Friday, October 24, 2014

On Chick Lit and Dude Lit and Great Lit

Chick lit is girl talk.  Like any girl talk, it can be many things, smart, silly, or annoying.

Dude lit is men talk. And just like girl talk, it can be clever, dull, or irritating.

Great lit is soul talk.

On Love Licks

Yesterday I finally discovered John Updike! What a masterclass of writing.
It was love at first page.
Strangely, his heroes (in Love Licks) are cruising above any deep, ravishing feelings or are just routinely burying them, yet at the end there's a powerful emotional impact resulted from a slow accumulation of things hinted and left unsaid.
Genius! Too bad he didn't win the Nobel Prize!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Disturbing Prospect of Patenting Human Genes

I picked this up from Jane Ciabatari on FB,  it's worth sharing:

Been waiting to hear what bioethicist Robert Klitzman has to say about Angelina Jolie's decision. Here he is: http://t.co/HtcPl9tnQz

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Awesome American Idol Finale

Great show! Glad I stayed in to watch it. For me this season's best was Angela Miller,  who I think we'll become the biggest star. Candace, Kree, and Amber also great.  Loved the bit with Angie Miller, Adam Lambert and Jesse James. The idols producers are rocking!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kudos to DrWeb: the best free antivirus!

In the last few days my computer started to play random music, slowed down considerably and crashed minutes after I logged in... Quite a distress since my entire life is on my laptop. I tried all the antiviruses out there: Bit Defender (advertised as the best in the world was the worst, couldn't detect a single threat), Avira and AVG didn help either, Spybook found a few small threats, Anti-Malware nothing, and finally the famous Norton found ony 1 threat (a redirecting trojan) in a 24 hour system scan.

Enter DrWeb CureIt, an obscure, free Russian antivirus recommended by someone on a yahoo forum: it found 1412 threats on my laptop in a 2 hour scan, and fixed it brand new. I didn't have to do system restore nor buy a new laptop like I had feared.

It's really mind boggling how all the big players in the antivirus market were able to find none, or up to 1 out of the the 1412 threats in my laptop!

I have no idea who are the guys behind DrWeb but I would like to thank them!
They're the best!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Flappers and Philopsohers

All the hype around the new Gatsby movie prompted me to read "Flappers and Philopsohers", F. S. Fitzgerald's first collection of short stories, and I love it!

People don't write like this way anymore!  Today's fiction is competent, fluent, well edited (it was funny to notice the lax punctuation of his collection) and often gritty and graphic, yet it lacks the (positive) intensity of soul and spirit that Fitzgerald had in spades...

He died at only 44, drank too much, and made no money as a writer...