The Modern Word

I just discovered an interesting book site, The Modern Word, while looking for information about Jorge Luis Borges. Some great Borges quotes there:

“There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.”

“The history of the universe…is the handwriting produced by a minor god in order to communicate with a Demon.”

“To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.”

Just great, great, stuff.


I’ve been trying to do what I can to help my Dad, who has very poor vision, get started with the new computer he got at Christmas. For a while, I’ve had the idea that I should find him a couple of good large-print computer books. I went looking today, but it turns out that apparently no one has ever printed a computer book in large print. At least, that’s the way it seems, doing a search on “large print computer” or “large print Windows” on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The only thing I’ve found is a large print computer dictionary, which might be helpful, but not much.

William Gibson

Stumbled across William Gibson’s web site tonight. Pretty cool. And he’s got a new book coming out! I remember reading, and loving, Neuromancer when it first came out. I’ve read most of his other books, and they’re all pretty nice, too, especially The Difference Engine. The front page of the site looks a little like it was designed by Dave McKean.