Sunday, January 22, 2017

GTO wreck in 1/25

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NASA live stream - Earth From Space LIVE Feed

A relaxing and yet mesmerizing live video from the International Space Station(ISS). Some of the feed is prerecorded when the station is passing through night time. The video will say "Live Feed" at top left corner when it's live. Thanks NASA.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Carrie by Stephen King

CarrieCarrie by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as a teenager decades ago and decided to reread it again after my own teenage son developed an interest in Stephen King's work. I gave him this book as a Christmas gift. It feels good to have some connection with him and I hope it keeps him reading as I know King's work sparked my own interest in books. It's as good, if not better, than I remember it from my teen years. I enjoy King's ability to narrate the story from multiple viewpoints and not just using first person accounts also using excerpts from accounts in the future which gives you the impression that the event's had a much bigger impact than what's told in the book itself. It makes you wish you knew more than what being told.

Another interesting aspect of the book was it's picture of adolescent bully. I don't think it was an intentional focus but King certainly brings to light an aspect of growing up that many of us experience but doesn't always get talked about. It's a subject that in recent years has grown more out in the open. I think part of the books appeal was bully victim revenge aspect. Many who experience bullying I'm sure fantasize about exacting revenge of their persecutors.

If you're going to start reading Stephen King I feel this is the place to start.

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The Green Beret's by Robin Moore

The Green BeretsThe Green Berets by Robin Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was the book that the John Wayne movie"The Green Beret's" was based on. It is a collection of stories from the early day's of the Vietnam War around 63-64 when it was mainly "advisors" which consisted for the most part Special Forces (aka: Green Beret's) and support personnel. From what I can tell only one or two of the stories were used for the movie itself. It gives an interesting look at our involvement in the early part of the war before we had gotten more directly involved. You also get the picture that it was a confusing war with a complicated strategy and no clear battle lines. In a way the book mirrors the war as it moves from one story to the next without a clear connection. It's a decent book that's worthwhile if you'd like to get an idea what the early days of Vietnam War were like.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Man in his arrogance - A Great Speech By Carl Sagan

Such an amazing video narrated with the words of the late Carl Sagan. I have rarely heard such profound thoughts and ideas crammed into such a short video or speech. I feel like it's something I've been missing my entire life up until now. I can't stop watching this. I want to absorb every little detail.