#012 – The S&L Podcast: Biggest book pick ever!

Welcome back everyone! So, I’m still trying to figure out why my audio sounds like crap, while Tom sounds great. It’s especially grating since, you know, I’m supposed to be an audio producer and all. How embarrassing! We’ll work it out soon, I promise. Anyhow, here’s the show:

Book #8 is going to be Anathem, by Neal Stephenson. The two interesting things about this book are that a) it’s super long and b) it’s only available in hardcover and Kindle versions. We’re also going to give everyone some more time than usual to get through this 900-someodd page book.


Here’s the poll for the Best Closing Line Contest! Here are the choices:

1. Michael H. — A smile crept into his eyes and with his walking stick in one hand, and the orb faintly glowing in the other, Gabriel set off across the street, scanning the horizon for traffic, and making a mental note to take better care next time he bought a tchochki from a Devonian Barkeep.

2. Michael M. — With palpable relief Schuman slumped over the rail waiting for the pool of magma to close over the briefcase and reflected to himself that he still hadn’t had a cup of coffee.

3. Shane G. — And it came to pass in the last days of the lost colony that the swords were broken and the lasers died and the people cried out to the unhearing heavens from which they had come saying, “If any remain among the stars, for your lives, do not part the quantum jelly!”

4. Gregory F. — After the dust had settled and the sound of battle waned, Sabrina and Julia found each other amongst the ruins.  The sisters then knew they had won, and once again evil would sleep.

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The winner gets a Logitech USB Headset!


Music while reading

Lately, I have been doing a good chunk of my reading on the bus on my way to work. Whenever I leave the house, I always have my iPod on me, so I find myself listening to music while reading. Does anyone else do this, and if so, what do you listen to?

I usually shy away from anything with lyrics. It makes it hard to concentrate if I get caught up listening to the words, so most of my reading is done listening to post-rock stuff like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Esmerine, etc. Recently I have been on a William Gibson kick, and ambient electronic music such as Boards of Canada or Apparat go very well with it.

I can’t listen to music while I read, even something without lyrics. If I try, I soon find myself humming along with what I’m listening to and not paying attention to what I’m reading.

I do write with music on, though, typically something electronic.

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