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“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#1 Sep 7, 2011
...another (probably fruitless) attempt to start a conversation that veers away from the same old stuff. Can we make it page three without resuming squabbles from other threads? We'll see...

I'm reading All You Need Is Ears by George Martin.
The Solipsist

Covent Garden, UK

#2 Sep 7, 2011
Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture, by Martin Fowler et al.

I recently read The Ancestor's Tale by R. Dawkins, which I highly recommend.
nina

Surrey, Canada

#3 Sep 7, 2011
I just finished:

the Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs

http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/book-r...

and

Elvis, Hank and Me - the story of the Louisiana Hayride

and I am 3/4 done The Trials of Lenny Bruce

hmmmm, I need to get some vampire romcoms back in that mix

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#4 Sep 7, 2011
ebay for dummies

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#5 Sep 7, 2011
Jonathan Kozol's Illiterate America
Amused

Lowell, MA

#6 Sep 8, 2011
The Explosive Child and The Complete Guide to Aspergers Syndrome.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 8, 2011
What a great collection so far. One of the things that I'm learning from Martin's book is that, while he is best known for producing the bulk of the Beatles' recordings, he also produced those of many other artists as well as performing himself from time to time as an oboist. He also writes about technical details of recording that would otherwise elude me--I do a bit of recording myself--and the enormous change that he's seen in that department over the course of his lifetime. Ive also read Geoff Emerick's book, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles. Both are great reads--highly recommended.

“Darwin died for your sins”

Since: Aug 08

Nunya

#8 Sep 8, 2011
I just finished "God No!" by Penn Jillete. It was good read and very funny.

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#9 Sep 9, 2011
nina wrote:
I just finished:
the Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/book-r...
and
Elvis, Hank and Me - the story of the Louisiana Hayride
and I am 3/4 done The Trials of Lenny Bruce
hmmmm, I need to get some vampire romcoms back in that mix
I read "The Year of Living Biblically" - enjoyable read. Isn't he a columnist for Vanity Fair?

I'm currently reading "The Scramble for Africa" by Thomas Pakenham.
An interesting history of the colonial nations race to get what they can from Africa.

Also, if you need a little light relief you could do worse than check this out:

Potty, Fartwell and Knob: From Luke Warm to Minty Badger - Extraordinary But True Names of British People

If you're as childish as I am it will cheer you up all day.

It certainly made me made me laugh out loud.

http://www.russellash.com/pottyfartwellandkno...

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#10 Sep 9, 2011
madscot wrote:
I just finished "God No!" by Penn Jillete. It was good read and very funny.
Ah, that's on my list of books to get.

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#11 Sep 9, 2011
Weird

“Darwin died for your sins”

Since: Aug 08

Nunya

#12 Sep 9, 2011
Khatru wrote:
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Ah, that's on my list of books to get.
Ir was different than I thought it would be. But a good read anyway.
Luke

Perth, Australia

#13 Oct 4, 2011
I've just started "Science without the Boring Bits - Cranks, Curiosities, Crazy Experiments and Wild Speculation".

It's a collection of outdated and weird concepts put forward on how the world works as well as some of the more bizarre ways that current accepted theories were discovered. It starts 3929 BCE and moves through to the modern age.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#14 Oct 4, 2011
ooh, that sounds very funny--and like it belongs on my reading list, too.
Luke

Perth, Australia

#15 Oct 4, 2011
NightSerf wrote:
ooh, that sounds very funny--and like it belongs on my reading list, too.
Yeah it's got some really interesting facts in it.
For instance did you know that phosphorus was discovered by the boiling of rancid urine and the heating of WHAT remained after the boiling process?

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#16 Oct 5, 2011
Luke wrote:
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Yeah it's got some really interesting facts in it.
For instance did you know that phosphorus was discovered by the boiling of rancid urine and the heating of WHAT remained after the boiling process?
wow--did the phosphorous ignite? POOF!!!
Gillette

Fairfield, IA

#17 Oct 5, 2011
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough
Luke

Perth, Australia

#18 Oct 5, 2011
NightSerf wrote:
<quoted text>
wow--did the phosphorous ignite? POOF!!!
Not quite, it did however glow bright enough he used it as a reading light.
Luke

Perth, Australia

#19 Oct 5, 2011
NightSerf wrote:
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wow--did the phosphorous ignite? POOF!!!
Hennig Brand was trying to create the philosopher’s stone thru distillation of some salts by evaporating urine.
Luke

Perth, Australia

#20 Oct 6, 2011
Khatru wrote:
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Also, if you need a little light relief you could do worse than check this out:
Potty, Fartwell and Knob: From Luke Warm to Minty Badger - Extraordinary But True Names of British People
If you're as childish as I am it will cheer you up all day.
It certainly made me made me laugh out loud.
http://www.russellash.com/pottyfartwellandkno...
I don't mind a cheap laugh.
Thanks for the link.
Gonna order myself a copy of that.:)

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