September, 2006


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Sep 06

test of google web albums

trying out google web albums — just want to see how their default embedding looks.



Sep 11, 2006 – 3 Photos


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Sep 06

labor

in honor of labor day, here’s a favorite quote of mine from eugene debs, a labor leader from indiana who figures prominently in kurt vonnegut’s (also from indiana) work:

“While there is a lower class I am in it; while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”


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Sep 06

Talk Talk, by T.C. Boyle

I run sort of hot & cold on Boyle — really enjoyed The Tortilla Curtain, for example, but have never been able to finish his best-known book, The Road to Wellville. I really enjoyed Talk Talk, though. It’s a story about identity theft & one couple’s response to it. Really good book at getting you a sense of what it must feel like to have your identity hijacked…


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Sep 06

The Ruins, by Scott Smith

Fun summer thriller by Scott Smith, who’s other book, A Simple Plan, came out more than a decade ago. I won’t ruin it by giving away any of the plot, but it’s a fun thriller that you can read in a few days — great book for a plane.


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Sep 06

The Wages of Wins, by Berri, Schmidt & Brook

Glibly called “Freakonomics meets ESPN,” this book is neither as fun to read nor as provocative as Freakonomics (or, for that matter, ESPN). But they bring up a lot of interesting things, like how scoring (especially in the NBA) is a horrible indicator of value to a team, how quarterbacks in the NFL are woefully inconsistent from season to season, and how Stanford basketball is the most wondrous and underrated sport to behold.

Okay, not that last bit. But worth reading for fantasy nerds like me.