Monthly Archives: October 2010

Damn, now I feel old

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This month is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Ringworld by Larry Niven.

I discovered this book two years later, when I was six and devoured it. Ringworld and Dune were two of the formative books for me.

Wow, interesting read

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This just goes to prove that you can never be sure where things are going to lead you.

The Guano Islands Act of 1856 – How seabird excrement paved the way for American imperial expansion

Summary: In 1856, seabird guano was an in-demand fertilizer, so the the United States Congress passed The Guano Islands Act. This legislation was a precursor to American imperialism, as it allowed citizens to claim bird-crap-covered islands in the USA’s name.

The Ode of Wile E Coyote

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First of all, to all of my friends with tender virgin ears, be warned. There is adult language in this poem.

That having been said, this poem is epic, it makes me want to open a time rift, yank The Bard into the present, download all of the requisite pop culture references into his brain, and let him listen to this poem, just to experience it with him.