression of parochial education.”

2) The second thought comes from “The Universe in a single Atom” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is a pretty cool book that shows the convergence of current scientific theory and Buddhist philosophy. Before I go into the quote I wanted to point out that the Dalai Lama is going to be in Seattle for 5 days, April 11-15. I am actually pretty excited I got free tickets to 2 of his events (one of them is about the convergence of modern science and Buddhism, something I find fascinating). If you want to find out more here is the site (http://www.seedsofcompassion.org/)

You don’t really need any set up for this one. This Dalai Lama (the 14th) is really into hard science and it’s applications for making this world a better place. This quote comes at the end of a chapter where he goes over evolution and its application for the world.

“If twentieth-century history — with its widespread belief in social Darwinism and the many terrible effects of trying to apply eugenics that resulted from it — has anything to teach us, it is that we humans have a dangerous tendency to turn the visions we construct of ourselves into self-fulfilling prophecies. The idea of the “survival of the fittest” has been misused to condone, and in some cases to justify, excesses of human greed and individualism and to ignore ethical models for relating to our fellow human beings in a more compassionate spirit. Thus, irrespective of our conceptions of science, given that science today occupies such an important seat of authority in human society, it is extremely important for those in the professions to be aware of the their power and to appreciate their responsibility. Science must act as its own corrective to popular misconceptions and misappropriations of ideas that could have disastrous implications for the world and humanity at large.”

Literary Thought of The Week (Part 2)

Posted in CoJo with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, February 26 by Cojo

Last weeks “Literary Thought of the Week” is a little late.

The section of literature is from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”. The book is an account of Thoreau’s experience living for 2 years in a cabin he built himself on Walden Pond in 1845. His main objectives for his stay were a life of simplicity and self reliance. By taking himself out of society he was able to look at life from a more objective prospective. The idea of living in nature is one of the concepts I am most retardedly passionate about. There seems to be something true and transcendent about experiencing the world free of all the retardation of society (more on that in a subsequently titled post, “why I am going to die alone in Alaska”)

I started reading this book a little after Christmas this year. There is no book I have ever been more excited about after the first chapter. Yet, after the first chapter I don’t think I have ever had a book that I had more trouble getting through. The first and last chapters were some of the most influential and relevant philosophy I have ever read. The 200 pages in-between those chapters are filled with very long winded descriptions of the simple and arguably boring life he led. The book is fairly arduous, but it wasn’t the difficulty that made it hard. What made it hard seemed to be the fact I could not read more than 2 pages without immediately falling asleep. I still feel like I got a lot out of the book even though it took forever to read (over 2 months for 250 pages). Enough about the fascinating tale of me reading a book.

Here is a paragraph from Walden that I thought was pretty sweet:

“When we consider what, to use the words of the catechism, is the chief end of man, and what are the true necessaries and means of life, it appears as if men had deliberately chosen the common mode of living because they preferred it to any other. Yet they honestly think there is no choice left. But alert and healthy natures remember that the sun rose clear. It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What every body echoes or is silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be false-hood to-morrow, mere smoke of opinion, which some had trusted for a cloud that would sprinkle fertilizing rain on their fields. What old people say you cannot do you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new. Old people did not know enough once, perchance, to fetch fresh fuel to keep the fire a-going; new people put a little dry wood under a pot, and are whirled round the globe with the speed of birds, in a way to kill old people , as the phrase is. Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost. One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned any thing of absolute value in living. Practically, the old have no very important advice to give the young, their own experiences has been so partial, and their lives have been such miserable failures, for private reasons, as they must believe; and it may be that they have some faith left which belies that experience; and they are only less young than they were. I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. They have told me nothing, and probably cannot tell me any thing, to the purpose. Here is life, an experiment to a great extent untried by me; bit does not avail me that they have tried it. If I have any experience which I think valuable, I am sure to reflect that this my Mentor said nothing about.”

Well I think Thoreau did a wonderful job explaining some of the strange idiosyncrasies of life in old timey vernacular. I will just throw in a few thoughts I had while rereading it just for good measure.

The beginning hits a pretty interesting idea of how people follow the social norms. A lot of his book is about doing something different with life and experiencing something outside the standard way of life. He makes a really good point that people do choose a common mode of living because they prefer it to any other. The problem though is that people completely discount the fact that there are other options out there. The standard 9 to 5, wife and 2 kids may be a good options for a lot of people, but it is not the only option available. When I think about life I often feel compelled to do something different with my life just for the pure science of it, just to see how it works out. I don’t know a single person on this planet who has not followed the standard life path. I absolutely love the line “Here is life, an experiment to a great extent untried by me”

My second thought is just about the latter part of the paragraph were he goes into how he has not learned anything from his seniors. I really tend to agree with him on this matter. I don’t mean that in the sense of old people are completely retarded (which is certainly a reasonable idea to vigorously support), but in the fact that life is not something to be learned from anyone, it is something to be experienced. Everything I feel actual conviction about in my life is something that I have in someway personally experienced.

