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Where do you live?

This popular cartoon is by Randall Munroe (you can now buy posters of it too). I especially like the submerged land of Usenet* and the tiny principality of Attractive MySpace Pages! Where do you live? * Usenet was/is a huge and ancient kind of e-mail-based discussion system

Contact, pt 1: A big conversation

Are we alone in the universe? This question is the starting point for the film Contact (1997), starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Ellie Arroway (Foster) is a woman driven by her thirst for answers. As a SETI scientist she scans radio transmissions, seeking intelligent signals from across the galaxy. […]

Elvis, eaten

During our weekend away, Tamie and I watched the film Ray, recounting the life of musician Ray Charles.  It’s a biopic similar to another we saw recently, Walk the Line, telling the story of musician Johnny Cash.  Both men experience a rags-to-riches rise into stardom, transcending socioeconomic lowliness, the traumatic […]

Duncton Wood (book review)

Welcome to the scurrying world of animal fantasy literature! Duncton Wood (1980) is the bestselling first novel in William Horwood’s epic six-book series about moles. The moles of Horwood’s ‘moledom’ are kung-fu fighters, writers, and liturgy-chanters, but are otherwise styled naturalistically, like Richard Adams’ rabbits in Watership Down (1972). Duncton Wood […]