Archives for: April 2010

'Nother Band Name

April 25th, 2010
"10 Car Train" would be an excellent band name, especially for a group from the Bay Area. I waffle on whether the numeric or alphabetic form would be better. I like the numeric a touch more, but "Ten Car Train" is easily abbreviated to "TCT", which s… more »

Reviews: The Burning Land, Revolutionary Characters, Empires of the Atlantic World, Mysteries of the Middle Ages

April 19th, 2010
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell - 7/10 Another enjoyable story in Cornwell's Anglo-Saxon series. Nothing to write home about, and Cornwell really stretches credulity in the way he returns Uthred to the side of Wessex, but a fun read nonetheless.… more »

Going digital. Well, more digital.

April 15th, 2010
After years of trying to avoid the inevitable, I'm finally sucking it up and loading all my cds into my ipod. I've been using it as an radio alternative, streaming online radio stations and copying a hundred or so mp3s at a time to the ipod, or else lis… more »

Fiction and moral decay. Or fictional moral decay...

April 14th, 2010
I was reading an article about the American Library Association's list of "challenged books" for 2009. And, shock of shocks, the Twilight books showed up. But only as number 5. I guess vampires and werewolves are not enough on their own to take the top… more »

The Other Side of Fairness

April 14th, 2010
I must say, after reading her editorial in the Times, my opinion of J.K. Rowling has gone way up. The fact remains that the first time I ever met my recently retired accountant, he put it to me point-blank: would I organise my money around my life,… more »