Seriously…the awesome. It’s just…too much…
Are you an uber-nerd like me? Then you’ll find this quite amusing.
The actual death scene is still perhaps the single most memorable moment from a video game I’ve ever seen.
A German news station was attempting to put up the logo of Navy SEAL Team 6, the team which actually did kill Bin Laden.
Unfortunately, there was a little mix-up, and instead the news station showed the fan-made logo for the Maquis, an anti-Cardassian terrorist group from the Star Trek universe.
Note the skull on this emblem is not human, it is Klingon and is surrounded by Bat’Leths.
Whether or not Ensign Ro Laren was involved in the attack is currently unknown.
Yup, it is Star Wars Day. The one day a year when all Star Wars fans prove how truly nerdy they are.
Be sure to say ‘May the Fourth be with you’ to a non-nerd today and be amused at the pitying head shake you will no doubt receive.
I have already gotten several.
And oh yes, Fox has chosen this most holy of holy days to announce that the Star Wars Saga will be released on Blu-Ray in September 2011.
What does this mean for Star Wars fans? It means we will all soon own the original Star Wars trilogy in 3 different video formats. Go us!
#2 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (1966)
This is the only book I’ve ever read that has actually made me cry.
Yup, this 200 pound dude has actually starting shedding tears while sitting and reading a book. This book.
Algernon is a laboratory mouse which has undergone a procedure to increase its intelligence. When the procedure works, the scientists decide to try the procedure on a mentally challenged person named Charlie.
The book is written in the first-person from Charlie’s perspective. Charlie was asked to write progress reports before and after the experiment, and this creates a very unique reading experience.
The first few reports are before the procedure. Charlie has poor grammar, spelling mistakes and finds it difficult to write very much. But you gain a sense of connection with Charlie, especially when he discusses how he is treated by his family and co-workers.
As the procedure begins to take effect, Charlie’s writing becomes more lucid and he actually starts to do his own scientific research. He falls in love. Basically, he begins to live a normal life.
Then, Algernon begins to deteriorate, and Charlie wonders if the same will happen to him.
Despite being published 45 years ago, the themes of ethical scientific research and treatment of the disabled are still very much relevant.
It’s an incredible book that shared the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966.
“all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells me but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot.”
– Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
#3 – The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (1995 – 1997)
Robin Hobb’s writing style has a lot of similarities with George RR Martin. She makes her audience identify with the main character, and then she makes that character suffer.
She also creates villains so evil that I get physically angry when I read her books. I get invested in the character’s struggle and I cannot put the book down.
The Farseer Trilogy follows the story of FitzChivalry Farseer; the bastard child of a murdered prince who has to grow up in the castle where, were he conceived legitimately, he would have one day ruled.
Instead, he works as a stable-hand until the King decides he could be trained in a more useful purpose: an assassin.
While it is set in a fantasy world, there is only a limited amount of magic. The two types are called ‘the skill’, which is the ability to speak to others minds and influence their thoughts. The second is called ‘the wit’, a magic which allows those with the talent for it to speak to animals. This magic is considered ‘unclean’ and its use is forbidden.
Of course, poor Fitz has both the skill and the wit. Craziness.
Fitz manages to befriend the King’s court jester, known only as ‘the Fool’. The Fool however, is more than what he seems.
The second and third books expand the story into an all-out struggle for Fitz and the Fool the save not only the Kingdom, but the entire world.
Although the story is considered ‘epic’, it is the characters that truly drive this story. It is also interesting to read a story written by a woman, but told in the first-person perspective of a male character.
This is definitely a trilogy to check out if you have any interest at all in fantasy novels.
“The fight isn’t over until you win it, Fitz. That’s all you have to remember. No matter what the other man says.”
– Robin Hobb, The Farseer Trilogy