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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Spadge63 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:55 pm

Just Finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman and I'm about to start The Twelve by Justin Cronin. It's book 2 of a trilogy.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:17 pm

American Gods is a favorite of mine. That's how Gaiman seduced me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by unjonharley » Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:51 pm

Geo. W Shrub has a book coming out.. Anyone that would read anything he has printed would eat shit off a dirty spoon..
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Better or worse than buy one of his paintings?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by unjonharley » Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:35 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Better or worse than buy one of his paintings?
Don't make me laugh so hard, when I have to pee.thnx depends
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by robbidobbs » Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:38 pm

Finished Tao of Pooh for umpteenth time.
Now reading Te of Piglet ditto
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Fen » Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:27 am

I just finished Brent Weeks - The night Angel triologie

and it turns out to be the best fantasy I read since several years.
Very appreciated!

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Post by Savannah » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:02 pm

Reading Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she's "learned" by Lena Dunham (writer/actress of the television series called Girls).

She's obsessed with her own navel-gazing quirkiness, but it's reasonably well-written and entertaining.
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Post by Drawingablank » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Been on an old SF kick so currently reading the Weapon Makers by A E Van Vogt.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Ratty » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:34 pm

Sin Killer. I've probably read it at least twice before but I have 2 more in sequence so I'm studying up for the books to come.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Tin Halo » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:52 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Better or worse than buy one of his paintings?
Whenever I'm around a rabid Dubya fan that 'enthuses' about his paintings as if he's some kind of regl'r guy that's gotten a bad rap, I remind them that Hitler loved to paint, as well, and some of his work got some respect.

The variety of responses never fails to entertain.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by ^Rhino! » Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:03 pm

Tin Halo wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Better or worse than buy one of his paintings?
Whenever I'm around a rabid Dubya fan that 'enthuses' about his paintings as if he's some kind of regl'r guy that's gotten a bad rap, I remind them that Hitler loved to paint, as well, and some of his work got some respect.

The variety of responses never fails to entertain.
Some of the 'good guy' Republicans actually have half a clue. Remember Howard Baker? He was paret of the congressional prosecution of Richard Nixon after Watergate, along with Democrat Sen. Howell Heflin of Alabama.Baker is a lifelong photographer, and has published a number of books containing his works, dealing with people, architecture, and nature. I kinda like his work.
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Post by geekster » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:09 am

Currently reading The History of the Second World War by B.H. Liddell Hart. It is basically a contemporaneous history with interviews of the surviving players and available archives at the time. Some interesting things come into play very early and it becomes obvious what a series of mistakes and happenstance can do.

Example: The German General Staff had already decided that Hitler was likely to cause war with France and the UK if he invaded Czechoslovakia so they had decided to stage a coup and depose Hitler. But Chamberlain flew to Munich and signed an accord handing Czechoslovakia over to Germany without a fight and that cut the plans off at the knees. There are several other twists, too, that I had no idea of. You can buy the book for less than $5 at Amazon.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:17 pm

Old Man's War
It got good buzz when it came out, and I can see why. It's a fun read, and some of the dialogue is quite snappy.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Sic Pup » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:30 am

It's been a pretty sad stretch the last few months, I need to be more selective about what I start (and probably less impulsive about what I abandon).

Louder than hell : the definitive oral history of metal / Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman - my memory sucks but one would think I might recall more from a book I read in the last three months other than questioning whether some of the interviewees fit my definition of metal (of which I can't remember any specifically). Unmemorable.

Special deluxe / Neil Young ; illustrated by the author - relieved to be actually able to finish this one after being so disappointed in the last wherein one of my favorite songwriters failed to string together any two consecutive words in any sophisticated (and sometimes meaningful) way. Enjoyed the drawings. In a word: Autocentric (in the vehicular sense)

Brief encounters : conversations, magic moments, and assorted hijinks / Dick Cavett - I was always able to overlook his pomposity enough to enjoy his wit. Read this in November - or so my library history says, I'm not sure to completion or not (which is never a good thing in any context)

High times : a 40-year history of the world's most infamous magazine / editors of High Times Magazine - can't say I read it for the articles as the actual "history" part was printed in a putrid pale pine green I found completely unreadable and bordering on aesthetically offensive, despite that, pretty pictures. Probably another library purchase request I'll live to regret having made when the revolution comes.

