Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
2. Road rage is something I intensely dislike.
3. The full moon is beautiful to behold.
4. Da 'burgh is one of my favorite local expressions from my college days in Pittsburgh.
5. Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut.
6. Once is the best movie I've seen so far this year!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Shabbat breakfast at dinner (challah French toast with fruit), tomorrow my plans include going to the park if it doesn't rain and Sunday, I want to finish reading Independent People by Haldor Laxness!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:
- Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
- Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
- Do you consider yourself a sports fan?
- Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
- (Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)
(For the record, I am not a sports fan at all, but I’ll watch almost any Olympics event, have indeed read books about the Olympics–and strongly recommend The Second Mark, which yes, is about Figure Skating, but was a fantastic story and particularly enthralling in its view into life as an athlete in China, so no sneering at the sport, okay? The book was fascinating. I’ve also read a history of the 1896 Olympics (there’s also a good mini-series which just came out on DVD).)
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- Mercury experiences no real seasons, since it stands erect rather than leaning on a tilted axis;
- Venus' dusk to dawn is the equivalent of two Earth months. Because of its rotation, the sun rises in the West and sets in the East;
- Mars has the highest mountains in the solar system;
- Jupiter is double the mass of all other planets combined, and is 300 times larger than Earth;
- The Saturnian ring system spans a disc of 180,000 miles wide from one ring tip to the other. Yet the depth barely exceeds a 32-story building;
- Uranus was discovered in 1781 by a novice astronomer with a homemade telescope in his garden. Two of the moons are named Oberon and Titania--the King and Queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream;
- Neptune was discovered by mathematicians, not astronomers, as a way to explain Uranus' irregular orbit;
- Pluto (no longer classified as a planet) is smaller than the moon.
"Former President Jimmy Carter, while serving as governor of Georgia, reported Venus to the state police. During World War II, a squadron of B-29 pilots mistook the planet for a Japanese plane and tried to shoot it from the sky."
The Chaldeans called the planet Ishtar, the love goddess ascending the heavens, and to the Semitic Sumerians she was Nin-si-anna, "the Lady of the Defenses of Heaven." Her Persian name, Anahita, associated her with fruitfulness. The dual (dawn and dusk) nature of Venus cast her by turns as virgin or vamp to her worshipers. (p.55)Venus, the wayward sister, preaches an important cautionary tale to careless humans, for her hostile environment proves how even small atmospheric effects can conspire over time to convert an earthly paradise into a hell-fire cauldron. Indeed, much current study of Venus aims to save humanity from itself by verifying, for example, the destruction that chlorine compounds wreak in high-altitude clouds. (p.59)
Saturday, August 9, 2008
"Baby turnsand lifts her headso do seedlingsin their bed"
"Baby takes a stepand thenlike the snowfalls down again"
Friday, August 8, 2008
1. You know you're old when when you have to get up 3 times a night to go to the bathroom. Either that or you're pregnaant.
2. My heart is divided between reading What is the What by Dave Eggers and Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy.
3. A pot of tea is what I need RIGHT NOW!
4. I have felt the crisp pages of a new book, I have known the depths of the basement that hides the older, funky novels.
5. Gah, won't these people learn how to drive?
6. Eat a pie as soon as you can!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Shabbat dinner, tomorrow my plans include a day trip to NYC and Sunday, I want to have a couple hours to myself!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Last week's absence was unplanned, but I seem to be getting back into the swing of things again. I find that I go through moods where my books (and life!) consume me much more than blogging. I take that as a healthy sign. :) Of course, there's nothing like another attack aimed at book bloggers to get me back to the keyboard!
Well, I think book reviews on blogs -- particularly those of the Blogspot variety -- tend to be self-indulgent. Book reviewing bloggers need to move away fromopinion in favor of judgment. How does the book compare to -- and fit in with -- the author's previous work? What's the book's place in the genre? The canon? Does the writer succeed in doing what he or she set out to do -- meaning, is it the book they meant it to be? Whether it's the book the blogger wanted it to be is of much less importance to me, frankly.Her complaint is exactly what she rails against...her opinion. And opinion is main reason I read blogs. I want to know what other people think about a book. I like to discuss the novel I just read with others, I find the personal interaction stimulating. In my opinion, I am glad that many bloggers generally stay away from some of the above topics. If I want to know how a book fits in with its genre or canon, I'll go to a book or magazine of literary analysis and criticism. But that's not what I'm looking for here.
- Link to the person who tagged me
- Mention the rules
- Tell six quirky but unspectacular details about myself
- Tag six other bloggers by linking to them
- Go to each person's blog and let them know they are tagged
Scribed by Nyssaneala at 3:08 PM