Dragons Past and Present

Posted on Sun 25 August 2013 in Writing

Below is a paper I wrote for a college lit class. It was a fun research project. Enjoy - Bill

Dragons appear in our oldest mythology and folklore. Dragons have been a source of terror and mystery, throughout history. They populate early mythology, medieval literature, the Renaissance, and modern fiction. The …

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Old Words

Posted on Wed 06 February 2013 in Writing

Packing, boxes, tape, more boxes more tape.... That's my life for the next few weeks. I'm getting ready to move. Finally facing reality and ditching the too-big house and moving into an apartment in the part of town where stuff actually happens.

And I am going to use this opportunity …

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DIY Weekend

Posted on Sun 13 January 2013 in Technology

I did a bit of DIY this weekend. I love my car, but also really wanted bluetooth audio with the stereo. The factory Toyota options are a bit on the pricey side, so I screwed up some courage, picked a cool new stereo off of Crutchfield, read many websites, and …

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VIM Soft Wrap

Posted on Wed 03 October 2012 in Technology

This is too handy for words! Just add to your .vimrc file or set in the current document to soft wrap to the window size.

:set wrap linebreak textwidth=0


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"Breaking the Surface" by Greg Louganis

Posted on Sat 26 May 2012 in ClubReading

Review written for ClubReading.com by Bill in 2001

I love to read. Every once in a while, a book comes along that reminds me so thoroughly why I love to read. This is just such a book.

I've been following the rescue attempts of the Russian Submarine, Kursk. At …

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Equus Movie

Posted on Sun 28 August 2011 in Writing

I agree with many of the other reviewers on Netflix, that the play is much more intense, and a much better experience.

Burton is amazing. He gives a terrific performance. But like any adaptation, the original will almost always be better. Peter Firth also gives a terrific performance.

The controversy …

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Gravity Arranged

Posted on Wed 11 May 2011 in Science

How does gravity work?

Oh the dreaded scale! We've all heard the story about Newton and an apple. Anyone who's been ice skating knows with personal clarity the importance of treating gravity with respect.

So how does it work? Any two objects in the universe with mass are attracted to …

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"Americas Boy: A Memoir" by Wade Rouse

Posted on Sun 25 October 2009 in ClubReading

Reviewer: linda

A small-town boy who dresses in his mothers bikini when he's five so he can be queen of the pageant has some issues to address in his life, especially when that small town is in rural southwestern Missouri.

Rouse tells wonderful tales of a family that may not …

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"A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian: A Novel" by Marina Lewycka

Posted on Thu 15 October 2009 in ClubReading

Reviewer: linda

The main characters in this book are Ukrainian immigrants in the U.K. The narrator is the youngest daughter, and she doesn’t remember WWII. Her father and older sister, however, have vivid memories, memories they have never shared with the narrator. The book weaves the tale of …

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"A House in Sicily" by Daphne Phelps

Posted on Wed 14 October 2009 in ClubReading

Daphne Phelps inherited a house in Sicily called Casa Cuseni. At the time, Daphne had no knowledge of Italian, no money, and was war-weary. At 34, she moved to the small Sicilian town of Taormina expecting to sell the house.

After 50 years and guests like Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russel …

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