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#36 Tao

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 11:35 PM

 DialetheianMode, on 14 March 2011 - 03:37 PM, said:

Oh, and some student looked at me funny yesterday and asked "Why do you study black people?" It was a total  [face_doh!] moment.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:14 AM

Finished The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle yesterday.  Feels good, man.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:57 PM

Just wait for your second (or third) time reading it. It's one of those books where you pick up on so much more stuff with each reading. Kind of ridiculously impressive with how convoluted it is, but how much sense all these little things really do make when you go through again and realize the purpose behind all these weird little moments that just seem bizarre the first time around.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 04:51 PM

I can definitely see that.  I was thinking about how connected Kumiko's period was to the lunar cycles and how Toru thought about how the opening in the well resembled phases of the moon.  There's a ton of that stuff in there.  Apparently the English version is not only translated, but abridged?  And entire chapters were cut?  I wonder if that explains the first time we get something from (what I think is, assuming I'm remembering right) Cinnamon's POV as a boy.  It ends up making sense later but the introduction of that perspective came out of left field... it may have been before Cinnamon was introduced, even.

In any event it was great, in a post post-modern surrealist kind of way.
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#40 BIGBISCUIT

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:56 PM

Zombie Economics - It is another one of those neoliberals versus Keynesians debates. This guy writes rather well however. So far so good.
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 04:07 PM

I highly recommend Michael Lewis - The Big Short, even though it's a tiny bit outdated since people aren't as into the housing crisis now as much as they were, but it's a fantastic, entertaining, and very informed read.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 08:37 PM

 CMack, on 31 March 2011 - 04:07 PM, said:

I highly recommend Michael Lewis - The Big Short, even though it's a tiny bit outdated since people aren't as into the housing crisis now as much as they were, but it's a fantastic, entertaining, and very informed read.

I got that and Liars Poker lying around the house. I haven't got to them yet. Everybody says that guy is great though. That book I am reading is really good too.
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#43 Komusha

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:14 PM

Here's my current reading list (yes, I'm reading them all at the same time):

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets*
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close*
Teach Yourself Buddhism
King Lear
Beyond Good and Evil
The History of Western Philosophy
Look Me in the Eye, My Life With Aspergers

*re-reads

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:31 PM

I finished up Brave New World last week, currently speeding through The Picture of Dorian Gray right now...Really enjoying it, Wilde is so much fun to read. And I'm pretty sure Lord Henry is SFLU!

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:11 PM

Finished The Picture of Dorian Gray, now on to Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

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#46 Komusha

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:47 PM

 -Chris, on 05 April 2011 - 09:31 PM, said:

I finished up Brave New World last week, currently speeding through The Picture of Dorian Gray right now...Really enjoying it, Wilde is so much fun to read. And I'm pretty sure Lord Henry is SFLU!

I've always preferred Brave New World infinitely more than 1984.

Dorian Gray is great and contains so many memorable one-liners. I also find the not so subtle homoerotic elements to be kinda funny considering the time period.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:54 PM

I've yet to read 1984, but it compared nicely to Fahrenheit 451. Still think I prefer the latter, though.


Yeah I'm definitely going to have to re-read it in the future so I can mark them all, Lord Henry has at least two dozen alone. Shame he only wrote one novel, I don't particularly like reading plays.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 10:41 AM

Any of you guys read American Psycho? I finished it a few days ago and I'm still feeling rather, well, dazed.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:08 AM

 -Chris, on 06 April 2011 - 10:54 PM, said:

I've yet to read 1984, but it compared nicely to Fahrenheit 451. Still think I prefer the latter, though.


Yeah I'm definitely going to have to re-read it in the future so I can mark them all, Lord Henry has at least two dozen alone. Shame he only wrote one novel, I don't particularly like reading plays.

Did you read Brave New World Revisited afterwards? I recommend it. It's not fully accurate, but still.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:33 PM

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Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

This is the first book in Hamilton's epic space opera series that includes the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy. I heard these were awesome so I'm giving them a try. I'm enjoying it so far.


 Occam, on 08 April 2011 - 10:41 AM, said:

Any of you guys read American Psycho? I finished it a few days ago and I'm still feeling rather, well, dazed.

This has long been on my list. I love the movie. How does the book compare to movie? Is it different?

#51 phazedplasma

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:21 PM

American Psycho the book is pretty different.  the movie does a good job getting the vibe of the book, but the book is way more brutal.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:36 PM

Everyone, and I mean everyone, should read LIAR'S POKER by Michael Lewis. It's really NOT about finance, it's about incentives and the mindset of greed.

Wall Street has changed a lot since the 80s, but Liar's Poker is as relevant as ever. People don't change.

Oh and it's a ridiculously fun read.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:53 PM

 AustinSJ, on 10 April 2011 - 01:33 PM, said:


Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

This is the first book in Hamilton's epic space opera series that includes the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy. I heard these were awesome so I'm giving them a try. I'm enjoying it so far.


