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...and name him "Kandar." From Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book:
In Krakow, on Wawel Hill, there are caves called the Dragon's Den, named after a long dead dragon. These are the caves that the tourists know about. There are caves beneath those caves that the tourists do not know and do not ever get to visit. They go down a long way, and they are inhabited.

Silas went first, followed by the grey hugeness of Miss Lupescu, padding quietly on four feet just behind him. Behind them was Kandar, a bandage-wrapped Assyrian mummy with powerful eagle-wings and eyes like rubies, who was carrying a small pig.

There had originally been four of them, but they had lost Haroun in a cave far above, when the Ifrit, as naturally overconfident as are all of its race, had stepped into a space bounded by three polished bronze mirrors and had been swallowed up in a blaze of bronze light. In moments the Ifrit could only be seen in the mirrors, and no longer in reality. In the mirrors his fiery eyes were wide open, and his mouth was moving as if he was shouting at them to leave and beware, and then he faded and was lost to them.

Silas, who had no problems with mirrors, had covered one of them with his coat, rendering the trap useless.

"So," said Silas. "Now there are only three of us."

"And a pig," said Kandar.

"Why?" asked Miss Lupescu, with a wolf-tongue, through wolf teeth. "Why the pig?"

"It's lucky," said Kandar.

Miss Lupescu growled, unconvinced.

"Did Haroun have a pig?" asked Kandar, simply.
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
Can you fill this out without lying? You've been tagged, so now you need to answer all the questions HONESTLY. At the end, choose at least 8 people to be tagged. Don't forget to tag me!

To do this, copy this entire message, create a new note, paste these instructions in the body of the note, delete my answers, and type yours. Easy peasy!

Next, tag 8 people (in the right hand corner of the app). Click publish (at the bottom). Have fun! :)

What was the last thing you put in your mouth... )
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From my high school English teacher via Facebook:

Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

The list... )
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Here are the rules - post this list on your profile replacing my answers with yours. Paste and copy to your notes

Tag 10 people to do the same thing, plus the one who sent it to you. **

WERE YOU NAMED... )
Tag: [livejournal.com profile] tankfreak, [livejournal.com profile] destructogirl30, [livejournal.com profile] truexena, [livejournal.com profile] countessmary, [livejournal.com profile] ifuwereafrog, and whoever the hell else wants to do this.
thepeopleseason: (a whole life long)
Upon learning that his The Graveyard Book (listen to it free here) had just won the John Newbery Medal, widely considered the most prestigious award for children's literature in the United States, he posted the following messages to his twitter feed:
About to drink second cup of tea without Marmalade this morning. Also, I just won the Newbury Medal for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK....

Newbery, not Newbury. Also FUCK!!!! I won the FUCKING NEWBERY THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME. I thank you.
He posted a followup blog post in which he described his most amusing experience of the announcement.

If you haven't read The Graveyard Book, I highly recommend it.
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
I just finished Simon Baron-Cohen's The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains and the Truth about Autism, an exploration of the general differences between the way men and women look at the world, and how much our genes and hormones go towards affecting those outlooks.

Baron-Cohen suggests... )
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
This is yet another illustration why Malcolm Gladwell's works are little different from The Secret.
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Does anyone reading this have DirecTV in the Atlanta area? Bonus points if you're a fan of sci-fi/genre television.

