I have recently read the blood Blindsight, a “hard scifi” about modified humans meeting aliens species for the first time. I don’t remember exactly, but I think Jon recommended it to me. He’s just cool like that. The book was fun, if a bit hard to get into at first. I wrote a review thingie […]

The Last Ringbearer

The Last Ringbearer is a very cool russian take on “The Lord of The Rings”. Imagine that LoTR was written from the point of view of the victors. That Mordor was not a dark kingdom bent on world domination by black magicks, but a burstling capital of mathematicians and astronomers on the verge of an […]

My dear Watson,

“Very Well. And I say, Doctor, there may be some little danger, so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket” — Sherlock Holmes, The Red-Headed League The height of adventure and excitement in the 1900’s, this is so cute! ‘would you please take your gun, my friend? we might have a little danger in […]

Book Fail

So I bought this book Monday night, thinking: “I need a book to read while I’m in the bus to the university”. I started reading it yesterday morning, on my way to school as planned. I couldn’t put it down after returning home, and by 11:30pm I finished it. Fail. :-( At least, “The Boys […]

Not a Dwarf

I always wanted to grow a nice full beard. All the great Unix programmers have one. Lots of mad scientists have some too. Unfortunately, my portuguese genes will not allow that. Every time I start to grow one by lazyless, I will develop a half hearted moustache, a too big goatee, and a few lost […]

Reason, and the Lack of it.

This week I was in a discussion on a web forum about whether robots would develop religion or not. During this discussion, I reminded myself of Isaac Asimov´s short story, ¨Reason¨, which is set in a space station where the robots had, in fact, developed religion. I wanted to re-read the story, but couldn´t find […]

Mortal Lessons

¨Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery¨ by Richard Selzer, is the book that I´m reading at the moment. It is a collection of essays from a surgeon about his reflections on his work. The essays are loosely grouped by their subject, but don´t seem to follow any central line or style. Some are […]