Overall Thoreau has some pretty cool ideas and was way ahead of his time as a thinker. To be honest though I cannot in good conscious give my seal of recommendation to the book “Walden” as a whole, or now that I think about it to this post for that matter.

Bonus quote: (this is my favorite quote in the world and my informal life motto, also from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”)

“I learned at least this by my experiments. That if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Well I hope my two Indian fans enjoyed my second attempt to show how fucking awesome it is to read books. I promise it is back to embelished drug stories for my next post.

Literary Thought of the Week (Part 1)

Posted in CoJo with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 13 by Cojo

One of the great joys in my life is reading. Before you start thinking I’m some kind of lame ass loser, let me assure you all the other joys in my life are chicks, rock n’ roll music, and illegal narcotics. So yea I still fucking party.

That being said I can honestly say nothing has shaped my view of the world more than the books I have read. With that in mind I thought I would try out a new weekly website segment entitled “Literary Thought of the Week”. The idea is that I will post my favorite quote, passage, or thought from a book that I have been reading . You might be thinking “Wow, Corey this is the gayest most boring post idea, since that post written by the world’s smallest weight lifter” Well I liked what that little weight lifter had to say and if you didn’t then you are probably an anti-Semite. So anyways here goes my first installment.

The book is “Jitterbug Perfume” by Tom Robbins. (A little side note: Tom Robbins is in my opinion the finest author to ever grace this planet. He is to literature what Doug Stanhope is to comedy. I strongly recommend reading anything he’s written. )

The set up: Dr. Wiggs Dannyboy (an eccentric immortality scientist) comments that Priscilla (a bisexual genius waitress) is unhappy. And it goes a little something like this. Oh I almost forgot Wiggs Dannyboy speaks some strange Irish dialect.

Priscilla- “I’m Fine. You’re jumping to conclusions. Besides, unhappiness is natural. I’m not one of those bubbleheads that spend their time trying to avoid the normal misery of life.”

Wiggs Dannyboy- “Sure and life is a lot o’ misery, all right, and death is more misery, yet. Dread, fear, anxiety, guilt, even a bit o’ neurosis, are perfectly natural responses to a life that promises such an unacceptable end. The trick is not to take such responses too seriously, not to trivialize your all too short stay in your carton o’ flesh by cooperatin’ with misery.”

Priscilla- “Seems to me that the so-called happy people are the ones who are trivial. Avoiding reality and never thinking about anything important.”

Wiggs Dannyboy- “Reality is subjective, and there’s an unenlightened tendency in this culture to regard something as ‘important’ only if ‘tis sober and severe. Sure and still you’re right about your Cheerful Dumb, only they’re not so much happy as lobotomized. But your Gloomy Smart are just as ridiculous. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don’t think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin’ on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form o’ self-indulgence.”

Well there she is. I really think what Dr. Dannyboy says in the last paragraphs is really insightful. I notice that when I am in a bad mood nothing bothers me more than when someone suggests getting out of my bad mood. The thought that someone would have the audacity to even think they could understand the epic problem I am facing is just an insult. Really though when you take a deep look at it almost every problem any of us ever face today is incredibly trivial in nature. Besides death, name one problem you might have that really means something beyond just the surface?

This seems to be one of the major dilemmas people have today; there really are not that many things to worry about. So what do people do they create or inflate problems in an attempt to make themselves feel like their lives are interesting and exciting. As weird as it sounds when someone is sad they want to think that they are the saddest person in the world and that their problem is the worst anyone has ever dealt with. Everyone wants to think they are special and that the world really does revolve around them. To me there really does seem to be a huge amount of self-indulgence involved in our unhappiness.

That wasn’t too bad was it?

Catch up on my awesome Myspace Blog

Posted in Big Dog with tags , , on Tuesday, January 8 by KevinLHinton
 

Below I have posted my Myspace blogs just to get this thing going. I feel like it is appropriate given that Corey and Parker are the only people that have read them.

 

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Farewell To Arms/Harry Potter

Part I

First of all – this is not another embarrassing weekend night post where I have nothing better to do than blog about the books I claim to have read. I was at Melissa’s Christmas party tonight, and we were forced to come home early because I was sleepy.

On a side note, I made the rash decision to forgo wearing my suit, and instead decided to “dress up” my work clothes with a sweater vest. After arriving at the formal Christmas party, to my surprise, about half the male guests were in tuxedos, and the other half in suits. But whatever, fuck those squares.

