Hysteria

Apr. 9th, 2009 01:21 pm
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This is a really fun book review:

Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness
by Mark S. Micale

Macho Misery
A review by Sherwin B. Nuland

As far back as has been recorded of the history of human societies, men have equated life with movement. If our ancestors of antiquity could feel stirrings inside their bodies, it must mean that large, living structures were at the very least shifting their positions, and perhaps even migrating from place to place within the mysterious recesses of the internal cavities that encompassed them, whether the abdomen or the chest. Like other peoples of their time, for example, the Egyptians believed that the inner organs were so many distinctive and individual creatures, with whims and moods of their own that determined their peregrinations from neck to pelvis.

Of all the named structures within the abdomen and the chest, those associated with reproduction retained the mysteries of their willful behavior long after others had been solved to the satisfaction of physicians and philosophers. When, in his Timaeus, Hippocrates's contemporary Plato called the uterus "an animal within an animal," he meant it to be taken literally. He was echoing a common belief of his time and earlier when he stated that under proper conditions the womb -- or hystera, as it was called in Greek -- "becomes seriously angry and moves all over the body." Chief among those proper conditions was any frustration of its desire to bear children....


In case ya hadn't heard before, it's all true: they used to think the "womb" actually wandered around your body, causing trouble!! Which, even though it's totally wrong, is actually kind of awesome.

O noes....

Mar. 5th, 2009 11:02 am
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Amazon Releases iPhone Kindle Software

palmsolo writes "The Amazon Kindle 2 just started shipping last week, but Amazon surprised everyone late on March 3rd by placing the Amazon Kindle software for the iPhone in the Apple App Store. With the Whispersync technology you can now keep your Kindle and iPhone ebooks in sync and read everywhere you go. Readers on the iPhone also now get access to over 200,000 ebook titles on the Amazon Kindle storefront. Check out the hands-on image gallery and video of the Amazon Kindle software on the iPhone and Kindle 2."


Now if we has a notion to buy a book whilst riding on the bus....we just pushes a button.

O noes.....

Curse you, Amazon!

Twilight

Dec. 24th, 2008 01:21 pm
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If you're stuck inside with nothing to do, you might find Caitlin Flanagan's review of the Twilight saga diverting. For whatever reaason, the Atlantic magazine luuuuuurves to publish puckishly contrarian book reviews, and this is the most positive spin on the outlandishly popular teeny bopper vampire series that we can remember reading in a major publication. Though, Flanagan seems to us a bit more interested in reviewing the inner lives of adolescent girls than actually reading the dang books (which, she mentions in passing, are "no work of literature, to be sure").
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So pretty....

We'll do a real review after we've had time to sit down and enjoy it.
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Dang, too bad this won't be out in time for Xmas!

Proof!

Nov. 6th, 2008 02:30 pm
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Mr. Tiki is a PC!

And L@@K!



Even I am jealous of me!
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Dang linkie is broke, but looks like worth checking out after the dust clears.
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An obsessive corrector, Gorky would sit for hours with a blue pencil annotating manuscripts -- his own and everyone else's. Finishing a newspaper, he would cover the pages with additions and alterations, then throw it away. A conservative group once sent him a rope noose and a threatening note. He threw out the noose and corrected the note in blue pencil, so that the rabid ideas remained but were expressed more clearly.


He edited a threatening note.
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By the by, buddy [livejournal.com profile] blythou has recently (well, within the past couple months, tiki's kind of behind) published a survival guide for rock n roll chicks, which covers pretty much all of us (well, except the couple of guys on our FL, but you can buy it too). And don't worry if you got a D+ in 10th Grade French, 'cause it's got lots of great illustrations. An essential! For those of us who don't happen to live in Paris, it's available on Amazon.fr, or probably at really cool shops that everybody else knows about but we don't usually go to because we're too busy scanning Yahoo auctions for plush toys.
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Stitchie and Scrumpie bookmarks!!!
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AbeBooks is trying to sell you stuffs, but still, this was an interesting read about the 75th anniversary of a day that will live in infamy to all book lovers. (We didn't know they'd banned Helen Keller!! Nazis, how we hates them!!) Also links to an interview with a mad Scotsman who staged a book burning. It sounds kinda cool, really.
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Stephen's Che remark is priceless.
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And we quote....

"Decorating a home library is a tough task, especially if you are short on books!"


(The linkie is to a web site that will sell you keen-looking leather-bound books as "decor" to cover those embarrassing blank patches on your bookcases. We refuse to link, go look it up if you're interested.)

We are shocked and appalled.

Does ANYBODY on tiki's FL suffer from being short on books????? Because, if that's so, a bunch of prop books won't fix your sad sad life!!!
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Here's a list of Blackwell's Top 50 Favorites which They Would Like to Sell to You and Make Lots of Money.

Markup: BOLD = we've read it. Italics = tried to read it once, got a headache, went to watch People's Court instead.

Book-o-rama )
The Dice Man??
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This was kind of odd...

Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France

Amazon.com may not offer free delivery on books in France, the high court in Versailles has ruled.

The action, brought in January 2004 by the French Booksellers' Union (Syndicat de la librairie française), accused Amazon of offering illegal discounts on books and even of selling some books below cost.

The court gave Amazon 10 days to start charging for the delivery of books, which should at least allow the company to maintain the offer through the end-of-year gift-giving season. After that, it must pay a fine of €1,000 (US$1,470) per day that it continues to offer free delivery. It must also pay €100,000 in compensation to the booksellers' union.


Evidently, Amazon intends to fight it...

Amazon Taking On French Law

Online retailer Amazon.com will pay 1,000 euros ($1,500) a day in fines in order to offer free shipping in France while it appeals a December court ruling that made the practice illegal.

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, sent an email to customers of its French Web site stating Amazon will continue to offer free shipping while waiting for the outcome of the appeal.

"As amazing as this seems, free shipping by Amazon.fr is under threat," Bezos wrote in an email. "France could be the only country in the world where Amazon's free delivery offer would be illegal."


Given that, all things considered, things are run pretty darned well in France (especially compared to the way they've been going over here lately), we'd still want our free shipping. Dammit.
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Yes, tiki presently has in her den a pile of "bus books" that will require a journey lasting slightly more than 17 years to read through. But so what? Our worst Den of Iniquity has been the university book store, with its sexay, sexay tables of overstocks. To further aid the demise of our immortal reading soul, they have recently added used books to the mix.

Which led to yesterday's lapse in judgment:



Squidz!

And....pirrrates!

We do not believe in such things as sky ponies that determine our destiny, but if we did, we'd say it was a message from aforesaid sky ponies, wishing us to kick back, beer in hand, and read some tasty, tasty nonfiction.
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All must buy. From Amazon, or from your favorite purveyor of Cephalopodia.
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Mr. Tikistitch's comment upon finishing Potter book #6 (Half Blood Prince) this afternoon:

"Where's your Potter Book #7???"

Potter

Aug. 11th, 2007 12:08 pm
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After tiki had the honor of being The Last Person in North America to Finish Deathly Hallows, the tikis were up 'til 2 last night being the last couple in the world to see Order of the Phoenix.

Spoiler space for we don't know whom since everybody else is already on to the new but everyone we know is a nerd and we don't want any 'O NOES SPOILER' annoying comments 'cause we'll thump somebody with a shovel we really will )

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