Reading Books

Mar 30, 2007 21:27 # 44282

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A good read. Help me out?

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Mar 30, 2007 23:51 # 44288

smashedmotif * replies...

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The Grapes of Wrath. And, if you watch the film -- it is a film, not a movie -- then you will be totally stoked!

I love reading Russian Literature!!!

Mar 31, 2007 17:06 # 44294

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A good read of...what? Fiction? Non fiction? What subject? Engineering? Manufacture of trousers since the fifteen hundreds?

Ill give a broad spectrum of things.

Rousseau's Social Contract - Interesting book but youll have to cut through a lot of bollocks and pretentiosness (sp?) about the lower classes being lower class because theyre lower class, which seems to be about the end of his logic.

An Atlas of the Universe (or something similiar) by Patrick Moore. Quite the prominent astronomer, very straightforward and clear book for even the most basic of people, but with enough detail in diagrams and charts of the stars and planets to entertain the more serious reader.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K Dick. Brilliantly entertaining and deeply meaningful at the same time, as is the norm with his work. Was used as the basis for the Blade Runner film.

I'd also suggest L.E. Modesitt's (I think thats right its some godawful spelling like that) Corean Chronicle series. I got the first book ages ago, and since I was coming home from uni for easter yesterday on thursday I thought id pick up a book from Waterstones, and saw the second book of the series on the shelf. As a result, I went home, read it, and went to bed at four in the morning to be up at seven for a lecture at nine, which was cancelled. Travelling on british rail with only three hours sleep is not recommended.

Good book, though.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Apr 01, 2007 08:04 # 44295

smashedmotif * throws in his two cents...

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pretentiosness (sp?)

You left out the letter u. Poor, poor letter u.

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This post was edited by smashedmotif on Apr 01, 2007.

Apr 01, 2007 08:16 # 44297

smashedmotif * replies...

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As a result, I went home, read it, and went to bed at four in the morning to be up at seven for a lecture at nine, which was cancelled. Travelling on british rail with only three hours sleep is not recommended.

This made me chuckle, imagining how the day must of went. Look now, you've a fabulous story to tell. :)

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Apr 01, 2007 13:23 # 44299

Deimos ** replies...

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Actually, Ive got many odd stories to tell. I am a magnet for the batshit crazy and/or the odd/embarrassing/dangerous. I had thought of starting a website about them.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Apr 01, 2007 15:44 # 44300

smashedmotif * replies...

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starting a website about them.

What's stopping you?

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Apr 01, 2007 23:42 # 44307

Deimos ** replies...

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Well. A large part of whats stopping me is that if im going to do it, im going to do it well. I have neither the money, or the technical knowledge to make a site like that to the level of my own satisfaction.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Apr 02, 2007 06:34 # 44308

smashedmotif * smiles...

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I have neither the money, or the technical knowledge

Who needs money, who needs technical knowledge?

Look at me, I have nothing and know nothing, but that didn't stop me from making a console session with NASA's Supercomputer, Columbia. Now I'm behind bars. "Hi, mom!"

Okay, okay, so that didn't happen, but, I did take a few classes at a community college. And, I only took the classes because I knew that if I wasn't in a "structured" program of some sort I'd not know where to start or what to do.

To be sure, all I've taken -- to whet my appetite for learning about this and that -- is one UNIX/Linux course and one Java course and two out of three cisco academy courses. I wanted to know what ccna was all about. Now I wish I didn't know. Just kidding.

Look at me -- again -- all I have is this inspiron 600m and a library that let's me checkout books. Not that I have time for extracurricular reading between my primary studies, but that's another story. Or something.

The biggest dilemma I see in learing anything is time. We need time to do something in the middle of what we are already doing.

Doing this and doing that seems important to us while secondary or other doings may only be dreamed about.

Time again plays another role in this latter case as it did in the former case. That is, in time, we may attend to accomplishing our dreams or the stuff we wish we could be doing.

I feel there may be some items I may wish to place in a journal entry, so before I go too far in this ramble, I'll stop here, where it seems safe.

At any rate, I wish you the best and thank you for your reply.

*wonders how this conversation ended up like this under the forum title, "Books."*

I love reading Russian Literature!!!

This post was edited by smashedmotif on Apr 02, 2007.

Apr 03, 2007 14:23 # 44329

Bunk *** throws in his two cents...

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Rousseau's Social Contract... a lot of bollocks and pretentiousness about the lower classes being lower class because they're lower class, which seems to be about the end of his logic

Seeing as you knock your own suggestion a bit, I'd recommend Rousseau's Discourse On The Origin of Inequality instead. Those are the only two works by Rousseau I've studied (probably his best known works), but out of the two I thought the Discourse was more abstract, more creative, and one of the most interesting works I've ever read.

"History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford

Apr 02, 2007 06:56 # 44310

smashedmotif * replies...

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What sort of topics interest you?

Besides Grapes of Wrath, as I mentioned earlier, you could also read science fiction books.

You could also get a field guide on birds and see what birds are around you and then read up on them. It's a good excuse, too, to go out a purchase a nice set of binoculars for bird watching.

There's that one book titled, G o l e m written by v i l k. I been meaning to read it, but just haven't gotten to it. I want to try to crack the codes of the language the author uses.

I love reading Russian Literature!!!

This post was edited by smashedmotif on Apr 02, 2007.

Jan 25, 2008 18:00 # 45407

Ameli1162 * replies...

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I have read Grapes Of Wrath, brillant book. I read books by Bill O'Reilly and Michael Savage in spare time, but fiction is generally where I stay around.

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