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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good Books to Read

I finally got around to updating my list of books to read before you die. See if you have been through some of the same ones as me. Let me know. I’m interested. But do me one favor? Read Lempriere’s Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk as soon as you can.

Dr. Twitchell

So yesterday, while I was reading this, I ate an entire bag of microwave popcorn. No, I’m not a slow reader, you dork. I am an extremely fast popcorn-eater. I in-freakin’-hale the stuff. I love popcorn. Then when we went to see X-Men I consumed a Large bag during the previews. So by like nine […]

Ritalin

From For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture, by James B. Twitchell (p.186, 1997, St. Martin’s Griffin) In my estimation, ten minutes under the dunce cap may have done more than vials of Ritalin for those suffering from attention deficit disorder, dysrationalia, or whatever affliction du jour is conjured up by counselors […]

Phenomenon

From Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, by Edward Tenner (p.11, 1996, Vintage Books) When innovation opens a new space, there is at first a euphoria of endless horizons. Somehow, though, a new frontier is never stable. Either people lose interest and it becomes a series of literal or metaphoric […]

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“‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silver

Fellow bloggerville resident Silver doesn’t want you to know it, but she is very trendy. The second person today who needs to pick up a copy of AdCult by James Twitchell.

colors

I‘m getting kind of tired of the blue. Blue blue blue … and Firda thinks I have an obsession with little dots. I guess there’s really too many ..::.:::.. all over the page. This can only mean one thing. I think redesign is the new paradigm. In other news … (damn dots!) … Best Sentence […]