Friday, November 30, 2007

Dear Linux, my beloved Fedora 8,

You are the new love of my life. You are so much more responsive, funny, and enlightening than Windows. You tell me when I screw up, and without scolding me too. You have beautiful colours and shapes.

You have long since pre-empted all and any challenges I might throw at you - with calm serenity you understand my needs perfectly almost before I could articulate them. I adore both your mystery and your accommodating nature - the more I know you, the more there is to know, and the more I love you. And I think the kicker for me is that everybody else likes you and hangs out well with you, too, with the exception of some die-hards who don't know what they're missing.

I miss you every minute that we're apart, and long to return to your side to spend the rest of my days.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

In Beowulf, the true monsters were the humans. Yet they were only human, as are we all.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Particle physics is "experimental theology". Very good, Mr. Pullman, but not original. You should talk to more particle physicists regularly. For other links, I would recommend Steven Weinberg's The First Three Minutes. The guy is an astrophysicist.

The rest of the His Dark Materials trilogy is uninspired. I have not read William Blake, and neither have I read Paradise Lost. But from my meager appreciation of the literary intricacies of your series, I find myself quite unable to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which also took themes from Paradise Lost, but was a tour de force in its own right, and Tolkien's Lord of The Rings, the original fairly contemporary multiracial "war to end all wars" book. The love between Will and Lyra, and the terror and desire that doors represent in their relationship? Try Melanie Rawn's The Golden Key.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I'm back to blogging again, after a very busy period.

And of course, the first thing I do, is to take a quiz. This quiz.

Your Score: Pure Nerd

65 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 39% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Congratulations on your marriage, dears.

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