Fuck yeah!  The Commonwealth Saga is amazing!  I really am enjoying the sequel series too (Void series, currently on the 3rd book, I think).  I also recommend his Reality Dysfunction series.  It's 3 books, or 9, depending on how you buy it.

Anyway, right now I am on a HUGE Asimov bender.  I've read pretty much everything of his except the Robot Series, so I am currently on the 3rd book (Robots of Dawn) and I love it.  After this I plan to re-read the Foundation trilogy, along with the 2 sequels (which I've read) and the 2 prequels (which I haven't).

There is a reason the Foundation series has been awarded the title of the greatest science fiction series of all time!  Isaac Asimov is a genius!

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:00 AM

Bought A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court despite the fact I already have oodles of reading material at my disposal...I need help.  [face_coffee]

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#55 warmerdm22

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 05:04 PM

 RileyLewis, on 11 April 2011 - 11:53 PM, said:

Fuck yeah!  The Commonwealth Saga is amazing!  I really am enjoying the sequel series too (Void series, currently on the 3rd book, I think).  I also recommend his Reality Dysfunction series.  It's 3 books, or 9, depending on how you buy it.

Anyway, right now I am on a HUGE Asimov bender.  I've read pretty much everything of his except the Robot Series, so I am currently on the 3rd book (Robots of Dawn) and I love it.  After this I plan to re-read the Foundation trilogy, along with the 2 sequels (which I've read) and the 2 prequels (which I haven't).

There is a reason the Foundation series has been awarded the title of the greatest science fiction series of all time!  Isaac Asimov is a genius!

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I really enjoyed the commonwealth saga - especially Pandora's Star, but they were all good.  For whatever reason, I could not get into the Void series.  Maybe I started it too quickly after finishing the Commonwealth and it's fairly different, but got about 50 pages in and had no interest in continuing.  I have it on the kindle though so I will probably revisit it.

Foundation is great, also.  I read it years ago and then revisited it early last year.  Good times.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:59 AM

That sounds like a fun way to learn about science.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:09 PM

 -Chris, on 15 April 2011 - 10:00 AM, said:

Bought A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court despite the fact I already have oodles of reading material at my disposal...I need help.  [face_coffee]

Just picked up Empire Falls and The Sound and the Fury for $8 total at Half-Price Books (both in pristine condition)...I'm trying to tell myself it was a good deal and I shouldn't be ashamed, but I feel dirty for my perpetual inability to say 'No'.  :(

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:54 AM

So does your mom.

So Game of Thrones came out on HBO on Sunday.  I've been looking forward to it, as i really enjoyed that book, but I doubt their ability to maintain a coherent TV adaptation past the first novel.  They'll have to do a LOT of clever writing to keep the story interesting, stick to the central plot line without getting bogged down in the many extraneous characters/plots that Martin introducts, especially after Clash of Kings.

Despite his total lack of restraint or a powerful editor, I'm still looking forward to the end of the five year drought of books.  Supposedly Dance of Dragons is actually showing up in July!

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:39 PM

My mom had a massive stroke 2.5 years ago and died. Joke's on you!

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 04:47 PM

Just started Studs Terkels' the Good War.  Really interesting so far!

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:41 PM

 warmerdm22, on 19 April 2011 - 10:54 AM, said:

So does your mom.

So Game of Thrones came out on HBO on Sunday.  I've been looking forward to it, as i really enjoyed that book, but I doubt their ability to maintain a coherent TV adaptation past the first novel.  They'll have to do a LOT of clever writing to keep the story interesting, stick to the central plot line without getting bogged down in the many extraneous characters/plots that Martin introducts, especially after Clash of Kings.

Despite his total lack of restraint or a powerful editor, I'm still looking forward to the end of the five year drought of books.  Supposedly Dance of Dragons is actually showing up in July!

Oh you won't have to worry about that, warmer.

I doubt the show will last beyond Season 2 anyway simply because it's just too damned expensive to keep in production for what is very much a niche market.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:32 PM

Can we unpin this since no one cares, and pin the CT?

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:29 AM

Yeah, I mean this thread is used once per week, and at least the CT is more widely accepted.  Who cares about the policy of the BC boards?  I mean, there was a reason everyone left IGN, and it wasn't because they were listening to what users want.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:07 PM

 warmerdm22, on 03 May 2011 - 02:32 PM, said:

Can we unpin this since no one cares, and pin the CT?

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:52 PM

I'm reading this

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:00 AM

What does CEB mean :<> ?
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:14 AM

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:22 AM

Eh ... now I look stupid. Well, thanks.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 01:13 PM

 SFLUFAN, on 25 May 2011 - 06:14 AM, said:

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I was checking out the last few posts and thought you were making a joke that that's what you were reading.
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#70 AustinSJ

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:32 PM

The CEB is so sad. It has devolved to save_man and BT talking to themselves. It was inevitable really.




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