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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2265 on: May 21, 2012, 01:45:36 am »
Finished 'Think and Grow Rich', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Sense and Sensibility' recently.

Loved Thrones. TAGR was good but a bit new-agey at points. S&S was a bit painful at points but was decent for a Jane Austin work (unlike say, Emma.)

IMHO Austen's ok for orchestrating amusing clusterfucks, but her characters have a stick up their asses.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2266 on: May 21, 2012, 02:57:43 am »
Re-reading Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey.

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woah...wait...how can...all those things.....together?  REALLY?
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2267 on: May 21, 2012, 01:59:49 pm »
Reading George Dyson's Turing's Cathedral. True to form, the book has a picture of Turing as the front cover, and Turing never appears in the text proper (or hasn't yet except in passing, and I'm more than halfway through). I suppose if he had named it Von Neumann's Cathedral people would have been confused and he would get fewer sales, but it would be more accurate: the whole thing is about the development of the MANIAC, which could be considered to be the first solid-state electronic digital stored-program computer. The book is entertaining, though remarkably disorganized (after a chapter on the legal war with the creators of the ENIAC, he skips over to a chapter about the imprisonment of William Penn, only because both things were tangentially related to New Jersey). The technical details of the MANIAC are kind of incredible: this machine from the 1940s had 40-fold parallelism and used cathode ray tubes for RAM, and it was built using wire wrap and had no boards.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2268 on: May 21, 2012, 05:34:20 pm »
Cainad, R Scott Bakker has a blog, I thought you would like to know.

http://rsbakker.wordpress.com/

It's quite good reading, too.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2269 on: May 21, 2012, 09:26:04 pm »
Finished 'Think and Grow Rich', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Sense and Sensibility' recently.

Loved Thrones. TAGR was good but a bit new-agey at points. S&S was a bit painful at points but was decent for a Jane Austin work (unlike say, Emma.)

IMHO Austen's ok for orchestrating amusing clusterfucks, but her characters have a stick up their asses.

Yeah, agree.

When she decides to thrown in a horrible asshole, her work is really readable, but there's not enough of those characters in her work.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2270 on: May 22, 2012, 01:32:10 pm »
Cain: sweet, bookmarked.


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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2271 on: May 26, 2012, 02:25:39 pm »
Just wanted to thank Cain. I've started "Thinking, Fast and Slow", and it's a GREAT read. Easily readable in an engaging, conversational tone, packed full of verifiable information about how the brain seems to work.

So, thanks.
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« Reply #2272 on: May 26, 2012, 02:52:55 pm »
You're welcome.

And I agree with all of the above.  I'm taking notes on my Kindle, perhaps when we've both finished, we should throw up a discussion thread?  Oh so much of this has major O:MF potential.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2273 on: May 26, 2012, 05:32:08 pm »
Agreed.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2274 on: May 26, 2012, 07:17:50 pm »
I recently read Grant morrisons Supergods and it really is a book with some excellent and awful material.

They good side of it is he goes into detail about his meticulous research into comic book and shares most of it.

The other side of it is the self congratulatory wank, how he insinuates inspiring such titles as the dark knight returns and watchmen while agreeing they are among the best comics while at the same time attacking them and calling them the dark age of comics.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2275 on: May 27, 2012, 07:19:23 pm »
Cainad, it occurs to me: Kellhus is an AI, the Inchoroi are transhumanists.

Not literally, but you know what I mean, yes?
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2276 on: May 27, 2012, 07:25:57 pm »
Just started Delusions of GenderHow Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine. Very good so far and I'm enjoying how it nails to the wall the female brain/male brain dichotomy. I always thought that was a little fishy.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2277 on: May 27, 2012, 07:45:34 pm »
Just started Delusions of GenderHow Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine. Very good so far and I'm enjoying how it nails to the wall the female brain/male brain dichotomy. I always thought that was a little fishy.

Ooh, that sounds really promising!
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2278 on: May 27, 2012, 10:26:16 pm »
It is, so far. It's in that link I posted for ya - did you ever get it or did you want a quick torrent?
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« Reply #2279 on: May 27, 2012, 11:05:51 pm »
It is, so far. It's in that link I posted for ya - did you ever get it or did you want a quick torrent?

I never could get any of those to download for me, so if you wanted to hook me up, I would be in your debt.
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