Month: December 2007

Leonard Cohen For Iron Doug

This post is primarily targeted to my pal “Iron” Doug Hern, who is having his 127th1 birthday today. This is a recording of Leonard Cohen doing a reading/performance at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA (yes, that’s the “The Young Men’s-Young Women’s Hebrew Association”) Hotel in New York City, New York on 14 February 1966. It includes Cohen reading several prose excerpts,… Read more →

Does This Explain Something?

Should you be MALE or FEMALE?*created with QuizFarm.com You scored as Female Being mostly female by thought, a good thing in many ways: By definition it means that you are more creative, and sensitive towards your environment, enabling you to express yourself freely. Female 54% Male 46% Either 39% Neither 32% (via Fred) So, that might mean something… I don’t… Read more →

Things I Did Not Know

The expression “the worm turns”, commonly used (at least by me) to mean “the situation has changed and the previously disadvantaged party now holds the advantage”, is apparently an evolution of the old proverb, “Tread on a worm and it will turn.” The proverb was likely intended to say “even the lowliest creature will strike back when threatened/attacked/mistreated”. This is… Read more →

Perfect Steganography

You know what steganography is, right? “Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one apart from the sender and intended recipient even realizes there is a hidden message.” Quite often these days this means encoding information into the insignificant bits of large binary files–changing the colour the pixel at (134,651) from… Read more →

SF Authors Say Smart Things: Peter Watts

Most people acquire their beliefs through osmosis and observation, not investigation. We’d rather observe than derive. Raised in a society awash in certain ubiquitous beliefs, you tend to accept those beliefs without thinking. I think most people come to their faith in the same way they come to believe that not wearing a tie is “unprofessional office behaviour” Another in… Read more →

An ethical question

Who is more ethically advanced: a person who has a larger set of things for which they will kill, or for which they will die? And do you put yourself in the more advanced bucket? I know that the question can be rendered silly by what you put in the sets, but I’m talking in very general terms and I’m… Read more →

El Enigma de Paris

I read this today on one of the messageboards I frequent: I just finished reading a book called ‘El Enigma de Paris‘ (don’t think you guys will have much trouble translating that) by Pablo de Santis. I don’t know if it will ever be translated to English, but if you ever see it at the bookstore, it’s pretty good. The… Read more →

The Most Beautiful Woman In Town

I don’t know why it is1 but in the late part of December every year, I start to feel some sort of compulsion to read some Bukowski. (As an aside, my mental picture of Bukowski doesn’t match any of his photos–it’s Henry Chinaski.) I read different stuff every year–Bukowski has a decent-sized oeuvre–but I always start in the same place.… Read more →

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