#101 Blitz Q: What’s the boxy-thing in the middle of a laptop power cord for?

I'd been wondering about this weirdness for a while, and not just laptops, but other computer systems. Apparently, from what I've managed to find so far. they're adapters that help convert voltage and not put too much power into the hardware too fast. Okay, but at the same time, why does it seem to come … Continue reading #101 Blitz Q: What’s the boxy-thing in the middle of a laptop power cord for?

“The Tragedy (History) of King Lear” (Folio & Quarto Text), from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I was surprised that this one (or two, rather) would take me so long to get through. The History of King Lear is actually the "Quarto" text, and The Tragedy of King Lear is the "Folio" text. The Folio came out about 4 years later, and I wish like crazy I'd read that one first. … Continue reading “The Tragedy (History) of King Lear” (Folio & Quarto Text), from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I'd love to know what it is about Shakespeare and his unique ability to make kings into secondary characters in their own stories. Well, perhaps it's because he was too busy thinking up Henry V that he had to throw some of it in here first, lest he lose all his ideas. I just find … Continue reading “The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama (2nd ed.), by Peter Saccio

My Copy: 9780195123197 (image from goodreads.com) NOTE: I'm interrupting the flow of my The Oxford Shakespeare reviews because this month's been hell on concentration (between jobs, sleep-deprivation, jury duty, and an ER visit). So instead I decided to review a Shakespeare-related book for this weekend that I'd just finished instead of posting it at the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama (2nd ed.), by Peter Saccio

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy

My Copy: 9780316256575 (image from goodreads.com) Well, somehow I knew I'd enjoy the hell out of reading this book. It's about 300 pages long, and while that might be a little off-putting for some casual readers, it's really a book full of useful, practical wisdom about our own presence in the world and how to … Continue reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy

“Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare