About Steven W. Bremner

Retired Air Force officer, avid reader, ultra-marathoner and adventurer, collector of exotic cultures and languages.

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  • Steven shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PATZGK/ref=r_soa_p_i
    ON THE DAY OF TRUMP’S INAUGURATION, A RAINY, cold, gray day in Northern California, the US flag at the elegant, domed Capitol in Sacramento began flying at half-mast. It stayed there for the next several days—throughout the Saturday women’s march, which saw well over a million Californians take to the streets, along with huge protests in Oregon and Washington, and into the first full week of Trump’s reign. And then, the day that Governor Jerry Brown delivered a fiery State of the State address promising to fight Trump’s discriminatory, extremist agenda every step of the way, the flag...
  • Steven shared from The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
    When Deep Blue beat Kasparov in 1997 (having lost to him previously), Kasparov proposed a rematch for 1998. IBM refused. Instead, fearing that Kasparov had figured out Deep Blue’s strategy and would defeat it, the company disassembled Deep Blue, and it never again played a game of chess.
    Note: IBM's Deep Blue
  • Steven shared from The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
    “Did you live on a farm?” he asked her on the third day as she injected the medicine. “Yes,” she said, smiling. “How did you know that?” “You could see the country in people’s eyes,” he said. “It’s like deep skies and long times’a bein’ quiet.”
  • Steven shared from White Teeth (Vintage International) by Zadie Smith
    If religion is the opiate of the people, tradition is an even more sinister analgesic, simply because it rarely appears sinister. If religion is a tight band, a throbbing vein, and a needle, tradition is a far homelier concoction: poppy seeds ground into tea; a sweet cocoa drink laced with cocaine; the kind of thing your grandmother might have made.
    Note: Religion
  • Steven shared from 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Memory is a haunting. You remember times you liked, and you want something like them. But you can only get new things.
    Note: Memory
(Colorado Springs, CO USA)
Steven W. Bremner