I am now the proud owner of two Carl Sagan books, The Demon Haunted World (Amazon, Kalahari) and Billions and Billions (Amazon, Kalahari), as well as Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, a set of seven DVDs (Amazon).
As my time is limited, I will probably not be reading or watching any of it, until October. Still, it was inevitable that I at least make a start. The prologue of The Demon Haunted World fell to my onslaught last night, and the first few pages of the first chapter this morning. I’m sure I will enjoy Carl Sagan immensely. (I also want to be able to blog while reading, another reason why I should only read when I have enough time.)
Now, about the Cosmos DVDs, and DVD regions…
UPDATE: I had a little rant here about how DVD regions are evil, and how I might have to make an “illegal” copy in order to continue watching the DVDs I own. Well, turns out I was an idiot. I recently re-installed Linux, and forgot I had not yet installed the “DVD cracking library”, libdvdcss. It seems I have no problem watching DVDs from various regions. The fact that the encryption has to be cracked, potentially illegally, so that I can watch the DVDs I own… is not worthy of a rant.
About the content: again, while I won’t watch them now, I had to glance at least at a few minutes of this series from 1980. While it is easy to see the recordings are rather dated, I hear the content is still completely relevant. Hopefully I’ll be watching it later this year.