Monday, March 24, 2008

The Year of Living Biblically

I just got done reading this book, by A. J. Jacobs (he mentions he has a habit of Googling his own name, it makes me wonder if he might read this). It was great, kind of the reverse of my own spiritual journey from Mormonism to my current agnostic-slash-taoist philosophy, I think both leading to the same conclusion that religion can be scary and fanatical, but also has its own beauty and worth. I admit, I was a little disappointed that Mormons only got mentioned a couple times, I guess we're not nearly as interesting as the Amish or the Samaritans. I'm excited to read his other book, "Know-It-All" next time I go to the library, and look for a copy of "The Year of Living Biblically" once it shows up at half priced books (sorry A. J., I'm cheap) so I can add it to my humble library of religious/philosophical books.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ergo Proxy

I just finished watching this, I loved it. I loved episode 16, I loved Pino, and I loved the sort of "screw you God!" note that it ended on, heh. It does leave you with the same sort of feeling that Evangelion does, annoyed, dissatisfied, simultaneously thinking the show sucked and yet wishing there was more. That's the way Japanese story-telling is, often non-linear, full of plot holes, no real distinct beginning or ending, but that's also part of what makes it great.