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Is It a Cheetah?

However, schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs. Many schools provide a 10 x 12 foot cage, giving the unusual mind no room to get up to speed. Many highly gifted children sit in the classroom the way big cats sit in their cages, dull-eyed and silent. Some, unable to resist the urge from inside even though they can’t exercise it, pace the bars, snarl and lash out at their keepers, or throw themselves against the bars until they do themselves damage.

MasterWiki – “ukradnuté” z MasterClass, stručné ale zadarmo 

Neuralink demonstrates its next-generation brain-machine interface

Optimal Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

So, how do we make optimal peanut butter and banana sandwiches? It’s really quite simple. You take a picture of your banana and bread, pass the image through a deep learning model to locate said items, do some nonlinear curve fitting to the banana, transform to polar coordinates and “slice” the banana along the fitted curve, turn those slices into elliptical polygons, and feed the polygons and bread “box” into a 2D nesting algorithm.

The Pandemic Isn’t Forcing Moms Out of the Workforce — Dads Are

We also need to recognize that the way women get dragged into the role of primary caregiver isn’t always explicit — it’s insidious. Maybe a husband tells his wife that she’s just “better” at handling the toddler’s tantrums, or that the 10-year-old won’t listen to him the way she listens to her mom. He doesn’t remember the name of the kids’ pediatrician — because he’s not the parent who takes off of work when they’re sick — to make their appointment, so his wife might as well do it. He has no idea what his daughter’s shoe size is, or even that she needs new shoes at all. It’s the myth of the “male bumbler” — the absurdity of men believing themselves fit to run the world, but unable to figure out how to do the laundry or put a child down for a nap.

When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curie

She needed the radium for her ongoing research. But the element was expensive, and Curie was living off a single professor’s salary while supporting her two teenage daughters. Her husband and collaborator Pierre, with whom she shared the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics, had died in 1906.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary – čítali sme s deťmi, páčilo sa im

Knižky zarobené čítaním

Kníhkupectvo Barnes & Nobleletný čitateľský program. Keď dieťa do konca augusta donesie vyplnený papier o ôsmych knižkách, ktoré za leto prečítalo, tak si jednu inú môže za odmenu odniesť. Kubko vybral Spy School a Kika Space Case.

Ďalšia óda na knižnicu

Nie je žiadne tajomstvo, že som veľkou fanúšičkou našej knižnice. V zime sme si okrem kníh požičiavali aj vstupenky do múzeí. Teraz v lete pre deti zorganizovali story walk – prechádzku po meste s rozprávkovými zastávkami a nasmerovaním na ďalšie stanovište. Namiesto workshopov, ktoré ešte stále nemôžu robiť naživo, majú Take it and make it program – dá sa zastaviť pre materiál a buď cez zoom s nimi alebo vo vlastnom čase podľa youtube tutoriálu si každý týždeň niečo vyrobiť (napríklad paracord náramky, čo majú obaja na tejto fotke). 

Cez leto beží čitateľská súťaž (Kika si robí zálusk na darčekovú poukážku do miestnej zmrzlinárne). Teraz je knižnica síce zase dočasne zatvorená (pre výpadok elektriny po utorkovom hurikáne Isaias), ale po nútených covid-“prázdninách” už v limitovanom režime znovu funguje aj na výpožičky osobne. 

Čo teraz s deťmi čítame/nedávno sme dokončili?

Wayside school sériu

Louis Sachar: Holes (Po veľkom úspechu Wayside série pokus inú tému od toho istého autora. Nebolo to zlé, deti to bavilo, ale mne sa to veľmi nepáčilo.)

David Walliams: Demon dentist (a iné knižky od neho, niečo čítali už na Slovensku)

John Anderson: Posted (Kika so spolužiakmi počúvali na jar, ale na Kiku to bolo vtedy moc rýchle a ani nedokončila, tak teraz čítame spolu, pomalšie.)

Diana Jones: Howl’s moving castle

Catherynne Valente: The girl who circumnavigated the Fairyland in a ship of her own making

Bill Watterson: Calvin and Hobbs (už máme tretiu, toto je Kubova srdcovka)

Arthur C Clarke: 2001 Vesmírna odysea (začali sme, až tak ich nechytilo… asi ešte priskoro… mám chuť na nich vybaliť Koniec detstva, ale aj to asi ešte chvíľu počkám…)

Kathy Wollard: How come? In the neighborhood (Túto máme požičanú z knihobúdky. Bavia ich aj texty aj obrázky.)

