Back in the 1980's, in high school, I think it was, I purchased a Canon LC-27 pocket calculator for a couple bucks. That was around thirty five years ago and I still have the calculator now. In fact, it sits on my desk at work, beside my keyboard and I use it nearly every day in my job as a producer. Now here's the weird part; in the thirty five or so years since I have owned this calculator, I have never once opened it or changed the original battery that powers it. For the last fifteen years I have been mildly freaked out thinking about how a small, 1.5 volt calculator battery (there is a diagram of it on the back of the device, that's how I know) can last so long.
These are a few of my favorite topics that I will talk about. It is a seemingly random list but it includes stuff that inspires me and informs my writing.
Zombies. Robots. Monsters. Aliens. Science. Awesome documentaries. Awesome movies. Awesome cartoons. Awesome anime. Awesome comic books. Our awesome planet. Gizmos. Artists. Elements from the Periodic table. Quotes. Funny and bizarre stories from my life. Why kids are amazing. Cool animals, insects and bugs. Sharks! Dinosaurs. My favorite picture books. My favorite science fiction books. Authors. Poetry. Cool people.
That should keep me busy for a while. As new topics come to mind, I’ll add them to the list and eventually get to all of them.
Avon Eos Books
A short review of a long book.
Cryptonomicon is a complex, highly researched and incredibly detailed novel about cryptography, hacking, big brother, an internet data haven, a lost gold treasure and so much more. Stephenson’s plot is as complex as any I have read and at 900 plus pages, as detailed, too. It basically involves the idea of making the world a better place through highly encrypted, surveillance proof data sharing and communication in a completely anonymous, secure and big-brother-free electronic economy. Crytonomicon, in a sense, is a hacker’s utopia novel.