Friday, December 24, 2010

Who the hell lost this one

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As I was coming down a speed bump yesterday, I contracted this little ditty in my front tire.



I just hope this part diddn't fell out of my car. I wasn't able to preserve it. About 150 feet from the autoshop it popped out of the tire, which started to deflate really fast. I was trying to get to the shop as fast as I could to save the tire. Which I did, to the butcher's bill total of $20.

Fun stuff.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The way it should be done...

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I don't listen to this specific kind of music, but after watching Sing-off. This is how this particular song should have been performed.

Acapella by the On The rocks. It's astonishing that these guys do everything without instruments.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Something I have recently noticed in the Wheel Of Time novels.

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I said before that I was re-reading The Wheel Of Time epic, because I realized that two new book of the series came out after the sad departure of Robert Jordan. The final books are co-authored by Brandon Sanderson, supposedly following the last notes of Mr. Jordan (of which there are 2000 some pages, so it is said).

The 11th book of the series is very close in style to Jordan, the 12th Towerrs of Midnight seems a little bit rushed. It is clear that Mr. Sanderson has to tie up a lot of loose ends to bring the book to the logical conclusion.

Going back to the topic of the post. I remembered couple of days ago that I haven't re-read one of my all time favorite series - the original Dune novels by Frank Herbert. As I thought of them, and remebered the contents, similarities between the two epic struck me. I understand that most books and movies are based somewhat on old Greek and Roman dramas, which are based on something humans don't even remember anymore, and there are rarely new plot lines.

But the Aes Sedai very closely remind me of the Bene Gesserit order. Without of course the sexual undertones. Rand Al'Thor is very closely described and acts as Leto Atredes II, and the plot line seem to flow in similar directions. It's difficult for me to explain, but if you have read both epics you would see the similarities.

And that's all, a revelation of sorts.