Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Three important revolutions shaped the course of history: the Cognitive Revolution kick-started history about 70,000 years ago. The Agricultural Revolution sped it up about 12,000 years ago. The Scientific Revolution, which got under way only 500 years ago, may well end history and start something completely different. This book tells the story of how these three revolutions have affected humans and their fellow organisms.
(from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
True dis. I watch about one movie per year. It isn't that movies aren't entertaining or good. It's the fact that I could've gotten several quality hours of good reading in, instead of watching a movie.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
You could get the hell out of here if you really wanted to, couldn’t you?” he said, peevishly.
She nodded. “I suppose I could. But where?”
The question made no sense to him. There was an entire world outside the fences, and she surely didn’t lack the finances to explore it, not Joseph Whitehead’s daughter. Did she really find the prospect so stale? They made such a strange pair. He with his experience so unnaturally abbreviated – years of his life wasted – and now anxious to make up for lost time. She, so apathetic, fatigued by the very thought of escape from her self-defined prison.
“You could go anywhere,” he said.
“That’s as good as nowhere, she replied flatly.
(from The Damnation Game by Clive Barker)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
I’d heard a deputy was killed yesterday,” said Buntline. “I didn’t know you were there.”
“I can’t spend all my time drinking in the hotel,” replied Holliday easily.
“And the Kid gunned him down?”
Holliday nodded. “He’s got a temper, and the deputy was too stupid to realize it.”
“You make it sound like the deputy’s fault,” noted Buntline.
“If you taunt a mountain lion and the lion attacks, whose fault is it?” asked Holliday.
“Does the lion know right from wrong?” interjected Edison.
(from The Doctor and the Kid by Mike Resnick)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
“I could bury you headfirst in the sand so far you’d be standing on an upside-down mountaintop.”
“I could use that pointy tail of yours to spin you around until you took off,” Aahz said.
“You try it, you sawed-off excrescence.”
“Overgrown faun,” Aahz leered. “Where’s your panpipes?”
“Heap of rotting scales. Dung-eater!”
“That’s no way to talk about your mother’s cooking!”
(from Myth-Fits by Jody Lynn Nye)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
More than 4 decades ago, I applied for a management job with U-Haul, since they're headquartered here in Phoenix. There were two parts to the process - a math part (these were in the days before pocket calculators), and an interview.
The lady who interviewed me said they'd never had anyone score as high on the math section as I did. Alas, then came the Part 2: The Interview.
She asked me open-ended questions - what were my goals in life, where I wanted to be in 10 years, what was my idea of a good time, etc.
And I stupidly answered them all truthfully. Think hippie-dippie, flower child responses.
At the end, she sighed and said (and I can quote this verbatim): "You realize you totally blew the interview, don't you?" I was crushed since at the time I was working for slave wages in a gas station. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.
But all's well that ends well. A month later, I interviewed for a job as a chemist (which is what I have a degree in), acted like an overjoyed puppy in the interview, exaggerated a lot, got the job, and have worked there now for 40+ years.