I’m looking at some sample code for the iPhone, an application that demonstrates a bunch of principles in app coding all at once, including animation and so forth. It’s a relatively trivial app, just sample code, and it uses the Periodic Table of Elements as its data set. As information goes, the Periodic Table is […]
I recently watched the NOVA special “Cracking the Maya Code” and was absolutely fascinated by it. I have a special place in my heart for Mesoamerican / pre-Colombian civilizations and Mayanists in general. It’s incredible to me that the language of the Maya has finally been deciphered, and that we can rescue that tiny amount […]
I knew that Zombie Chic would bring Clark Ashton Smith back. He’s been reprinted again, this time in what looks like a fairly professional binding. Smith is the ultimate dismal fantasist; he writes stories in settings at two ends of the spectrum: Hyperborea, and Zothique. Hyperborea is the pre-historic Conan-era fantasy setting, and Zothique is […]
Paul Thomas Anderson may not be the most prolific auteur in Hollywood, but he is without a doubt the most consistently brilliant. It’s been five years since Punch Drunk Love, and it’s been eight years since Magnolia, but it has surely been worth the wait, because this film is his Citizen Kane. It is an epic tragedy of ambition that pulls whole cloth from Shakespeare’s MacBeth and any number of depressing Greek sagas, but weaves the tale with an originality that is rarely found these days. He has honestly made Ang Lee and Brokeback Mountain look pathetic in comparison (okay, well, that’s a romantic tragedy, but you get my drift).