As you may have noticed in my previous blog, I took a little stab at Ernest Hemmingway. Well, that happens to be because I was halfway through the disaster that is “A Farewell to Arms”.

The gist of this book is to describe the struggles of love and war during WWI. Well, Ernest gives you a first hand experience of this misery by forcing you to read this terribly boring and depressing story.

I will give Ernest props though for pioneering an American writing style with shorter prose. I hate long and descriptive sentences/paragraphs/pages/chapters, and we can all thank Hemmingway for making them unpopular in American literature. At the end of the day though, you really should pass on “A Farewell to Arms”. There are books that are depressing, but still are very interesting – like that Kite Runner book. Then there are books that are depressing because the story sucks really bad and wastes about 10-20 hours of your life like “A Farewell to Arms”.

Part II

I held out for a long time on the Harry Potter series, but recently caved. Everyone demanded that I should read it because “Kevin – you are a fantasy nerd and will love these books. There are wizards and stuff”. Well, that may be true – but I am a more sophisticated fantasy connoisseur than that. Any jerk can write a book about dragons.

You can try and dress it up any way you like, but Harry Potter is a kids book. Just like The BFG or James and the Giant Peach. These books are OK – nothing more. Everybody needs to wake up.

If Harry Potter is your favorite book, then most likely it is the only book you have recently read. If you liked this book that much, it probably just means that you enjoy reading period. Try reading more than one book a year. The point I am trying to make is that if the only books you have read in the last 4 years are Harry Potter and The Davinci code, then I think I am better than you, and I don’t want to hear your suggestions about what book I should read next.

Comments:

Corey

A few notes from the peanut gallery,

– Hemmingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” is not only really good, but also very short. I read “old man and the sea” in one sitting at Barnes and Nobles. I really enjoy the short classics because it allows me to say I have read a lot of “good” books without actually having to go through the usual unenjoyable experience of actually reading them. See all George Orwell books.

– Harry Potter books are a lot of hype and they are not GREAT books. Yet I have to say that I really did enjoy the books. As the books progress they grow with the reader, who admittedly is an 9 yr old boy for the first book. I dont really want to say much more about Harry Potter, but they are good books.

– A question. Have you read the Thomas Covenington Books by Stephen R. Donaldson? They are said to be the best fanstasy books since Tolkien. I agree with that statement.

– See the movie and read the book “into the wild.” I would actually recommend seeing the movie first. They are pretty similiar, but the book just gives you some enjoyable background.

 

 
Kevin

Glad to hear that I am not the only jerk who tries to read entire books at Barnes and Noble for free. Your suggestion of reading short classics is brilliant. Unfortunately I just started reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”, which will be by far the longest book I have ever read.

I agree that Harry Potter books are good, and I will probably read the entire series. I just don’t understand the wild enthusiasm for them from people over the age of 14.

I did read the entire Thomas Covenington trilogy, at your suggestion actually, like a year ago. It was insanely good, but I am not ready to call it 2nd best. You should probably read The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks before you claim any other fantasy trilogy to be in 2nd place.

I am going to a movie with Melissa today – I’ll try and get her to “Into the Wild” with me.

 

 
Corey

The Thomas Covenant series is now a 9ology. With 7 of the books written so far. I read 4 through 6 in Australia and loved every second of them. You should check out the second cronicals of Mr. Covenant.

Let me know what you think of the movie in post form.

 

 
Parker

Good work on the blog, I don’t know what I was thinking missing out on it for this long.

I remember liking A Farewell, but mostly because no one else in my English class did and I tried to make them feel stupid for not liking it. Plus that Catherine chick was pretty hot and the dude in the story boned her alot.

I picked up Atlas Shrugged earlier this year but only got about a 3rd of the way through before the library stopped letting me check it out. Can I borrow your copy? It will probably take me most of 2008 to get through it. So far there is not a lot going on but the characters are very interesting and it seems to be building towards some big event. Let me know how it is.

 

 
Kevin

The highlight of A Farewell is definitely the healthy dose of erotic stories.

So far I am on page 289 of 1192 in Atlas Shrugged and I think it is awesome. It also does not shy away from some sexual content, which is kind of awkward given that this book came recommended to me as my Mom’s favorite book.

My thought on this book is that it is too long for it to not be exciting, so if it goes for more than 30 or 40 pages of boring me, I am going to quit. So far I’ve been facinated.

 

 

Friday, December 07, 2007

East of Eden

If you thought Of Mice and Men was good – which if you read it then you did, because it was awesome – then treat yourself to this epic version that is about 15 times longer, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

John Steinbeck is the best author of all the authors that teachers force students to read. Most of the standard “classic” books on teacher’s recommended reading lists are terrible. People either pretend to like them because they think they are supposed to, or they never actually read them because they are too long and boring. Yes, I am talking about you Ernest Hemmingway. Your books are boring as shit.

