A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


While TOF noodles away on an Epic Poem and on a probable two-part posting here on the Shroud of Turin, as well as reaching a crescendo on The Shipwrecks of Time, he offers these tidbits:

Quote of the Week:

‘Man who says thing cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.’

Deer Me

A correspondent at Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor weighed in on an incident mentioned here.  Apparently the wildlife folks have a SWAT team, too.   Quoth he:
I don’t know about you, but I for one sleep better at night knowing that there are rough men standing on the walls ready to do violence to Bambi on my behalf. Especially when Bambi is awaiting transfer to a wildlife center.
This motivated another correspondent to respond:
Trying to save baby deer is like trying to save a cup of pond scum.
TOF finds himself vaguely in sympathy with both.  More people are killed by deer than by any other animal.  The second correspondent certainly knows his Darwin.  Each year there are born more deer than there is niche space for deer, and so the great majority of them are simply born to die.  The same goes for gray squirrels and other critters. 

Among the Least of Prophets

“Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
-- President Barrack Obama, January 231, 2009

The Wisdom of Wiener (No, not that Wiener)

Complacency? Don’t worry about it.
-- Wiener's 20th Law

Are You Going to Scarborough Faire?

"We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."
-- rioting Chinese students caught cheating on exams

1 comment:

  1. “Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”

    ― Lloyd Jones


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