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Books and more books

Perhaps the greater favour I can do myself-with my internet fast-is to get books to read. Books other than mathematics.

I’ll admit, it’s been far too long since I’ve been reading. Perhaps I will head down to SKS this Saturday to browse through some Christian books.

There’s nothing exciting happening nowadays, it seems. I dunno, lack of energy on my part perhaps.

This year has been a difficult year by all accounts. And I must admit, I’m really drained. Oh, how I miss Japan…


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(spoiler free!)

A fitting end, to an immense saga spanning 7 books.

If you are thinking that this book is over hyped, fearful that the curse of disappointing movie sequels has somehow infected the publishing world, then fear not.

Get it. And read it, and read it again.


The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy entranced me the very first time I read the 3 books. The Golden Compass is the first title in the series and is to be cast onscreen coming December 7th.

If you haven’t caught the book, buy it! (Or borrow from the National Library, sure have one!) It is engaging, well-written in crisp English. The plot is intelligent and imaginative. Principal protagonists like Lyra capture your heart and make her story, your story.

Capturing all that in this movie adaptation will be a tall order. I just hope that with pedigree like Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman together with first-timer Dakota Blue Richards, it will score well.


I long to go out to sea

I long to go out to sea, originally uploaded by gemlock82.

I once read Hemmingway’s the Old Man and the Sea. While this picture is not even close to that tour de force of his prose, this picture reminds me of the story somewhat subtly.


Personal post: Books and the virtues of Google Reader

I’m down with a ridiculous cough that has me in spasms. Thank God for Strepsils!

But otherwise I’m enjoying my new K610i, snapping up pictures almost every day. Just snapped a picture of a white pigeon today. Doubt that I’ll post it up here. The camera phone has a less than desirable image sharpness.

I’ve finished reading two books. The Open Secret by Lesslie Newbign and another by John Piper, The Justification of God. They are Christian books (and these are Christian leaders) which are very, VERY hard to read. Hehe, I like the challenge after all. It’s definitely worth reading a second, and maybe third time. The former talks about the Christian mission to the world and the second is an exegetical study on Romans 9:1-23. Good stuff, despite their difficulty.

I’m done with Harish-Chandra for a while. Maybe I’ll move on to Schimdt’s, Characters of Discrete Series, but I really need to look into the assignment my supervisor gave me.

Waiting for my video-documentary on global warming to finish buffering. Net connection is slow at night. Starhub!!??
And speaking of which, Google Reader. That’s where I view the feed of all the blogs I usually visit. It’s really cool and cuts down the precious time wasted by visiting a friends blog and finding out he/she hasn’t updated yet…Use Google Reader today, it’s free!

**Now I’m sounding like a Google spokesperson. I should really think about working with Google when I graduate.**

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moogleBorn and bred in KL, Malaysia. Now studying for his Phd in Singapore. Learning to walk one fall at a time.
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