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Monday, March 8th, 2010
6:54 am - Comments on the Academy Awards
I watched some of it last night, before I fell asleep (wow, it takes forever). Here are some comments:

1. Why do they even have a separate Best Director award? It goes to the winner of Best Picture 90% of the time. What's the point?

2. Up scored higher on Rotten Tomatoes than The Hurt Locker (98% vs 97%, with many more reviews), yet it was never considered a serious contender to win. Why not?

3. How in the name of Jesus was Avatar nominated for Best Picture but Star Trek wasn't? There was one fantastic sci-fi film last year, and I think we all know which of two it was.

4. Intrade did well at predicting the winners.

5. Why do they never give the Best Picture award to comedies? The last "real comedy" to win was Annie Hall, over 30 years ago! (I don't count Shakespeare in Love)

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Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
12:30 am - Top 10 books with numbers in the title
1. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
3. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
4. The Sign of the Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
5. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
6. Six Characters in Search of an Author - Luigi Pirandello
7. The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
8. Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott
9. Billiards at Half-Past Nine - Heinrich Boll
10. Ten Little Indians - Sherman Alexie

Honorable Mention:
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
5:50 pm - Not a beast; not a priest
In computer science, there is this important result called the "Pumping Lemma".

A student e-mailed me today asking a question about the "pumping lamma". I wanted to reply:

The one 'l' lama--he's a priest
The two 'l' llama--he's a beast
And I would bet my silk pajama
That there is no pumping lamma

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
3:41 pm - I had to do it

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
7:40 pm - Sci-fi books list
Here is my sci-fi books list. I have read 53/100, which is not bad.

1. Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game [R]
2. Frank Herbert - Dune [R]
3. Isaac Asimov - Foundation [R]
4. Douglas Adams - Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy [R]
5. George Orwell - 1984 [R]
6. Robert A Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land [R]
7. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 [R]
8. Arthur C Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey [ ]
9. Isaac Asimov - I, Robot [R]
10. William Gibson - Neuromancer [R]
11. Philip K Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? [R]
12. Robert A Heinlein - Starship Troopers [R]
13. Larry Niven - Ringworld [R]
14. Aldous Huxley - Brave New World [R]
15. Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous With Rama [R]
16. H G Wells - The Time Machine [R]
17. Dan Simmons - Hyperion [R]
18. Arthur C Clarke - Childhood's End [R]
19. H G Wells - The War of the Worlds [R]
20. Robert A Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [R]
21. Ray Bradbury - The Martian Chronicles [R]
22. Joe Haldeman - The Forever War [ ]
23. Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five [R]
24. Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash [R]
25. Niven & Pournelle - The Mote in God's Eye [ ]
26. Ursula K Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness [R]
27. Orson Scott Card - Speaker for the Dead [R]
28. Philip K Dick - The Man in the High Castle [R]
29. Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park [ ]
30. Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination [ ]
31. Isaac Asimov - The Caves of Steel [R]
32. Frederik Pohl - Gateway [R]
33. Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light [R]
34. Stanislaw Lem - Solaris [ ]
35. Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle In Time [R]
36. Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [ ]
37. Kurt Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle [R]
38. Carl Sagan - Contact [ ]
39. Michael Crichton - The Andromeda Strain [ ]
40. Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves [ ]
41. Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon [R]
42. John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids [ ]
43. Robert A Heinlein - Time Enough For Love [ ]
44. Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange [R]
45. Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon [ ]
46. Philip K Dick - Ubik [R]
47. Vernor Vinge - A Fire Upon the Deep [R]
48. Kim Stanley Robinson - Red Mars [R]
49. Walter M Miller - A Canticle for Leibowitz [ ]
50. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein [ ]
51. Isaac Asimov - The End Of Eternity [R]
52. Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age [R]
53. Kurt Vonnegut - The Sirens of Titan [R]
54. Iain M Banks - Player Of Games [ ]
55. Ursula K Le Guin - The Dispossessed [R]
56. Jules Verne - Journey to the Center of the Earth [ ]
57. L Ron Hubbard - Battlefield Earth [ ]
58. David Brin - Startide Rising [ ]
59. Orson Scott Card - Ender's Shadow [ ]
60. Peter F Hamilton - The Reality Dysfunction [ ]
61. Niven & Pournelle - Lucifer's Hammer [ ]
62. Greg Bear - Eon [ ]
63. Philip Jose Farmer - To Your Scattered Bodies Go [R]
64. Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale [R]
65. Alfred Bester - The Demolished Man [R]
66. Philip K Dick - A Scanner Darkly [R]
67. Gene Wolfe - The Shadow of the Torturer [ ]
68. Harry Harrison - The Stainless Steel Rat [ ]
69. Arthur C Clarke - The City and the Stars [ ]
70. Philip K Dick - The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch [R]
71. Robert A Heinlein - The Door Into Summer [ ]
72. Robert A Heinlein - Citizen Of the Galaxy [ ]
73. Connie Willis - Doomsday Book [R]
74. C S Lewis - Out of the Silent Planet [ ]
75. Michael Crichton - Sphere [ ]
76. Robert A Heinlein - The Puppet Masters [ ]
77. Robert A Heinlein - Have Space-Suit - Will Travel [ ]
78. Dan Simmons - Ilium [ ]
79. H G Wells - The Invisible Man [R]
80. Clifford Simak - Way Station [ ]
81. Ursula K Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven [R]
82. Edgar Rice Burroughs - A Princess of Mars [ ]
83. John Wyndham - The Chrysalids [ ]
84. Iain M Banks - Use of Weapons [R]
85. Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space [ ]
86. Julian May - The Many-Colored Land [ ]
87. E E 'Doc' Smith - Grey Lensman [ ]
88. Arkady & Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic [ ]
89. John Brunner - Stand on Zanzibar [ ]
90. Edwin A Abbott - Flatland [R]
91. Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon [ ]
92. David Brin - The Postman [ ]
93. Arthur C Clarke - The Fountains of Paradise [R]
94. Clifford Simak - City [ ]
95. William Gibson - Burning Chrome [ ]
96. Philip K Dick - VALIS [R]
97. Theodore Sturgeon - More Than Human [ ]
98. Greg Bear - Blood Music [ ]
99. Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [R]
100. Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife [R]

