It caught my eye as I walked past my basement bookshelf last week. My favorite Stephenson novel, Zodiac, sitting squarely between The Big U and Snow Crash, looking particularly tempting, was too hard to resist. So, over the course of 3 or 4 shockingly long baby naps, I breezed through the 308 pages that make up this entertaining, thought-provoking and possibly-way-too-informative eco-thriller.
Mona Lisa Overdrive was a very easy read, much like Spook Country and the rest of Gibson’s books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Again, however, I was struck with the single-person-on-drugs thematic element which I have yet to see anyone else take and interest in. Maybe it’s so minor that no one else cares, but every one of his books that I have read to date shares it. It is as if Gibson is a closet fan of substance abuse, or that he’s never experimented and wants to live its effects vicariously through one of his characters. Nevertheless, it was just as entertaining this time around. There is, again, an element of control loss when the addiction is in play.
via XKCD: Newton and Leibniz.
Via Sweet Free Stuff, my wife found me a sampler of Nescafe’s Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee. I love coffee, and I complain regularly about what we have around the office so she’s been looking for alternatives that might keep me…
This book is loaded with hilarious anecdotes about Lewis’ experiences with his three young children. He has some interesting theories on fatherly love, mostly that it comes from wanting to toss your children from high balconies and not doing so. I can’t attest to personally scaling any tall objects with my son in tow, but I can relate to the surprise that is the level of stress an infant brings. It’s incredible, and the level of openness in this book is refreshing and easily relate-able.
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For six years (1999-2005), I maintained a blog that was, for a portion of its existence, highly personal and unfiltered. A bit too long after this became inappropriate for both my personal and professional lives, I archived the site and…
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