1. Anonymous asked: Did you ever consider doing something useful with your life?

    Did you ever consider the eugenic logic embedded in lives being evaluated according to utility?

     
  2. If Arthur C. Clarke had more hair and were considerably more handsome, he could easily be mistaken for me.
    — Isaac Asimov
     
  3. 23:18 15th Mar 2014

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    Dan Deacon, Ithaca

    Dan Deacon, Ithaca

     
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    Dan Deacon, Ithaca

    Dan Deacon, Ithaca

     
  5. I’ve been trying to familiarize myself with first wave SF but it’s all “blah blah white dudes blah blah Progress”

     
  6. Sometimes when I see a really vicious tumblr SJ flamewar, I want to spam screencaps of United Red Army.

     
  7. 22:09 25th Jan 2014

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    chiimarii:

Neko dance nyan (๑╹ω╹๑ ) #cat #nyannyan #neko #alex

My son is quite the ladies’ man

    chiimarii:

    Neko dance nyan (๑╹ω╹๑ ) #cat #nyannyan #neko #alex

    My son is quite the ladies’ man

     
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    Faye Fisher, hunter of squirrels

    Faye Fisher, hunter of squirrels

     
  9. I downloaded Leechblock and locked myself out of Facebook for the next two days. Hello paper books, prepare to be read.

     
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    Enter the 36 Chambers of Post-Structuralism

    Enter the 36 Chambers of Post-Structuralism

     
  11. 16:36 14th Dec 2013

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    1. Favorite childhood book?
    What Age? I read 1984 in 7th grade, and that was my favorite book until like 10th grade I think. I’m not really sure if I had a clearly defined favorite book before that. When I was little I remember liking Alice in Wonderland and the Lorax.
    4. Bad book habit?
    Reading the first chapter or two of a book, and then putting it back on the shelf for another 9 months.
    9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
    For some reason I felt that Angelhead: My Brother’s Descent into Madness was deeply underwhelming. Somehow I was expecting something along the lines of Girl, Interrupted, The Future Lasts Forever, or The Darkness Visible. But writing about watching someone else’s mental illness is much less compelling than writing about your own.

    33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
    Gravity’s Rainbow, maybe? Dhalgren, too. Both are very long. Gravity’s Rainbow was difficult because the narrative feels loose and sprawling, with tons of point-of-view characters and information that will not be relevant until 100 pages later when you’ve already kind of forgotten it.
    Dhalgren is kind of the opposite. You have a single main character who is very likable but extremely unreliable. The book fucks with your expectations as a reader. It sets up mysteries that you think will be significant to the narrative, only to abruptly solve them in extremely mundane ways.
    52. Name a book that made you angry.
    I’m going to have to go with Stealing the Fire from Heaven again. I hate that fucking book so much. I was actually glad when I found out the author died in October.
     
  12. Pleaaase more people should ask me these questions

    17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

    It depends on how difficult the book is, and how much I want to take away from it. Gramsci, Butler, Marx etc are all full of notes. My most amusing notes were written in a copy of Imaginal Machines that I loaned to a friend who I hooked up with awkwardly and then developed a unhealthy overly intense friendship with that culminated in us not talking anymore for what is now like 9 months.

    31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

    I try to be generous if it’s like “I see what you were trying to do, but you didn’t quite pull it off.” I’m much more ruthless if it’s like “Your approach reveals a massive [gender/race/etc] blind spot that limits the value of your findings” or some other serious methodological problems.

    42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

    Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic is an execrable mixture of Eurocentrism and lazy scholarship. I gave up close to the end, when I realized I had gained nothing of value. Read my goodreads review for further details

     
  13. 20:44 9th Dec 2013

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    55 Reading Questions

    1. Let me tell you about my books!
    2. 1. Favorite childhood book?
    3. 2. What are you reading right now?
    4. 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
    5. 4. Bad book habit?
    6. 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
    7. 6. Do you have an e-reader?
    8. 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
    9. 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
    10. 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
    11. 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
    12. 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
    13. 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
    14. 13. Can you read on the bus?
    15. 14. Favorite place to read?
    16. 15. What is your policy on book lending?
    17. 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
    18. 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
    19. 18. Not even with text books?
    20. 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
    21. 20. What makes you love a book?
    22. 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
    23. 22. Favorite genre?
    24. 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
    25. 24. Favourite biography?
    26. 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
    27. 26. Favourite cookbook?
    28. 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
    29. 28. Favorite reading snack?
    30. 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
    31. 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
    32. 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
    33. 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
    34. 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
    35. 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
    36. 35. Favorite Poet?
    37. 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
    38. 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
    39. 38. Favorite fictional character?
    40. 39. Favourite fictional villain?
    41. 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
    42. 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
    43. 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
    44. 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
    45. 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
    46. 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
    47. 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
    48. 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
    49. 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
    50. 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
    51. 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
    52. 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
    53. 52. Name a book that made you angry.
    54. 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
    55. 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
    56. 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
     
  14. right now I’m staring as long as I can into the abyss, hoping that the thing that stares back will be willing to keep me company when I can’t sleep

     
  15. 09:46 8th Dec 2013

    Notes: 1

    a) So. Much. Cocaine.

    b) In that lab coat, David Bowie looks exactly the way I pictured the scientist in Built to Spill’s “I am a Scientist”