Monday, August 09, 2010

Geek Link! Cool Cave in Spain

Tonight's Geek Link comes from Spain via the CBC, who have some great pictures of a cave containing the world's largest collection of helictites. Very impressive pictures.

Helictites, for those who don't know (which included me until I read this article), are eccentric crystallographic formations (yeah, I know, big help). This means that instead of forming vertically like stalactites and stalagmites, the crystals form in gravity-defying directions and shapes. They are very cool to look at:

(image taken from the CBC article)

So have a look. It's just plain neat, in a geological kind of way.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Some books move us more than others, moving beyond entertainment to be come an experience. William Gibson's Pattern Recognition is one of those books.

This is the first book of Gibson's I have read that does not take place in his familiar and well-imagined cyberpunk worlds. Rather, it takes place in our world, in a post-911 reality of marketing and internet obsession, and of mystery spanning across the globe. It is a work of literary fiction of the highest orders

I'm not going to bother with a synopsis. You can read that on the Amazon page for Pattern Recognition, here. I will say, this is a spectacular book, and one that I highly, highly recommend you read.

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