14 October 2010

Mid-October Note and Nietzsche’s Birthday

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Happy 166th birthday, Nietzsche, wherever you are! What a guy!
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It is mid-October, and we are expecting the monsoon rains to end someday soon and for drier, cooler monsoon winds to come down from China. Things have generally been going very well for us, except that Tuk just came down with a bad flu, perhaps the 2009 variety. It could not have occurred at a worse time for her, as she is extremely busy at work with new responsibilities. I am feeling healthier now than I have in many years. I am in hopes of not catching Tuk’s flu virus.
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I still do not have a reliably working computer at home, so I am posting this from an internet café. Without having time on the internet at home, I am reading a lot more using that quaint archaic information technology (which some of you older types will remember) called “books.” Using another archaic technology called “pen and paper,” I am writing notes and drafts for reviews.
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Police presence on the streets is becoming more apparent these days, as there have been a lot of small bombings throughout the greater Bangkok area in recent months. One last week was in a district not too many klicks away from us in our own province, when a bomb-maker accidentally blew up himself and a few other people in his apartment building. They found one of his arms, and via fingerprints they identified him as a Red Shirt activist. Why am I not surprised?
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I have just written a review of an extraordinary book that I have read: Mountains of the Mind: a history of a fascination by Robert Macfarlane (2003). I have posted the review on my main blog, “Zenwind,” here.
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I just found another book that will be my immediate project to read and review: Climbing – Philosophy for Everyone: Because It’s There. It is another volume in the increasingly rich collections of books, from several publishers, each dealing with various subjects via philosophy, e.g., TV shows, books, movies, music, food, drink, etc. Stay tuned for a review notice of this climbing volume someday.
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-Zenwind.
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