January 1st, 2004


Happy 2004, book review (short)

Fwee! and other timely sound effects. It's a whole new year. I hope it's filled with rocket cars and domestic robots and spacely sprockets. Failing that, I wish you all joy and peace.

Book review: I just finished "Angels and Demons", by Dan Brown (who went on to write "The Da Vinci Code", the better-known sequel to AaD). Fun fluffy page turner. It's a murder mystery that brings in CERN, the Vatican, and the Illuminati. Aside from the scientists not really talking like scientists, the cardinals not really talking like Christians, and numerous factual errors about the Illuminati (how do you do that?), it was still a good book. And every 50 pages or so, there was an "Ambigram"; a word printed in such a way that it reads the same even if you turn it 180 degrees.

(Where have I seen one of those?)

I give it a 7 out of 10, maybe a little higher if you're really bored and need a thriller whodunnit. Maybe a little less if you know something about science, religion, or conspiracies.

I give the ambigrams a 6 out of 10. They were a little too fussy.

CSI question

I don't know how many of you watch CSI. According to the ads, just about everybody everywhere watches it, so I figure it's a fair bet that somebody else watches it.

Then again, the question is prompted by CSI, and is only tangentially related.

On the episode I'm currently watching, the investigators are examining bottled water, and there was a scene where the expiration date of the bottles was prominently featured onscreen.

So my question is: why does bottled water have expiration dates? What happens after that date?