John’s Reading Report (June 2008)

July 2, 2008

OK, here’s what I’ve read over the past month, some of it unplanned:
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
No More Mr. Nice Guy!, Robert Glover
Skeleton Crew, Steven King
In progress:
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter.
Consciousness Explained, Daniel C. Dennett.
On deck (this is growing faster than my finished list):
Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor
Extraordinary Relationships, Roberta Gilbert.
Suite Francaise, Irene Nemerovsky.
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How it Changed the World, Carl Zimmer.
Spook Country, William Gibson.


Simple Courtesy Foiled By Simple-Minded Drivers

June 22, 2008

What’s so hard to understand about Slower Traffic Keep Right?

Applicable Quote

June 17, 2008

“One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph.”
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Movie Night

June 12, 2008

I am currently watching Being John Malkovich.

Shake-N-Bake, Mars-Style

June 11, 2008

Some good news from Mars. After several days of failed attempts at obtaining a soil sample that can be analyzed from the clumpy regolith of the Martian Arctic, the Mars Phoenix Lander shook a sample into its “oven.” Now we wait for about a week to receive the results of the probe’s thermal and evolved-gas analyzer. More here and here.

Childhood Song

June 11, 2008

My favorite song as a young child, and one that I still sing to my 8-year-old daughter, is My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.

Pet Wisdom

June 10, 2008

Box turtles make really great pets.

Tacos de Camarones

June 6, 2008

I had some very good shrimp tacos for dinner tonight.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

June 5, 2008

I’m reading a very interesting book right now, one that wasn’t on my reading list until yesterday.


June 4, 2008

I forgot to write a sentence yesterday.