March 10, 2006

Enough with the Fucking Books!

I'd like everyone to please stop writing until I catch up. I can't even think about Glenn Reynolds' An Army of Davids; I'm still working (to my shame) on The Singularity is Near, which—by the way—has way too many pages in it. Way. Too. Many. My background may also be a bit light for it in the following arenas:

1. Biology. (I took human physiology in high school, because I couldn't relate to the creatures that inhabit tidepools; it was all about my species back then.)

2. Mathematics. (I never learned the mutliplication tables, because whenever my mother or stepmother pulled out the flash cards, I found myself looking at the numerals, and wondering how architecturally stable they would be if they were buildings, or how they would dance if they were people. Apparently, these were the wrong things to focus on, and it held me back just a little bit with higher math.)

3. Computers. (I spent my 20s hanging out with computer programmers, but their concerns were a good deal less interesting to me than who was sleeping with whom, and whether they were going to break up soon, and who made the best omelet, and what shape the ideal teapot would be, and why William Butler Yeats is so underappreciated as a poet. I regret the error.)

Bye the bye, Tigerhawk has a cute review of Army of Davids, in which he calls it "romantic."

Hat tip: . . . wait for it . . . Instapundit.

Posted by Attila Girl at March 10, 2006 01:48 AM | TrackBack

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Posted by: beautifulatrocities at March 10, 2006 06:15 AM

I suspect 1, 4, 7, and 9 wouldn't make it very far on "Dancing With The Stars." One might do OK if it has the little base line like in this font. The others are, unfortunately, too top heavy. 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 might have the best shot, if they don't get overconfident. And practice eight hours a day, of course. As for buildings, I think I could live in 8. Computer people dating anyone is too silly to comment about.

Posted by: Darrell at March 10, 2006 08:27 PM

Actually, I liked 7 and 9 as dancers, but I found them disturbing architecturally.

The stablest building is, indeed, 8. 1 in a serif font has a certain nobility to it, and 2 has style.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 10, 2006 11:04 PM

Relentless testing got me to learn my multiplication tables. Too bad for me my teachers didn't take spelling as seriously. Then again I might have expected too much. While my classmates were ace-ing their spelling tests I was getting one or two wrong. Therefore I thought I wasn't a good speller. Relatively speaking, I wasn't.

With biology I never got past the "ick" stuff. Squishy, slimey, liquid stuff gives me the willies. I'm not sure how I got through high school biology. I can read about DNA and organ's functions but that's all the farther I can go.

Object-oriented programming turned me off from computer science. Or was it the break-up with my girlfriend at the time who was in the same class? Or was it the realization that learning Pascal when C was the language meant I was wasting my time?

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