As much of a documentary nut as I am, I have to admit I've never seen a second of Cosmos--either version. I've heard about it occasionally over the decades and then of course came the newer version. Part of me would lean toward Tyson's because I'd bet that there's extra science in there not known … Continue reading #096 Blitz Q–Which One Is the Better Version of Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s?
My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo
Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
My Copy: 9781935429029 (image from bn.com) The gang is back, and Tetsuo is determined to find and meet Akira...whatever that means. According to the adults, it can only mean something really, really bad. Akira (volume 2) focuses again on the teens Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kei and the experimental children (Kyoko, Masaru, and Takashi). The characters and … Continue reading Akira (volume 2), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from bn.com) This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It's part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn't well known … Continue reading Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh
My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz
Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?
My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
My Copy: 9781439181034 (image from Simon and Schuster .com) I was pretty excited to read this book after I found it in the source notes from The Right Stuff...and it gives me some insight as to the limitations The Right Stuff had in its own narrative. We Seven, by the Astronauts themselves, is a collection … Continue reading We Seven: The Classic Story of the Heroes who Launched America Into Space, by the Astronauts Themselves
This one hit me when I was dozing in and out this morning. I guess I need to look at a map by flat earthers to get the idea--but I'm seeing several different ones at a glance as it is. You know, there's something odd about this flat-earth thing, namely that it exists in the … Continue reading #050–What do flat-Earthers have to say about the trade winds and doldrums, or round the world air travel?