Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Art of war, and planetary respect. Unrelated to Star Trek.

Current readings:

"Art of War"
By Sun Tzu
Read by David Warrilow
AKA- "The most referenced text everywhere, ever."
Rating: 10/10
Quite frankly, with how short this book is and how often it is mentioned in other readings and visual media, there is absolutely no reason why anyone shouldn't read it. The book is composed of mostly few-liner "food for thought" items and guidelines regarding various sides of military conflict. It is wisdom in its distilled form, and part of me wishes I'd have read the entire thing rather than listened to it-- when you're listening, there's little to no chance of digestion and contemplation on the topics. Vast majority of it is also common sense.

"To you we shall Return, Lessons about our Planet from the Lakota"
By Joseph M. Marshall III, read by the same.
AKA- "Respect for the planet, evil white men, and the incongruity of the above."
Rating: 6/10
I'm on the fence with this one. In parts, this book is a very nice narrative by a native American about growing up as such, complete with life lessons and cultural overview of the Lakota. It's well-written, engaging, and really takes you back there. In other parts, it's a guy ranting on values of going green, love of mother earth, evil of white men, and our need to go back to being more environmentally-friendly. He has an interesting perspective on it, but it's really nothing new, and, in parts, the guy's frankly got no idea what he's talking about. 

Recently, Elrin and I have been watching Star Trek, the Next Generation, on Netflix. Strangely enough, it appeals to me greatly, as a mixture of a western, drama and action. Fun little time-waster.


The little wren was back, and it brought a friend! (Friend not visible.) I ended up making it a roosting pouch (more like a nest box) out of one of those wooden clementine crates. It's held together with wood-glue and a lot of gummy tape. :)