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Friday, June 5th, 2009
11:36 am - Here is a comic I made

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Friday, May 29th, 2009
1:37 pm - Yay for turning 23
Apparently turning 23 is awesome, because State Farm lowered my car insurance premium by $21. Woohoo.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
8:59 am - Double suicide

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
7:56 pm - Jeopardy
Today Beth and I were watching Jeopardy, and the Final Jeopardy category was "British Legendary Poems". As soon as it came up (before the clue) I told Beth it was probably "Idylls of the King" by Tennyson. And IT WAS. None of the contestants even got it right, but I knew it before the clue was even shown.

This is the greatest moment of my life.

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12:44 pm - America vs Europe
You could make an interesting American Lit course focusing specifically on the theme of the contrast between America and Europe. Here are a few notable works that could work well for such a theme:

The Portrait of a Lady, Daisy Miller, and The Ambassadors by Henry James
Tender is the Night, "The Swimmers", and "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
The Innocents Abroad and A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain
A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
10:33 pm - meow
There used to be lolcats, but now there are Яolcats.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
9:47 am - This is definitely me...

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
4:41 pm - Feminism example
A woman, a plan, a canal--Panamowa.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
5:52 pm - You should spell-check your kids homework

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
7:14 pm - books for 2008
I read 125 books this year (35,558 pages), which is much more than I expected. Rather than bore you with the entire list, I will just post my top 11, in alphabetical order by author:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

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Sunday, October 26th, 2008
4:15 pm

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Saturday, July 19th, 2008
10:19 am

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
6:12 am
Legalize all drugs.

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Friday, March 14th, 2008
4:54 pm - Hottest Photography Poster of the Day
A long time ago I wanted to make a poster of a cool NASA image, so I put it up on Zazzle for sale, and bought it from my self (cheaper that way).

So now (4 years later), I receive an e-mail that it's been chosen Hottest Photography Poster of the Day. Wow. And two people have already bought it, earning me a whopping $7.

I'm thrilled.

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