Did music ever stir your emotions? Make you cry? Laugh? Feel afraid? Feel like getting out of your seat and moving? Yeah, you macho guys are sitting there, going, "No way...music only makes me want to rawk!" Well, maybe so. But what about the stirring, high-pitched violin string as the stalker sneaks up on the … Continue reading Reading: This Is Your Brain On Music
Some interesting notes on the new Hitchhiker's book from The Guardian. It's being published by Penguin, not Hyperion as I reported earlier. (I thought the NPR thing mentioned Hyperion.) It's sanctioned by Adams' wife. It's plotted as a way of bringing Douglas Adams' work to the next generation of readers. Um...on that last point, wouldn't … Continue reading More On The New Hitchhiker’s Book
Eoin Colfer, who wrote the popular childrens book series Artemis Fowl has been tapped to write a sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now, I like Mr. Colfer okay. I understand his reasoning for not turning down the offer out of hand. And I hope he does a decent job. I read the … Continue reading Why Are They Jumping Up And Down On Douglas Adams’ Grave?
I have a confession to make. I didn't rush out to the theater to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I hear you gasp. I hear you ask what has happened to my fandom. And no, I will not turn in my Jedi Knights membership card. Mind tricks are far too useful. The characters are … Continue reading Reading: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Novelization
Picture me in 1981, a geeky 13, sitting in front of my dad's big boom-box stereo, stack of cassette tapes nearby, along with my self-constructed lightsaber and my Kenner X-Wing, all ready to listen to the very first episode of the Star Wars radio series on NPR. I'm a little less than 30 minutes early, … Continue reading Reading: Mike and Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
If you're not familiar with Oliver Sacks, he's a neurologist who has sort of popularized the field of brain science in much the same way that Carl Sagan has popularized the field of astronomy. He's written a tall stack of books detailing the unique cases he has come across in his profession, and providing a … Continue reading Reading: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
I just finished the latest novel in the Warcraft universe, World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal. This one picks up where the last one left off. The orcs once again open the Dark Portal from Draenor to Azeroth, mainly to steal some magical artifacts so that they can escape their dying world, and build … Continue reading Reading: World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal