Oh, fierce terror recessed deep under the fat.
Oh, fang'd and claw'd with sharp pointy things, you stalk the apartment on semi silent paws...
The food bowl cowers and trembles at your stealthy approach, for it knows it's fate is at hand.
Yea, let the squirrel approach the balcony with no trepidation at all, for it knows that lurking inside the glass door you are there.
So, come oh squirrel, come dine on the bulbs I planted in happier times. Dine and revel.
I hasten to open the door, placing death on four legs out, out onto the balcony to revenge me!
You mew piteously, the squirrel snacks on.
I let you back in. The thief chortles and stuffs it's face.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
His name is Simon Winchester.
His books are divine. I'm in love.
Simon Winchester (who can be found at http://www.simonwinchester.com/ ) has written some gorgeous, intelligent books about...well, anything that happens to interest him.
I was introduced to "The Professor and The Madman" some where along the line, (perhaps...divine providence?) and I've become a decided fan of his ability to turn what could be, potentially, a dull piece of informational history, into a real story with living breathing people who matter to me.
People who have in fact, made my life considerably better because they existed. (read the "Professor and the Madman" and you'll see what I mean, not to mention, "The Meaning of Everything.")
Currently I'm delving into "Krakatoa". Wow. I'm on page 29 only, and already I'm inspired to post a 'rah rah rah' to Mr. Winchester mid chapter.
Who knew a book about a volcano explosion over 120 years ago would hold my interest so raptly? Alright, it's true I'M A NERD!!
He writes so well that one forgets they are learning, and instead the tale becomes the thing.
Like Carl Sagan and Joseph Campbell before him, Simon Winchester shows a fascination and delight in what he writes about, and for those of you who rejoice in that, I really can't recommend him high enough.
Start with "The Professor and the Madman", that ought to get you hooked!
Thursday, December 09, 2004
It was an innocent enough mistake. There was a discussion in the office about what books we were reading.
I erred. I mentioned a book on quantum physics.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
What fascinating things dreams are. In this amazing time of space exploration and genome mapping, we are still held completely captive by dreams.
No science has ever fully determined what a dream is, or why they occur. And yet despite our ignorance, they continue to happen to all of us every single night of our lives.
And how is it that not everyone dreams in the same manner?