I just wanted to take a quick moment and mark this milestone – headsubhead.com is 10-years-old. Back in July, I crossed the 520 week threshold.
My very first post was about a book found in a Irish bog (which is still kind of cool). Not much has changed, on this blog, over the years. I’ve been through 4 templates and have grown up with WordPress (which is definitely still kind of cool). And I have talked a lot about books, publishing and Birmingham.
Another thing that has not changed in the 10 years are the neat people I’ve met through my little book blog. Bookish people are by far some of the coolest folks one could meet. Passions and opinions run deep. And while the conversations have moved out of the comments sections and onto Twitter, etc. I still get excited when I get the chance to “talk books” with any of you.
So a special ‘thank you’ to each of you for taking some time to visit headsubhead.com every once and a while.
This weekend I had to run through Brookwood Mall for a bit, but found myself wanting to stay, due to all the FREE books! It was fantastic. According to the signs it’s a partnership between The Literacy Council of Central Alabama and the Brookwood Mall.
If you want to take a book – then take a book. It’s free! All they ask is that you leave a book too. What a great deal and what a great location. . . at a mall. I love it.
While I didn’t find anything to take home this trip, this will certainly be a place that I’ll check in on a good bit. They did have hardback copies of all three books in the ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series. Which is a good deal, if you haven’t gotten those yet.
The bookcases surround the tops of the escalators outside of Macy’s as well as outside of Belk. I can vouch that the couch and chairs are indeed as comfy as they look.
I hope that this turns into a permanent setup at the mall. In fact, I hope it’s so successful that other malls, in the Birmingham area, will take note and set up their own free lending libraries.
I am very thankful for having read this Life on the Edge. And 100% of that thanks goes to the authors. While I can not say I agree (or even understand) everything they brought forth, they did so in a very “common sense” manner that I appreciated.
At times, when reading Life on the Edge, it felt more like a conversation than a lecture. Which is not how a lot of science books I pick up often feel. They both must have a natural knack for explaining things. And even though their own certainty and mastery of the subject is apparent (and well researched) their sense of wonder of the biological systems and bodies around them still comes through their writing.
Quantum physics, quantum effects, quantum mechanics seem to be ingrained not only in our physical universe but also through all of nature and biology. The passages about the brain and neurons and the whole system is very fascinating.
I was surprised how much ink was spent on the “why” of the ideas in the book. That is until I fully realized how new and forward thinking their ideas are. Hopefully others will write more in this area as new discoveries are made.
I have a new appreciation for nature and all of the amazing too-small-to-see processes that happen. Processes that labs can’t replicate. Processes that scientists can witness but not explain. All very very cool.
I still have tons of new vocabulary words I need to look up. I give this book three out of five stars and am recommending to every one I know that has read folks like Bill Bryson and Bryan Greene.
(Please note that I received a free copy of this book, from the publisher.)