Apple Powerbook

The worst fanatics are religious fanatics. And the worst religion these days is the Cult of Steve Jobs. Yup, I am an Apple Computer zealot.

Currently I run a 12 inch Powerbook — plenty of punch but still small enough to haul around on my travels. I recommend it.

Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1\<a

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books – Ulysses, by James Joyce

James Joyce’s Ulysses is the book I most admire. Yet I don’t believe I have read it straight through.

I have listened dozens of times to unabridged audio versions — to relish the rich Irish dialogue.

You have heard it is an original masterpiece of language. That it’s a comic tragedy of Greek epic proportions. (I don’t blame if you skip the stream of consciousness last third of the book.)

What is it about?

A normal 24-hour-day, June 16th, 1904 in Dublin, Ireland. All my grandparents came from Ireland so I feel a wee bit o‘ kinship.

It concerns defecating, shaving, eating, shopping, coveting, whoring. There’s a funeral. And, of course, drinking.

It’s wonderful to compare the dark, savvy worldview of Stephen Dedalus with that of cheerful Leo Bloom.

World Fantasy Convention 2008 in Calgary

No, you cannot yet buy your tickets.

Cowgary unexpectedly won the bid November 6th. My brother Randy was as surprised as anyone — and he was the man pitching cowtown.

You see Calgary had just finished hosting a very successful Western North American Science Fiction & Fantasy conference: Westercon 2005 – Due North!

Enthusiasts from that event decided to make a bid for the Worlds, last minute. And they won.

You can countdown the days on the World Fantasy website.

Favourite tunes of late

<img Natasha Bedingfield photoI tend to listen to a few songs, old and new, over and over.

The best of the new songs over last 6 months are rap / hip-hop — the most innovative genre right now.

Kayne West – Gold Digger
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words (I love you, I love you)
50 Cent – Hate it or Love it (G Unit remix)

Of the three, only Gold Digger has a video I would bother watching more than once. It is fantastic. I find most music videos lame. Why are there not more interesting videos in 2005?

I should put in a good word for alternative Canadian supergroup, Our Lady Peace. Their new song Where are you is great. Interesting video too.