All the races of Middle Earth

I enjoyed this introduction to the various races of Middle Earth: https://youtu.be/yZvH4wIKGCM I’m very tempted to try figure out which of Tolkein’s books delve into the history of Middle Earth, before the events of The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings. Well, I know there are earlier books. I have a little research to work…… Continue reading All the races of Middle Earth

I popped on to the Book Depository site to check out the availability of the D&D Monster Manual, and spotted a 12 year old edition: I don't think I ever used that older edition, it's not available, but I still felt a little tempted!  Even though I prefer digital formats when it comes to… Continue reading Tempted by an older Monster Manual edition

Reading more Arthur C Clarke books

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I grew a little bored with my current books, so I thought I’d read some classic science fiction. I picked one of Arthur C Clarke’s early books, “Childhood’s End”, and read it pretty quickly. Despite the slightly dated technology references, the story is really well written, and kept me engaged right to the end. I…… Continue reading Reading more Arthur C Clarke books

Like Twitter, but for reading (and not in a good way)

Jamie Rubin recently wrote about abridgement going too far when it comes to books in his post “Abridge, Too Far”. I’ve been thinking about abridgments lately because of an ad that keeps popping up on Facebook. It’s for a service called Blinkist. The service claims it allows you to “fit reading into your life.” It…… Continue reading Like Twitter, but for reading (and not in a good way)

This idea of tracking my media diet really appeals to me: Just like last year, I kept track of almost everything I read, watched, listened to, and experienced in my media diet posts.Jason Kottke I follow a few people who do this too, sometimes pretty publicly. I'm not sure that I'd want to share everything… Continue reading Keeping track of my media diet

A peek inside Alex Ross’ studio (and his collection)

I’m a huge fan of Alex Ross’ work, especially for DC Comics. I have a couple graphic novels that he did the artwork for, and they’re some of my favourite books. CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason visited Ross in his studio, and spoke to him about his career painting superheroes. Ross’ “toy” collection, alone, is…… Continue reading A peek inside Alex Ross’ studio (and his collection)

Building a computer with my daughter and Hello Ruby

I bought the Hello Ruby books for my daughter a couple months ago. She was interested in learning to code, and I had recently watched Linda Liukas’ wonderful TED talk about how she came to write her books.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRREn6ifEQ So I bought both of the Hello Ruby books: one about programming, and the other about computer…… Continue reading Building a computer with my daughter and Hello Ruby

You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

This story appeals to me on so many levels. Perhaps the biggest reason why it excites me is that I’m very much in favour of important works like the Talmud being made freely available online, if anything, as an important cultural and historical resource. After a prolonged negotiation process, and a substantial gift from the…… Continue reading You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online