Kika znovu čítala Shela Silversteina, ktorého máme doma. Nabudúce z knižnice pre zmenu zoberiem niečo od Prelutskeho (od neho Kubo čítal na jar pár básničiek v rámci ESL programu a tie mali veľký úspech.)

Z tých, čo som čítala bez detí, mňa v poslednej dobe najviac zaujala Rekurzia.

Kto dá odporúčania na druhú polovicu leta?

The Overstory

Na túto knižku treba trpezlivosť. Začína koreňmi – krátkymi akoby poviedkami, ktoré postupne predstavia ľudské postavy (môže mať kniha deväť hlavných postáv?). Potom príde kmeň, kde sa príbehy postáv poprepletajú, vyrastú do koruny. A na koniec padajú semená. A celý čas sú tam ešte stromy, veľa stromov.

Nálada je taká optimisticko-pesimistická. Teda pre ľudí vpodstate len pesimistická a trúchlivá. Ale na stromy, aj keď to v čase príbehu nie je veľmi ružové, čaká budúcnosť. 

Understory je po anglicky lesný podrast – všetko to, čo rastie v lese pod korunami stromov, v knižke sa viackrát spomína. Overstory – koruny stromov, je priamo len v názve knihy a aj to pravdepodobne kvôli slovnej hračke. Všeliakých viac-či-menej zjavných referencií sa nájde tiež dosť: na Loraxa, ktorý hovorí za stromy, na Annu Kareninu a (ne)šťastie rodín, na Wohllebenov Secret Life of Trees… veľa som si určite ani nevšimla. 

Kniha o stromoch a čase, ktorá je vlastne o ľuďoch, taká, čo dáva viac otázok ako odpovedí. Miestami trochu pátosu, miestami príliš hustý podrast, ale celkovo veľmi dobre napísaná. 

Your kind never sees us whole. You miss the half of it, and more. There’s always as much below ground as above. That’s the trouble with people, their root problem.

thoughts he doesn’t know how to have.

‘When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago.’
‘When is the next best time? Now.’

The greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth. Single biggest influence on what a body will or won’t believe is what nearby bodies broadcast over the public band.

Other creatures—bigger, slower, older, more durable—call the shots, make the weather, feed creation, and create the very air.

I hear myself best when I’m sleeping.

What do stories do? They kill us a bit and make us change.

Righteousness makes Mimi nuts. She has always been allergic to people with conviction. But more than she hates conviction, she hates sneaky power.

You’re studying what makes some people take the living world seriously when the only real thing for everyone else is other people. You should be studying everyone who thinks that only people matter.

The best arguments in the world won’t change a person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story

She could tell them about a simple machine needing no fuel and little maintenance, one that steadily sequesters carbon, enriches the soil, cools the ground, scrubs the air, and scales easily to any size. A tech that copies itself and even drops food for free. A device so beautiful it’s the stuff of poems. If forests were patentable, she’d get an ovation.

Say the planet is born at midnight and it runs for one day. First there is nothing. Two hours are lost to lava and meteors. Life doesn’t show up until three or four a.m. Even then, it’s just the barest self-copying bits and pieces. From dawn to late morning—a million million years of branching—nothing more exists than lean and simple cells. Then there is everything. Something wild happens, not long after noon. One kind of simple cell enslaves a couple of others. Nuclei get membranes. Cells evolve organelles. What was once a solo campsite grows into a town. The day is two-thirds done when animals and plants part ways. And still life is only single cells. Dusk falls before compound life takes hold. Every large living thing is a latecomer, showing up after dark. Nine p.m. brings jellyfish and worms. Later that hour comes the breakout—backbones, cartilage, an explosion of body forms. From one instant to the next, countless new stems and twigs in the spreading crown burst open and run. Plants make it up on land just before ten. Then insects, who instantly take to the air. Moments later, tetrapods crawl up from the tidal muck, carrying around on their skin and in their guts whole worlds of earlier creatures. By eleven, dinosaurs have shot their bolt, leaving the mammals and birds in charge for an hour. Somewhere in that last sixty minutes, high up in the phylogenetic canopy, life grows aware. Creatures start to speculate. Animals start teaching their children about the past and the future. Animals learn to hold rituals. Anatomically modern man shows up four seconds before midnight. The first cave paintings appear three seconds later. And in a thousandth of a click of the second hand, life solves the mystery of DNA and starts to map the tree of life itself. By midnight, most of the globe is converted to row crops for the care and feeding of one species. And that’s when the tree of life becomes something else again. That’s when the giant trunk starts to teeter.

