Blog Birth: Growing Pains

The blog gestated for months before I finally set it up.  I wrote two entries, then nothing happened for a long period of time.  Nobody noticed since I said nothing.  It's the usual worries about what to write about, should I do a blog on something specific, until I settled on Stack and Ranges with …

Book Talk: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

I read to find out about other people.  I know I grew up in a middle class family, in a suburban area, and fortunately met people who redirected the trajectory of my life.  If I want to read about people similar to myself, I should just put down my book to remain in my own …

An Every-Day Exercise in Information Literacy

It began with an interesting tidbit from Google news regarding The Hobbit films.  Two sites-Superman Homepage and Comic Book Movie-claimed The Hobbit and Man of Steel will swap release dates.  Both pointed to another website called Think McFlyThink claiming The Hobbit fell behind and Peter Jackson wants a new release date to insure the high …

Zombies, Vampires, and Brits

There must be a secret commandment among American television producers specializing in geeky/SF/Supernatural shows.  It goes something like this:Thou shalt have a (cute or smouldering) Brit playing the (American) lead.It's advisable for a Brit to drop his voice an octave or two, maybe go with a southern accent.It is equally advisable for a Brit on …

The Three Goals of Blogging

For a little while I kept the blog mostly to myself.  The idea of people knowing about it kept me nervous and it's not like I never kept a blog before.  I completed a creative writing class, complete with reading out loud for classmates to offer advice, and it felt right to go ahead with …

Book Talk: Austenland

We all had our obsessions and pretty soon 'ringers' will have an actual hobbiton, complete with a pub, to visit.  Shannon Hale imagines a place for Jane Austen fans to visit and live out their Darcyesque fantasies.Austenland tells the story of Jane Hayes, reluctant artist, stuck in a job she doesn't like and has relationships …

Guess That Dwarf

I really should create a new tag called 'I found this by accident'.  As mentioned in a previous post, I follow the development of The Hobbit from its director changes, to casting, and now to its production.  The Onering.net keeps tabs on news and they seem to have a network of spies to rival MI-6.Pictures …