This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman
I had actually read this several months ago, as part of the Great galbinus_caeli Book Loan of ’06, but for some reason forgot to log it.
This was a very cool story, with Space Dragons, altered humans, political intrigue, a schizophrenic heroine and all sorts of other good stuff. I probably would have had more to say about it had I struck while the spaceiron was hot, but alas I did not.
I remember that I read this in between (and a little bit simultaneously with) two Vernor Vinge books and got the two universes confused in my head at times.
Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
Thanks to galbinus_caeli for the loaner.
An interesting hard-science-fiction piece concerning DNA and evolution (an extremely punctuated equilibrium brand of evolution, though not necessarily one you want to read if you’re expecting. Much of the plot revolves around diseased pregnancies, and some of it takes place in Atlanta, with stops at local hospitals (Northside, for one, though thankfully Piedmont was not mentioned) and the CDC.
I think I’d like to check out the sequel, Darwin’s Children, because the ending of this book left room for exploration of the consequences.
Experimental Lotion Could Be Secret to a Safe Tan.
The internet is awash with really cool things today.
I’m very excited.
Someone at the Fool just posted a link to Warren Buffett’s Letters to Partners from Buffett Partnership, the company that predated Berkshire.
It’s like finding episodes of The West Wing‘s first 14 months in office, or an extra 3 or 4 Shakespeare works, or prequels to the Star Wars trilogy that don’t suck.
The internet… a beautiful thing.
I had in the back of my head the horrifying concept that raising a kid to age 18 costs something on the order of $100,000. I realize now that I got that number from a Calvin and Hobbes comic, and the actual number is much, much scarier.
Roughly $269,000 to $330,000 per kid. To age 18. That doesn’t include helping them with college tuition or diesel repair school.
There’s a guy here at work who has 8 kids. I’m sure he gets a volume discount, though.
Keith and the Girl were celebrating having broken though the 50,000 mark recently on Alexa. Last night, I decided to do a little site-surfing on Alexa.
|The Motley Fool
|Keith and the Girl
|Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts
|Dad’s Garage Theater
Answer it and pass it along.
Me, In a Nutshell
Since it’s said that the 300 Millionth american will be born sometime in October, and the likilihood is that the symbolic child chosen will be Latino for all the press and whatnot, and I have decided to get Baby X a onesie that reads “300,000,001”.
Yeah, that’s about right.
You are neither a subdued loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time alone. You are generally calm and composed, reacting moderately well to situations that most people would describe as stressful. Novelty, variety, and change spice up your life and makeyou a curious, imaginative, and creative person. You have a strong interest in others’ needs and well-being. You are pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You are reasonably reliable, organized,and self-controlled.
One man, my very own brother, alone, on a raft, surrounded by vicious dolphins1 with nothing but a waterproof camera and, inexplicably, a screwdriver.
Justin Vs. the Dolphins
10.7MB, flash video (flv), 3 min. 29 sec.
1 Well, they might have been. You don’t know.