Back in December, I find myself wondering what the difference between all these lists were. The New York Times, Washington Post, Amazon, EW, everyone and their mother was putting out “Best of” lists.
As part 2 of looking at the best of 2012 book round-ups, here are the top 18 non-fiction books based on the 10 different lists that I looked at (see previous post on “Best Fiction Books 0f 2012”).
Happy Hobbit Day! 🙂 And thus this photo journey needs, with a view from Lake Te Anau in the spirit of “journeys yet to be taken” and a few thoughts. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” (G.K. Chesterton) “Our life is like a land journey: …
From sunny skies to rolling clouds to fog, wind, and rain… then back to sunny skies. The weather’s no joke but regardless, the fjords are beautiful.
On the way to Doubtful Sound and Milford Fjords…
After reading an article at Open Culture providing links to a number of “Best Books of 2012” lists, it got me thinking. As I thought about what I wanted to read on the 62 hours in various airplanes this winter break, I decided to apply my academic skills to figure out what I am going to read.
On the South Island, you have two different types of rain forests, glaciers, fjords, large outcroppings and cliffs of rock, and snow all within proximity of each other. Amazing.
New Zealand’s South Island has not one but TWO rain types of rain forests, a temperate, deciduous rain forest and a cold rain forest.
After I wandered around the North and South Islands, it was interesting watching LOTRs again and see how a lot of these places were utilized in the movie. The ecological diversity in NZ is amazing. Next up, the South Island…
The tour guide told us “So the hash marks on the side of the post mark the height of an average hobbit” and then had all of us take pictures. When it was my turn, she enthusiastically said “Hey, we have ourselves a hobbit.”
In honor of the world-wide release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” the next 7 days will be devoted to sharing different parts of New Zealand which is an amazingly beautiful and diverse place.
The end of the semester is always crazy. Piles of papers to grade, frantic students… Which is why it’s so ridiculous that for the past two nights I have stayed up reading “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.