Just saw this quote “The least learned, for the most part, have been always most ready to write.” It’s from Roger Ascham, a teacher to Queen Elizabeth I . Made me smile, thinking of some blogs I’ve recently seen. Also provides a good excuse for me not writing much
I have started using, and updating Goodreads. Scroll down the page and the Goodreads widget is on the right hand side It will take you to my reviews.
Gmail – love it and couldn’t be without it. Producteev – a task management app. Works nicely with Gmail too. If I get an email asking me to do something, I can quickly create a task in Producteev by clicking a button at the bottom of the email. It syncs with my Android phone too. … Continue reading
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing … Continue reading
An English professor wrote on the board: A woman without her man is nothing. The class was then asked to punctuate the sentence. The men wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.” Eats, Shoots and Leaves If you are at all interested in punctuation, then this … Continue reading
Omar Khayyam “The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” (Fitzgerald’s quatrain 51 in his 1st edition) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubaiyat_of_Omar_Khayyam I have known this for more years than I can remember, … Continue reading
Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it. Niels Bohr Quantum mechanics is commonly said to be a theory of microscopic things: molecules, atoms, subatomic particles. Nearly all physicists, though, think it applies to everything, no matter what the size. via Living in a Quantum World: … Continue reading
Alex Knapp at Forbeshas come up with five leadership lessons from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. I’ve summarised them here, but really you need to read the whole piece: www.forbes.com/…/james-t-kirk/ 1. Never Stop Learning “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things … Continue reading
Crows are common, we’ve all seen them. Well, since watching this I have never seen them in quite the same way. The vending machine doesn’t sell crows, it sells to crows. They buy food from it. If you are pushed for time start watching at 3:20 for half a minute.
Not so much a review and a rave A great piece of SF writing in the tradition of Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov. Actually the second in the Revelation Space series though a good place to start if you’re not too sure. Specifically this book has a detailed description of what would happen to a space elevator if someone … Continue reading
Thandie Newton gives a surprisingly compelling talk on the challenges and benefits of being different – being other.
Hero This has a cast that is virtually a who’s who: Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang. And then it is directed by Zhang Yimou and ‘presented’ by one Quentin Tarantino. After that it will either be a great disappointment or heroic. For me it is definitely the latter. The colour, the scope, the story with its twists and … Continue reading
American Graffiti The coming of age film. Funny, heartbreaking, sad, thoughtful and though provoking. Form George Lucas with a young Harrison Ford, driving a car with the number plate THX 1138 (!) (And yes that is a very young Ron Howard!)
Art house perfection from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. The direction, photography, characterisation, acting, soundtrack are all exceptional. It transports you to another place. It is near impossible to adequately describe. Have a look at the web site to get a taste of what it is like. On a scale of 1-10 this rates 15. British magazine … Continue reading
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost … Continue reading