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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:49 pm

It's ok tho, because

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:57 am

Contact by Carl Sagan. I've read a few of his other books, but never got around to reading this one. I don't know why, as the film is one of my all-time favourites, even though it does deviate quite a bit from the book, although one can understand this. If you're wondering how I know this if i've only just started reading it, I shall say that I read a synopsis of it a while ago.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Almighty Doer of Stuff » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:30 pm

KJV Bible, as I've said repeatedly. Enjoying it.

Ashley bought me the Penguin Classics English-translated Koran recently, but I hear it's a lousy translation. We'll have to compare notes whenever I get around to it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:40 pm

PKMKII wrote:NPR's list of the top 100 sci-fi/fantasy works, as voted on by readers/listeners.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:24 am

Ok, so it's not in the right thread technically but Snuff is released next week :bounce:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:55 pm

A set of plans, a project description, and agency comments from IF&W and DMR, all of which are inconsistent with reality.

But DEP (yours truly) is the asshole.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:10 pm

^ & ^^ Douglas Adams really did get it right when he wrote the first chapter of THHGttG. I hope your pain leaves soon, ET, and you can get back to reading something easier, like Gravity's Rainbow... :haha:

^^^ I've been waiting for this for ages. It's great that he can still write, albeit by dictating, now that he's in the throes of Early Onset Alzheimers. Here's to many more for many years to come.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:09 pm

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ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:A set of plans, a project description, and agency comments from IF&W and DMR, all of which are inconsistent with reality.

But DEP (yours truly) is the asshole.

:facewall:
We had one of them in the local paper quite recently. A plan for a new primary school which had one corner of the building floating between three and five metres above the ground. In order to level up the ground to build a school on it, they would have had to build a six metre tall retaining wall to stop the school falling into the river.

Primary school (full of children). Six metre retaining wall (that was not on the plans). Next to a river. School. High wall. River. I'll just leave this lot lying there and see if you can work out what is wrong with that plan.

My best one so far was a plan for a large RV park that included a pond. The surface of the pond was about 50 feet higher at one end than at the other. The water, I mean. On the plans. A sloping lake. You can try this at home, with a nice hot bowl of soup. Tip the farther edge upwards, and see how the soup stays nicely in the bowl with a lovely flat surface sloping steeply downward towards your naughty bits...
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English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:18 pm

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:My best one so far was a plan for a large RV park that included a pond. The surface of the pond was about 50 feet higher at one end than at the other. The water, I mean. On the plans. A sloping lake.
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If you had raised this kind of concern with one of my old bosses, he would have looked at you sternly while musing aloud in a voice broken with disappointment that you really lack the "vision thing". Then he would have taken your project away from you and given it to someone who is "more of a team player."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:37 pm

It does make you wonder exactly what college these architects bought, I mean earnt, their degrees at. Maybe one way of getting the message across is to take a bowl of water into their office and hold it flat, explaining that gravity does this. Then tip the bowl at the same angle as their pond and point out to them that this is their pond. Ok, maybe not so good an idea, but it's fun to think of doing it. You could then suggest to them that they could have their pond on some sort of big spinning wheel. A demonstration of a bucket of water being spun in circles would suffice to show how this works.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:49 pm

Roland Deschain wrote:It does make you wonder exactly what college these architects bought, I mean earnt, their degrees at. Maybe one way of getting the message across is to take a bowl of water into their office and hold it flat, explaining that gravity does this. Then tip the bowl at the same angle as their pond and point out to them that this is their pond. Ok, maybe not so good an idea, but it's fun to think of doing it. You could then suggest to them that they could have their pond on some sort of big spinning wheel. A demonstration of a bucket of water being spun in circles would suffice to show how this works.


No, you see, the architect's job isn't to make the building obey the laws of physics, he just makes the building look pretty. The structural engineers, they make the building obey the laws of physics.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine » Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:52 am

* sadly *


I can see that *none* of you boys has any vision, nor are you team players.


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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:08 am

I wanted to be an Architect when I was in school....

...fortunately for the world it never happened.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:26 am

I am reading my first Salman Rushdie novel: "Haroun and the Sea of stories."
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:45 am

daftbeaker wrote:Ok, so it's not in the right thread technically but Snuff is released next week :bounce:


My friend gave me Snuff today, :bounce: a belated birthday present (thanks to the Qantas strikes etc., lots of mail has been held up - my birthday card from my parents and a pair of hiking boots that hubby had sent for also arrived, belatedly, today).


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