Book online in time for Christmas

Book online in time for Christmas

It’s been a couple of weeks since I mentioned having the last book at the proof stage, and it’s now up for sale as of the 7th. The name is WordyWords – Grocery Store List Edition.

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On Translations of Classics

On Translations of Classics

I recently found myself in a rather long conversation with my daughter about translations. Last week she was working on reading the second part of the Oresteia by Aeschylus, which is the The Libation Bearers (also called Choephori, and of the trilogy the first is Agamemnon, the third The Eumenides). She was, of course, complaining about the text.

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Ender, how did I miss you?

Ender, how did I miss you?

Last week I decided I was going to get around to watching Ender’s Game. Which meant I had to read the book first because I almost entirely skipped reading things from the sci-fi genre. I never cared for it when I was younger, but I may find that it has a place in my adult life.

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Why the Aliens don’t write back

Why the Aliens don’t write back

For what seems to be ages we’ve been pinging the universe with our proverbial text message to any aliens listening. “Come to dinner! Get to know us! We want to be your friend!”

I remember years and years ago participating in the SETI project, turning my home computer into part of a network of people who were sharing computing power to transmit these messages into the wild unknown.

To be completely honest, I think at that point I must have been convinced that all aliens would inherently be nice. If you think about the idea of reaching out to contact aliens who are inherently murderous of your kind… well it sounds like less of a great idea. So apparently I was sure then that they were going to be nice guys and gals.

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Strange extrovert questions

Strange extrovert questions

I was browsing through the first chapter of a new book this morning and I came upon another one of those grand examples of extroverts who don’t understand introverts. In the short span of one page it asks three impossible questions:

1. What is your fondest memory of yourself before the age of 12?

2. Who do you know whose personality you would like to steal and why?

3. Who do you admire?

Now for an extrovert perhaps these questions actually can have answers, but for me they are dead ends. The thing that extroverts never seem to understand about introverts is that we don’t look at the world through other people or compare our experience in it to what other people experience in a direct way.

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Where the time Goes

Where the time Goes

I suppose I always thought of myself as a ‘book-a-day’ reader, but it appears I’ve been misleading myself! Since I’ve been keeping track of it better recently, I’ve noticed I actually read about 1/3 less than I thought I did. It looks like it’s about 60 for this most recent quarter, which I’ll post later. Of course, I suppose I can console myself with the reminder that I don’t limit myself to reading books only, being rather voracious in regard to news blogs and general information sites.

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