Wordle

I have been playing Wordle for a long time, and I have kept records of my games since January 14, 2022. (Scientists log everything!) I lose occasionally. My approach is to maximize information gained with each guess to increase my chances of determining the answer within the six allowed guesses. My first three guesses are… Continue reading Wordle

Colm Tóibín

One of my frustrations as a reader is learning about an excellent book or writer that I know I won’t find the time to read (because my want to read list is already so long). Today I listened the New York Times Book Review Podcast of May 3, 2024, in which Sarah Lyall interviews Colm… Continue reading Colm Tóibín

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Modern Technology in Middle-earth

This is a story idea. In Middle-earth, humans would eventually develop modern technologies through an industrial revolution. The result would be Middle-earth with modern amenities. A tourist In modern Middle-earth could take a walking tour of Hobbiton led by guides guides dressed as hobbits, featuring a historically authentic recreation of Bag-End and souvenir shops selling… Continue reading Modern Technology in Middle-earth

Fine Writing by Tolkien

I have been listening (again) to the audiobook of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, read by Rob Inglis. Tolkien wrote many beautiful and moving descriptions of landscapes in The Lord of the Rings. These are two of my favorite passages: Already the eastward sky was turning pale; the stars were fading,… Continue reading Fine Writing by Tolkien

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Vernor Vinge

Today I learned from File 770 (via Hacker News) that Vernor Vinge, professor and science fiction author, died on March 20, 2024. I have read several of his novels, which I highly recommend; the most brilliant are A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky.

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iPhone Cameras

I have been taking photos for the past few years solely with the camera of my iPhone (iPhone 5S, iPhone SE 1st generation, and most recently iPhone SE 2nd generation). These cameras have been functional but not great. I have been considering buying the iPhone 13 Pro, which has three lenses, including a telephoto and… Continue reading iPhone Cameras