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« Reply #50 on: February 08, 2010, 12:45:32 AM »

The elegant social skills that I have witnessed you deploy here belie your words.
Swaying a few others to your ways would be worth a book or three!

Thank you!  smiley   smiley   smiley

However, I must admit that it takes me quite a while to compose even the simplest post. Edit, edit, edit...
If I only had that kind of time when responding to others verbally.

Side note: I read both books today.
The tactics discussed might work on people of average intelligence & respectable values, but they've got nothing on my subject.
He is way ahead of the game.
So, tomorrow at the book store, I'll be moving from the Self-Help section on to the Psychology section...What a project this is.
I've also read, "Dealing with Difficult People", and can now say with complete confidence that these authors have yet to encounter a truly difficult person. (Sorry, but the girl in the copy room who ignores me when I need help just doesn't meet my criteria as a "difficult person".)
In any case, I have one more book to try, "The Art of Manipulation". (Talk about sinking morals and values. Eeessshh...)
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« Reply #51 on: February 08, 2010, 10:35:13 AM »

I have one more book to try, "The Art of Manipulation". (Talk about sinking morals and values. Eeessshh...)
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« Reply #52 on: February 08, 2010, 12:37:21 PM »

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Thank you! Unfortunately, this one is for helping those whose minds have been played around with.
I don't want to help my subject, I need him to help me.
If anyone knows of a book on this subject, here's the problem:
[Warning: It's personal & kind of heavy & I'll totally understand if I get no responses  smiley  ]

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« Reply #53 on: February 08, 2010, 05:12:22 PM »

Hi Sarah - I'd say that you should heed this (your own) advice:

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it's best to avoid accepting help from anyone who resents the favor they're doing for you.

As far as books/articles that might help you, I can offer none. But I am sending you some DC credits to help offset the cost of a cat-sitter!
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« Reply #54 on: February 08, 2010, 07:12:44 PM »

As far as books/articles that might help you, I can offer none. But I am sending you some DC credits to help offset the cost of a cat-sitter!

O M G !!!


Darwin,

what a wonderful & kind gesture that is!

You're helping me & my boyfriend have a good time (I won't be worrying about her 'cause I can spoil the sitter  smiley).
You're helping an aging animal get the attention and affection she's used to, AND
You're helping the cat-sitter by helping to fill the fridge for her / him!

Your suggestion for me to take my own advice is what helped me to make up my mind, and go with the cat sitter, regardless of the cost.
So, I told my bf & he is paying for it...I don't know what he's giving up in order to do it, but I know it's a lot. Thanks to you, now I can thank the sitter in advance with a really nice tip, food, or anything to make them comfortable and to feel at home here  Wink. What a great and unexpected contribution! You rock!

You totally made my day  smiley   smiley   smiley   smiley   smiley .

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« Reply #55 on: February 08, 2010, 08:02:41 PM »

I am sending you some DC credits to help offset the cost of a cat-sitter!
Nicely done, sir!
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« Reply #56 on: February 08, 2010, 09:03:46 PM »

Anyone ever read "Var the Stick"?  I'm a fan of Piers Anthony.  He published it when I was two years old Wink
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« Reply #57 on: February 08, 2010, 10:58:49 PM »

You totally made my day  smiley   smiley   smiley   smiley   smiley .

Glad to help! I hope you have a GREAT time in France and I hope your cat has a purrfectly lovely time with the sitter  Thmbsup
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« Reply #58 on: February 16, 2010, 06:30:01 PM »

Anyone here read "Off Armageddon Reef" by David Weber.  I'm 2/3 of the way through it, and really enjoying it.
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« Reply #59 on: February 17, 2010, 11:09:50 PM »

Devil's Pact, an erotic Western thriller that is so bad it's good. My review is very NSFW. Hilarious.
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« Reply #60 on: February 18, 2010, 12:32:21 AM »

I just finished Gallistel's "Memory and the Computational Brain"; not as good a read as Organization of Action/Learning but kind of an important book for neuroscientists to read.  Well at least the first and last chapters, which argue forcefully that current models of computation and memory in the brain are lacking fundamental properties of agile explicit representation and manipulation of symbols.

