Not-Heroes : Frodo Baggins

In which Frodo fails to make the sacrifice he set out to make.

Returning home from the end of the last Hobbit movie Me and Mrs G had “that argument” again. Mrs G and me rarely argue, I would like to put this down to the fact we are very similar in beliefs and temperament so we have some kind of harmonious relationship, or it may just be that I’m right all the time.

Religion, politics, we are fine with even when we have polar opposite views. We accept that the other person has reasons why they would take the position they do. There is only one thing we can’t ever seem to see eye to eye over and that is whether Frodo Baggins is a hero.

Before I give considered reasonings I should do this in a scientific manner by presenting my hypothesis, so here we go.

Frodo Baggins is not a hero because he fails in the heroes quest, the task he is assigned he fails and then does not make a large enough sacrifice to redeem himself. Continue reading “Not-Heroes : Frodo Baggins”

Finishing a book

In which I have no problem starting a book, just getting to the end.

There is no better way to motivate me than offering me a badge or trophy for doing something. Being given points for completing tasks or acting in a certain way can control the way I live my live. I am a scorewhore.

This morning I received an email from Goodreads telling me how close I was to reaching this year’s target of reading 12 books, and if I did achieve it then I would get a special badge to place on my profile. This sent me into a frenzy, I mean a badge for reading! Then the two people who view my profile will be able to see that years ago I read an awful lot.

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Reinventing the book

In which I try to reinvent the wheel and give up because its been done.

The technology we have today is amazing.

We have more computing power in our hands than Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts had to get to the moon, or Alan Turing created at Bletchley Park to help defeat the Third Reich. We are always looking at what the next big thing wil be, what gizmo will we next all be clamouring for. Is it going to be Google Glass or smartwatches, what are we all going to going gaga over?

Yet do I need all this gadgetry around me, in what quantifiable way does my iPod make my life better. Do I see people less because I am so busy keeping in touch on Facebook? My mobile helps me keep in touch, not just with people (who are now ‘contacts’) but with football scores, and my location and how many people are reading this. I thought I could never live without my Sky+ box. It was as essential as the dishwasher. Now I have neither I don’t miss them.

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The Silmarillion

In which Eru gave the world light.

Life still seems to be cracking along at quite a pace and although Mrs G will claim that I spend an inordinate amount of time on the ceramic throne I just can’t get into any book at the moment. I’ve been reading book four in the Fire and Ice series since last summer and even though winter came and went I am still no closer to catching up with all the goings on in Westeros.

I am also in danger of breaking with one of my reading traditions.

Each year, in January, I will pick up an increasingly battered copy of The Silmarillion to read through once more. This is a tradition dating back to the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, a time when I began to devour any work of Tolkien that I could get my hands on.
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I love Dewey Decimal

In which I know my Blogging-Topic from my Blogging-Subject.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

I consider myself to have a larger than median book collection (a rough estimate says between 500-600 books), it fills 3 1/2 large Billy bookcases…and part of the floor…and under the bed. I have most of the books I have ever had from childhood to the present day, in a wide range of genre and type.

Most people I know just put books on a shelf, this is just a travesty. There are systems people, systems and one specially for books, the Dewey Decimal system.

The act of curating my bookcases took a full three days, mainly due to stopping and reading but also because each one had to fit in the right place. It’s like a giant vertical jigsaw where every piece is rectangular. Fiction and non-fiction should be separate, sci-fi and fantasy beside each other but not mixed, ordered by publication date where possible (notable exceptions include having to place The Silmarillion before The Hobbit which comes before Lord of the Rings).

Books on science flow from Physics to Biology via Chemistry, history from Ancient Greece to Modern day. Sports are linked by players and nationalities, everything in order not overspilling the shelf. And this is where the problems arise.

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The greatest devils

In which I rank the lord of lies based on his most entertaining portrayals.

I don’t believe in the devil, he always seems a convenient excuse for human weakness. Blaming anything bad on some demonic being is akin to blaming that broken vase when you were younger on your imaginary friend screaming “But Beelzebub made me do it”.

Ignoring the theological problems of a high priest of evil being allowed to exist, there is something about how Lucifer is depicted on fiction that just makes him…well…pretty awesome.

Who were you rooting for in Devils Advocate? Keanu Reeves or Al Pacino? In fact I think its list time again…hey don’t blame me! Satan made me. So in no “power of Christ compels me” order my 6(66) favourite selections of the Devil.

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Boring books

In which I try and read past page 34.

In recent years I have lost the reading bug, being married means I have other things to to at night than curl up with a good book. For instance making lunches and doing thte washing up. As a result I have to be more particular with which novel I pick up.

There may be plenty of problems with The Da Vinci Code, but it did something Captain Corelli’s Mandolin couldn’t. Make me want to turn the page, and that is a key factor for a book getting it’s teeth into me.

I read Life of Pi, and I am told it is a well written book, but I thought it was rubbish. It won the Man Booker Prize but nothing happened, or if it did I missed it.

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Late Review : Jurassic Park

In which a tiny butterfly has a large impact on my life.

In 1994 I discovered a book that was to have a profound influence on my life. Prior to reading it I was still very much undecided about what I found interesting in life, I had spent the previous years devouring information from books but with no real focus. I was on my way to being a jack of all trades.

Yet one book was able to catch my attention and set me on a path that still has effects on me 15 years later.

It’s not a classic (although I think it is) that is studied by academics, it is not full of literary prose and characterisation. It will never be counted against the great works of man, but for me it the novel that has had more effect on my life than any other.

That book is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

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England for Numpties

Recent events have conspired to see The Future Mrs GeekErgoSum start to plan a life over here in Blighty, so for this weeks Saturday for Dummies I thought it would be a good idea to look at England for Dummies. This way I will be all ready to impart the essential advice for when she gets here in the summer.

Reading a guide to the country that has been your home for thirty years is a very weird experience, you half expect to be told stuff you already know and spend the other half questioning the accuracy of the information. This book was no different, despite the fact that it was slightly London-centric (we get it, London is big and so aaaaamazing so why not write a separate book) it did attempt to pick out some of the other great places you can visit in England (there is a Scotland for Dummies, but no Wales for Dummies).

England for DummiesRecent events have conspired to see The Future Mrs GeekErgoSum start to plan a life over here in Blighty, so for this weeks Saturday for Dummies I thought it would be a good idea to look at England for Dummies. This way I will be all ready to impart the essential advice for when she gets here in the summer.

Reading a guide to the country that has been your home for thirty years is a very weird experience, you half expect to be told stuff you already know and spend the other half questioning the accuracy of the information. This book was no different, despite the fact that it was slightly London-centric (we get it, London is big and so aaaaamazing so why not write a separate book) it did attempt to pick out some of the other great places you can visit in England (there is a Scotland for Dummies, but no Wales for Dummies).

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