On a somewhat related note, I have the following books up for grabs to anyone local:
  • Rick Moody's Garden State (not the basis for the movie)
  • Everything Bad is Good For You by Steven Johnson
  • Opening Skinner's Box by Lauren Slater
  • Play Poker Like the Pros by Hellmuth
  • James McManus's Positively Fifth Street
  • James Howard Kunstler's The Geography of Nowhere
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Comic Wars: Marvel's Battle for Survival by Dan Raviv
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Bragging Rights: A Season Inside the SEC by Richard Ernsberger, Jr.
  • The Automatic Millionaire and The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach
  • Oliver Sacks's A Leg To Stand On
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture
  • The scripts to When Harry Met Sally and Good Will Hunting
If you're not local, and you want one of these books, I'll probably need like 5 dollars or so to ship it out.
thepeopleseason: (Default)
  1. Going to El Caminito del Rey
  2. Getting a cat (yes, I'm still allergic to them)
  3. Shaving my head
  4. Getting a tattoo (although not of the cover of the Tao of Pooh)
  5. Buying an HDTV and a PS3 or Xbox360
  6. Taking three weeks off to walk around Europe/Australia/Asia/Alaska
  7. Summiting Everest
  8. Growing my hair out
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Home from the Far East (yes, I was just in Hong Kong and Taiwan). I'll likely post about the experience later, but for now, and [livejournal.com profile] leeannslytherin take note if you haven't seen it before now, here's my daemon: and no, I'm not talking about BSD... )
thepeopleseason: (tienxia)
I threw my back out on Thursday morning, so I've pretty much stayed at home since Friday morning, relegated to bed. Unfortunately, my WiFi is acting wonky, so I only had time to do the following:
  • Watch this week's Lost.
  • Read The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle.
  • Read The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt.
  • Watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 1: Disc 2.
  • Watch Negima: Magic 601
  • Watch An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder Disc 2.
  • Watch Touching the Void.
  • Finish Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.
I wish I could have known I would throw my back out--then I'd have planned to have more stuff on the TiVo to kill time.
thepeopleseason: (when she loved me)
Over the past three weeks, I've somehow lost some of my stuff. I'm pretty sure my 6GB flash drive is somewhere amongst the random piles in my place, but two of my rings are missing. I have this nagging suspicion in the back of my mind that some hairy-footed short people are sneaking into my home and stealing them, but that's just nonsense.

No, I haven't checked my oven.
thepeopleseason: (sincity)
[livejournal.com profile] batnandu: btw, for the record, any story--movie, book, tv show, song--that's 100% historically accurate isn't a story, it's history
batnandu: which is why i like batman
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
Anytime some concerned parent wishes to ban some book because of some questionable content, the first thing school/state/library officials should ask is "Have you read the book?"

If the answer is "no," as it is so sadly often the case (or if subsequent quizzing on the content of said book reveals the answer "yes" as a lie), officials are then allowed to slap said parent upside the head and retort, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize that I was allowed to determine that you were a stupid, stupid assbag just by looking at you. Figuring out what is proper and improper for your child to read is not our fucking job. Any further appeal will be denied until you read the damned book. Get the fuck out."
thepeopleseason: (magic)
From the [livejournal.com profile] sgnewswire:
Occasionally, there are literary events that transcend any rock concert. On August 1st and 2nd, Radio City Music Hall will host readings from three authors: John Irving, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling.

Stephen King writes:
I am excited to announce that on the evenings of August 1st and 2nd, I will be reading with the creators of Potter and Garp at Radio City Music Hall. This came about because two good people agreed with me that it might be possible to do one gigantic reading to benefit two charities.

One is Doctors Without Borders, an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries, and the other is The Haven Foundation, a charity that supports writers and artists who can no longer support themselves because of accidents or illness.
First, if you live in or near New York: Fuck you.
I feel I must echo his sentiments...
thepeopleseason: (be water)
Please let me know your thoughts on the following items I am considering:
  1. Shaving my head.
  2. Getting a tattoo of the cover of The Tao of Pooh where the kite is on my right shoulder and Pooh is on my shoulder blade.
  3. Growing my hair out.
  4. Going on a road trip to Graceland.
  5. Buying a bicycle to ride to work from Juniper St. to North Ave. during what appears to be a slightly hectic rush hour.
  6. Going on a road trip to Louisiana.
I may take your advice. I may not. I may not do anything on this list.

ETA: Why the fuck am I sitting here playing guitar for hours on end rather than catching up on TiVo?
thepeopleseason: (tienxia)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] batnandu suggested I take melatonin for my insomnia woes. At 11:00 PM last night, I swallowed a 3mg pill of the stuff, read another chapter of Geek Love, then went to sleep at a quarter past the hour.

I woke feeling quite well-rested and looked at the clock.

2:15 AM

I would wake at 3:30 and 5:00 as well. The good thing is that the time I spent tossing and turning without sleep was minimal compared to a week ago.
thepeopleseason: (gir)
Stealing, of course, is a crime and a very impolite thing to do, but like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable, if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there.

But if you were very, very hungry and you had no way of obtaining money, it might be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it.
--Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

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