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review 2018-12-20 14:25
Nietzsche’s Metaphor: "The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications" by David Deutsch
The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications - David Deutsch


(Original Review, 1988-05-30)



Perhaps it is worthwhile clearing up a few fundamentals here. Specifically, the concept of something complicated being created as opposed to evolved. Of course, consciousness has evolved and is a characteristic of the complex arrangement of entities whose properties are understood by physics. But, going from the basic laws governing the building blocks to the complex is currently way beyond anything dreamt of in systems theory, where biological simulation is hovering around the simple swim patterns of single celled flagellum bacteria. Before attempting to build something we try and understand it. That is, what aspects of the thing to focus on. What are the essentials?
 
 
 
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review 2018-12-14 15:38
Dreaming Tracks: "The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin
The Songlines - Bruce Chatwin

(Original Review, 1988-05-15)



I’ve been reading “The Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin for the past couple of days, which I’m really enjoying at about the halfway point. It’s a travel book, I suppose, about Chatwin’s experiences in the Australian Outback learning of Aboriginal culture and their belief in ‘songlines’ or ‘dreaming tracks’, or “to the Aboriginals as ‘Footprints of the Ancestors’ or the ‘Way of the Law’.
 
 
 
 
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text 2017-06-20 22:35
Take note, Marvel
Punisher War Journal (1988-1995) #1 - Carl Potts,Scott Williams

In all the multiverses, there is no version of me thinking, 'hey, I'd like to read about The Punisher flying a kite.'

 

Fail. 

 

The art was okay, but not enough to save this from being 20 pages of Frank Castle fretting over being late for a date to fly a kite alone :/

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text 2016-03-29 14:13
Did you want to read about the Punisher's vacation?
Punisher War Journal (1988-1995) #6 - Carl Potts,Carl Potts,Jim Lee

I didn't.   I.   Did.   Not.   Dear author, you have gravely mistaken why I read The Punisher.  Look, guys, I hate fridging as much as the next girl, but I'm okay with it in Punisher.   Because I like seeing Punisher tearing through the bad guys of the Marvel Universe.  No lie.   

 

So of course, when Micro suggests he slow down or die, I wanted to see him sent on a Safari vacation looking for dinosaurs.   (Because there totally aren't any in the Marvel Universe?   I guess this is a pocket of time where The Savage Land doesn't exist?  I mean, if the author wanted The Punisher vs. Dinosaurs, all they need is him crash landing in the Savage Land.   Even if Frank doesn't believe in dinosaurs, he could go up against the very real ones there.   And you could have had a very good excuse for him to meet up Wolverine - even fight him - without the convoluted poaching storyline because Wolverine visits the Savage Land all the time.)   

 

So, yeah, I was expecting something more from this storyline as it promised Wolverine vs. Punisher.   Like a coherent plot.   (And I get it, Micro, Punisher vs. Dinosaurs would be super sweet, but the Savage Land also has more dangerous dinosaurs, so you really fucked that one up.)

 

Or for Frank to be like, 'no, I'm not taking a break.  Especially not a vacation-y Safari in Africa break.'   Or at least he'd be like, 'what scum can I go after on this break?'   And of course Micro would face palm, but after spending this much time with Castle, shouldn't he know that Punisher doesn't take breaks.   OR VACATIONS!I just cannot even with this.   Not with the pygmies, the native bare breasted women which just sexualizes a stereotype or the white man bringing all his medicine and saving the people who can't save themselves while also admiring his knowledge of the local land.   Or them trying to see if they're hoaxing them by making them look at silhouettes and pick out which animal they've seen.   That's not insulting at all.   (They try to trick them by putting in real animals that don't live in Africa as well as dinosaurs, and also school them on how apes don't live there.   Because Western science beats living someplace, I guess.)

 

What the fuck did I just read?

 

 

Well, not proper English.   Did Weyth not ask you use all words, too?

 

 

I can't tell you how much I want to see actors yelling this out at each other.  I want them to be in character as Wolverine and Punisher.   This panel was the bright spot.   It shouldn't have been funny, but I'd read so much crap by this point that I started giggling uncontrollably at this point.   

 

"You'll get squat!"

 

That about sums up this issue nicely, too, so I think I'll leave you with that thought.

 

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review 2014-07-28 11:18
Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988 (Palin Diaries, #2) by Michael Palin
Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988 - Michael Palin

bookshelves: summer-2014, nonfiction, amusing, epistolatory-diary-blog, published-2009, radio-4x

Read from July 22 to 28, 2014

 

R4x

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q9d5c

After listening to the first book of his diaries, it is lovely that R4x is continuing on.

1/5 Recalling his frenetic 1980s, Michael Palin tells of Monty Python, challenging railway journeys and his daughter starting school.

2/5 Michael Palin recalls bedroom frolics in The Missionary and confusion at an ear specialist

3/5 Michael's mum making it big in America, grappling with a pig in 'A Private Function' and a crucial meeting with George Harrison.



4/5 Recalling the 1980s, Michael Palin shares fond recollections of his sister Angela and the germ of A Fish Called Wanda.

5/5 Lots of kissing, the rushes look good, and a career swerve into world travel beckons. Michael Palin concludes his memoirs.

4* Around the World in 80 Days
3* Diaries: The Python Years, 1969-1979 (Palin Diaries, #1)
3* Pole to Pole
2* Hemingway's Chair
3* Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988 (Palin Diaries, #2)
1* The Truth

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