entries by topic: fantasy
||reading in 2017
||Reading: River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay.
||8190 words since October 26.
||So I was just thinking about this in the shower, and it came to me that the
real connection between J.R.R. Tolkien and Led Zeppelin is not half a
dozen lyrical references and thematic appropriations.1
It is that, in the end, each created a massively popular set of cultural
artifacts, exerting enormous influence on entire generations of cultural
producers — and that, to date, the bulk of their obvious
impact on subsequent art has been pernicious.
||Eric called and left a message, said the server was acting strange. When I
logged in, a few hundred instances of the script that glues this site together
were churning through infinite loops, whirring along in perplexed expectation
of an entry I had failed to create for 2004.
||Back to Rexroth. The Bureau of Public Secrets's (that apostrophe does seem
really off) Rexroth Archive has
||I had to go to the library last night for an assignment (writing a response
to an article on the effects of poverty and high infant mortality on mother
love in a Brazilian shantytown), and felt like reading something to stave off
a growing sense that the world is shit and people universally suck.
||Sunday, October 29, 22:15 CST /
Ok, so it's a mostly functional
Opera beta. Nice, but there are a couple of
bugs and ommissions that need obvious work. Then there's its tendency to
occasionally freeze up not just its own window, but pretty much the entire X
session for a while, especially when dealing with large images (and maybe
large pages in general?). I'm not sure if it's just hammering the processor so
much that everything slows to a crawl or what... Though come to think of it,
Opera for Windows does sometimes do something similar when switching between a
number of large files (unlike most browsers, Opera opens pages as sub-windows
instead of using the one-page-one-window approach).
||Saturday, October 7, 14:11 CDT /
Well, I said it might be a while.
||Wednesday, September 13, 21:11 CDT /
Just finished reading The
Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman. Um, wow. This trilogy (His Dark
Materials) is going places I never expected... Which in this case is
good. *This* is the sort of thing fantasy should be doing.
||Sunday, June 25 (posted later) /
Must. Have. Sleep.
||Tuesday, March 28, 22:55 CST /
I've been doing a terrible job updating this lately. To no one's surprise.
||Tuesday, January 25, 21:30 CST /
Where to start?
||Monday, August 30, 0:57 CDT /
I got home on the morning of the 17th, around 7:00, after an 11 hour bus
ride. I think it's safe to say that I won't Go Greyhound again any time in the
||Tuesday, June 15, 16:01 CDT /
I got home Sunday evening. Spent the week in Breckenridge, Colorado - my dad
had one of those meetings that serve as an excuse for everyone to bring their
families and do expensive stuff on the company tab. Meant to update before I
left, but Hardlink's servers were down (or unreachable, at any rate).
||Monday, January 18, 14:10 CST /
I won a copy of
The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay, at last Sunday's
TriviaBlitz. Finished reading
it early yesterday morning, at around 4:00. It's set in a world that I
understand is based on medieval Spain, on the brink of a holy war and the
collapse of a civilization. It's the kind of book that defies easy
classification - it's not quite a historical novel, and it's not really
Fantasy - but however it gets labelled, it's excellent. (Thanks to
Stephen for the
:: p1k3 /