Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.

August 1st, 2001 @ 12:22 pm
Late Fee

Woman returns book missing from Boston library for 80 years Last week, a young woman went to the Boston Public Library to return an 1859 first edition of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,” a book that has been missing from the library for at least 80 years. A […]

July 24th, 2001 @ 12:22 pm
deadcomments

Some comments on something I read @ deadman: Fans pretending to be fans of a band pretending to be a band? I don’t know how much I want to get into this one … But I will chip in $.02 for the halibut. I was (am) a great big ol’ fan of Pearl Jam. I’m […]

June 14th, 2001 @ 12:11 pm
Eddie

“There!” said Ford, shooting out his arm; “there, behind that sofa!” Arthur looked. Much to his surprise, there was a velvet paisley-covered Chesterfield sofa in the field in front of them. He boggled intelligently at it. Shrewd questions sprang into his mind. “Why,” he said, “is there a sofa in that field?” “I told you!” […]

April 22nd, 2001 @ 8:49 pm
Pleasure == Surprise

When it comes to having fun, the element of surprise may be more important than most people realise. A great link from Follow Me Here … And in completely unrelated news, I grabbed Dave Egger’s book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius at Target earlier today. I got a bit of a sunburn, too.

April 19th, 2001 @ 8:25 am
deadtrees

I’ve recently revised and reorganized my favorite books page. I also added links to the selections at amazon.com so you can grab your own copy.

April 3rd, 2001 @ 9:16 am
Divorce Pending for Co-Author of Marriage book

Divorce Pending for Co-Author of Time-Tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work Well … just the headline should be funny enough to make you want to read the rest of the article. But! Good heavens! Did you read the ten tips? By the time I got to the third one I thought for sure it […]

March 26th, 2001 @ 12:34 am
Innocence v. Experience

This is a take-home test for AML 3124 from the fall of 1995. I might have not exactly addressed the questions as they were presented, but if I had wanted to be a journalist or a writer-for-hire, I never would have majored in English…read away…lemme know what ya think, too…

March 15th, 2001 @ 11:37 pm
I like to read.

I like to read. I used to read too much. Now I think I don’t read enough. I spend all day reading the screen and not enough of my time is spent reading books. I’m going to work on that. I’m going to try to read more books. So. Now that that’s out of the […]

February 13th, 2001 @ 7:15 pm
Crazy Toys

How could you not want to buy a toy that blows cheese-scented soap bubbles?! I found this amazingly awesome, incredible book last year and loved it. (I can’t seem to find my copy anywhere …) I bought the daily-planner version for my friend Chris for Christmas. both links via wwink’s web log

January 21st, 2001 @ 5:19 pm
Douglas Adams HHGTTG

If you, like me, are a fan of Douglas Adams‘ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, you will enjoy h2g2. link via Ryan

January 9th, 2001 @ 12:55 pm
Game Theory

The bonus question @ sylloge.com is: “Does anyone know if there are an infinite number of chess games? If not, what the limit is?” The answers are “no” and “I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head, but I suspect it’s a great big number”. This is a topic tackled in Prisoner’s Dilemma […]

January 9th, 2001 @ 12:27 pm
Complete Idiot Guides

Now they’ve just gone too far. (“Hey look, if we can explain Windows, how complicated can Judaism be?”) These are actual titles! The Complete Idiot’s Guide to: Understanding Judaism Understanding Catholicism Improving Your IQ the Life of Christ Being Psychic Wicca and Witchcraft Pro Wrestling the Vietnam War Sex on the Net Extraterrestrial Intelligence link […]

December 19th, 2000 @ 2:34 pm
Gifts

Wow! I got my second Christmas present today, thanks to the Weblogger Gift Exchange (created by bjb) and Tara @ ratcrap.com. Adcult: The Triumph of Advertising in American Culture. It’s a great book! It was written by one of my professors at UF and is an excellent read. Thanks, Tara!

December 14th, 2000 @ 8:11 am
Present

A few days ago I received my first Christmas present of the year! It came from an unlikely source, and it is certainly appreciated. It’s a book called Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone. The book is about game theory and its relevance to nuclear proliferation and the Cold War and it is excellent. I’ve read […]

December 11th, 2000 @ 12:41 pm
Game Theory

You and a person you love deeply are placed in separate rooms with a button next to each of you. You know that both of you will be killed unless one of you presses your button before sixty minutes pass; furthermore, the first person to press the button will save the other person, but will […]

October 25th, 2000 @ 5:14 pm
King

I’m about 2/3 of the way through Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis and I am surprised by how much I am enjoying it. The last few King novels … I don’t know … I just couldn’t inhale them like I did everything else he’s written. I never finished Insomnia or the last one in the […]

August 23rd, 2000 @ 10:51 pm
stuff & nonsense

Congratulations to Matt! He knew almost all of the random references I posted on Monday. He and Dan are the only ones who even attempted, and Dan admitted that he researched most of them on line. Here are the answers: 1984 – George Orwell The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge You’ve […]

July 29th, 2000 @ 11:21 pm
Secret Codes

I used to love making secret codes and sending secret messages when I was a kid. There is a great Edgar Allan Poe short story – I think it’s called The Gold Bug – about a secret message. I must have read that three or four times when I was in elementary school. link via […]

July 23rd, 2000 @ 11:09 pm
Contentville

The previous post got me thinking about all the continuing hullabaloo about content. Continuing? Yeah. Continuing as in, the same thing people were debating 300 years ago. I took entire classes in college about content and what it is and where it originates and why it’s good or bad. What I learned was that nobody […]

July 23rd, 2000 @ 10:37 pm
Reading

A friend of mine told me to read Naked by David Sedaris and so I am. I bought it over two months ago and have been gallumphing through it at about two pages per day. Tonight, in a fit of crazed eyeball-roving, I read almost five pages! This is killing me. A book like Naked […]