Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

It’s been a quiet day

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Which is nice for Veteran’s Day. Quiet gives you time for contemplation. Some good food for thought can be found at Blackfive – just keep scrolling down; there are several Veteran’s Day posts worth reading. I also like Bunk’s post about his grandfather in World War I.

Miscellany 11

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The first three links come from The Agitator (link on the right).

See new level, hear new level, play new level?

I think I heard of this place a few years from now.

Well, where else would you find one?

We’re losing knowledge and experience. Via The Smallest Minority.

I’ve got a recording of The Cyclotronist’s Nightmare somewhere, but I haven’t heard the rest of these.

This is not Photoshopped.

Too Old To Work, Too Young To Retire is a great name for a blog.

The Silicon Graybeard appears to be an intelligent individual. This post on the administration’s latest disregard for the Constitution is one you should read.

Just what I need … more reading material.

A neat music video found at Xack Phobe’s Master Site. I’m unfamiliar with the group, but I may see what else they’ve got available.

I’ll be gone from KORB on Vimeo.

Miscellany 10

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I’ve got to start keeping better track of where I find things, so that I can give credit properly to the places that lead me places.

The real stuff white people (and black people, and so on) like.

What not to write.

Heart Strings: The Story of Kamaka ‘Ukulele. I own two Kamakas – a 4-string concert and a 6-string tenor.

Interviews with writers. This link goes to J. R. R. Tolkien.

Horrors!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Mind the language

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

In both senses.

This is more focused on a single area needing improvement, and a bit more profane than my rant on the topic, but also more prescriptive.

Oh, you need little teeny eyes

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

For reading little teeny print.

Related info here, as well as a generator.

Post title from the song.

Gone, now, are the icons of my youth

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Fess Parker has died. I remember wanting a coon-skin cap when I was a young boy. I never did get one. The other early American history television show I remember watching was Swamp Fox. About all I can remember about it now is that it was in black-and-white and had a lot of trees in it.

The death of Mr. Parker, who played Davy Crockett in his most memorable role, does bring about the timely opportunity to point out this event in Davy Crockett’s career, though. Would that more of our legislators understood this.

Want to do some reading?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Steve Green’s quest for science fiction recommendations. One of the comments had a link to the CDs that Baen Books has been including in some of the books they publish. I’ve bought two or three of the books that contain these, but it’s nice to see so many of them in one place.

Quote of the Day

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Steve Green has a post up requesting advice on science fiction to read. He’s received a number of good suggestions, many of which I’ve read. I was particularly taken by a recommendation for H. Beam Piper, who is one of my favorite authors. That comment included a link to his author section on Project Gutenberg, and, in particular, Rebel Raider, from which comes the following. I thought the quote was particularly timely. I could have limited it to just the last sentence, but I felt the context was worth it.

In this last, his best selling-point was a recent act of the Confederate States Congress called the Scott Partisan Ranger Law. This piece of legislation was, in effect, an extension of the principles of prize law and privateering to land warfare. It authorized the formation of independent cavalry companies, to be considered part of the armed forces of the Confederacy, their members to serve without pay and mount themselves, in return for which they were to be entitled to keep any spoil of war captured from the enemy. The terms “enemy” and “spoil of war” were defined so liberally as to cover almost anything not the property of the government or citizens of the Confederacy. There were provisions, also, entitling partisan companies to draw on the Confederate government for arms and ammunition and permitting them to turn in and receive payment for any spoil which they did not wish to keep for themselves.

The law had met with considerable opposition from the Confederate military authorities, who claimed that it would attract men and horses away from the regular service and into ineffective freebooting. There is no doubt that a number of independent companies organized under the Scott Law accomplished nothing of military value. Some degenerated into mere bandit gangs, full of deserters from both sides, and terrible only to the unfortunate Confederate citizens living within their range of operations. On the other hand, as Mosby was to demonstrate, a properly employed partisan company could be of considerable use.

It was the provision about booty, however, which appealed to Mosby. As he intended operating in the Union rear, where the richest plunder could be found, he hoped that the prospect would attract numerous recruits. The countryside contained many men capable of bearing arms who had remained at home to look after their farms but who would be more than willing to ride with him now and then in hope of securing a new horse for farm work, or some needed harness, or food and blankets for their families. The regular Mosby Men called them the “Conglomerates,” and Mosby himself once said that they resembled the Democrat party, being “held together only by the cohesive power of public plunder.”

Note: I updated the post to make it clearer that Rebel Raider is history, not fiction. Piper was a history buff – in the introduction to one of his books (a collection of short stories, I believe, although it’s not handy for me to check), Jerry Pournelle states that Piper knew both the grand sweep of history, as well as many of the obscure stories.

One of those timeless messages

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Message to Garcia

A Message to Garcia is a standard topic in leadership courses, at least in the ones I attended back in the 1970s. Lt. Rowan is held up as someone to emulate, although the assistance he received sometimes left him with so little control over his situation that he was concerned about where he was being taken.

I’d never read Rowan’s description of his trip, so that was interesting, and re-reading Hubbard’s essay was also interesting – I picked up on his examples about grammar and punctuation this time, partly because I had just read an essay on that topic, and partly because I’ve written about that particular topic myself.