November 17th, 2004

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Great Conversations

Wow. So those who know me also know that they can always get an opinion out of me. Sarah said I'd have to tell her how this whole Great Conversations thing went, and responded to her saying something about "psh, you know I will . . . whether I rant or I rave, I'll have something to say about it." Fortunately, I'm raving about the event. I was at the table with Charlotte Jones, a professor in the communications department at Carroll. The table was titled "Venus Envy" and focused on gender and communications. My one complaint about the event was that, probably due to the $60/head price tag, the crowd was full of "older" people. I was by far the youngest at the table, with everyone besides Dr. Jones being married and having kids, most of whom were 18+. Anyway, a pretty good conversation in general, getting perspectives about how we were raised affected who we are today and our perspectives on gender roles. Of course, I kept getting referred to as "the young guy" who had a different perspective, but that's to be expected to some degree.

Interestingly enough, I sat next to a woman who works in the same cube-a-riffic area as Kelly and Sarah, and all the Legal Services VISTAs, and another woman was thinking about getting her son to talk to me to consider what he'd be doing come graduation in the spring.
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Book

So, while I'm writing, thought I'd rave about the last book I read. Was a collection of short stories by Phillip Dick. In case you folks haven't figured it out, there's definitely a part of me that likes sci-fi. Dick's stuff is good sci-fi though, the kind that is more about people and relationships, than about technology. I think what a lot of people don't realize about sci-fi is that a good sci-fi book isn't any different from most good books, in that they focus on universal truths or themes.

Anyway, for those who don't know, Dick is the author whose works inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and a handful of others. The anthology I read contained the short story The Minority Report and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (inspired Total Recall). Good read, and while I haven't seen Blade Runner, I now want to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which inspired the movie.

I'm currently reading Gibson's Virtual Light, an early work of his. I probably would have preferred to get Idoru or Neuromancer then Count Zero, but Virtual Light was the one the library had. Seems decent, and it kept me up later than expected last night, and I had to force myself to go to bed. Maybe not as deep as Pattern Recognition was, but thus far an entertaining read . . .
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