entries by topic: fantasy

2018/1/1 reading in 2017
2017/2/28 reading
2013/4/25 Reading: River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay.
2010/11/22 8190 words since October 26.
2008/11/18 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.
2004/1/2 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.
2003/8/12 ggk
2002/4/21 Back to Rexroth. The Bureau of Public Secrets's (that apostrophe does seem really off) Rexroth Archive has actual depth.
2002/2/1 critic
2001/10/10 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.
2000/10/29 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).
2000/10/7 Saturday, October 7, 14:11 CDT / Well, I said it might be a while.
2000/9/13 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.
2000/6/25 Sunday, June 25 (posted later) / Must. Have. Sleep.
2000/3/28 Tuesday, March 28, 22:55 CST / I've been doing a terrible job updating this lately. To no one's surprise.
2000/1/25 Tuesday, January 25, 21:30 CST / Where to start?
1999/8/30 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 near future.
1999/6/15 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).
1999/1/18 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 recommendation, BTW.)