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A Short History of Philosophy by Robert C. Soloman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This will not be a review of the book per se, for the simple reason that I am not qualified to do so adequately. I have studied a little classical philosophy at university, but that was years back. I am interested in philosophy, but hardly have the level of expertise needed to do an adequate review. So instead I will limit myself to what I liked, and what I disliked.

There are two main areas of philosophy that intrigue me at the moment: pre-Socratic Greek philosophy and medieval Scholasticism. Both do not seem to be dealt with in any depth of understanding that I would expect from professors of philosophy at a major university. For instance, when discussing Thales we are helpfully told that Thales did not really think that the world was literally made out of water. Well, no shit. Fortunately, the section on Scholasticism is a little more satisfying in its treatment of figures like Abelard and Duns Scotus.


Review: 'Monsters! Monsters!'

Monsters! Monsters! by Ken St. Andre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monsters! Monsters! is Tunnels and Trolls creator Ken St. Andre's old school role playing game that is designed for "...providing equal time for the monsters". It's essentially a Tunnels and Trolls variant, and as such very old school, very basic, very much light-hearted fun. This ain't one of them modern sophistimicated RPGs. Heck, they aren't even any multi-sided dice used: plain old six siders are good enough for this game.

In this game, you play a monstrous beings and get awarded points for doing evil monstrous acts, such as pillaging villages and killing sissy hero types. You can either choose the type of monster to play, or, as is recommended, randomly determine this through drawing a playing card from a deck. If you are lucky, you'll draw a dragon. Not so lucky, and you'll get a goblin or snollygoster. Them's the breaks.

I won't go into the game mechanics, but suffice it to say…

Belarus 2011 stamp - Endangered Plants of Belarus - Orchis ustulata (P value)

One of the more common stamps that you see on card from Belarus. This 2011 postcard stamp depicts the Burnt Orchid, Orchis ustulata. It is part of the set 'Endangered Plants of Belarus.'

Masonic Center (Tillamook, Oregon)