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Feb 21, 2016 skjaere commented on Umberto Eco Is Dead.
I agree with those who say that "Foucault's Pendulum" is hard to get through. I've been an Eco fan for 16 years, and have read all of his novels, some of them more than once. He is a master of the long descriptive passage and the obscure historical joke. If you're not into that kind of thing, some of his writing can feel like a chore to get through. I had to take about three running starts to get into FP, but I found that once I got past the first 25 or so pages, into the meat of the story, it was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. In it, Eco works from the premise that most conspiracy theories are bullshit, but the people who adhere to them can be very dangerous indeed. I have read FP three times now, and consider it one of my favourite books. Other readers may find "Baudolino" or "The Name of the Rose" more accessible. I would hesitate to recommend his other novels to anyone but a die-hard Eco fan, or someone with a specific interest in their subject matter. Eco was a great man and a great author. He will be missed.
Feb 21, 2016 skjaere commented on Umberto Eco Is Dead.
Eco has been one of my favourite authors for 16 years now. "Foucault's Pendulum" is my favourite of his. He was a great man, and will be missed.
Sep 24, 2015 skjaere commented on Four Dead, 12 Critically Injured in Collision Beteween Bus and Ride the Ducks Vehicle on Aurora Bridge.
Ugh. This is terrible. I always feel anxious and uncomfortable driving across the Aurora Bridge, because the lanes seem too narrow, and I don't even drive a very wide vehicle. In the right lane, I always feel as if I'm going to sideswipe the concrete barrier, and in the left, it feels like oncoming traffic is whooshing by mere inches away. Accidents are bound to happen. I'm surprised there aren't more bad ones.
Aug 17, 2015 skjaere commented on What You Need to Know About the New York Times' Amazon Story.
I had a friend who worked as a coder for Amazon for several years. She finally had to quit because the job expectations were literally killing her.
Jan 27, 2015 skjaere commented on Disney Reportedly Considering Chris Pratt for Indiana Jones Reboot: What Do You Think?.
Where's the "let the franchise die while it still has some dignity left" option?
Sep 14, 2014 skjaere commented on Poster of the Week.
Aw, Tom was one of my besties when we were kids. Good to know he's doing well with his art. He was always a really creative guy.
Aug 23, 2014 skjaere commented on What Is Your Favorite Fake Movie Band?.
The Rutles.
Oct 21, 2013 skjaere commented on Geek Girl Con 2013: Costumes!.
I had such a great time, you guys! See you next year!
Oct 3, 2013 skjaere commented on Health Department Busts Six Hookah Bars.
This is ridiculous. Other states have exemptions to smoking laws for businesses like hookah bars.
Sep 30, 2013 skjaere commented on The Morning News This Blustery Monday.
Dictator tot.

This is what I call my 5-month-old nephew.