Jan 272012

Currently en route to San Antonio, TX for the weekend. My sister is graduating from nursing school, and Mom and I will both be there.

I’m on a CRJ900 jet, and I find I like the smaller planes more than the big ones. There are only four seats per row, which leaves plenty of leg and elbow room. The flights usually have fewer passengers, and this one seems to be only about half full. Plus, the flight attendants are generous with the snacks.

It’s relaxing not having Internet access for awhile: I don’t feel the urge to keep current with every text message, RSS feed, and Facebook update. I’ve finished The Saga of Seven Suns, the mediocre seven-book space opera I’ve slowly worked my way through since July. I hate leaving things unfinished, and I got far enough into it that I was mildly curious to see how it ended. Good books leave me sorry that they’re over. This series was more like a chore, neither loved nor hated, and with no sense of urgency to complete it.

With that, and some Tiny Tower, out of the way, I’m now alone with my thoughts.

I’ve got nothin’.

10:07pm: It feels like we’re beginning our descent, but we should have another 90 minutes to go, unless the pilot is just dropping down to get under the turbulence. It’s been a mildly bumpy ride so far, with only a few smooth stretches.

Jun 262008

Found an interesting article on Lifehacker this morning: What Books Have Changed Your Life?

"Technologist and well-read fellow Kevin Kelly lists the books that have changed his life. Life-changing books are not just your favorite books, he explains, but 'books that altered your behavior, changed your mind, redirected the course of your life. Books as levers.'"

While I have a lot of favorite books, here are the ones that have changed my life in some way: changed my beliefs, altered my behavior, or just broadened my worldview in profound ways, in no particular order.

Also on the list, but not available on Amazon, are:

THE NEW MAGUS by Donald Tyson (which introduced me to concepts of quantum physics before I knew what it was)
TIME TO STAND UP, a speech by Richard Dawkins (which was my "shock and awe" introduction to atheism)

The Celestine Prophecy Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Throug Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist Where the Red Fern Grows (A Bantam Starfire Book) The World Without Us

Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics Mage: The Ascension (Revised Edition) The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence Wraeththu (Wraeththu)

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