Tag Archives: reading

Is this your Card?…

I sometimes envy people that can have one interest, and focus on it. I’m more of a dive in, get a working knowledge, then get bored and move on to the next thing. You can put a positive spin on that by calling yourself a “renaissance man” which is fancy talk for distracted by shiney things. My current shiney thing is magic, or to be more precise the mechanics of stage magic. I don’t have any desire to wear a cape and get my wand out (that shit will get you arrested). I don’t even have any desire to saw a woman in half, not even the ex-wife (that shit will definitely get you arrested). But the mechanics of tricks is fascinating, to me anyway. So finding an old magic book in the local opshop, obviously leads to searching for more. Three found so far this week. 


Great cover on the Houdini book, but nothing you haven’t seen on the masked magician reveals type of show.


A better book, with lots of nice cross section diagrams and in depth explanations.


And from a brief flick through this one seems much more to my taste, with a fair bit of close up magic and detailed drawings for props. I’m looking forward to having a bit of proper down town after I move to really hide in a comfy chair with many cups of tea, and do some proper reading… 

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The Other Guy… 

Today I picked up one of those books that everyone knows, and few have read. Like Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness the number of people that claim to have read some books vs the amount of people that have actually read them is quite disparate. Yesterday I wouldn’t have claimed to have read Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but today I can. 


The main take away message I got is, the movies in most part got it wrong and Dr Jekyll is not Bruce Banner. That’s the problem with things being adopted into popular culture, the source material gets bastardized. Jekyll wasn’t a nice guy, he was frightened bad guy. The story works so much better that way.

That’s pretty much it really, I’m not here for book reviews or drawing long bows of literary criticism. I’m just here for pithy observations, and random thoughts.

PS – I’ve read Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness too, Heart of Darkness is better… 

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Day 136 to 138 – In a corner…

Seriously and severely flat at the moment… You know one of those weeks where people you don’t want to hear from contact you, and the people that would make you feel better are no where to be seen… Lonely when I am alone is bad enough, lonely with people is just horrendous…

Maybe an evening reading in my favorite corner will help….

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Days 100 to 104 – Lost…..

You know that thing, where you pick up a book, and 12 hours later you finish it…. Then you pedal the bike long enough to charge up the interweb, and order 5 more books by the same author… Then you have a coffee, and decide you should download a few of his other books the kindle, just to see you through till the postal person delivers the others… Television has gone unwatched, jigsaws have gone unassembled, worries have gone unworried… I have a words crush going on… The right book or author at the right time is one of life’s great joys….

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However, if you don’t hear from me for a few days, you might want to call, or send help… Or pop over and bring a meal or two and offer to some washing, just incase I am a little too lost….

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