When I was a boy the whole family ended up watching a documentary about gorillas. According to the documentary, the dominant male in the flock was called Silverback because of the gray fur running down his back. He was a big, surly gorilla.
So naturally the comparison with the gray hair down my father’s back made itself, and I tormented him for years by calling him Silverback and making amusing gorilla noises. Naturally.
Today we were talking around the dinner table, and somehow we got on to the subject of monkeys, and I wanted to sneak in a bit of early evolution thinking by pointing out that we humans are part of the great African apes, and that gorillas are in a way of speaking our cousins.
Andrea thinks for a while, then says, “Hey, dad! You’re a gorilla! Because you’re big and fat!”
I just can’t wait until she catches on to the gray back hair…
Anyway, sorry Dad.
Posted Saturday, 29 September, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.