The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Who needs fiction: Reality meets the books.


There has been a lot of bizarre news laterly, where real life coincides with popular works of fiction:

Take this story, where a man goes on a murdering spree using a rattlesnake as a weapon:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/crime/ny-lidevo0914,0,782961.story

and the Sherlock Holmes story, the Case of the Speckled Band:

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Files-Sherlock-Holmes-Speckled/dp/1899562257/ref=sr_1_1/103-1104095-2784624?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190133486&sr=1-1

Then there is this story out of Peru:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,,2171920,00.html

and The Andromeda Strain:

http://www.amazon.com/Andromeda-Strain-Michael-Crichton/dp/0060541814/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-1104095-2784624?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190133614&sr=1-1

Then finally, this report of a student being Tazered at a John Kerry event:

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/09/18/police_taser_student_at_kerry_speech/4703/

and 1984:

http://www.amazon.com/1984-Signet-Classics-George-Orwell/dp/0451524934/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/103-1104095-2784624?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190133728&sr=1-2

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