“There are seven billion people on the planet, and I realize I will never ever be the best at anything. But I can potentially have the world’s largest collection of drum machines. So when I say obsessively, it’s obsession with a purpose. Ultimately, I want to have one of every drum machine made up until 1982. After 1982, they became more digital, and I sort of lose interest. But the old analog ones, I have always loved them.”—Moby
According to my kindle, i’m exactly 74% done reading The Wise Man’s Fear, and knowing the hardback clocks in at exactly 1008 pages it means i’ve just read roughly 750 pages of this since last week so yeah, i realize nobody is going to believe me if i come out and say it’s pretty boring stuff, but somehow i really felt that way, or at least i did until last night.
Let’s come completely clear about it, a couple years ago i picked up The Name of The Wind and immediately thought it to be, by far, the best fantasy novel i ever read. Now i’m not an authority on this, having read like a dozen books in the genre at best, but still, for me, nothing even comes close, so when the second book came out you know i gotta gobble up that shit anyway, but yeah i have to admit it’s not been the easiest trawl.
My main beef is not the slower pace or the supposed lack of action, i’m fine with this, my problem is that the wise man’s fear just starts where the last chapter ended dropping abruptly back in the thick of things and i had a hard time remembering characters, places and shit from two years ago.
Plus i think it just doesn’t work, at times it feels just like Rothfuss is rehashing stuff, maybe it’s a case of It’s the same now it sucks from me but honestly yeah, this doesn’t feel as awesomely put together as the other book did.
But, ast they say, stick with it because it gets better, about halfway in it starts breaking a lot of new ground and then you get to the Cthaeh, which, seriously, is like holy shit, this is brilliant storytelling, this is fucking epic, and not in the scott pilgrim, alt bro meaning of the word, but literally epic.
Not to spoil anything, of course, but this Chtaeh thingie deals in oracling and predicting the future, opening up a mindfuck spiral of thoughts about precognition, knowing your future, reacting accordingly, feeling empowered but also enslaved by the knowledge, multiverses and all that.
This is a theme that has been misteriously recurring very often in the entertainment i consumed recently, starting with that awful, godforsaken wasteland of time and neurons that has been flashforward and ending with that old chris walken movie that creeped the fuck out of me last week.
I cannot honestly suggest you pick Rothfuss and slog through 1000+ pages to get to these couple of chapters, but if you feel like exploring this particular subject i suggest picking up "Radio Free Albemuth" by Philip Dick instead
Today marks the second anniversary of my father’s death, and i still sometimes have troubles making sense of it. My mom and my grandma insisted on having a sort of formal commemoration, and i attended it, and as always was deeply, incredibly amazed by the turnout.
Besides friends and family, there’s also this whole lot of other people i don’t recognize, that i have never met, they all come up to me, their faces somber and dignified, and proceed to tell me exactly how my dad made a difference in their lives.
One man tells me he wouldn’t literally be here if it wasn’t for dad. He tells me of the night he thought he was going to die, alone in the ward even his wife couldn’t enter, and of that doctor who watched over him and in the morning asked him how he felt, and told him it looked like he was going to make it all right after all.
And every one of these little stories hurt like knives. I start crying, and selfishly think why why why, why me, why are they even telling me of all people, don’t they realize this doesn’t make me feel any better, no scratch that, don’t they realize this only makes it a lot worse?
And then i realize it’s not about me, silly me, that i have to stand right here and listen, that i can, and should not forget all of this. I understand it now, and maybe if i stopped crying for just a second i could even appreciate this.
I recognize a young man in a wheelchair and head over to him. He tells me my father thought he could have made a better recovery, that he fought with his family over follow up therapy they wouldn’t make time for, and for years he visited him often to suggest new things he had read and researched in journals. Nowadays, nobody does that for him anymore, and i don’t literally know what to say, i mean, this is not uncle sleazy patting my back and telling me to be strong, no, actually here his loss is as bad, probably as devastating as mine is.
My father was no hero, but since he passed away it surely made it much harder for a lot of people here, and we mourn because there’s not much else left to do about it.
“Yes, there is a conspiracy, indeed there are a great number of conspiracies, all tripping each other up… the main thing that I learned about conspiracy theories is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in the conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy, or the grey aliens, or the twelve-foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control, the truth is far more frightening; no-one is in control, the world is rudderless.”—
‘Hanna’ director says Benedict Cumberbatch & Kelly Macdonald have joined the cast. He’s already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law on board.
I *knew* James MacAvoy would be in this eventually!! :-D
I am properly outraged at the wrongness of all this. Jesus. Ikea Knightley to play a part as rich and complex as Anna! Aaron Johnson is a CHILD - HOW is he going to play Vronsky? And Jude Law, don’t even get me started, not only is Karenin actually supposed to be twenty years older than Anna, but also he’ll be all contemptuous faces and slimy gestures. Now, Benedict Cumberbatch - fantastic actor, yes; potential Levin, NOOOO. So what are they going to do, cast him as Stiva? And are they going to cut Stiva’s part to the occasional foil for Levin and general side-dish at high society parties? You don’t need the calibre of Cumberbatch for that. Let’s consider James MacAvoy as Levin: wet and dull, rather than muscular and conflicted. Puah. I can’t really comment on Saoirse Ronan because I haven’t seen Atonement nor The Lovely Bones, but really not my idea of Kitty at all.
What would be a better cast? I hear you ask. My tuppence worth:
Anna: Rachel Weisz Karenin: Christoph Waltz Vronsky: Jake Gyllenhaal Levin: Michael Fassbender Kitty: Jennifer Lawrence Stiva: Christian Bale Dolly: Marion Cotillard Nikolay: Stephen Dorff
Hear me, Hollywood.
dude seriously, the problem is not karenin being 20 years older than anna, i mean, off the top of my head but christoph waltz is older than weisz roughly the same way jude law is older than knightley. the point is knightley is 25, while weisz is 40.
come on, don’t spoil the fun, atonement was ok, and this is just going to be atonement 2: from russia with love.
“Though still in its infancy, personal 3D printing technology already shows the same disruptive potential as the original printing press. Just as moveable type spread across Europe and democratized knowledge, the proliferation of 3D printers eventually promises to democratize creation. Broken dishwasher part? Download the relevant CAD file and print it out in plastic. While Amazon made trips to the store seem dated, 3D printing will make ordering (some) things online feel positively quaint.”—The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age (via futuramb)
Wikipedia page on the Metro design language developed at microsoft. I really really like this, and imho is a bold step towards style in interfaces. I can’t really tolerate anymore of rounded, glossy, shiny, reflective and shit like that.
this is really well written, and kind of a refreshing take on the whole mac vs pc debate.
One thing i really agree on is the sexyness of the ‘metro’ ui on the newer microsoft stuff. Last week i toyed around with some uber expensive htc smartphones in a shop display and i was really impressed by how good and classy the interface looks.