Posts filed under ‘Books’

Web comics

Part Addams, part Far Side–I don’t tend to have the patience for web comics, but these are delicious, not only twisted funny, but satisfying to look at: The Perry Bible Fellowship

They’re drawn in an incredibly broad range of styles, it’s hard to believe it’s all the same guy. He’s threatening to publish a book soon too.


March 9, 2007 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Something to read when you’re off the grid

The Complete Modern Blacksmith The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander G. Weygers is a labor of love written and illustrated beautifully by one guy who was obviously fascinated by detail, frank about his intentions, and delighted by the ability to create something out of nothing. Make tools, like gardening tools, chisels, pliers, hammers, scythes, etc, out of car parts from the dump. A study in ingenuity and commitment of a kind rarely seen these days, worth having (I think) even if you never intend to forge anything, because the attitude is one worth keeping in mind. Serves as a reminder that all those tools at the hardware store really are just machine made for our convenience, not because they wouldn't be available otherwise. Old-style thinking out of the box. Available at Amazon, of course.

A Book of Instructions Along the same lines, the Art of Engraving by James B. Meek is a painstakingly detailed book with incredible drawings that covers everything you ever wanted to know about how to turn metal into your canvas, from basic cuts to gold inlay in steel. Hardcore. Not that this will catch you rabbits or light a fire when the lights go out, mind you. But you'll get to hunt with a really pretty gun.

June 21, 2006 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

The Consolations of Philosophy–Alain de Botton

Philosophy made clear and relevant. (Another arabella referral) Convinced me to like Seneca:

"Never did I trust Fortune, even when she seemed to be offering peace. All those blessings which she kindly bestowed upon me…I relegated to a place from which she could take them back without disturbing me…I have kept a wide gap, and so she has merely taken them from me, not torn them from me."

and really like Epicurus, who "recommended that one try never to eat alone." and prescribed the key to happiness as being Friendship, Freedom, and Thought. He also lived in the original Organic Hippie Commune.

Oh yeah. One more thing:

"Montaigne knew a Gascon nobleman who, after failing to maintain an erection with a woman, fled home, cut off his penis and sent it to the lady 'to attone for his offence'."

The Alain de Botton shop also has a list of the author's other books.

June 16, 2006 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

Days of War Nights of Love–Crimethinc

AKA Crimethink for Beginners.

These guys have a huge agenda, and more ideas about changing your world and rethinking your place in it than you can digest in just one sitting. Best of all, they don't want you to convert. They want you to DO. Whatever it is that you really, really want to do. No excuses. No whining. No blind compliance, even with them. In a nutshell, Never Work, Never Rest, and Raise the Stakes. Remember you'll be dead soon. Get off your ass. Available here.

June 16, 2006 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Today is a good day to play

A collection of potential future projects, to dig deeper into when I find the time. links