Just a quick reminder that the voting for the next book of the month club selections ends at midnight tonight. So if you haven’t weighed in yet and are planning to take part in the discussions, pick a book – or two – or three. The nominees –
In the scifi category, it’s Gregory Benford’s Timescape vs. Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer.
In the fantasy category, it’s Jeffrey Ford’s The Empire of Ice Cream vs. Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind: The King-Killer Chronicle, Day 1.
In the horror category, it’s Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box vs. F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep.
To those of you looking for a little information on the afore-mentioned titles, check out my January 30th, 2008 post –
Well, it’s Superbowl Sunday and, unlike past seasons, this year I’m not all that interested in the big game. As much as I’d love to see the Giants pull the upset, and with all due respect to Cookie Monster, I think it’s highly unlikely. I expect it’ll be a yawner of a game. At around nine p.m. PST, New England will celebrate an undefeated season while every football fan outside of Boston moves on to far more interesting things like, oh, getting an early jump on sorting my wife’s mail prior to her March return. I’ll probably tune in for the first quarter and, provided the Patriots (or the refs – anyone remember the Seahawks getting jobbed in their last Superbowl appearance?) haven’t salted it away by then, may stick it out to half-time. I remember Paul telling me that when he was in Thailand many years ago, he and some friends stopped by a bar to catch the Superbowl. As the game progressed, every North American in the bar was glued to the t.v. while the locals chatted noisily amongst themselves, oblivious to the big game. When the game hit half-time, however, the North Americans kicked back and began to yak – while a reverent hush fell over the locals entranced by the half-time show. Well, I think this is one year that the Thai have it right.
Oh, and while I’m on the subject, here are the top three things someone can say in the weeks leading up to the Superbowl that will earn them a mid-knuckle crack to the forehead compliments of yours truly:
1. “I don’t care who wins, just so long as it’s a good game.”
2. “Football is for morons.” followed by – “Hey, did you watch last night’s Celebrity Apprentice?”
3. “I don’t follow football. But I’m rooting for the Patriots.”
Today’s video: Another behind-the-scenes vid of the replicator plunge. Scroll down or click on the link –