So yes, I am away on vacation.
You can hear about how things are going by checking my Twitter feed. I’ve never driven across British Columbia before so I’m sure I’ll have lots to tweet about.
But in the meantime, you are getting a special treat. My second Top 10 list! This time it’s my top 10 sci-fi/fantasy novels. (The first was my Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies)
A quick caveat. These are my favourite novels. Not necessarily the most well written, well crafted, though provoking, social commentating sci-fi books of all time. They are simply the books I can read over and over and over again and never get tired of them.
If you disagree, let me know! I’d love to hear about your favourites, and I really enjoy getting book recommendations too, so don’t be shy.
Ok, let’s get started with…
#10 – Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)
You might think that a group of rabbits trying to find a new home sounds like a Disney movie. But Richard Adams turns this mundane idea into an enthralling heroic fantasy story.
Engaging characters and a surprising amount of creepiness (the strange rabbits in Cowslip’s warren gave me the heebie-jeebies) set this novel apart from other, more childish stories.
A good deal of violence and religious overtones make this book a grown-up fantasy that anybody would find entertaining. There was also an animated version that follows the novel quite closely, though I would not recommend it for young children. (Apparently there is a Facebook support group for those who were traumatized by the movie as a child)
So this book is a great start to my Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels. And there is a lot more yet to come!
All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.
– Richard Adams, Watership Down
Yes, my alma-mater, the University of Western Ontario, home of world-class scientific research, has been named #4 on Playboy’s annual ranking of the Top 10 Party Schools in North America. [WARNING: Link NSFW]
How is this prestigious list determined?
We gather info from thousands of students from our Playboy on-campus Facebook pages, survey our students reps at schools across North America and interview countless others. We draw up stats (male-female ratio, winning percentage of sports teams, etc) and add bonus points for schools in the vicinity of beaches, ski slopes and music scenes.
In other words, they just kinda pick and choose.
But still…Woooooo! Partaaaay!
My favourite occasions were always Rick McGhie at the Wave on Wednesdays, Friday afternoons at the Grad Club, and Pancake Keggers for St. Patty’s Day.
Let’s see, can I find a picture of my drunk self from University?
Well, that’s the morning after… in a bed other than my own. Close enough.
A report released yesterday by ComScore has found that Canadians spend more time online, about 43.5 hours per month in 2010, than any other country! Hurray!
The United States was second with 35.3 hours per month, followed by the UK with 32.3.
Some other notable statistics were that there was a 12% growth in Canadian users in the age group of 55+ in 2010 compared to 2009. Keeping in touch with the grandkids I guess.
C’mon people, close down your TweetDeck and drive up the site stats on my blog would ya?
I’m not really sure if Canadians should be proud of this or not. Does this mean we are the most tech-savvy of all nations, or that we have nothing better to do?
Of course it does get pretty cold up here in the winter time, so I’d rather be watching stuff on YouTube than braving the -25C weather in Calgary. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, right?
This is a pickup trick that guys have used for a while now, but science has now backed it up.
If a guy likes a girl, you will often hear his friends tell him to “act like you don’t like her” or “ignore her” or “subtlety insult her”.
It sounds a bit cruel, but most guys will swear that it works. Of course, anecdotes should not be considered evidence, so let’s stick to real science.
This study appears in this months issue of Psychological Science and is entitled “‘He Loves Me, He Loves me Not…’ Uncertainty Can Increase Romantic Attraction”.
The study involved showing a group of women the Facebook profile of 4 guys. The guys were not real, however.
The girls were then told that each of the 4 guys had seen their profile as well, and rated how much they liked them. There were 3 categories:
- The guys liked the girl “a lot”
- The guys thought she was “average”
- The guys were uncertain if they liked her “a lot” or just “average” (called the ‘uncertain condition’)
And the results?
Participants in the uncertain condition were most attracted to the men—even more attracted than were participants who were told that the men liked them a lot.
Why is this? The authors hypothesize that it is because the women reported thinking about the men in the uncertain condition more than the other men, which ma have led them to be more attracted to them.
I guess we can all relate to this because we’ve all had crushes on people who didn’t reciprocate those feelings. Somehow, that just makes you like them more, doesn’t it?