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Sat, 29 May 2010 03:40:58
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Kinda like the movie/tv/or gaming forum, but superior in its wordy girth.

I just finished the book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb. The writing was much more enjoyable than I expected (and so were the illustrations), and also far less violent as well. Richard Dawkins needs to grow some fucking balls. Of course his fear of God is what God wants right? And yes, the fact that he is aware God doesn't exist, doesn't change this. Anyway I was a little confused as to how he or anyone else could somehow derive the inspiration for violence from this (and yes this is only a small part of it) work, until I came to R. Crumb's notes. At that point I was pretty much ready to murder someone. Luckily Richard Dawkins is a lot closer to playing into the hands of religious war than I, as my violence was from anger, not fear.

And violence from anger would thankfully result in me killing a few people, rather than a society using fear to slaughter masses. Fear or circumsion.

Umm, before that I read a book on emotions in dogs, and other animals, by Patriccia McConnel. Can't remember the title. That also made me want to kill people, especially her. Unfortuantely despite me being able to sit, I still have a very low tolerence for certain things, especially when presented aside such great and well researched info. That just makes it all the worse.
Great book that I would recommend if I could remember the title.

And what will I read next? I can't predict the future; am I God?

Actually I can: I will read a Norweigen book on calming signals which is likely to make me murder someone as well. Imagine what I'd do if I read Caeser Milan? Okay, then there might be mass slaughter.  Looks like I was wrong.

So what have you been reading? What do you want to read? etc. you know the drill!
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Am currently reading:


Don't Make Me Think


Will after be reading:


Surely You're Joking Mr. Feyman

I wish I were reading:

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I'm currently reading a few books, which is how I do it.  I just finished:

The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst.  This guy was a pitcher on a minor league team I used to go see weekly.  He's a pretty good writer.

Now Reading:

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris.  This is the second voluem, it deal with Roosevelt's presidency.

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer.  This is a sociology book about how mass movements work.  It was written in the fifties.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis.  I always get Lewis' books.  This one deals with the derivatives scandal that crashed the global financial markets 2007-2009.


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Sat, 29 May 2010 11:39:27
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I recently finished:

Now reading:

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and bits and pieces of

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How was the road Bugs?



Greatest cover ever. LOL
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hey do not diss Feynman.

the Road was very good.  after reading Blood Meridian i never wanted to read another cormac mccarthy book, but i'm glad i made an exception.

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bugsonglass said:

hey do not diss Feynman.

the Road was very good.  after reading Blood Meridian i never wanted to read another cormac mccarthy book, but i'm glad i made an exception.

But he doesn't care what other people think. Nyaa

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There is a book thread?

DO NOT WANT

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Nyaa

Read the Night/Day/Dusk/Last Watch books guys, by Sergei Lukayenkyo.

Good books about an alternate world, sorta like Matrixy with vampires and magicians. It's better than Harry Potter, like an adult version.

If you're worried, try watching the Night Watch movie first. But the books are much better.

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Sun, 06 Jun 2010 03:49:49
The Norwegian dog book was not as enraging as expected. There's something to be said for literal translations.

Anyway just finished Asterios Polyp by David Mazzuchelli. Much better than I expected, though I expected it to be pretty bad. Much better to go into a comic book expecting it to be bad, than good. Not what I did with V for Vendetta, and needless to say I thought that was absolutely terrible. Asterios Polyp on the other hand was extremely good. Good drawings, good writing, and for once in a comic book, well written characters. Yay.
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Sun, 06 Jun 2010 06:39:46

bugsonglass said:

hey do not diss Feynman.

the Road was very good.  after reading Blood Meridian i never wanted to read another cormac mccarthy book, but i'm glad i made an exception.

I thought the road was ok - does this mean you really don't recommend Meridian?

Reading


and want to start reading


and just decided 15 minutes ago that I want to buy and read

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Sun, 06 Jun 2010 08:07:42

angrymonkey said:

bugsonglass said:

hey do not diss Feynman.

the Road was very good.  after reading Blood Meridian i never wanted to read another cormac mccarthy book, but i'm glad i made an exception.

I thought the road was ok - does this mean you really don't recommend Meridian?

 hard to say on Blood Meridian, I don't want to put you off it, if you might enjoy it.  For me it was just too slow and hard going.  Required a lot of hard work.  I guess the fact that I read it through to the end despite that means it was good.  My favourite story of CMcC I think is "no country for old men" even though I've only seen the film.  Wouldn't mind reading the book.

Just Finished The Sea by John Banville.  I'd never read John Banville before even though he is highly touted.  Now I know why.  Excellent writer, very powerful and entirely unique style.  I definitely want to read more.

Next I bought and will be starting:


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Sun, 06 Jun 2010 15:26:04
angrymonkey said:

 and just decided 15 minutes ago that I want to buy and read

 That's one I've been wanting to read.

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Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:55:03

bugsonglass said:

Next I bought and will be starting:

the slap by christos tsiolkas

Let me know how that is. I was almost going to buy it but a review turned me off of it - I can't remember any of the details now.

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That's one I've been wanting to read.

I like her stuff. Nickel and dimed was good. I have to read bait and switch yet.

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Wed, 09 Jun 2010 07:49:23

Nickel and Dimed was *okay* but all along she kind of had this attitude that set her aside from the real workers.  If you want to know what it's like for the little guy read Studs Terkel's books.  I think "Working" is the one that breaks it done.



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Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:54:46

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Nickel and Dimed was *okay* but all along she kind of had this attitude that set her aside from the real workers.  If you want to know what it's like for the little guy read Studs Terkel's books.  I think "Working" is the one that breaks it done.


Huh - I didn't get that. Well, as far I as I remember studs books are like interviews with actual people.  So they would be more natural and authentic. I like what I've read of his - have to read more. I listened to a great interview with him once.

To me the difference is she's a journalist and he's more like a historian of everyday people.

Would be curious if you've ever read faludi's backlash or stiffed.


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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:58:51
Programming in RPG IV

Bet you're all jealous of this one.
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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:19:01

angrymonkey said:

aspro said:

Nickel and Dimed was *okay* but all along she kind of had this attitude that set her aside from the real workers.  If you want to know what it's like for the little guy read Studs Terkel's books.  I think "Working" is the one that breaks it done.


Huh - I didn't get that. Well, as far I as I remember studs books are like interviews with actual people.  So they would be more natural and authentic. I like what I've read of his - have to read more. I listened to a great interview with him once.

To me the difference is she's a journalist and he's more like a historian of everyday people.

Would be curious if you've ever read faludi's backlash or stiffed.


That's fair.  I don;t know, I guess I just thought she was a little condescending in her tone.  No, I have not read those books, though I have heard of them.

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Programming in RPG IV

Bet you're all jealous of this one.

I'm guessing that has nothing to do with either Role Playing Games or Rocket Propelled Grenades?


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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:32:26
aspro said:

I'm guessing that has nothing to do with either Role Playing Games or Rocket Propelled Grenades?

Report Program Generator! ...ugh

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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 03:36:59
The hardcore looking cover is a bit misleading.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst  
Are full of passionate intensity.
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