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22 October 2003 @ 04:02 am
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The Implied Spider by Wendy Doniger - I just started reading this tonight, but like all things Doniger it's incredibly interesting and incredibly good. It's about the politics of sacred myths from the Greeks, to the Bhagavad Gita to the Judeo-Christian tradition. As I said, I'm not too far into it, just a few chapters, but it's pretty engrossing, and despite the fact that it's all scholarly-like, her prose isn't dry -- it's accesable in the extreme. So if you're into mythology, check it out.

Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography by Dominic Streatfield - I can't say enough good things about this book. You'd think it would be fairly straightforward and preachy, after all it's just telling the story of how cociane came to be a prevalent drug. Yeah. Anything *but*. Reading this book you'll learn more about Coca-Cola and Sigmund Freud than you'd expect, and a whole host of other things. Streatfield's style is engaging, and the topic is really quite interesting. One of the best things about the book, in my opinion, is the way it laid out the changing public opinions *toward* cocaine. Pretty fascinating.

Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannabalism in an Amazonian Society by Beth A. Conklin - The Wari' Indians in the Amazonian rainforest eat their dead relatives. Why? Not because they make good pot roast, but as a way of destroying the physical focus of the loss. It's a means of dealing with the grief of the bereaved, and helping people move forward. They psychological reasoning behind all of this is really, really fascinating. I know, I know, cannabalism squicks me out, too -- somethin' vicious, truth be told. (Except, of course when we're discussing ZOMBIES! You know, because they eat brains. ZOMBIES!) But this book really makes you think -- this is not to say that after reading this you're going to decide that this is the best way to handle death in the family or anything, but it does make you think.


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What Irrational Number Are You?
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<b><u>The Implied Spider</u> by Wendy Doniger</b> - I just started reading this tonight, but like all things Doniger it's incredibly interesting and incredibly good. It's about the politics of sacred myths from the Greeks, to the Bhagavad Gita to the Judeo-Christian tradition. As I said, I'm not too far into it, just a few chapters, but it's pretty engrossing, and despite the fact that it's all scholarly-like, her prose isn't dry -- it's accesable in the extreme. So if you're into mythology, check it out.

<b><u>Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography</u> by Dominic Streatfield</b> - I can't say enough good things about this book. You'd think it would be fairly straightforward and preachy, after all it's just telling the story of how cociane came to be a prevalent drug. Yeah. Anything *but*. Reading this book you'll learn more about Coca-Cola and Sigmund Freud than you'd expect, and a whole host of other things. Streatfield's style is engaging, and the topic is really quite interesting. One of the best things about the book, in my opinion, is the way it laid out the changing public opinions *toward* cocaine. Pretty fascinating.

<b><u>Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannabalism in an Amazonian Society</u> by Beth A. Conklin</b> - The Wari' Indians in the Amazonian rainforest eat their dead relatives. Why? Not because they make good pot roast, but as a way of destroying the physical focus of the loss. It's a means of dealing with the grief of the bereaved, and helping people move forward. They psychological reasoning behind all of this is really, really fascinating. I know, I know, cannabalism squicks me out, too -- somethin' vicious, truth be told. (Except, of course when we're discussing ZOMBIES! You know, because they eat brains. ZOMBIES!) But this book really makes you think -- this is not to say that after reading this you're going to decide that this is the best way to handle death in the family or anything, but it does make you think.
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2. <div align="center"><!-- shinylemur.com What Irrational Number are you? version 1.0beta --><table style="border-style: solid; border-width: 1px; border-color: #006666; border-collapse: collapse;" width="400" cellpadding="4"><tr><td style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font: 110%; font-weight: bold; color: #FFFFFF; background: #066d98; text-align: center;" border="1">What Irrational Number Are You?</td></tr><tr style="color: black ; background: #DDDDDD; font: 10pt;";><td style="color: black ; background: #DDDDDD; font: 10pt;";><div style="text-align: center; font: bold 12pt; color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'Times Roman', Times, serif;">You are <em>e</em></div><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'Times Roman', Times, serif;\ color: black; font: 10pt;"><div style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'Times Roman', Times, serif; color: black; font: 10pt;">Of all the irrational numbers, you are the most intense. By nature you are powerful, although sometimes you can spiral out of control. You are good with money; the interest seems to just compound whenever you are near. When someone uses the word "exponential" they are probably talking about you.<p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'Times Roman', Times, serif;\ color: black; font: 10pt;">In some ways you and &phi; are a nearly perfect match. Not to mention how attractive &phi; is. But then, there is the remarkable &pi;...<p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'Times Roman', Times, serif;\ color: black; font: 10pt;">Your lucky number is approximately 2.71828183</div></td></tr><tr style="color: black ; background: #DDDDDD;"><td style="color: black ; background: #DDDDDD;"><table width="100%"><tr><td align="left"><a href="http://www.shinylemur.com">Shiny Lemur</a></td><td align="center"><form action="http://www.shinylemur.com/modules.php?name=Irrational_Numbers" method="post" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><input type="submit" value="Take the Quiz!"></form></td><td align="right"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/straif/">Straif's Blog</a></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></div>

Something about this quiz just makes me laugh. Perhaps the level of absurd. That must be it.

3. When somebody makes you incredibly crazy and incredibly happy at the same time, is this a good thing? Romantic comedies would have me believe that it is, but I'm not entirely sure. I mean, uberneurosis is bad, yes? Even if it is all underneath a genuine layer of fluttery butterflies and yes, I am a twelve year old girl because I just typed the phrase 'fluttery butterflies' and *left it*. Why did I leave it? Because nothing else could adequately describe the sensation. Hunh. Some kind of writer I am. Pfft.

4. Kryptonsite's picture gallery. So, yeah, the boys are pretty and yes, I want to run my hands all over Lex and see if he's as smooth as he really looks, and also I think that peeling those jeans off Clark's legs with my teeth would certainly be a good idea, but y'all? If you're not a spoiler-free person, I suggest you look at the gallery for "Perry" because Chloe looks *amazing*. Absolutely gorgeous.

5. Re-iteration of point 3, but remixed with a dash of nutmeg and some nicotine. (That is to say: I hate boys.)

6. I was bored and messing around on livejournal tonight, like you do, and I ran across <lj user="snapcup">. I saw it way back when, when it was first opened, and I thought "Aww, what a great idea." I saw it again tonight, and I thought the same thing. So, I thought I'd give it the old college pimp. Somehow that phrase doesn't work. But the point is - go there. Join. It's a Good Thing, if you'll forgive the Martha Stewart-ism.
 
 
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What the hell is up with the mummy?!: gargoyle walter arnoldserialkarma on October 22nd, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)
I am pi. I'd like to be able to say "I am pie," but that might go beyond the realm of irrational numbers and into some kind of dada-ist limbo. In any case, apparently, you(e) and I(pi) have been called "remarkable." Don't you feel special?*g*

As for incredibly crazy and incredibly happy fluttery butterflies, I'd say it's far better than to be so apathetic about a situation you wonder if it's worth the effort. *nods*

pure FORESHADOWING: shotgun blastnifra_idril on October 23rd, 2003 02:14 am (UTC)
Damnstraight we're remarkable. *G* I mean...Gizmo, yo.