Archive for the 'Movies and Books' Category

Rainbow’s End

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Vernor Vinge has a new novel coming out on May 2nd called Rainbow’s end. I really liked his previous novels, A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Vinge is a mathematician who used to teach at San Diego State University, but he retired to write full time. What amazes me about [...]

Books

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

I gave up midway on A feast for Crows and started reading Sundiver by David Brin. Time to make a trip down to the Library to pick up some books for the winter break. Any recommendations?

Top 100 books

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Time magazine recently published a list of top 100 books from 1923 to the present. Naturally one man’s soup is another man’s poison. Here is a compilation of choice reviews from amazon that gave the books only 1 star. It is hilarious!!

Calvin and Hobbes

Friday, October 21st, 2005

CalvinandHobbes.com publishes a daily Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip. However there is no RSS feed. Till they do come up with a feed, Martey Dodoo is nice enough to provide a Calvin and Hobbes RSS feed. It has postponed the immediate need to buy this set. Drool!! – Some day I am going to get [...]

24

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I have recently been watching Fox’s hit TV series 24 on DVD. Each season of the show (24 episodes) chronicle 24 hours in the life of counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Jack is saving America (the good guys) from terrorists (the bad guys) and each hour long episode shows what actually happened, in that hour, in [...]

The Long Tail

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

The Long Tail is about how our economy and culture is shifting from mass markets to million of niches. This fascinating Wired article written by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired, in October 2004, is now becoming a book. The article (and the forthcoming book) is about the effect of the technologies that have made it [...]

Cory Doctorow

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Cory Doctorow has his short stories and novels online at http://www.craphound.com/. There is a new one coming out on July 1st. His works are released under the creative commons license so you can freely copy, distribute, display, and “perform the work”. I hate reading on electronic devices for protracted periods of time (and I am [...]

A Feast for Crows

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in the Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R.R. Martin is finally done. You can read about it – here. It is probably going to come out sometime in July. I highly recommend this series, especially if you were majorly disappointed by the last several books [...]

Hitchhikers Guide

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

Here is a link to a review by DNA’s biographer MJ Simpson of the new Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Movie. He seems to find it “amazingly, mind bogglingly awful” and I am sure I will not like it one bit. An example he gives: “I eventually had to go down to the cellar to [...]