Now i need to pick another book..
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« Reply #61 on: February 18, 2010, 06:43:23 AM »

erotic Western thriller
"Erotic western" and "western thriller" don't compute! smiley
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« Reply #62 on: February 18, 2010, 12:11:52 PM »

kyrathaba - I see you have the same taste in books I do, though I haven't read either of those.  I HAVE read a great many of Piers Anthony's works as well as all of the Honor Harrington series of David Weber's.  Another author I really like if you are interested is Dennis McKiernen (his last name may not be spelled right).  Also, my wife, who is a more avid recreational reader than myself, really likes Elizabeth Moon.  They are not authors of Space/Future fantasy like the two books you mentioned, but they are traditional fantasy instead.  Still you may want to look at those authors and see if they interest you as well.  If you like Piers Anthony, another series I really like if you haven't read them yet is the Apprentice Adept series.  It is a cross-over series of fantasy books - both traditional and sci-fi/future fantasy.  Well written and very entertaining.

As for books I am currently reading, well I am mostly reading work-related whitepapers so I rarely read books anymore.  If I had to say one, though, it would have to be Terry Pratchett's Soul Music.  And I just finished reading the last Harry Potter book, so that series is done.  cheesy
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« Reply #63 on: February 18, 2010, 02:25:34 PM »

Haven't posted in a while. This is what I can remeber from the past month:

Just finished "The Neck of the Giraffe" by Francis Hitchings, which was very disappointing, primarily because its treatment of evolutionary theory is VERY uneven - in places I got the impression he hadn't a clue about what he is writing about (natural selection) and yet in others I thought he did a reasonable job of presenting the concepts (genetics).  I am currently reading Richard Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth", which is better. Next up are "The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived" by Clive Finlayson and "The Calculus Lifesaver" by Adrian Banner. Prior to "The Neck of the Giraffe", I read "North America's great ape, the Sasquatch : a wildlife biologist looks at the continent's most misunderstood large mammal" by John A. Bindernagel (his grandsons are in my sons' classes at school) and "Sasquatch : legend meets science" by Jeff Meldrum. I found the last quite disappointing. Bindernagel's book didn't get preachy or try to "convert" the reader to the cause, he simply stated at the outset that he was making the assumption that Big Foot/Sasquatches are real and presented a discussion and interpretation of the evidence. Meldrum's book was almost evangelical in its presentation of the evidence and anecdotes, which I found annoying. I remain very skeptical about the existence of sasquatches, but enjoy reading about them.

The last fiction that I read were: "Through Black Spruce" by Joseph Boyden (excellent), Michael Connelley's penultimate effort, "The Scarecrow" (very good), and "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card - one of my all time favourites. I have a P.D. James novel queued up for a read courtesy of my mother, but I don't know the title.

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EDIT 2: added a missing link  Grin
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« Reply #64 on: February 18, 2010, 08:46:12 PM »

Steeladept, thanks for the suggestions.  I read the Apprentice Adept series years ago, but wouldn't mind a re-read.  Here are some more authors I've enjoyed:

Fred Saberhagen
Troy Denning
Raymond E. Feist
David Eddings
China Mieville
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« Reply #65 on: February 18, 2010, 09:28:25 PM »

"Erotic western" and "western thriller" don't compute! smiley

That's why you have to read the review. The book is badddddd. So bad, it's good.
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« Reply #66 on: February 19, 2010, 04:01:37 AM »

Michael Connelley's penultimate effort, "The Scarecrow" (very good),

We enjoyed The Scarecrow too; though it got very mixed (almost polarized) reviews on GoodReads.
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« Reply #67 on: February 19, 2010, 11:03:43 AM »

I have been challenged, by my wife, to read every one of the books in my massive collection (just over 150) of Isaac Asimov literature.

I am [re]reading Robot Visions.

Among my favorites are:
  • Nightfall
  • The Centennial Man
  • I, Robot
  • The End of Eternity
  • Both his autobiographies
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« Reply #68 on: February 21, 2010, 02:21:28 AM »

Non-fiction
Currently reading the advance uncorrected proofs of 'Are the Rich Necessary?', by Hunter Lewis (found in a thrift store some time ago, so they are no longer 'advance' at all).
It's okay; I have not read in the economics field before, so I can't compare it to other works, but it has convinced me that some things I previously considered self-evident might not be true at all. It has also convinced me that economics is a seriously vague and muddled subject.

