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Well, the Mohammedans get it half right…

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

You’ve no doubt heard the Shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith, once or twice, the first part of which runs Lā ilāha illā-llāh, “There is no god but God (Allah)”, right? It has occurred to me more than once that if you drop the last two words of that, you’ve pretty much said what has […]

…And I Feel Fine

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I started seeing an advert tonight on my satellite channels for an upcoming movie (mini-series?) to premier on March 11. The narrator says, in Japanese…
A nuclear war between China and the United States has devastated the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern is slowly being poisoned by radiation and the end of humanity is nigh. … A […]

Charlotte’s Gift?

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

I just saw an advertisement on the tube for the new movie version of Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White, 1952), a book I haven’t thought about in years.
I can still remember Mrs Edwards reading the story to us during “reading time” over several weeks, way back in the first grade. I loved it, and remember […]

If the developing world…

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

can attain the present level of affluence of the developed world by 2050, we’ll see overall world population level out and begin to drop.” –Ramez Naam, More Than Human
A nice thought, but I’m pessimistic. After all, there are any number of people and groups who do not wish the world to reach such a goal.
Either […]

Egad…Double-tagged!

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Eek. I’ve been nabbed by Marc AND L. Tart. Where was this kind of action when I was younger?!
1. One book that changed your life?
The Holy Bible, in various versions, translations and portions in the original languages. Exposure at an early age is the best preventative against religious belief and fervor later in life that […]

Love is the distance between reality and pain

Friday, May 12th, 2006

What is this shite, a kinder, gentler spam?
How is it?
[E]rectile
[D]ysfunction?
We can help!
Why, you already have! I am reminded of the placard that Japanese well-wishers are said (anecdotally; another urbane legend?) to have displayed when McArthur was leaving to return to the States to run for office:
We play for McArthur’s erection!
This bit of advice is a […]

If the youngest secret descendant of Christ turned out to be a female university student…

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

(I’m talking about the priority Scion protected by the Priory of Sion), could we call the book/movie
The Da Vinci Co-ed?
Thank you, thank you very much. You don’t know how much those groans mean to me!
(Well, shite. Is there nothing that someone else hasn’t thought of before?!)

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A Secret So Powerful (Another Da Vinci Code Post)

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I’ve been meaning to post about this one since the hype went into full gear over here a while back.
In the movie adverts (running on my satellite channels, at least), there’s a bit in which Sir Ian McKellan utters a line that I find objectionable. Last night before falling asleep I decided to polish off […]

D’uh Vinci Code

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

I hate it when I’m smarter (or at least put things together more quickly) than the characters in a novel I’m reading.
Which is to say that I hate writers who can’t surprise me better than this.
I also hate the ultra-mini-episodic style of storytelling. A book is not a TV show, dammit. Finish one episode before […]

Overrated author Dan Brown staggers and stumbles through dim passages…

Friday, May 5th, 2006

of what I find truly awful prose for about 450 pages…at least in the special illustrated edition of The DaVinci Code which I bought over a year ago and am just now trying to read.
Trying. The perfect description of my effort and his result. Since I have thus far only managed to plod through about […]

And so it begins again: NaNoWriMo

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

National Novel Writing Month. If you’re another author-wannabe, check out the website here.
50,000 words in one month (November, every year). That’s 1667 words (rounded up) per day. Doesn’t sound like much, does it?
Try it.
(Confidentially, just between you and me [and God and everyone else with a browser], I’ve been a registered member on their site […]

What, indeed?

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

More from Olympos (see comments on previous post first):
…Mahnmut the moravec wondered how a living species gifted with such a beautiful homeworld could arm a submarine—themselves, any machine—with such weapons of total mindless destruction. What in any mental universe could seem worth the murder of millions, much less the destruction of an entire planet?
What, indeed? […]

On the futility of final solutions

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

In Dan Simmons’ Olympos, the sequel to Illium, we learn (minor spoilers!) that a some point in the distant past an engineered virus called rubicon killed eleven billion people, 97% of the Earth’s population. The overwhelming majority of the survivors were Jews, leading to the suspicion among later wholly gentile generations (never mind where they […]