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Netflix and The Great Train Robbery (2003-10-27 - 4:35 p.m.)

First things first.

I must extol the virtues of Netflix!

That's right! If you have a computer (and you must if you're reading this), and any kind of credit card (debit cards will work, too), and you rent DVDs from Blockbuster, you MUST try Netflix!

For a flat monthly fee of 19.95, you can have up to three DVDs at a time with no due date, no late fees, and Netflix pays all the postage, both directions. Folks, it is a "win/win" proposition. And they have a warehouse near you, so the turnaround time is very quick.

Try it! You'll like it! And Blockbuster should be VERY afraid!

Ok, the next thing.

A brief book review of a rather old book. Well, not REAL old, just kind of old. I have recently finished reading The Great Train Robbery by a very young Michael Crichton, best know probably for Jurassic Park and The Lost World. This book, written in 1975 and made into a movie starring Sean Connery in 1979 (I haven't seen the movie, yet), is a fictional account of what might have happened in a real event.

The Great Train Robbery actually happened, and is known as being the largest robbery in history. Crichton, I believe, does a marvelous job of relating a possible scenario of this robbery. The dialect is astounding, and, at times, almost unintelligible. So much so, that the characters in the story even have to look to each other for interpretation. Apparently, these British have quite a corner on slang dialects.

Anyway, it is a delightful 266 pages as you get into the mind of a mastermind thief as he plans this robbery. I recommend it for anyone.

Currently reading Carved in Rock, a book of short stories by rock musicians, edited by Greg Kihn.

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