fanboy book shop:
Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht
The information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival
Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the
end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry
awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival
is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and
even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break
both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to
equalize pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface.
Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which
direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can.
: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows, Mike
Like the city it celebrates, Gotham is massive and endlessly fascinating.
This narrative of well over 1,000 pages, written after more than
two decades of collaborative research by history professors Edwin
G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, copiously chronicles New York City
from the primeval days of the Lenape Indians to the era when,
with Teddy Roosevelt as police commissioner, the great American
city became regarded as "Capital of the World." While Gotham is
fact-laden (with a critical apparatus that includes a bibliography
and two indices--one for names, another for subjects), the prose
admirably achieves both clarity and style. "What is our take,
our angle, our schtick?" ask the authors, setting a distinctly
New York tone in their introduction.
Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
and analyzing the mutations of this relatively stable circle of
DNA, Bryan Sykes has solved some of the hottest debates about
human origins. For example, he clarified a long-running debate
among anthropologists over the original inhabitants of the Cook
Islands. After retrieving mitochondrial DNA samples from the island
natives, Sykes concluded that the natives emigrated from Asia,
not America, as many Western anthropologists had contended. In
a similar manner, Sykes analyzed samples from native Europeans
to determine that modern humans are not at all related to Neanderthals.
The book's most complex and controversial find that the ancient
European hunter-gatherers predominated over the farmers and not
vice versa leads Sykes to another stunning conclusion: by chance,
nearly all modern Europeans are descendants of one of seven "clan
mothers" who lived at different times during the Ice Age.
New York Diary by Julie Doucet
Among the younger generation of alternative comix artists, Doucet
stands out for her engaging combination of a cartoonish style
and frank realism; her autobiographical tales are tough and self-effacing,
bitchy and sweet, and all peopled with her rubbery characters
with goofy oversized heads. Her rich comedic style softens the
scuzziness of the endless cockroaches and garbage-strewn sidewalks
seem funny in her heavily littered frames. With her new beau,
Julie guzzles beer by the case, begins to worry about work, and
longs to move closer to the action on the Lower East Side. As
her career takes off (theres a RAW party scene with a cameo by
Art Spiegelman), her lovers career goes nowhere, and he grows
increasingly angry and needy, a pattern that culminates in a particularly
awful scene on the subway.
fanboy video store:
Bebop - SessionOne
This is elegant action-comedy anime, with smoothly integrated CGI
space-flight elements, gorgeous graphics, blues harmonica and sax
riffs on the soundtrack, and a no-sweat post-Tarantino attitude.
Despite occasional eruptions of gun-fu Asian-action violence, and
some intimations of heavy-duty drug use (one especially noxious
narcotic is administered as an aerosol spray, straight onto the
user's eyeballs), the tone is surprisingly convivial. None of the
generic tough elements are grim or mean-spirited. Lanky antihero
Spike Spiegel is a planet-hopping freelance cop with a cyborg sidekick
and a genetically enhanced Welsh Corgi assistant, and as many wisecracks
as punches get thrown. The emphasis is on clever twists of plot
in an episodic short-story format.
Directors Chris Hegedus (The War
Room) and Jehane Noujaim couldn't have imagined the drama that awaited
when they began documenting the creation of the pioneering E-commerce
site govworks.com. For over a year they followed the company, the
brainchild of software geek and doting single dad Tom Herman, and
ambitious young business-school-grad Kaleil Isaza Tuzman. During
the rise of the Internet investment frenzy and the subsequent crash
of the dot-economy, the cameras remain keyed into the human dynamic:
the lifestyle compromises, the personal sacrifices, and the clash
of philosophies and personalities that ultimately tear boyhood buddies
Tom and Kaleil apart...almost.
to Come (1936)
Based on H.G. Wells's speculative meditation
on the price of progress, this 1936 English science-fiction epic
shows the painterly touch of director William Cameron Menzies, an
American whose career in art direction and production design, as
well as uncredited directorial work, attached him to such visual
triumphs as Gone with the Wind and Alexander Korda's sumptuous 1940
Thief of Baghdad.
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