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November 12th, 2006
Sci-fi/Fantasy Book meme
Sci-fi/Fantasy Book meme, Yoinked from madfedor
Bolded titles I have read, italicized started but not finished.
1 The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (Loved the movies)
2 The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov (Did not finish reading these)
3 Dune, Frank Herbert (I have many of Herbert’s titles)
4 Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (One of my favorites, I have most of Heinlein’s work)
5 A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (I have some of Le Guin work but not this one yet)
6 Neuromancer, William Gibson (One of my favorites I have most of Gibson’s work)
7 Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick (Loved the movie – Bladerunner)
9 The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley (has been recommended to me)
10 Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Read it in High School)
11 The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12 A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13 The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov (I have 5 of Asimov’s books but not this one)
14 Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15 Cities in Flight, James Blish
16 The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17 Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18 Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19 The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20 Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany (Did not finish this one – but own it)
21 Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (I have read it but do not own it)
22 Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (Excellent book, only read it a few months ago, I would like to get the rest of this series)
23 The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (I don’t think I have read this one but liked Study War No More: A Selection of Alternatives)
25 Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowlin
27 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28 I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29 Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice (I liked the book more then the movie)
30 The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31 Little, Big, John Crowley
32 Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33 The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (I have 5 of his titles but not this one)
34 Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35 More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36 The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37 On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38 Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39 Ringworld, Larry Niven
40 Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41 The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42 Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43 Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44 Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (I have 2 of his but not this one)
45 The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46 Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein (I have 35 of his titles but not this one.)
47 Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48 The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49 Timescape, Gregory Benford
50 To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
I'd like to think the "books I've read" list would be growing soon, but time has been much tighter since we opened our business, and almost all of my books are boxed in the garage so it is harder to grab a particular title when I am so inspired.
I am not sure of the real origin of this list - who’s top 50 it is.
Current Music: Enigma & Deep Forest - Marakesh
October 8th, 2006
North Korea claims nuclear weapons test
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday it had performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test, setting off an underground blast in defiance of international warnings and intense diplomatic activity aimed at heading off such a move.
An official at South Korea’s seismic monitoring center confirmed a magnitude-3.6 tremor felt at the time North Korea said it conducted the test was not a natural occurrence. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition his name not be used, because he was not authorized to talk about the sensitive information to the media.
Condemnation from the region came swiftly. Japan's top government spokesman said if confirmed, the North Korean test would post a serious threat to the stability in the region and a provocation.
China, the North's closest ally, said Beijing ''resolutely opposes'' the North Korean nuclear test and hopes Pyongyang will return to disarmament talks.
South Korea's Defense Ministry said the alert level of the military had been raised in response to the claimed nuclear test.
In the long run, Pyongyang's test could trigger an arms race in Asia. Japan, which now lacks the capability of striking North Korea pre-emptively should a missile launch targeting the country be deemed imminent, will likely step up efforts to develop such systems. In addition, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all might contemplate building nuclear weapons of their own—a nightmare scenario for global non-proliferation efforts designed to prevent the kind of breakout North Korea achieved today.
Wow it looks like North Korea went ahead and set off a test nuke! It is hard to tell what the U.S. response will be. Does Bush dare to attack another country, with more then 2/3 of the US opposing the Iraq war, and troops stretched to the limit?
Bush has done a lot of saber rattling regarding North Korea it will be interesting to watch his response over the next few days.
Current Music: Gaia Consort - Secret of the Rain
October 6th, 2006
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers
New York Times (Via MSN)
Despite their packed megachurches, their political clout and their increasing visibility on the national stage, evangelical Christian leaders are warning one another that their teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves.
Their alarm has been stoked by a highly suspect claim that if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be “Bible-believing Christians” as adults. That would be a sharp decline compared with 35 percent of the current generation of baby boomers, and before that, 65 percent of the World War II generation.
Genuine alarm can be heard from Christian teenagers and youth pastors, who say they cannot compete against a pervasive culture of cynicism about religion, and the casual “hooking up” approach to sex so pervasive on MTV, on Web sites for teenagers and in hip-hop, rap and rock music. Divorced parents and dysfunctional families also lead some teenagers to avoid church entirely or to drift away.
Over and over in interviews, evangelical teenagers said they felt like a tiny, beleaguered minority in their schools and neighborhoods. They said they often felt alone in their struggles to live by their “Biblical values” by avoiding casual sex, risqué music and videos, Internet pornography, alcohol and drugs. Seems like things are changing in the world of evangelical Christians. I wondered if things would ever shift the other way. I remember being preached to so much as a child and wondering if things would ever shift – apparently they are.
On the positive side maybe the acceptance of religious diversity will now become more common. Maybe people like us here Pagans can stop looking over our shoulder so much.
October 4th, 2006
Yesterday North Korea said that will test a nuclear weapon. Seems like that would change everything. North Korea says it is developing nuclear weapon to protect itself against the U.S.
Will the US attack if the test goes forward? Will Bush do a proactive strike?
From MSNBC Oct 4th 2006
Any display of Pyongyang's nuclear force could prompt Japan to go nuclear and trigger a regional arms race, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan warned. Speaking to lawmakers, Yu said such a North Korean nuclear test ''could provide a pretext for Japan's nuclear armament.''
''This will prompt countermoves by China or Russia and lead to a change in the balance of power in Northeast Asia,'' Yu said.
In a worst-case scenario, analysts have speculated, a test could push Japan to seek its own nuclear deterrent, intensifying historical tensions with China and South Korea, both of which suffered under Japanese colonial rule in the early 20th century.
October 2nd, 2006
Looks like Bush got pretty much everything he wanted in this bill.
The Senate has approved White House-proposed legislation that would establish procedures for trying and detaining "enemy combatants." Many bloggers see it as a rubber stamp on torture, not to mention a violation of the Constitution—particularly the writ of habeas corpus—and the Geneva Conventions. Others maintain it is a necessary precaution for protecting Americans from terrorists.
Andrew Sullivan, the most outspoken conservative blogger against Bush's detainee polices, is aghast: "If this Republican party maintains control of all branches of government, the danger to individual liberty is extremely grave. Put aside all your concerns about the Democratic leadership. What matters now is that this juggernaut against individual liberty and constitutional rights be stopped. The court has failed to stop it; the legislature has failed to stop it; only the voters can stop it now."
I am not sure that enough voters care about this issue. but I am glad that Powell spoke up some!
Bush’s proposal would “liberalize the definition of what is torture” by amending the War Crimes Act to “permit use of hypothermia, threats of violence to the detainee and his family, stress positions, ‘long-time standing,’ prolonged sleep deprivation, and possibly waterboarding.”
In his letter, Powell writes, “The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk.”
Current Music: Tangerine Dream - Three Bikes In The Sky
September 17th, 2006
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Current Music: Gaia Consort - The Rede (An it Harm None)
December 26th, 2005
2005 in Review
dear friends and family, I am sorry it has been a while since I have updated my
LJ, so here is a letter we sent out to everyone for Yule:
year has gone by and what an exciting one it has been for us! I am not sure where to start.
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