So if you cannot imagine where I am I shall think you a simpleton.
Outlines - I don't know how many times I've discussed this and yet I never tire of the subject. Crawford Kilian of Writing Fiction wrote an interesting post about the matter worth checking out: Writing Without an Outline.
I didn't watch the Academy Awards last night--I never do--but I was happy about George Clooney winning for Syriana.
In my opinion, and without getting into politics, Syriana was a unique movie about a difficult subject(s) - energy, the Islamic and Arab world and the Western world. The movie, more than making a political statement, is trying to show the complexities of the issues and that's its brilliance in my opinion. It doesn't show black and white or take sides. There are very few things in the world that are clear, the rest are complicated matters with the infamous various shades of grey. Good books, like good movies and like anything else in life show these complexities. A villain is rarely all bad and a hero is rarely all good. Dimensions and complexities.
Finally, a book. I haven't read it - yet - but I hope to soon.
"Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos From Our Brains to Black Holes" By Charles Seife
Secrets of the cosmos By Laura Miller
Could the universe be a giant computer? A new book argues just that, and unlocks some great scientific mysteries along the way.
The universe might just be an enormous computer -- that's the final, mind-twisting pirouette at the conclusion of Charles Seife's new book about information theory and quantum computing, "Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes." By the time you get to this suggestion, the statement seems pretty plausible, but by then you've already traveled through Seife's crystal-clear explications of thermodynamics, relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes and multiple universes. In other words, you know he's not talking about using the cosmos to search the Web during your lunch break for the best price on iPods.
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