Life has a way of talking to the future. It’s called memory.

Algorithms to live by

Túto knižku si so záujmom môžu prečítať aj computer science ľudia, aj tí ostatní. Každá skupina iným spôsobom, ale oba sú dobré. Ľudia, ktorí už kde-tu na nejaký algoritmus natrafili a stretli sa s nejakými jeho hraničnými prípadmi, sa nedozvedia z informatiky veľa nového, ale dostanú zaujímavé súvislosti a príklady (áno, aj zo skutočného života) a počiatočné podmienky na rozmýšľanie novým smerom. Tá druhá skupina ľudí dostane prístupným spôsobom vysvetlené aj celkom netriviálne veci, čo samo o sebe vôbec nie je málo a navyše môže tiež oceniť prepojenia na rôzne životné situácie a rozhodnutia, ktoré v nich robíme. Niektoré príklady sú uletené, niektoré prehnané, ale z veľa z nich sa dá niečo si zobrať.

Skúste. 

But for the computer scientists who wrestle with such problems, this verdict isn’t the end of the story. Instead, it’s more like a call to arms. Having determined a problem to be intractable, you can’t just throw up your hands. As scheduling expert Jan Karel Lenstra told us, “When the problem is hard, it doesn’t mean that you can forget about it, it means that it’s just in a different status. It a serious enemy, but you still have to fight it.” And this is where the field figured out something invaluable, something we can all learn from: how to best approach problems whose optimal answers are out of reach. How to relax.

If you want to be a good intuitive Bayesian, if you want to naturally make good predictions, without having to think about what kind of prediction rule is appropriate – you need to protect your priors. Counterintuitively, that might mean turning off the news.

Communication is one of those delightful things that work only in practice; in theory it’s impossible.

Named for Nobel Prize-winning economist William Vickrey, the Vickrey auction, just like the first-price auction, is a “sealed bid” auction process. That is, every participant simply writes down a single number in secret, and the highest bidder wins. However, in a Vickrey auction, the winner ends up paying not the amount of their own bid, but that of the second-place bidder. That is to say, if you bid $25 and I bid $10, you win the item at my price: you only have to pay $10.

A doctor told me about her approach to keeping things. “My kids think I’m whacky, but I put things where I think I’ll need them again later, even if it doesn’t make much sense.” As an example of her system, she told me that she keeps extra vacuum cleaner bags behind the couch in the living room. Behind the couch in the living room? Does that make any sense? It turns out that when the vacuum cleaner is used, it is usually used for the carpet in the living room… When a vacuum cleaner bag gets full and a new one is needed, it’s usually in the living room. And that’s just where the vacuum cleaner bags are.

Perhaps the patron saint of the minimal-context-switching lifestyle is the legendary programmer Donald Knuth. “I do one thing at a time,” he says. “This is what computer scientists call batch processing—the alternative is swapping in and out. I don’t swap in and out.” Knuth isn’t kidding. On January 1, 2014, he embarked on “The TeX Tuneup of 2014,” in which he fixed all of the bugs that had been reported in his TeX typesetting software over the previous six years. His report ends with the cheery sign-off “Stay tuned for The TeX Tuneup of 2021!” Likewise, Knuth has not had an email address since 1990. “Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration.” He reviews all his postal mail every three months, and all his faxes every six.

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Google dáva k dispozícii COVID-19 dáta

Bill Gates: Here’s how to make up for lost time on covid-19

We can start now by building the facilities where these vaccines will be made. Because many of the top candidates are made using unique equipment, we’ll have to build facilities for each of them, knowing that some won’t get used.

Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars

Gates said he was picking the top seven vaccine candidates and building manufacturing capacity for them. “Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven, just so that we don’t waste time in serially saying, ‘OK, which vaccine works?’ and then building the factory,” he said.

20 Coronavirus Fighting Priorities

What the virus said

Either you use the time I’m giving you to envision the world of the aftermath in light of what you’ve learned from the collapse that’s underway, or the latter will go extreme.

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage

In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home.

The discomfort you’re feeling is grief

The Coronavirus Is (also) a Disaster for Feminism

At an individual level, the choices of many couples over the next few months will make perfect economic sense. What do pandemic patients need? Looking after. What do self-isolating older people need? Looking after. What do children kept home from school need? Looking after. All this looking after—this unpaid caring labor—will fall more heavily on women, because of the existing structure of the workforce. “It’s not just about social norms of women performing care roles; it’s also about practicalities,” Wenham added. “Who is paid less? Who has the flexibility?”


