I read 40 books in 2004, 39 of which were new, and 1 was a re-read (The Colour of Magic, by Pratchett).
The full list of what I read in 2004 follows. Bolded entries are highly recommended works.
The last four books read this year, 2004, and thus our last four books to be looked at are:
The Isle of Battle, by Sean Russell
Ruled Britannia, by Harry Turtledove
Scatterbrain, by Larry Niven
The Hole in the Universe (NF), by KC Cole
It is a coincidence, I am sure, that my fourth IRE, two weeks ago, dealt with the theme of a horrific disaster. So this week I do not feel compelled to address the tragedy of the Earthquake/Tsunami.
Instead, we are going to go for something cheerier. Or not, if you don’t feel up to it this week.
This is the time of the year in football, both College and Professional, that we concern ourselves with playoffs, rankings and bowl games. The Rose Bowl and the Parade, too, are in a few days. So let’s take this celebration and pinnacle of a year in sport as our theme this week, ok?
Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal: A Weblog: Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Idiots? (Moral Leadership Department)
I remember the “George Bush is exhibiting strong leadership” meme from a couple of years ago, when it turned up in Astroturfed letters to newspapers across the country.
I suppose continuing a vacation at the Ranch while tens of thousands have died is precisely part of that exhibition.
We’re the richest, strongest country in the world, and our government seems reluctant to help and miserly to boot.
I’d gladly increase my tax burden by a few dollars this year to help with rescue and reconstruction in Southeast Asia. And I daresay I am not alone.
Whatever: Get Hammered
Elizabeth Bear’s first novel, Hammered, is now officially out there. Borders or B&N today after work will be my destination…you can order it at amazon through the link through the cover art (Pretty, isn’t it?)
NFL.com – NFL News
Aside from the Super Bowl itself is right now, when teams are jockeying for playoff spots, and sometimes you need an advanced math degree to figure out all the probabilities of who might and might not get into the playoffs.
This was satirized in an episode of the TV show Coach (the later episodes, when he coached a pro football team). At the end of the season, he headed home to Minnesota, confident his team had not made the playoffs, alas, but a weird concatenation of teams winning and losing gave his team a playoff berth.
I love it when that happens. This year is relatively straightforward, by comparison. My Giants are long since eliminated, of course.
NFL.com – NFL News
Reggie White, one time NFL sack leader, rival to the immortal Lawrence Taylor, has passed away.
He was only 43 years old, and was playing for Carolina only 4 years ago. And he played for the Packers, too. But I will remember him always as a Philadelphia Eagle, the counterpart and nemesis to my own Giants’ Lawrence Taylor.
But a great player, nevertheless. Rest in Peace, and may you play in those fields in the sky, with Johnny Unitas and Walter Payton shuddering in fear as you rip through the OL like tissue paper…
MSNBC – Tidal waves kill thousands across Asia
You’ve probably heard about this, about the tsunamis generated by the massive Southeast Asian earthquake.
The shape and geography of the Indian Ocean ensured that the tidal waves have not only washed over nearby Indonesia, but have reached out their murderous hand to as far away as Sri Lanka and India as well.
apostropher: The sound of no repeating pattern.
The blog Apostropher points us to a website where you can “hear” the first 10,000 integers of Pi, with each digit from 0-9 set to a different note (with different scales available).
This is the sort of thing that the people at American Mavericks can appreciate. Music, and Mathematics, happily together.
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