6 years ago
Wikipedia is going to kill me through sleep deprivation.
It's 1:30 a.m. and I'm reading up on theories in linguistic relativity.
Next thing I know, it's 8:09 and I'm looking at the filmography of Audrey Hepburn (the most beautiful woman to have ever graced this planet).
Ah, the everlasting search for knowledge.
And don't bother asking about the thought process which brings one from this particular A to B
...you to read Atlas Shrugged?
I've been hitting it on and off for almost a year now (Keywords: on and off), and I'm still only 800/1000 pages. This is one of the most tedious reads I've ever encountered.
Though I never like to make any corporeal judgments on a work until I've experienced it from beginning to end, some thoughts as I go through it:
1. There is too much flak. Rand seems to be overdoing the atmosphere and creating a world on the brink to the point that it's actually slowing the novel down, unlike in The Fountainhead.
2. Rand's characters are heroes of profound strength, and Dagny is the weakest of them all, it seems. She's so blind, unsure, and unaware of things that she's a comparatively weak character overall. Examples: She never seems to know what anyone is talking about (You'll see this in certain parts... she likes to ask "What do you mean?"), and she can't figure whom she wants to love.
When I actually finish the novel (which will be in itself an accomplishment), I can join in a more headlong discussion of it.
A lingering thought: I myself want to be a writer someday, and, usually more than once while sitting down to read this book, I feel like I can in some ways say what Rand wants to say better than she did. I'll explain more about that later.
But what are some of your thoughts from the first time you read through this?
Post edited 6/29/09 1:33AM
6 years ago
I've plunged downward on the one-way road that is becoming a japanophile.
I've found an anime that I like (Jigoku Shoujo--"Hell Girl").
And Maximum the Hormone is fucking awesome (Someday I hope to understand all of their lyrics. Yes, that means becoming fluent in Nihongo O hanashimasu).
God damn it...
And on an unrelated note, Internet Explorer 8 really sucks. Is there a way to revert back to 7 (Without losing my addons and bookmarks)?
7 years ago
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
12. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
13. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
14. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
15. They were too close to the door to close it.
16. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
17. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
18. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
19. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
20. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
21. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
I did not do this. But, damn, I wish I had.
The Watchmen is getting video game treatment
Sometime in 2009, 360 owners with Xbox Live (yes, only that specific group ) will be treated to a series of downloadable episodic prequel games featuring the misadventures of Nite Owl and Rorschach in their crime-fighting-duo days, set in 1972.
This brawler-style game will be co-operative, allowing one player to take the role of faster but slightly weaker Rorschach while the other controls the high-tech martial-arts savvy Nite Owl.
Danish game studio Deadline is handling the development work, with the aid of level designer Junichi Yamada, who previously worked with Sega on the Super Monkey Ball series, the Shenmue games, and F-Zero GX for the GameCube.
"Is this real?" asks Neo.
"What is 'real'? Define 'real'. If what you call 'real' is what you can see, smell, taste, or touch, then 'real' is simply...electrical signals, forged by your brain." -Morpheus, from The Matrix
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