 

Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results

AI-powered domain name generator 

parádne ilustrované knižky

Ursula K. Le Guin: No time to spare

Zbierka zamyslení, ktoré Le Guin napísala, keď už mala viac ako 80 rokov. Majú podnadpis: Thinking about what matters a presne o tom sú. Sú napísané trochu voľnejšie ako jej fantasy knihy (The left hand of darkness, The wizard of Earthsea), čo sa týka obsahu miestami dokonca trochu povrchne, ale sú napísané majstrovsky. Pre mňa toto je pani spisovateľka, ktorú by som vydržala čítať veľmi dlho. Pred dvoma rokmi zomrela, takže nové knižky už nebudú, treba ešte pohľadať tie staršie.

The opposite of spare time is, I guess, occupied time. In my case I still don’t know what spare time is because all my time is occupied. It always has been and it is now. It’s occupied by living.
An increasing part of living, at my age, is mere bodily maintenance, which is tiresome. But I cannot find anywhere in my life a time, or a kind of time, that is unoccupied. I am free, but my time is not. My time is fully and vitally occupied with sleep, with daydreaming, with doing business and writing friends and family on email, with reading, with writing poetry, with writing prose, with thinking, with forgetting, with embroidering, with cooking and eating a meal and cleaning up the kitchen, with construing Virgil, with meeting friends, with talking with my husband, with going out to shop for groceries, with walking if I can walk and traveling if we are traveling, with sitting Vipassana sometimes, with watching a movie sometimes, with doing the Eight Precious Chinese exercises when I can, with lying down for an afternoon rest with a volume of Krazy Kat to read and my own slightly crazy cat occupying the region between my upper thighs and mid-calves, where he arranges himself and goes instantly and deeply to sleep. None of this is spare time. I can’t spare it. What is Harvard thinking of? I am going to be eighty-one next week. I have no time to spare.

Writing is a risky business. No guarantees. You have to take the chance. I’m happy to take it. I love taking it. So my stuff gets misread, misunderstood, misinterpreted – so what? If it’s the real stuff, it will survive almost any abuse other than being ignored, disappeared, not read.    
 
Large general questions about meaning can only be answered with generalities, which make me uncomfortable, because it is so hard to be honest when you generalize. If you skip over all details, how can you tell if you’re being honest or not?
 
Maturity is not an out growing but a growing up. Adult is not a dead child but a child who survived.
 
I envy self-confidence even as I dislike it
 
Children have to believe what they are told. Willingness to believe is as necessary to a child as the suckling instinct is to a baby: a child has so much to learn in order to stay alive and in order to be human. 
Specifically, human knowledge is imparted through language, so first we have to learn language, then listen to what we’re told and believe it. Testing the validity of information should always be permitted and is sometimes necessary but may also be dangerous: the little one had better believe without running any tests that the stove burner could burn even when it isn’t red, that if you eat Gramma’s medicine you will be sick, that running out into the street is not a good idea . . . Anyhow, there’s so much to be learned, it can’t all be tested. We really do have to believe what our elders tell us. We can perceive for ourselves, but have very little instinctive knowledge in how to act on our perceptions, and must be shown the basic patterns of how to arrange the world and how to find our way through it. 
Therefore the incalculable value of true information, and the unforgivable wrongness of lying to a child. An adult has the option of not believing. A child, particularly your own child, doesn’t.

Martin M. Šimečka: Medzi Slovákmi

Stručné dejiny ľahostajnosti od Dubčeka k Ficovi alebo ako som sa stal vlastencom

Útla knižočka. Veľmi čitateľná a zaujímavá (aspoň) na dvoch úrovniach. Jednak z pohľadu česko-slovenských reálií a potom z filozofického pohľadu na to, aké sú motívy ľudí aj ako jednotlivcov aj ako národa. Trochu mi škrípal koniec. Bol príliš romantický a jednoduchší, než by si aktuálne dianie zaslúžilo. (Knižka vyšla v roku 2017, takže to môže byť čiastočné vysvetlenie.) Ale aj tak silno odporúčam.

To, čo nazývam ľahostajnosťou voči spoločnosti sa často ukrýva za zdanlivú pokoru: ja predsa nie som lepší než iní a ten, kto si osobuje právo vstupovať do svedomia národa, je arogantný povýšenec. (Tento argument som často počúval na adresu disidentov.)

