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{ Monthly Archives } December 2007

1000 Books You Should Read Before You Die

My father-in-law gave us this “great books” compendium, and as a list-monger, I’m attending to it now. Books posted here are books from that book. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

Some lyrics that got past my filter

I listen to music when I’m working, usually not paying attention to it.  Sometimes, however, little moments of the music will squeak past and draw my attention.  Today it was from James McMurtry’s “Rachel’s Song,” which I first interpreted as being about a man whose wife had left, but on reading the full lyrics realize […]

Experimenting on my coffee

I added some cinnamon to the coffee grounds when I made coffee this morning.  Delicious! Feel free to use that helpful tip. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks ISBN: 0307346609 I reread this book a third time in preparing for my zombie course. Man it’s a good book.  I’m having my students read it for the course, but I haven’t completely decided how it fits into the schedule of the course.  It will […]

Bulldog Drummond’s Revenge

An amusing tale of intrigue, chases on the train, and gunplay. Among the more amusing moments: Drummond’s tired butler gets settled into bed, only to be woken and asked to guard a cabin. Poor butler. Algy (pronounced like the water moss) gets stuck on the train and, in his continual attempts to contact his fiance […]

Liveblogging 28 Weeks Later, part 2

Second half of my awesome Liveblogging event. Spoilers below… [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

A couple edifying comments about zombies

From The Undead and Philosophy Zombies, whether they are the will-sapped slaves of Haitian voodoo lore, or the bloodthirsty ghouls of Romero’s living dead movies, are radically task-oriented beings. – K. Silem Mohammad, “Zombies, Rest, and Motion,” page 96 It scares the pants off of us in the theater to watch these ghouls rampaging on […]

In The Bleak Midwinter

by Julia Spencer-Fleming I thoroughly enjoyed this police procedural.  The story is told from the point of view of two detectives, a small town Sheriff (think Mort, not Amos) and an Episcopalian minister (who also happens to be a female ex-army helicopter pilot with survival training–she kicks ass for the Lord).  The mystery came together […]

How do you OCR?

I’ve got an old book that I want to scan and put online.  It’s from the mid 1890s, so it’s definitely out of copyright, and I can’t find it online anywhere.  I was planning to take photos of each page to upload here, but I would also like to translate the words to text, so […]

This just in!

The Associated Press reports, in a groundbreaking story, that students who pull all-nighters don’t usually do as well as students who get a full night’s sleep before a test. I am flabbergasted. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

Murder By Death

Jenny and I saw this film on AMC one time, but we missed the beginning. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the plot revolves around a group of famous detectives being lured to a mysterious mansion for “Dinner and a Murder.” We have amusing caricatures of Nick and Nora Charles, Monsieur Poirot, Sam Spade, Miss Marple, […]

Audiobooks to read?

I haven’t been able to get to the library lately, so my supply of audiobooks is running dangerously low. After Native Son and The Scarlet Pimpernel, I’m out. I’ve been happily reading Librivox recordings, but I’m not sure what else to look for. What public domain novels do you think I should “read” next? [ […]

Right Ho, Jeeves

By P. G. Wodehouse; Librivox recording narrated by Mark Nelson Once again, Wodehouse rips a corker of a book. The old bean hums with excitement at the amusing travails of the young master and his stalwart companion. This time, instead of bonging about with one short story and the next and all that rot, Wodehouse […]

I wonder what happened to the golden spike

Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad By Stephen Ambrose; Narrated by Jeffrey DeMunn I just finished reading this book (abridged, but that’s alright, it wasn’t stunning) about building the transcontinental railroad. A couple quick fun facts: The government made it a race: the companies building the lines (Union […]

Liveblogging 28 Weeks Later, part 1

Below the fold is the first part of my 28 Weeks Later liveblogging event.  I can’t promise insight, or even humor.  The best you can hope for is on the spot reactions. The liveblog will be posted in two parts to reflect the dismembered viewing habits my family life (wife who dislikes horror films, child […]