I had begun sporadically working through Ronald Mak's first go at 'Writing Compilers and Interpreters' (quite old), then got sidetracked by the discovery of this site and beginning to work through the Basic section of the DC Programming School. I'll probably get back to that soon.

The last remaining book in my current to-read stack at home is 'Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid'. I started it once before, because it just felt like one of those books I should be ashamed of not having read if I want to keep my nerd cred, but put it back down (don't remember why). Hopefully I'll get to it soon as well...

Fiction
One of the old collections of Van Vogt (SF writer from way back, once famous for writing 'Slan'). I'm away from home right now, so I can't look in my read-and-going-to-pass-it-on box to check the title, but I think it was either 'Destination: Universe!' or 'The Book of Van Vogt'.

On the somewhat newer (by my standards) front, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Cabinet of Curiosities' by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The Aloysius X. L. Pendergast character in particular is the kind I enjoy, i.e. hyper-intelligent and eccentric.


On a side note, I have to admit to being impressed by some of the titles mentioned in this thread; Darwin and Mouser in particular appear to be reading at a level that makes my selections look like 'Thinner thighs in Thirty Days'.  Thmbsup
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« Reply #69 on: February 21, 2010, 03:18:09 AM »

I have been challenged, by my wife, to read every one of the books in my massive collection (just over 150) of Isaac Asimov literature.
ohmy that's quite an Asimov collection, indeed! I've only read "I, Robot", which I really liked, btw. I've got a few more that I want to read eventually.

Currently reading "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carrol
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« Reply #70 on: February 21, 2010, 11:30:37 AM »

I have been challenged, by my wife, to read every one of the books in my massive collection (just over 150) of Isaac Asimov literature.

I've got to admire such a noble quest.
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« Reply #71 on: February 21, 2010, 12:41:34 PM »

Hey Guys, I admit I haven't read a fiction book for ages. At the moment I am looking for inspiring stories, does anyone have a favourite biography?
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« Reply #72 on: February 21, 2010, 02:46:46 PM »

One of the old collections of Van Vogt (SF writer from way back, once famous for writing 'Slan'). I'm away from home right now, so I can't look in my read-and-going-to-pass-it-on box to check the title, but I think it was either 'Destination: Universe!' or 'The Book of Van Vogt'.
Wikipedia page on A. E. van Vogt.  You do realise that DC supporting members and above are Slans, don't you?  Cool
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« Reply #73 on: March 02, 2010, 05:42:13 PM »

The two last books I've read were:
The Noticer, by Andy Andrews, http://www.andyandrews.co...ooks/product/the-noticer/  
The Shack, by William P Young, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shack


"Finally, a guy meets God!" To me, a non-atheist, The Shack was mindblowing. It is like realizing yet another dimension. It is well written, and it is so full of understanding on the highest level, that I have had a hard time understanding it was 'merely' written by a human. It is out of this world.


Quote from: about 'The Shack'
An exceptional piece of writing that ushers you directly into the heart and nature of God in the midst of agonizing human suffering. This amazing story will challenge you to consider the person and the plan of God in more expansive terms than you may have ever dreamed.

David Gregory, author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger

The Shack is also offered as an Audio♩♪♫♬Book
http://theshackbook.com/




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The Noticer is a fantastic clever book. It doesn't reveal a new dimension but it takes away the veil that may be covering what is already in front of you. "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective".

It comes in all sorts of formats, printed and electronic. I am attaching a large print sample pdf version:
 
* The Noticer - Andy Andrews - LargePrintSample.zip


The book has been followed by a large scale project: http://www.thenoticerproject.com/

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« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2010, 08:35:57 PM »

it takes away the veal that may be covering what is already in front of you.

I'm pretty sure you meant 'veil'; the other way would be mighty gross, I suspect. cheesy

On the other hand, walking through curtains of veal might be interesting if you're feeling peckish...
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