To je však typické pre slovenské nepochopenie spoločenskej roly elít – od tých intelektuálnych cez ekonomické až po politické. Sú totiž privilegované svojím postavením, ale to ich zároveň zaväzuje k postojom, ktoré si občas vyžadujú odvahu. Slovenskí spisovatelia ju v čase normalizácie nenašli, lebo spoločnosť im za to nestála.

Slovenskí komunisti to možno mysleli dobre, ale záchranou slovenskej elity ju zároveň prizvali k tomu, aby sa aspoň na čiastočný úväzok podieľala na normalizácii. Slovenskej spoločnosti, ktorá sa k tejto dohode ako celok ochotne pridala, tak už nemal kto povedať, že to nie je správne.

Dnes sa javí absurdné, že referendum nebolo vypísané, ale Mečiar a Klaus vedeli, že by ich jeho výsledok dostal do pasce. Neviem, či mám obdivovať ich vtedajšiu odvahu, alebo žasnúť nad ich drzosťou, ale naozaj sa im podarilo rozdeliť štát napriek tomu, že voličom tento plán pred voľbami v júni toho roku zatajili. 

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ako predýchať šestonedelie

Keď mal Hugo tri týždne, sedela som na posteli, plakala od bolesti, únavy, samoty a pocitu márnosti. Prikladala som dieťa k svojmu boľavému prsníku s ragádami na bradavkách, ruky zatínala v päste, nohou búchala do zeme a – zapla diktafón.

Po stlačení tlačidla STOP som tú nahrávku až do dnešného dňa nepočula. Počúvam svoj zmenený hlas prelínajúci sa s Hugovým mrnkaním a premýšľam, či opäť plakať s mojím ja spred niekoľkých mesiacov, alebo sa smiať a jasať, že je to dávno za nami. Rozhodnutie je však jasné. Prepísať tých pár minút bolesti, strachu a zúfalstva a posunúť ďalej. Tak autenticky, ako sa len dá.

I Found the Outer Limits of My Pro-choice Beliefs

I was almost not brave enough to write this piece. In the United States, there are only two sides to abortion, and there is outrage on both. Anti-abortion activists will say that I’m a murderer, or an accessory to murder, because of the work I do.

I also hesitated for the opposite reason: Any time a pro-abortion-rights provider admits to any doubts, her ambivalence may be used to limit abortion care. One expert I interviewed for this piece said, “If you write how hard it is to counsel about abortions, please know this: Somewhere, someone will use that to stop women from getting the procedures that they need.” After that, I couldn’t write for weeks.

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Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová: RTVS je pre mňa stále bolestivou témou a ešte jeden rozhovor s ňou, na feministické témy 

Možno to bude znieť hlúpo, ale pre mňa je feminizmus tak veľmi prirodzený, že skôr naopak, nechápem, že niekto nie je feminista alebo feministka. A ak nie je, zrejme je to len preto, že o tom málo vie.

Ja mám tú výhodu, že nie som v podriadenej pozícii napríklad s politikmi a na konci dňa mám v reportáži alebo v diskusii nad nimi istú moc, ktorú bežne ženy napríklad v asistentských pozíciách nemajú. Preto si myslím, že mám až povinnosť o tom viac hovoriť, pretože ma za to nikto nevyhodí ani nepotrestá. Komplimenty v práci sú pre mňa neprijateľné, sú na to úplne iné platformy – napríklad, ak ma osloví muž v bare, je to ok. To je miesto, kde to pokojne niekto urobiť môže. Ale v práci? Prečo? Prečo by ma malo zaujímať, čo si môj šéf myslí dnes o mojej sukni? Veď nech si to pomyslí, ale neobťažuje ma s tým.

The World War II Diet That Saved Britain

As Hitler planned to starve the Brits to death, one man was given total power to design their menu. It produced the healthiest generation in history and has lessons for today.

Tri magické knižky na dovolenku

Jednu som mala so sebou papierovo: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Earthsea Quartet. V podstate je to sága rozdelená do štyroch kníh (A wizard of Earthsea, Tombs of Atuan, The farthest shore, Tehanu), ktoré sa dajú čítať aj samostatne a ja som dve z nich už kedysi aj mala otvorené, ale teraz som si ich prečítala všetky spolu.  

