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A loss to fantasy

September 17, 2007 Comments off

One of my favorite authors, Robert Jordan, passed away yesterday.  I don’t even know how to express this loss, except to say that I’m very sorry I never got the chance to meet him.  May he rest in peace with the knowledge that he has touched many lives…

You might be a nerd

July 10, 2007 1 comment

I love xkcd for the funny-because-it’s-true look at the way some people think. He might just be the nerdy-webcomic equivalent of Jeff Foxworthy.

I thought of my own quip the other day along those lines. I won’t attempt to make it into a comic — not even with stick figures — but here’s the gist of it:

When you’re out with your friends (say N people in the group) and someone proposes a toast, do you ever watch to see if there are N*(N-1)/2 unique glass clinks?

Ok, I’ve never actually counted as it happens, but I have wondered before…

All Along the Watchtower

March 25, 2007 Comments off

Of all the predictions I might have made about Battlestar Galactica’s season finale, characters quoting from a Jimi Hendrix Bob Dylan song is nearly the last thing I would have imagined.

I love that show.

Update: I just found out that the song is actually by Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix just did a very popular cover version. I guess a lot of people make that mistake, but still, shame on me!

Music geeks may want to check out Bear McCreary’s discussion of this new cover version. He says the song will be on the season three soundtrack, so I definitely want to pick that up (and maybe the first two while I’m at it).

HBO does books

January 18, 2007 Comments off

I like to read fiction, when I have the time, and most often I live in the fantasy section of the bookstore. Right now there are three series in development that I’m following as each new tome comes out. (I say tome because they’re huge — each book tends to be around a thousand pages…) In no particular order:

I’m currently reading A Feast for Crows, the fourth in Martin’s series. I also read his blog, and I saw today the announcement that HBO has gotten the rights to do a show based on the series! I got home and told Millie, and she was laughing at just how excited this has me.

This series of books is definitely on the adult side of things, with often dark and violent themes. It’s less about Good vs. Evil, and more like the real world where good and evil aren’t always well defined. I’m glad that HBO got the rights for this, because on any other network I would fear that the show would be gentrified. With shows like Rome and The Sopranos under their belt, you can be sure that HBO won’t shy away in Martin’s world.

My desire for it to be done up right is seriously conflicting with my need to start watching it. For now I’ll get back to the book and anticipate great things to come…

Fantastically relevant

December 18, 2006 1 comment

One of my favorite things about reading books is when I find something immediately worth quoting. I found this bit in The Fellowship of the Ring:

Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.

J.R.R. Tolkien

I enjoy the fact that a passage from a fantasy novel, written over fifty years ago, can still have so much relevance. Just replace “the Dark Lord” with “terrorism”, and Tolkien might as well have been Nostradamus. He often said that he wasn’t trying to make any metaphors with reality, but I suppose things like this are just universal truths. It is what we do in fear that is dangerous to our way of life, more than any one person who would do us harm.

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