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{ Monthly Archives } November 2007

Irony in email form

An email I received today had both these passages in it.  I’ve added boldface. Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Send to all the people you love and don’t want to lose in 2007, even me…. If you get […]

Banker to the Poor

Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus I first heard about Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, on the Daily Show.  Then, earlier this year, I learned that Columbia College was going to have a roundtable discussion of the book as part of our Poverty & Privilege Critical Encounter (a kind […]

Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism

by Bob Edwards; narrated by the author I enjoyed this audiobook on two levels. As a history and biography, it was interesting. As a collection of audio clips, it was fascinating. Murrow’s “This is London” broadcasts from London during the Blitz or after having gone along on a bombing run to Berlin highlight his ability […]

Open Source, the movie!

I’ve just had my “Open Source” day in Writing for New Media, in which students read Eric Raymond’s “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” and we talk about what Open Source means and how it works.  After we worked through the process for programmers, we started talking about how it might work as a creative endeavor, […]

The Terminal Experiment

by Robert J Sawyer I’ve read several of Sawyer’s books, and I’m always happy with them.  He writes a good science-thriller with a healthy bit of techno-forecasting.  This book turns on two ideas: first, that a close examination of the brain as someone dies reveals a consistent pattern that slides across the brain and leaves […]

No Country for Beowulf, Michael Clayton, or Dan in Real Life.

Visiting the in-laws this weekend, I got to see four movies in the theater, one in 3D-IMAX.  While I will probably have more to say about some of these in future, here are four bullet points about each movie. Beowulf At one point, Beowulf hangs from a dragon, bouncing on the end of a chain.  […]


Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both by Laura Sessions Stepp; narrated by Ellen Archer I enjoyed this book, but was also terrified by it. I have always been somewhat out of touch with what the hip kids do, party-wise, but this book opened my eyes to how the landscape […]

Idioms that bug me

I could care less Obviously, this bugs me because it’s an error. One should say “I couldn’t care less.” You know I am right about this. If you don’t, you need a thorough explanation. You can’t have your cake and eat it too According to Wikipedia, George Carlin already made this joke, so I don’t […]

A Taste for Violence

By Brett Halliday I read this book as a substitute for Bodies Are Where You Find Them, since I couldn’t easily get hold of the latter and I wanted to read a Mike Shayne novel. This is classic hard-boiled detective, in the same way the B-movies in my $.38 moment collection are classic thrillers: serviceable […]

Candy Cane Truffles

A success, but not a brilliant one.  Of the truffles I’ve featured here, I’d say these are the least awesome, mostly because I put too much peppermint in — making them taste more like York Peppermint Patties than like chocolates.  That said, I think they’re pretty tasty.  Next time, though, I’ll use half as much […]

Art Night, Part 3

What would you do, hot shot?

So someone threw away this cool old TV-in-a-cabinet, and I snatched it up. I plan to clean up the shelves and gut the old TV, but I’m wondering what I should do (if anything) in the space behind the screen. What would you do?

The Man in the Brown Suit

by Agatha Christie; narrated by Emilia Fox The man in the brown suit was a highly enjoyable novel, a departure from Christie’s parlor mysteries that I’m familiar with.  The heroine was hilarious and courageous, a young woman of the Amelia Peabody Emerson model.  The other narrator is an older British nobleman, also enjoyable. A large […]

I turn curmudgeonly for a day

The Comics Curmudgeon is one of my favorite blogs. I read it each evening when I sit down at my desk for my late-night work session. Today I emulate Josh, a little. Dick Tracy I only discovered this strip a few years ago, when I moved to Chicago. I love the surreal situations that happen, […]

An Outsider in Amsterdam

by Janwillem Van de Wetering I read this book to prepare for my first meeting at the Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore Mystery Reading Group. I’m intrigued to see what the discussion will be like. I enjoyed the tenor of the book, which seemed contemplative and detached. I imagine it to be partly due to the […]