Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 3


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

So far, Julius Caesar has ignored all the vague premonitions and unscientific ill omens that have surrounded his going to the Capitol this morning. If only someone had specifics about what might befall him and who precisely is involved!

Enter Artemidorus. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 3


Original Sin


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau describes some of the details revealed in the book. …

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Gianluigi Nuzzi: Peccato Originale (Original Sin)

Artemis by Andy Weir


(Guardian Books) – Adam Roberts:

Andy Weir‘s self-published debut The Martian sold 5m copies. The follow-up Artemis offers the same flat, sweary prose, fistfights and scientific mini-lectures – on the moon. …

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Andy Weir: Artemis

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 2


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s check back in with our title character!

Did you forget he was the title character? He doesn’t show up that often, to be honest. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 2

A Strategic View


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hanson’s new book The Second World Wars is a strategic view of WWII treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively – I was wondering “is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together?” before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. …

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Brutus has been brooding in his courtyard for some time now. Let’s wrap things up. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 2)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Brutus seems to finally have made up his mind regarding killing Caesar, so let’s bring in some fellow conspirators! …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 2)

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 1)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Back to Julius Caesar! Let’s check in with everyone’s favorite brooder, Brutus! …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 1)

The (Shakespearean) Monster Mash


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

It’s Halloween! Let’s celebrate with a Shakespeare-themed parody of a classic Halloween song: The Monster Mash! …

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Mya Gosling 2017-10-31: SpectreSmash

Properties of Expanding Universes


(The Conversation) – James Geach:

The PhD thesis of perhaps the world’s most famous living scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, was recently made publicly available online.

Given the complexity of the topic, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” you might benefit from a summary of its main result. …

Hawking has gone on to make further monumental contributions to cosmology and theoretical physics. Reading his thesis is an insight into an exceptionally creative mind – and the first steps of discovery in what has been a remarkable scientific journey. …

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Big Bang expansion timeline