I typically agree with the premise that any 750 page book is about 650 pages too long – but Steinbeck doesn’t waste a word. Or maybe he does waste a few. Similar to when you try to read LOTR and it takes about 200 pages to get out of the fucking Shire, it takes Steinbeck a little while to set the scene. But LOTR still ruled, and so does East of Eden. Check it out.

Comments:

Corey

Another masterpiece I will borrow the book from you when I get home.

 

 
Corey

Oh also I wanted to check if you were going to be coming out on the 14th to the Dutchess.

 

 
Kevin

I’ll be there.

 

 
Maria

Kevin – I’m glad to see you will be going out next Friday night instead on blogging at 11:00 on Friday nights about books. I do appreciate that you started these blogs again that you’ve were hyping so much a year ago (kinda like Eragon lots of hype, kinda disappointing). I look forward to what’s to come

 

 
Kevin

Damn, I didn’t realize that. I guess I will have to write my next blog on Saturday night.

 

 
Brian

You need to write a review of Wicked and let people know not to waste their time. I’m not sure if I am not smart enough to get that book or if it really sucked as bad as I though it did. Either way, it needs to be known that that book should not be circulated around people of my general IQ.

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Kevin

Brian – that was a very funny minny review of Wicked – I don’t think I could have expressed how I felt about it any better. It doesn’t have anything to do with how smart you are though – just how gay you are. All homosexuals enjoy that book.

 

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Golden Compass

Read The Golden Compass before the movie comes out. It was a sweet book – and the movie looks very well done. I know what you’re thinking – “Kevin, you hyped Eragon last year, and then it was terrible. You are obviously an idiot who knows nothing about predicting what movies will be awesome.” Well… like you have never made a mistake.

Or maybe you will hold my excitement for the movie “The Pathfinder” against me. That would be completely unfair. Who the frick doesn’t get excited about a movie based on a Viking vs. Native American war? (sidenote – checkout the previews for the movie 10,000 B.C. coming out this year. Caveman wars.)

Bottomline, The Golden Compass is a sweet book. Nothing in the movie previews suggests that it will not be just as good. It is a trilogy too, so if you get in now, you won’t be that lame ass LOTR fan who never even read the books, or read them after the fact.

Comments:

Kevin

Yes, this blog about a fantasy trilogy was made at 10:30 on a Friday night.

 

 
Corey

Your blog is without a doubt my favorite thing on the web right now. Also on a side note I never got to see Pathfinder are you trying to tell me it wasn’t completely awesome? Another side note I tried to hack into myspace and give you 3 kudos but have yet to figure out how. If you know how please make a post about it. On a serious note I actually really do like reading your blogs, they are very similiar to the planned comedic bits you throw into the middle of conversation that make you such a treat to chat with. Hope all is well buddy.

Love,

Corey

 

 
Kevin

I appreciate the kudos from my 1 man fanbase. It is not surprising that my blog reminds you of our conversations – given that both are scripted on Word in the middle of the night.

 

 
Kevin

Update: I saw the movie tonight. It was very good. My only critique would be that I would add about an hour or two (more like LOTR) so that the film could better portray the depth of the world and characters in the book. I look forward to the sequal, as this one just sets the scene

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

So I am considering jumping into the blogging game, and decided to get my feet wet with a little review of a book I am currently reading titled “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. I generally believe that all blogs should be funny, but I find something awkward about sitting here trying to think of something funny to write, so this is just a regular book review. Mostly I just think of my friends reading what I am writing, and thinking “that is not funny”, and then I second guess my joke, and erase it. Hopefully humorous writing will come a little more natural after a couple of just regular unfunny blogs.

The good thing about this book is that he has some cool ideas, and it makes you exercise your brain.

The crappy thing about it, that I just discovered today, is that about two thirds of the way through, it turns into something amazingly complex and difficult to read. Actually, I don’t know what the hell he was talking about in the couple chapters I read today. Just out of nowhere, he started using words that normal people do not understand. He should take a hint from some authors of some of my favorite books such as LOTR, Dune, and Eragon, and put a freaking dictionary in the back for the weird words that nobody understands.

Anyways, I look forward to bulldozing my way through the next 120 pages that it appears I will not understand. That is fun reading.

Comments:

Corey

Good book though? His next book “Lila” is really good, but also gets really complicated a little way into it. Well keep up the good work in the blogging. I look forward to the next post.

 

 
Brian

I got to where you are and decided the bulldozing was going to be too much work after having to bulldoze through the previous couple chapters. You will have to let me know how it turned out (if you were actually able to make it through….).