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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri May 21, 2010 6:38 am

I have learned something quite interesting from the Dawkins book already:

The ancestor of all domestic dogs is the wolf.

Where's Milo? :paranoid:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Fri May 21, 2010 6:43 am

black bart wrote:I have learned something quite interesting from the Dawkins book already:

The ancestor of all domestic dogs is the wolf.

Where's Milo? :paranoid:

Here

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri May 21, 2010 6:45 am

Roland Deschain wrote:
black bart wrote:I have learned something quite interesting from the Dawkins book already:

The ancestor of all domestic dogs is the wolf.

Where's Milo? :paranoid:

Here


No, that's not Milo... that's Roy's singing surely.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri May 21, 2010 9:15 am

:haha:

Those Wolves knew what side their bread was buttered on didn't they.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby FaithfulPirate42 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:07 am

I finished The Gathering Storm recently, and having run out of books, have begun reading Goldfinger.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby TwistedSister » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:56 am

Read "Relentless" by Dean Koontz over the weekend. (actually yesterday)
Not one of his better writings, in fact, it was really rather silly at times.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ham Nox » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:50 pm

Read Paper Towns by John Green

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Predictions of Doom » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:50 pm

Reading Beatrice and Virgil right now. It reminds me of The Boy in the Striped Pyajamas, for some reason.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:30 pm

For art: Dusty Diablos.
(Great writing style! I would definitely take a class + trip to Oaxaca with him.)


For fluff: The Mermaid Chair.
(I faintly remember the Kim Basinger movie.)


For pretension: Gödel, Escher, Bach.
(Have been off & on with this one for 4 years now.)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:50 am

I'm really enjoying 'The Greatest Show on earth'...going through a section where various experiments have shown 'speeded up evolution' at work eg Forty Five Thousand generations of evolution in the lab.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:04 pm

That is a very good book. Pharyngula recently had a blog entry updating us on that experiment.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:26 am

Dr Lenski, who conducted that experiment, was asked to provide evidence of his findings to Andrew Schlafly, creationist editor of Conservapedia. Dr Lenski offered to send the data in the form of frozen bacterial cultures which any bacteriologist qualified to handle them could safely study...unfortunately Andrew Schlafly is a lawyer and the experiments were conducted on E. coli bacteria!

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Cricket » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:42 pm

For pretension: Gödel, Escher, Bach.
(Have been off & on with this one for 4 years now.)


Been reading "Same Sex Unions in PreModern Europe", John Boswell, for about that long.

It's actually fascinating, and footnoted up the wazoo (I'm a footnote whore, don't ask me why...), but it does require some actual attention, and life keeps intervening. I've re-started it for about the third time, and really do intend to finish it this time.

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Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:57 am

Email about the discussion of whether or not to boycott Phoenix, Arizona as the location for the Unitarian Universalist Associations 2012 General Assembly (Business meeting). My religion has so much ridiculous politics, it's awesome.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:32 pm

Just got back from a camping trip where I got a bit lobstery and devoured a lot of books in the shade.

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre - I've read this before but it's worth re-reading occasionally. Excellent coverage of basic experimental design and media mis-representation of science.

My S*** Life So Far by Frankie Boyle - A semi-serious autobiography, filled with swearing and abusing the reader. Very funny but not for the easily offended :wink:

The Gropes by Tom Sharpe - Not one of his best. Still readable but it takes a long time to get going and never really reaches the side-splitting level of farce that Riotous Assembly did. Sharpe should probably stop writing about now, he's pretty old and he hasn't written a really good book since the 3rd Wilt one.

The Pyjama Game by Mark Law - Hard to describe. It's a mix of judo's history, tournament details, biographies of famous judoka and Law's own judo experiences when he started after turning 50. Very informative and readable, even if he does come across as a bit of a tosspot in some sections.

Never Go Back by Robert Goddard - A pretty good thriller/whodunnit. It's a bit slow for the first bit and gets gripping about two thirds through, then fizzles out a bit towards the end. Good author though.

I read the first few chapters of The God Delusion again while waiting for a ferry, still a good book. Read it if you haven't.


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