Monday, November 30, 2009


The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This was a great book, it totally subverts the Narnia/Harry Potter genre with real characters with real problems. You should go read it. Warning: if you're offended by sex/language, you should deal with it and still read this book. Don't worry, nothing unnecessarily graphic.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Someone I Forgot

It was good, but reading it after The Magicians may not have left me with the best of comparisons. The characters seemed a little one-dimensional. It was a good story, don't get me wrong, but it didn't seem to be any more than a story--there didn't appear to be a theme or message to the book. I like fiction that illustrates an author's viewpoint(s). It is entirely possible that such a theme could be developed in the next books in the series, however, so I'm withholding judgement.

Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman

Amazing retelling of a well-known story. Disturbing. It's a short story, and I managed to find it on-line for you. I read it in a collection of vampire stories.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Carbs raise triglycerides more than fats

Triglycerides are three fat particles stuck together with a glyceride backbone, so it's reasonable to assume that they would go up when you eat fat, and the medical community has been making that assumption in their diet advice for quite some time. Well, it ain't so.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Google's Chrome OS sounds really interesting, so much so that I thought I should try out their browser. Chrome is actually really nice, it's fast and everything seems to work just fine in it. You should try it out!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dear Texas,

I'm sure the vast majority of your residents would appreciate it if you would practice your homophobia without dissolving their marriages.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I roasted some pecans yesterday. It's easy; preheat oven to 350, evenly coat the nuts with oil (put in a bag and shake works well, bake for up to 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes to keep them from burning. Then salt.

Unfortunately we can't stop eating them...