Monthly Archives: December 2008

I Don’t Think They Saw Jurassic Park

I think I know what I want for Christmas

Subtitle reads “A Fusion of Technology and Personality”.

I finally know what I want for Christmas.

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Posted by on December 22, 2008 in Photos


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Scifi Book Meme

A scifi meme, via geekylibrarian.

According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you’ve read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn’t get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), exclamation points for the ones you own.

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien!
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card**
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson!***
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock/li>
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks****
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Yeah…  I wish I had read a lot more of these.  I tried the lord of the rings but didn’t make it too far.  I may try #49 on recommendation from my advisor.


Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Entertainment


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It’s Trampling Time

Less than three weeks after reporting three preventable deaths on Black Friday, the media is back to feeding the holiday shopping frenzy.



Um.  Yeah.  There are 10 days left until Christmas.  And if you don’t shop, like a lot, before then…  you don’t want to know what happens when the clock reaches zero.  You really want to know?  Well, it involves toothless elves who don’t like the sound of tortured squirrels writhing in pain half as much as they like giving you a root canal before they chew your arms off.  That’s right, they eat your arms, bones and all, with no teeth.

There are two types of headlines that are popular this year:

“OMG There Are Sales!  Hurry Or You Might Not Get 25% Off This Merch That’s Been Marked Up 50%!”


“OMG There’s A Recession!  Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Shopping So Much?”

We just can’t win.

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Posted by on December 16, 2008 in Current Events


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