Archive for July, 2010

The Week Magazine

The Week Magazine This is the first time I’ve ever recommended a magazine on this site, but then, this is one of only two magazines that I actually pay money for. Billed as the best of the US and International Media, this is largely a news magazine, covering items of interest from around the world […]

Don’t Try This at Home : How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People)

Don’t Try This at Home : How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People) by Hunter S. Fulghum Imagine calling Fort Knox and asking the best way to break in and steal the gold. Don’t have the guts for it? Don’t […]

Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People

Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People The autobiography of Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston Do you dare make a bet with Amarillo Slim? You play his game with one condition for him. From Ping-Pong to golf or baskets in the gym Do you dare make a bet with Amarillo Slim?-John Lutz Ritter, […]

The 37th Amendment

The 37th Amendment by Susan Shelley When the Constitution of the United States was enacted, the people feared giving excessive power to the federal government and so amended it to include the Bill of Rights, specifically enumerating rights which the federal government could not infringe. The 10th amendment specifically asserted that all powers not delegated […]

The Future Happens Twice: The Perennial Project

The Future Happens Twice: The Perennial Project by Matt Browne With spaceship technology still unable to attain a significant fraction of lightspeed and an urgent need to travel to other star systems, cryostasis seems to be the only option. Unfortunately, while embryos can be successfully frozen and revived, adults can not. Who will raise the […]

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare (1968 Movie Review) No doubt everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers. This 1968 version of the classic tale is the best performance of Shakespeare I have ever seen. All of the parts are magnificently cast, with the choice of teenagers to play Romeo and […]

The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide: Tournament Edition

The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide: Tournament Edition by Richard Brodie et al I wasn’t expecting much from a branded book, but the impressive list of authors convinced me to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. So far I’ve read through the sections on hold’em (about half the book) and, while the […]

Making History

Making History by Stephen Fry I have a weakness for time travel stories, so I couldn’t pass up this one. Michael “Pup” Young is a grad student in history, writing his dissertation on the young Hitler at Cambridge University. He runs into a theoretical physicist who has invented a time machine, at the same time […]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door It’s rare for me to spend a lot of time on any one game; I’m just not a huge gamer. That said, I’ve recently been picking up a few Gamecube games for my Wii, and Paper Mario TTYD blew me away. Gameplay is fairly simple and easy; the turn-based battles […]

Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns by Casting Crowns (Gospel / Alternative Christian Music) If you listen to Christian radio, you’ve heard Casting Crowns singing Who Am I. They haven’t yet reached the status of, say, Mercy Me, but if you enjoy Christian rock, this is definitely a band you need in your collection. The cd also includes the […]