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Our names are going into space

October 12th, 2014 Comments off

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Books I’ve read, 2013-14 edition

July 6th, 2014 Comments off

I’m adding in everything I’ve read in 2012 and 2013 because I never got around to doing my list last year. They aren’t in any particular order. It’s just the order that I remembered them in.

FICTION
The Good News Club by Katherine Stewart
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Technogenesis by Syne Mitchell
Brave New Worlds (Dystopian Short Stories) edited by John Joseph Adams
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I’ve read this before, but it had been a while, so I picked up the 60th anniversary edition to re-read.

NON-FICTION
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig
Korea: The Impossible Country by Daniel Tudor
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

PAPERS AND ARTICLES
Holographic description of quantum black hole on a computer
This paper supposedly proves that our universe is a holographic projection. This is a work in progress and isn’t yet widely accepted. Then again, it’s at the cutting edge of science, so we’ll have to keep observing and understand that this is very much a work in progress.

Why Scholars Doubt the Traditional Authors of the Gospels
While this isn’t technically a paper, if you cut and paste it into a word processor, it clocks in at 13 pages. It’s a well-researched and informative post.

Nazi racial ideology was religious, creationist and opposed to Darwinism
One of the most interesting things I’ve read on the issue.

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
This is a three part series discussing the lies over the prophecies in the book of Matthew. It tears apart the outright lies and the verses taken out of context to fit Matthew’s telling of his gospel.

The rise of African SIM registration: The emerging dynamics of regulatory change

The Propaganda of Accession of the Roman Emperor Galba

AUDIO BOOKS
Lectures of Col. R.G. Ingersoll, Volumes 1 and 2
About 31 hours of audio recordings. I listened to every one of them and thoroughly enjoyed it. They just took a long time.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart Ehrman
I’d really like to get a copy of the book. The audio book was good, but, whenever I wanted to delve into part of it or think about it a little longer, I had to rewind often. An actual copy of the book would have been better.

My stash

April 25th, 2014 Comments off

If, over the next several months, you wonder what I’m doing in my free time, wonder no more.

books

I forgot to add Imagine Living in a Socialist USA, but that’s because it hadn’t arrived when I took the photo. I’m also lazy and don’t want to redo the photo.

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My worst nightmare

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

My friend Kira emailed me this picture. She thought it would be a New Yorker’s worst nightmare. She’s right.

kira_pizza

If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know how I feel about people who eat pizza with a fork.  Don’t ever eat pizza with a fork in front of me or I will stab you with that fork.

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Conversations in my house

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

Me: Can you make me some hot chocolate?
Paul: Yeah sure.
Me: I can’t believe it’s June 1st, it’s cold and I’m drinking hot chocolate.
Paul: It’s not June 1st, it’s May 31st.
Me: No, it’s Saturday, June 1st.
Paul: Uh, no it’s not. It’s [looks at computer] yeah it’s June 1st just like I told you.

Paul: Does that guy from Ulster still do his show?
Irene: What guy from Ulster?
Paul: You know the guy who did that show. It was smutty. And he’s gay.
Irene: What?
Paul: You don’t know what I’m talking about do you?
Irene: No.
Paul: Nevermind then.
Five minutes later…
Paul: Graham Norton.
Irene: Oh.
Paul: Remember him?
Irene: Yeah. I have no idea if he’s still got his show.
Paul: Well he does. I like that guy. There’s a new episode out. Can you get it for me.
Irene: [sighs] Yes.

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