Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Cat Hunt... The Tale of a Horrid Day!

So it's not been a fun day. That is unless you were someone watching me and Oliv from some distance... then you might have laughed your lungs out. Or not.... I'm not sure.

This morning we had a vet appointment for the cat. We put the cat in his basket and since the vet's office is about 2 minutes by foot from our building, we just put the basket in a shopping cart and headed there. We had an informative conversation with the vet, got the cat checked out, and headed back our building. The cat, as usual, didn't like being in the basket or in the street. Cars generally scare him, and so does just about everything else. He was screaming, so we had to stop every few steps, open the top, pet him and try to calm him down... and since we had to keep doing that, we didn't properly latch the top.

Well... halfway to the building, in a completely uncharacteristic move, Mr. Zorbas decided to jump out of the basket, and run straight into the tight tangle of trees and bushes leading to the forest area!!

Well. For the next I don't know exactly how many hours Oliv and I ran around trying to find him, while my heart was stuck in my throat. The area he had jumped into was filled with thorny bushes and tangled branches, but fortunately eventually Oliv managed to spot him. He was hiding in the most knotted part of that messy tangle, and it took some serious acrobatics, but we got him out ok and eventually returned home.

Oliv's arms are covered with scratches. My legs are covered with cuts and scratches. We both have half a jungle in our hair. I had a terrible shock, I was half sure that we had lost him forever, and I feel like all my energy has left me. And the cat is now sitting there comfortably licking his paws.... hmmmm..... yup.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Recently [while I've not been doing any blogging] I've been doing a lot of re-reading. One of the books I recently re-read - ok, not exactly re-read but more like re-skimmed, just because I find it quite entertaining somehow - is Ross King's book on "Brunelleschi's Dome".


Long story short, I now know that Ross King is probably one of my favourite history / art authors. This was the first book I read from him, as per the recommendation of a historian friend, and really had fun with it.

I think what I most enjoyed about the book is that it doesn't feel like your classical history textbook. You're not bombarded by a bunch of what most academics might consider important facts. Instead there's attention to some personal and rather entertaining details in regards to the people and events involved. You get a good picture of why a certain character behaved a certain way or what was going on inside their head.

Now I'm just going to have to figure out which of his books I'm going to read next. Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

I recently picked up a copy of "The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" from my favourite comic book store [Kabooom, Zurich], and I must say I am thoroughly impressed. [And not just because Dolph Lundgren happens to have a picture with this. =D]


The book is a collection/documentation of, well, just about everything that there ever was to do with the He-Man universe.


The collection of illustrations in there, coming from all eras of He-Man, is just amazing.


All the maps are in there. There's maps of Eternia in various eras, a map of Preternia, a map of Subternia, and a map of their part of the universe.


Now this is really cool, there's a filmation cel in there with He-Man and Skeletor. =D [Yes, the actual cel is in a little pocket inside the book!]


And there's a ton of preliminary art work and sketches in there, including concepts that were never used. There's also a list of all the produced and unproduced toys, ideas for characters that were eventually dismissed [some of whom are actually quite interesting], and every bit of information there is to know about the creation and the evolution of this whole universe.

So yes, I really really love this. If you live in Zurich you can pick up a copy at the KABOOOM Comic Shop. Don't miss out! =)

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Friday, May 01, 2015

So I was just wondering, is there a book? Because if there is then I definitely want it. =P

Good sci-fi is currently quite rare, and I have just been pleasantly surprised by how good this product of the current era turned out to be. Cheers to Christopher Nolan!

P.S: Yes thanks a lot, it turns out that is a novelization. And also a book related to the science of the whole thing. I'll check them out.


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