Sound man / Glyn Johns - another one I requested. Readable, interesting from a technical perspective more than from a rock n roll angle ( and, yes, I am aware those two concepts should never appear in the same sentence).

It's a snowy day, I think I will shovel the driveway head to the library and find something different.... maybe even venture into the world of fiction.

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Post by Ratty » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:47 am

A 1962 book centered on an insane asylum.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:49 am

Carsick by John Waters
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Post by tamarakay » Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:36 am

Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.
It's been helpful
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Post by ^Rhino! » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:25 pm

Great article in Smithsonian magazine this month on Siberian Tigers. Entitled "Return of the Big Cat" Also a great article dealing with new views of the WWI battle of Gallipoli, brought up with new archeological evidence a century old.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by tatonka » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:39 pm

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.
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Post by robbidobbs » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:33 am

tamarakay wrote:Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.
It's been helpful
Can I borrow it after you're done? It looks very good -I read reviews and an excerpt. Im in travel light mode, so I'm hesitant about buying my own copy.

I'm positively fastidious about returning books, pens and calls.

And for the record: "Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants: vol 1"

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Post by ^Rhino! » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:04 am

robbidobbs wrote:
tamarakay wrote:Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.
It's been helpful
Can I borrow it after you're done? It looks very good -I read reviews and an excerpt. Im in travel light mode, so I'm hesitant about buying my own copy.

I'm positively fastidious about returning books, pens and calls.

And for the record: "Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants: vol 1"
I just got my latest issue of "Public Works" magazine.

They had an article on effective stormwater pollution prevention that had pictures of Sherbourne Common, in Toronto, Ontario. It's the first park in Canada that integrated a stormwater treatment facility into its design. They even have ART as part of the system, where water flows over sculptures designed by artist Jill Anholt. Lit up at night, it's very appealing.

Challenge: How do you integrate ART into gray water facilities in BRC?
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Post by robbidobbs » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:32 am

Wow Rhino, Thanks for the heads up!
http://www.water-technology.net/project ... to-canada/
Just wow.
I've seen some beautiful evap pond structures on playa. One of my fav parts of post event driving around is seeing all the exposed evap ponds. They seem to be hidden in many camps, which is too bad, because I find them delightful engineering art.

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Post by ^Rhino! » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:23 pm

robbidobbs wrote:Wow Rhino, Thanks for the heads up!
http://www.water-technology.net/project ... to-canada/
Just wow.
I've seen some beautiful evap pond structures on playa. One of my fav parts of post event driving around is seeing all the exposed evap ponds. They seem to be hidden in many camps, which is too bad, because I find them delightful engineering art.
You're quite welcome, Robbi.

A thought: Clear plastic lit from underneath by LED lighting, or reflective colored spotlighting from the top, or both....it could make for an interesting evap. pond.

I still think that an evapotron should be lit up at night with lights and increase the size about 1000% The only problem is the blades on the fan would be long enough and big enough to kill somebody. Oh, well.....read the back of your ticket........
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My sister posted this to my timeline and I thought I'd share it.

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Post by motskyroonmatick » Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:15 pm

I'm reading Dune. Not too far in to it but looking forward to being immersed in it.
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Post by ^Rhino! » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:15 am

The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene by Lydia Pyne and Stephen J. Pyne.

Lydia is the daughter, a lecturer at Drexel in anthropology; Stephen, the father, is Regents Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Though geologists and stratigraphers have done a fine job (for now) of describing the deposits of the Pleistocene, this team is making a dramatic synthesis of how we as human beings came to understand our own past in this book. Based on the geology and evolutionary lineages, it's also a sweeping discovery of what the Pynes call 'the third age of discovery', space exploration and looking at ages of exploration past.

This could be a great addition to anyone's library.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by danibel » Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:36 pm

^Rhino! wrote:
I still think that an evapotron should be lit up at night with lights and increase the size about 1000% The only problem is the blades on the fan would be long enough and big enough to kill somebody. Oh, well.....read the back of your ticket........
OT a bit. I think lighting those up would cause people to try to "add" to them at night when the camp might be out and about. Hidden eval ponds are hidden for a reason. No one wants to be dumped on.


I am reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Not sure it's helping, but I feel the need to be more effective. I have "Indifferent Stars Above" queued on the kindle, as well as some other book that has "flower" in the title but I forget it exactly.
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