Archive for the ‘books’ Category


for the person who brought kierkegaard into my life:

i hope know you’ll find this interesting 🙂

Provocations, “arguably the most accessible and complete Kierkegaard volume to be published in decades.”

And it’s free, too. I haven’t read it yet, though, so I can’t guarantee if it lives up to its promises, but the ball’s in Kierkegaard’s court now, not mine 😛


Read Full Post »

The alliterated title of this post is not by me, but by the William Hung of the literary world (she’s so bad, she’s good!): Amanda McKittrick Ros, a writer so great, she counts J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis amongst her followers! Who cares if they read her works just so they can see who can do so for the longest without laughing? If you can’t be famous, be infamous; after all, it’s got more letters.

Here are a few quotes, and quotes about her quotes, as well as an expert diagnosis of her condition by Aldous Huxley:


Read Full Post »

poor richard’s almanack

Happened to see a copy lying around. Browsing revealed some interesting quotes:


Being the choicest morsels of wisdom, written during the years of the Almanack’s publication, by that well-known savant, Dr. Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia.


Read Full Post »

wikipedia suggestion

Just a thought:

It’d be useful if Wikipedia could include in each of it’s articles the Library of Congress Classification (and/or other library classification systems) number of the topic in question.

For that matter, the classification tree of the topic in question would also be useful. Seems like this is done for some articles (or rather, some classes of articles), but not others.

(Of course, one could just search for the number (through LCC or Google or at your friendly neighbourhood library), but that would be true of everything else on Wikipedia…)

Read Full Post »

The bird has taken to the air!!!

So many things I wanna do! Better list them out (O.O Did i just say “list them out”?? Ah! I mean, “list them down”… better start revising my phrasal verbs):


  1. C++
  2. LaTex
  3. Cryptography
  4. Number Theory
  5. Economics
  6. Mathematics of Finance
  7. Tai Chi


  1. Cryptogram solver
  2. Sudoku solver, implementing my method
  3. Sudoku solver, implementing Knuth’s Algorithm X
  4. Generalised sudoku solver (any M x N grid)
  5. C++ Implementation of the RSA Algorithm

Other targets

  1. Touch my toes (you know what I mean… don’t tell me, “But you can touch your toes what… if you bend your knees”)
  2. Stop slouching/ hunching
  3. Finish reading “Bleak House”and “Foucault’s Pendulum”
  4. Attempt “Ulysses” (both Homer’s and Joyce’s)
  5. Reread Lewis, Chesterton, H.A. Williams, Herbert, Hopkins and Eliot, and find more of their like.

Will add more to the list as time goes by. Hope to start striking out some soon 🙂

Read Full Post »

cummings and goings

Death.  Something wrong, brother?

Santa Claus.  Yes.

Death. Sick?

Santa Claus. Sick at heart.

Death. What seems to be the trouble? Come – speak out.

Santa Claus. I have so much to give; and nobody will take.

Death. My problem is also one of distribution,

only it happens to be the other way round.

from nonlecture six: i & am & santa claus, the last of e e cummings’ i-six nonlectures.

Was browsing in the library when the title caught my eye.

Hadn’t read cummings before, and was pleasantly surprised by his unconventional wit and wisdom, and was really surprised at the message of meaning and hope that he conveyed through his rather chaotic writings.

(Dare I liken him to Eliot? But I know too little of either to warrant comment.)

He ends of the series on six nonlectures (describe on the blurb as “an aesthetic self-portrait and a definition of Mr. Cummings’ ‘stance’ as a writer”) with an answer to the question, “who, as a writer, am I?”:

I am someone who proudly and humbly affirms that love is the mystery-of-myteries, and that nothing measurable matters “a very good God damn”:

that “an artist, a man, a failure” is no mere whenfully accreting mechanism, but a givingly eternal complexity

– neither some soulless and hearltess ultrapredatory infra-animal nor any un-understandingly knowing and believing and thinking automation, but a naturally and miraculously whole human being –

a feelingly illimitable individual; whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow.

Looking forward to nonreading the other 5 nonlectures.

Read Full Post »

what? you too?

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden).

The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” . . . . (more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »