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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby gronank » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:22 pm

Julius Aurora wrote:I read it for that very reason. Didn't really help, more the pity.

It depends on the game. For the principle to apply it really needs an extensive focus on movement and positioning.
It applies very well to grognard games such as The operational art of war and I put some of it to use in my Starcraft play.

May I inquire where you tried to apply the books advice?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:34 pm

I'm playing Shogun 2. It might help.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:46 pm

fueledbycoffee wrote:I think Napoleon should have read it. Oh, and Hitler. [/size]


They should have listened to Vizzini: "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! "
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:23 pm

Just finished Dune Messiah, the sequel to Dune by Frank Herbert. Not as good as the first of course, but still magnificently written.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:26 am

Ubi Dubium wrote:
fueledbycoffee wrote:I think Napoleon should have read it. Oh, and Hitler. [/size]


They should have listened to Vizzini: "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! "


The Carthaginians have just lost Sicily in the First Punic war...another lesson, never bring your huge Mercenary Army home to your city and leave them to seeth whilst you haven't paid them :facewall: .
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:13 pm

black bart wrote:The Carthaginians have just lost Sicily in the First Punic war


Dude, that was nearly 2300 year ago. Have you turned on the BBC lately?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:29 pm

PKMKII wrote:
black bart wrote:The Carthaginians have just lost Sicily in the First Punic war


Dude, that was nearly 2300 year ago. Have you turned on the BBC lately?


He'll be even more surprised when the Carthaginians lose Carthage. Curse that Scipio pig.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:08 am

Julius Aurora wrote:
PKMKII wrote:
black bart wrote:The Carthaginians have just lost Sicily in the First Punic war


Dude, that was nearly 2300 year ago. Have you turned on the BBC lately?


He'll be even more surprised when the Carthaginians lose Carthage. Curse that Scipio pig.


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :cry: I was planning to go there on holiday again!*


*We went to Tunisia for our hols last year...shortly before the all North African shit hit the fan.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:06 am

Julius Aurora wrote:
PKMKII wrote:
black bart wrote:The Carthaginians have just lost Sicily in the First Punic war


Dude, that was nearly 2300 year ago. Have you turned on the BBC lately?


He'll be even more surprised when the Carthaginians lose Carthage. Curse that Scipio pig.


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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:04 am

Hannibal is on the march for Rome...with his Celtic shock troops he can't go wrong..just a few mountains in the way.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:37 pm

What's the old platitude about him, Hannibal could win a battle but couldn't use it? Something like that.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:08 pm

Finally finished Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks. All about the cognitive psychology and neuroscience of music. (I think Roy would enjoy it very much). A few observations:

- The ability of the brain to cope and adjust to traumatic injury and loss is fascinating. The way other parts can take over for damaged sections, the flexibility, just makes you realize how far away our technology is from our biology.
- Music's staying power in our brain is epic. There were so many examples of people who had high levels of dysfunction, advanced Alzheimer's, inability to hold short-term memory, who could hear a tune and immediately be able to play along, note for note.
- He talked about an interesting disorder called William's Syndrome. It's like the reverse of autism. People are hypersocial, hold large and complex vocabularies, can craft narratives, and have a deep love and often talent for music. But they're incapable of setting a table for dinner or doing basic math.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:44 pm

"The Grand Idea" by Joel Achenbach. It's about George Washington's attempts to connect the Potomac to the Ohio. It's also the best biography of Washington I've read to date. Washington is a hard man to get to know, but Achenbach is doing an excellent job. Achenbach is one of my favorite writers, since he started as the Washington Post's science writer.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:55 am

Ubi Dubius wrote:"The Grand Idea" by Joel Achenbach. It's about George Washington's attempts to connect the Potomac to the Ohio. It's also the best biography of Washington I've read to date. Washington is a hard man to get to know, but Achenbach is doing an excellent job. Achenbach is one of my favorite writers, since he started as the Washington Post's science writer.


Did you see PK's post about the Boston Tea Party? I am also reading some stuff about the American Civil war at the moment. Apparently the majority of British politicians supported the South (not in any tangible way thank goodness) but Queen Victoria supported the North against slavery.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:03 am

Well if you look at the southern way of life, prior to the end of the end of the civil war, it was very similar to the English aristocracy. You had a small handful of wealthy, land-owning white males with a disproportionate amount of political influence. Most of the people working their land were poor, powerless, and earned slave wages (either figuratively or literally). Plus, these land owners had a general culture of foppishness and pretensions of high society.
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