Friday, 4 April 2014

Sh*t my Dad says - Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern put random comments his dad said, it went viral, he wrote a book, there's a TV series, personally I just don't get the buzz. Maybe I'm not in a 24hr Beavis and Butthead, MTV fog or maybe my humour isn't as baseline as this but, I have to say, this was diabolical
I think there may have been one line that raised one titter from me, otherwise, time reading this is something I can never get back.
There is obviously a market for this stuff and if you're the type of person to enjoy this humour, go for it, for me, a major let down.

Gorging on the classics

Obviously, like most of us, I have way too many books, or should I say, more books than I could hope to get through in my lifetime. So starting from today, I shall spend one year of my leisure time working through my large selection of Folio society books.
One year leisure time isn't much with these books, but hey, commitment willing, who knows, maybe E. M. Forster will be proven right.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tough Sh*t: life advice from a fat, lazy slob who did good

Perhaps better known as Silent Bob, Kevin Smith is his very own autobiographical work Tough sh*t delivers a far better version of 'self-help' culture than Anthony Robbins ever has.
Funny, sad, intriguing and very motivational, it seems Bob does have a voice and a wise one at that.
Take home: Figure out what you love to do. Then figure out how to get paid to do it.
That's what Kevin Smith did with his passion for movies and star wars toys and it's a wake up call (from his dad) that we should all at least try to achieve our passion in life. Do you want to hate your job, hate life, or, love your job because you made your passion your job?

The calorie myth

In The calorie myth Jonathan Bailor tells us how to eat more, exercise less, lose weight and live better. We already know this stuff intuitively, we just mostly can't be bothered to follow our ingrained base animal instincts when there is so much lovely sweet stuff lying around and so much distraction.
When I started my Neanderthal diet a coupe of weeks back, I knew exactly what I needed to do and it wasn't calorie counting. Here's my diet:
  • Can you pluck it from a tree?
  • Can you pull it out of the ground?
  • Can you hunt it, cook it and eat it?
Answer yes to the above and you're pretty much Ok.
Eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as your nutrient starved body can handle, replace pop and juice with tap water, fill up on fresh meats from a local butcher and you're good to go.
Stay well clear of pre-packaged, processed foods. Stay away from 'low-fat' foods and drinks that are packed with sugars.
It's all common sense really. Given a choice between a sweet potato and a doughnut, we know the healthier option and we certainly don't need to count the calories, eat till your satiated, then stop eating.
The same goes for gym junkies spending every day in the gym, getting that peak on the bicep they're never going to use except to compare sizes with other guys, Oh my God!
Quality beats quantity every time and that's exactly what this book tells you in a packed out, waffling verbiage to justify you handing over hard cash. Don't bother, go on the Neanderthal diet (What food did Neanderthal man have access to is a good way of thinking before eating), get 'healthy' fit, focus your exercise on quality over quantity and have at it!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Philosophy for Dummies - Martin Cohen

It's a 'dummies' book, what can I say? It's standard fare for the Dummies series of books, gives a broad overview with accent on humour over seriousness. As wit most dummies books I have read, there are some glaring errors in there that beginners won't know about until they get a little deeper in to the subject. I recommend it if you can get it for half the list price, £10 is a bit steep when there is a gamut of intro philosophy books out there, some better, even cheaper.

The man from U.N.C.L.E. - Michael Avallone

In Utangaville, Africa, it took two days. In Spayerwood, Scotland, it happened overnight. In each town, the people suddenly turned in to mindless, babbling creatures who thrashed about wildly, uttering weird, half-human cries and died. Doctors and scientists were baffled as to the cause. A sudden plague, some mysterious virus?
But to the members of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, (U.N.C.L.E.), there could be only one answer: THRUSH had a deadly new weapon for world conquest.
I have vague memories of watching the T.V. series as a child and never thought much of it. Yet when I stumbled across a collection of these novels (not complete), I felt my excitement rise and devoured the first in the series; how could I not? The action grabbed you from the start and lurched from one action packed scene to the next without giving chance for breath.
The bad guy Golgotha is pure superhero bad guy supremo brilliance at it's finest, the writing is slick, and slightly embarrassed to mention this, but I actually enjoyed this more than some Bond novels I have read!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

The princess bride - William Goldman

I watched the movie of The Princess Bride as a kid and loved it and reading the book, abridged by William Goldman, is just superb. I give it four stars out of five only for the slightly irritating breaks by the author as he interjects himself in the story to explain a few things, spoiling the flow (The movie stuck with this formula, very close to the book) other than that, if you enjoy romantic, swashbuckling adventures, read the book, watch the movie and melt in to the story, it really is that good!