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Nontrivial Pursuit

I’m currently reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  It is well-written and engaging. Bryson writes with an amusing and well-researched voice. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m already learning some surprising facts that put the process of scientific discovery and our place in the universe in perspective: Pluto is just […]

The Bipedal Menace

In 1974 Peter Benchley published the novel Jaws. It eventually sold 20 million copies. In 1975, Steven Spielberg released a film adaptation that went on to overtake The Godfather and become the highest grossing film before Star Wars came along. Today, it is the 7th highest grossing film of all time, and its classic plot and […]

Golden

Last weekend I spent a bit of time at the Rothko Chapel with a friend. It’s a nondenominational chapel designed to incorporate wall-sized paintings by Mark Rothko. While I was only there for about 15 minutes, it was still an experience for me. The dull lighting gave the interior a solemn tone. People were silent, aside from some soft […]