Sunday, August 05, 2007

August 5, 2007 to August 11, 2007

Wherein a random chapter from Pearl S. Buck's, "The Patriot"

"Yes," Bunji replied. "She is ood enough for her position. But I don't know much about that. Although I am old enough I have not yet begun that sort of thing. It takes time and money. Also I am a mobo, and many mobos don't. Perhaps I'll marry a moga and she wouldn't like it. Old-fashioned women don't mind, of course." He laughed. That's why my father is so angry at Akio. His betrothed is not a moga. It is a disgrace for her that Akio will not marry."


Blogger bill said...

Compass Games has rereleased Silent war. I'm ordering a copy.

8/05/2007 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Snow White story book. Read by Robie Lester. A little over 10 minutes.

8/05/2007 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

For 90 seconds worth of work, this is pretty good:

Well, it seems to me you lived your life
Like a dropped packet on the 'Net
Never knowing who to link to
Or which blog software you should get
I would have liked to /friend you
But you were just a n00b
Your Internet cred died long ago
So shut up and surf YouTube.

8/05/2007 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

The Replacements: An Oral History:
don't know if the Replacements were the greatest rock and roll band to ever come out of Minneapolis. I am too young, too green, too inexperienced to make that kind of claim. What I do know, however, is that the mark The Replacements made on Minneapolis is serrated and deep, like a battle scar left over from all-night jam sessions, binge drinking benders and full-body, punk rock freakouts. You should have been here, the walls of old venues like the 7th Street Entry seem to whisper to its younger patrons. You should have seen it.

Thankfully, after years of secondhand stories, rumors, and drunken ramblings, someone has thrown us kids a bone. Reveille columnist and local music writer/songwriter Jim Walsh has just put the finishing touches on his first book, The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting, set to be released this November, and has agreed to give us a sneak peak at a few photos and clips from his book. The following is a question and answer session about the band and the book.

8/05/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Neal Stephenson update:

Currently: at work on my next novel. Developing a 6-hour miniseries adaptation of The Diamond Age for the Sci Fi Channel. Messing about with swords.

For the record, when the next Neal Stephenson novel comes out, I'm taking a vacation day. He also talks about Zodiac, which I've always thought could amke an excellent TV series:

My 1987 novel Zodiac is a 1930s hard boiled crime novel dressed up as a 1980s eco-thriller. The idea came to me at a low point in my career, when I was looking for a new project. A friend had recommended the novels of James Crumley. Until then I had considered the hard boiled genre to be a thing of the past, but Crumley’s work opened my eyes to the fact that it was still possible to write excellent novels in this vein, and that not all hard boiled detectives had to be working in California in the 1930’s (totally obvious to people who know anything about contemporary crime fiction, but news to me at the time). I started thinking about other directions in which the hard boiled genre could be taken. Since I was especially interested in the crime of illegal toxic waste dumping, I decided to write a hard boiled novel in which the “detective” was a scientist who investigated those sorts of crimes.

8/05/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

My Harry Potter number finally came up at the library. After that, I'll get the last volume of the Baroque cycle. I'm guessing Cryptonomicon has to be my next Stephenson, though if he comes out with a new one before I'm done with the Baroque cycle, I might skip ahead.

8/05/2007 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger justkim said...

Thanks for loading up the Snow White story. It was like being four years old again.

Some observations:

1) Snow's mother is almost a full character.

2) I think more than half the story passes before she meets the dwarves.

3) The building of the bed gets mentioned, although it was cut from the movie.

4) No mention of Snow's meeting the Prince while a scullery maid.

5) Ms. Lester made no attempt to mimic or copy the voices used in the movies, and her voice choices were occasionally jarring.

What songs were included on the recording? I would guess "Heigh-Ho" and "Someday My Prince Will Come".

8/05/2007 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

"Heigh-Ho" and "Whistle While You Work." We have a stack of the Robie Lester stories.

8/06/2007 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

What's interesting about these Disneyland Record and Books is that they're 7-inch records, but play at 33 1/3. And the Snow White was on both sides, so I had to stitch them together. I think I did itpretty seamlessly.

I'm ripping 7-inchers recorded as 33 1/3 rpm, 12-inchers as 45rpm, and I have at least one 12-inch that's 45 on one side and 33 on the other. And unlike DVDs or VCR technology, or any other nonstandard electronic devices, these can all be played on the same record player. If vinyl was invented today, you'd need different record players for each size and speed.

8/06/2007 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

I am saddened.

8/06/2007 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Ahistoricality said...
....I'm guessing Cryptonomicon has to be my next Stephenson...

If you're going to quote Diamond Age, perhaps you should read that next.

8/06/2007 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

you must feel like Lindsey Lohan.

8/06/2007 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All, This is SoQuoted's Wife. I'm posting to let you all know that we have suffered a computer devistation at the house. We are hoping that data recovery will be successful, and maybe getting a new computer this week. So last night the soquoted household was a little sullen and empty without our little mac. We'll keep you posted as things progress.

Have a great day!
Mrs. SoQuoted

8/07/2007 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger XWL said...

Bad news that (must. not. make. any snarky anti-Apple fanboy comments . . .).

I'll step up and fill in on KenTrivia speculation, then.

1) Chukkas? Played by many Khans? Jiminy must be the answer. (actually, no, it musn't be the answer, my Chukka Khan joke doesn't make any sense, and I live right near a famous field for play of this particular pursuit)

2) The obvious answer can't be the right answer, don't know the unobvious answer, too lazy to find out. Checking the wiki for First Ladies and there are no US First Ladies with the first name Eleanor, tricky Ken, tricky. The question doesn't specify country, or even if it's real or fictional.

3) Le quattro stagioni should give this one away.

4) Mr. Wigglesworth? (No wait, that's Austin Powers, right answer is less precious, or even more precious, depending).

5) Kansas would be my first guess, but don't know if that's still true. (D'oh, one state off, the geographic center of the lower 48 is in Kansas, but the Population center could be there as well by the 2030 Census)

6) Don't know, don't care, but did find an interesting claim at Snopes as to why the President's last name is Bartlet.

7) Sorry no slept with Sinatra connection given that Sinatra is actually part of the list (although a case could be made that the person with the most carnal knowledge of Frank Sinatra would be Frank Sinatra himself, but I can't picture him and George Harrison ever getting busy, him and Prince, no problem). Interesting group of musical acts, haven't the foggiest of the unusual distinction shared.

8/07/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

1. That retarded version of baseball the brits and injuns play.
2. Not FDR?
3. Dante
4. Jinxie
5. Wouldn't that be Canada?
6. No answer, don't care.
7. whatever.

8/07/2007 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Ha! #6!

Probably not buying a new computer in the next couple of days. Currently replacing the harddrive and will then take the old drive to a recovery shop hoping they can saved the stuff that wasn't backed up.

8/07/2007 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

It's so obvious I've never noticed it before.

45 + 33 = 78


8/09/2007 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Actually, I'm quoting you quoting Diamond Age, but it does sound like an interesting book. Still, I have to get through System World first.

I finished the Harry Potter, by the way. Eh. Nothing she did in the ending mitigated in any way what I didn't like about the books. I had more fun reading an old Terry Pratchett I picked up used for three bucks (The Fifth Elephant), which actually reminded me of Stephenson, in the way in wich Pratchett kind of deconstructs and reconstructs a lot of modernity in his fantasy, so he has to explain a lot.

8/12/2007 04:57:00 AM  

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