Monday, January 30, 2006

I am disgusted to no end that the Steelers are in the Super Bowl. I so want . . . need Seattle to win, but I feel like the fight's gone out of them.

Per my loopless status, I actually just found out that the Pope wrote and encyclical. I'm happy for him. I'll read it someday, perhaps in retirement. He doesn't strike me as the most sincere man and so I'm not personally dying to hear what he has to say. Of course, circumstances could arise that force me to read it sooner than retirement, but we'll see.

I'm current reading David McCullough's 1776 and it is fascinating reading. Besides the fact that reading straight up history is flat out fun for me, this book is very well written.

I'm also currently reading a book by M. Livio called the Golden Ratio about the number phi, which is kind of like pi, in its uncanny way of showing up in nature. Prior to these books, I finished out 2005 with a couple of very good sci fi books. There was Coyote Frontier by Allen Steele about interstellar colonization. I enjoyed it, very well done and provocative in the sense that it provides a lot good food for thought for those who like to think about this stuff. Then there was a book called Cobweb by Fredrickson and Stephenson, which was more a mystery thriller--very good stuff.

I thought I was just about done writing my new novel when I was trying to tie up what I considered loose ends. These loose ends have almost sabotaged the project. I have a whole different story to write now to lead up and contextualize what I currently have. But I've learned the longer it takes, the better, at least, for me. I estimate that I may have another 150-200 pages to write. That is almost the lenght of some full length novels, but it is necessary. I do enjoy the thinking up the story part--what I don't particularly enjoy is the writing.

Bills are back with Levy and we have Dick Jauron as coach. I'm not particularly perturbed by the choice of a coach with a losing record. Marv Levy wasn't exactly considered a genius when he joined the Bills, nor was Joe Torre considered a winner when he was hired on with the Yankees. I remember thinking how dumb New England was to give the Jets a draft pick for Bellichik, when he had a bad head coaching record and could only win with Parcells and the helm. I think Levy has and will have the team headed in the right direction.

Anyway, next entry shouldn't be too far on the horizon, I am determined to keep up with the blog. Peace to all who deserve it!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

Whoa! A couple of days off turns into a whole quarter off!

Well Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Kwanza, Merry Christmas, Shalom, and Happy New Year to all.