Yearly Archives: 2009

First lines: The Magician

The Magician is the second book in the six-part The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, and it is almost as fun as the first one. Like The Alchemyst, the pace is high, there’s an abundant use of myth, and I was unable to put it down. But I got three points I need… Read more »


In het EO-programma ‘t Zal je maar gebeuren verwijst Andries Knevel zijn eerdere uitspraken over de schepping en ‘intelligent’ design resoluut naar de prullenbak met een duidelijke verklaring: Vroeger geloofde ik dat de schepping in 6 × 24 uur had plaatsgevonden en was ik creationist. Kort geleden geloofde ik nog in Intelligent Design. Ik herroep… Read more »

First lines: Fragile Things

Fragile Things is another collection of short stories and poetry by Neil Gaiman. And just like in Smoke and Mirrors, the poetry didn’t do much for me. But as they’re a free bonus to the stories and I don’t have to read them, no big deal. But most of the stories were as wonderful as… Read more »

Not so great minds think alike

So, Geert Wilders (a Dutch politician who single-handedly keeps the bleach producing business afloat) is being charged with inciting hatred and discrimination. I still don’t quite know what to think of this. On the one hand: it’s how the system works. Someone feels wronged by what Wilders says, files a complaint, and a judge will… Read more »

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On the bus

Yesterday, I was going through two weeks’ worth of links, and the best thing I could come up with was a picture of a cat finding Jesus. So, rightfully, I scrapped that draft. This morning, as I was looking through my pile of shirts, I suddenly remembered something that warrants a mention. Three weeks ago,… Read more »