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review 2018-10-18 14:34
Going Overboard: "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality - Brian Greene



(original review, 2004)


"Within each individual [time] slice, your thoughts and memories are sufficiently rich to yield a sense that time has continuously flowed to that moment. This feeling, this sensation that time is flowing, doesn't require previous moments—previous frames—to be "sequentially illuminated."

In "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene



I agree that this is at least as much philosophy as science, though mathematically based philosophy. But what irks me is that for all the pages of science books devoted to this subject, no one has pointed out that for us to experience moments sequentially (assuming those moments don't themselves move) our mind has to move through those moments. And movement entails time. So while time may be a spatial dimension, if Greene (and Godel, etc.) are right, then there must be at least one other dimension of time that allows our minds to move through the different moments that all exist and experience them sequentially.

 

 

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review 2018-10-15 20:43
To Plug the Mighty Hole Withal: "Faust - First Part" by Goethe
Faust: First Part - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


(original review, 2004)


I’m planning on spending a few weeks on Goethe’s Faust in multiple translations and as much of the German as I can manage, supplemented by hundreds of pages of notes and commentary.

I first read the book while in high school in the totally un-annotated Bayard Taylor translation from Modern Library – one of the texts I’m currently reading. I’m still pretty fond of Taylor’s version – with some exceptions generally preferring him to Walter Arndt in the Norton Critical Edition. Taylor’s a relatively local boy – born in Kenneth Square, PA where the town library carries his name.

 

 

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review 2018-10-05 18:45
Own Rituals: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen R. Covey


(original review, 2004)


"To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know."

"Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her."

"At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn't believe in yourself."

In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey


The above-mentioned quotes are some of the pearls of wisdom we can find in the book.


There's a story, probably apocryphal, about an Amazonian tribe's reaction to a group of Westerners (possibly miners or farmers or similar) who had created a settlement close to their village some time in the 1960s.

 

 

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review 2018-09-04 11:14
Popcorn Cack: "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons - Dan Brown



I read the first few chapters of “Fifty Shades” (maybe because I want to write romance and erotica, and I need to keep tabs on the competition...lmao) and found it to be just as laughable as readers warned me, but I have to admit I have a soft spot for Dan Brown's popcorn cack. I've reread a few of his books because I found them entertaining, just the same as I've re-watched the first Avengers movie several times. It's nice to switch your brain off and enjoy some mass market nonsense every once in a while.

 

 

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review 2018-08-25 08:56
Liquid-Plumr: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger


“When you live with a woman you learn something every day. So far I have learned that long hair will clog up the shower drain before you can say "Liquid-Plumr"; that it is not advisable to clip something out of the newspaper before your wife has read it, even if the newspaper in question is a week old; that I am the only person in our two-person household who can eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row without pouting; and that headphones were invented to preserve spouses from each other's musical excesses.”

In “The Time Traveler's Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

 

 

 

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