Nice Guy Tom's Random Thoughts

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Location: Massachusetts, United States

From Upstate NY now living in Boston- takin' what their givin' 'cuz I'm workin' for a livin'

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

That's a Wrap

Well, almost four months without a post.

I think this blog has run it's course. Hope you all enjoyed it.

If you are still interested in what's going on with me, you can find me on Facebook.

Turn out the lights. The party is over.

Monday, June 01, 2009


We watched WALL-E this weekend. I didn’t like it that much. It was a little too political for me to enjoy as a kid’s movie, and a little too goofy for me to enjoy as a serious film. I don’t know, just didn’t work for me. Even if everyone had the choice to turn into fat blobs, does that mean everyone would?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Courtier and the Heretic

I’m going to totally nerd out on you people. I just finished The Courtier and the Heretic, by Matthew Stewart. Thumbs up. This is an interesting book about the personal and philosophical relationship between Gottfried Leibniz and Bento Spinoza. For those not familiar with them, they were two philosophers of the 17th Century. I know it sounds boring, but if you take the time to read the book it is a super portrait of who these people really were- as human beings, rather than philosophical icons. A lot of the way our modern society thinks about the world seems so obvious to us, with all our scientific knowledge, that it seems we take it for granted. This book is in part the story of two brilliant, if eccentric, men who delved bravely into the consequences of modern ideas. They were trailblazers, in a way.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

We watched Slumdog Millionaire this weekend. Thumbs up. It is pretty good. I found the dynamic of the whole plot revolving around Who Wants to be a Millionaire? a bit corny at times, but all and all it was a good movie with a really exciting ending. The part I liked most about it was the love/hate relationship between the main character and his brother. I would say it is worth a watch.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The First Rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club

I just got done reading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Thumbs way up. I loved the movie, and I the book was really cool as well. Edgy and dark. Brutal and graphic, but in an intelligent, avant-garde kind of way. I would highly recommend it to anyone who liked the movie. There is enough stuff in the book that was cut out of the movie to keep it from feeling predictable also

Thursday, April 02, 2009


I’ve been wondering what to do with this blog. I hardly ever post anymore and I’ve been considering whether I should just shut it down. But I’ve decided that maybe two or three people on this planet of six billion might still be interested. So I’ve decided I will at least use it to post quick reviews of books and movies, and maybe other stuff from time to time.

I’ll start with last book and the last movie.

I recently finished reading A Midnight Clear. Thumbs up. I had seen the movie several years ago and I thought it was terrific so I finally got around to reading the book. It really is a great story by William Wharton, about a small squad of highly intelligent GI’s in WWII who have no interest in the war other than staying alive. I won’t say much more than that because I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say it is a great read and fairly quick as well.

Last weekend we watched Sweeney Todd. Thumbs way down. Actually, I think I would have liked this movie if it wasn’t a musical. Tim Burton does another classic job of creating a universe of eerie beauty a la Sleepy Hallow. But in the end, I just don’t get musicals and I never will.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Well, I have to concede that I'm almost never posting here anymore. The new job combined with the new house combined with a bigger family doesn't leave me much spare time. I have, however, joined the ranks of Facebook. Check it out if you don't already have a profile, it is cool! Julie got me into it, and I have to admit it is fun.