Treba ich čítať v origináli alebo v nejakom naozaj dobrom preklade, lebo viackrát som sa pristihla, ako si hovorím, že toto by sa teda ťažko dávalo do iného jazyka tak, aby to ostalo rovnako pôsobivé. Nie je to ľahké čítanie… niekedy smutné, miestami temné, celé filozofické, vyžaduje trpezlivosť a stojí za to. Ursula Le Guin vie písať. (Pre záujemcov, ešte ďalšie, trochu ľahšie, odporúčania: The left hand of darknessWild girls, Those who walk from Omelas…)

A kedysi raz niekto o týchto knihách povedal, že pomôže si ich prečítať, keď sa neviete vyrovnať s tým, že vám niekto blízky zomrel. Ak budete v takej situácii, prečítajte. Pomôže.  

It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.

To light a candle is to cast a shadow… 

Was I to join them therefore? To let their acts rule my own? I will not make their choices for them, nor will I let them make mine for me.

As a child in Atuan, Tenar had learned how to learn. As a stranger in Gont, she had found that people liked to teach. She had learned to be taught and so to be accepted, her foreignness forgotten.

‘Will you be about the house?’ she asked him, across some distance. ‘Therru’s asleep. I want to walk a little.’
‘Yes. Go on,’ he said, and she went on, pondering at the indifference of a man towards exigencies that ruled a woman: that someone must be not far from a sleeping child, that one’s freedom meant another’s unfreedom unless some ever-changing, moving balance were reached, like a balance of a body moving forward, as she did now on two legs, first one then the other, in the practice of that remarkable art, walking…

‘How she’s changing!’ she said. ‘I can’t keep up with her. I’m old to be bringing up a child. And she… She obeys me, but only because she wants to.’
‘It’s the only justification for obedience,’ Ged observed.

Keď som dočítala Zememorie, tak som sa pustila do knižky, ktorú mala na dovolenke Kika: Kelly Barnhill: Dievča, ktoré pilo mesačný svit. Prvá polovica výborná, druhá sa dala spraviť aj lepšie. 

Každý rok ľudia v Protektoráte obetujú jedného novorodenca čarodejnici, ktorá žije hlboko v lesoch. Už od nepamäti vedia, že len tak ochránia svoje mesto pred jej čarami. Lenže čarodejnica Xan vôbec nie je zlá. Naopak, o opustené dieťa sa postará, nakŕmi ho hviezdnym svitom a nájde mu novú, milujúcu rodinu na opačnej strane lesa. Raz však omylom nakŕmi malé dievčatko mesačným svitom a tomu potom začne v žilách kolovať mágia. Xan sa rozhodne, že dievčatko vychová sama. Dá mu meno Luna a jeho čarovné schopnosti uzamkne do času, keď bude mať trinásť rokov. Lenže s blížiacimi sa trinástymi narodeninami sa kúzla začínajú drať na povrch. Nad lesom sa zlietajú obrovské kŕdle desivých vtákov, pod zemou sa prebúdza sopka a les obchádza žena so srdcom tigra. Z Protektorátu mieri do lesa muž, ktorý je rozhodnutý zabiť čarodejnicu. Čoskoro bude musieť Luna chrániť tých, ktorí doteraz chránili ju. A postaviť sa proti skutočnému zlu…

A potom ešte elektronicky tento cantos: Dan Simmons: Hyperion. Písané v duchu Canterburských poviedok, je to šesť príbehov, ktoré si rozprávajú siedmi spolupútnici. Príbehy sú rozmanité a (pre mňa okrem jedného) zaujímavé, ale nie je to kniha, ku ktorej by som sa ešte chcela vrátiť.  

After fifty-five years of dedicating his life and work to the story of ethical systems, Sol Weintraub had come to a single, unshakable conclusion: any allegiance to a deity or concept or universal principle which put obedience above decent behavior toward an innocent human being was evil.

Prison always has been a good place for writers, killing, as it does, the twin demons of mobility and diversion

I would welcome some glimmer of understanding but, failing that, working on the puzzle will suffice.
 
indicators of true giftedness in a young person: structured curiosity, empathy for others, compassion, and a fierce sense of fair play
 
[as she was getting younger] language was the hardest for him. Her vocabulary loss was like the burning of a bridge between them, the severing of a final line of hope
 
He told me what it was like to be a poet obsessed with perfection, far harsher toward his own efforts than even the most vicious critic. And the critics were vicious
 
It was hard to describe, but I’d seen rooms full of more important personages rearrange themselves to orbit around personalities like his

It no longer matters who consider themselves the masters of events. Events no longer obey their masters.

 
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