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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    The Giving Tree is creepy! That tree seriously needed a lesson on how to set limits!
    Indeed it is a creepy tale! What a miserable creature the man in the story was! I was nearly sixty years old when I read the Giving Tree and (no lying) I cried, for the first time in years - the first time since my faithful old Pontiac died!

    Somebody handed it to me, suggesting I read it to my grandchildren. I refused!

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    I'm reading. . . more (bleep) IT certification and programming books. When I absolutely positively have to take a break, it's Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday.

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    At the risk of trying to drag this thread back on topic I'll report that I've finished the Rorty book and am now reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
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    I am currently reading "Wisdom from Philosophy to Neuroscience" by Stephen S. Hall which probably seeks to explain some of the issues that Steve has raised. Now, if only I could understand it!

    Actually, it is quite readable and interesting. It was very useful when I was sitting in a crowded aircraft in economy class with a sick child telling the world about his problems two rows back. It was either the book or a parachute! The good thing was that I could rest it on my knees and it was right in my face. As I said, very readable!

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    Just read Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith by Roger E. Olson.
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    I cleared out the posts on religion and made a new thread: Religion Spillover Thread

    If you have anything you would like to add, please do it there and not here. Thanks!
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    I used to read voraciously but my MBA studies all but killed that. I still kept up my reading pace of about 1-2 books a week for a year or so after. Mostly non-fiction but I did read fiction from time to time for entertainment.

    I finally read a book that was all I was looking for. It's called "Boys Life" by Robert McCammon and it was quite simply the best book I ever read. It made me laugh, think, cry, reflect....it was absolutely....*MAGIC*
    I hardly read books anymore. The drive is gone after completing Boys Life. Once you've been moved to that much emotion from a book, why bother with the rest. I can also say without reservation that I have read no less than 800 books in my life and was never touched by a book as I was with that one. It just spoke to me.

    Now I mainly read article or blogs on Basketball. I do read academic papers relating to education , child raising, mainly social science stuff that is interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03310151 View Post
    I used to read voraciously but my MBA studies all but killed that. I still kept up my reading pace of about 1-2 books a week for a year or so after. Mostly non-fiction but I did read fiction from time to time for entertainment.

    I finally read a book that was all I was looking for. It's called "Boys Life" by Robert McCammon and it was quite simply the best book I ever read. It made me laugh, think, cry, reflect....it was absolutely....*MAGIC*
    I hardly read books anymore. The drive is gone after completing Boys Life. Once you've been moved to that much emotion from a book, why bother with the rest. I can also say without reservation that I have read no less than 800 books in my life and was never touched by a book as I was with that one. It just spoke to me.

    Now I mainly read article or blogs on Basketball. I do read academic papers relating to education , child raising, mainly social science stuff that is interesting.

    Books, no more.
    It sounds like you've read them all, anyway.

    Your glowing praise for a book I've never heard of has catapulted it to the top of my fiction list- if my library has it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac Craniac View Post
    It sounds like you've read them all, anyway.

    Your glowing praise for a book I've never heard of has catapulted it to the top of my fiction list- if my library has it
    Well, not knowing what kind of guy you are or what kind of childhood you had, I'm not sure of its impact. But if you believe(d) in magic, had great friends and many adventures growing up...then the book is for you.
    You still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but accept praise for getting 10,000 steps. ‘Good for you’. Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.”

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    I get to read Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process, and it's only 1200 pages long. Ha Ha. Who has time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03310151 View Post
    I finally read a book that was all I was looking for. It's called "Boys Life" by Robert McCammon and it was quite simply the best book I ever read. It made me laugh, think, cry, reflect....it was absolutely....*MAGIC*
    I hardly read books anymore. The drive is gone after completing Boys Life. Once you've been moved to that much emotion from a book, why bother with the rest. I can also say without reservation that I have read no less than 800 books in my life and was never touched by a book as I was with that one. It just spoke to me.
    Wow, and it's amazing how many of the reviews on Amazon speak about this book similarly to the way that you do. It's like reading reviews for the three wolves shirt, except people really mean it. Anyway, you sold me, I'm going to get it.
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    I am reading Game Design with Actionscript 3.0 by Van der Spuy. "Reading" might not be the best word for what I am doing. I am crawling through it inch by inch, doing my best to master each concept before I move to the next. Tedious, but it's moving me toward a goal of writing some educational software I have in mind.
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    Looking for suggestions for something light and fictional. Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    Looking for suggestions for something light and fictional. Anyone?
    A bit snarky and off color: The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar.

    Wholesome yet delightful: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

    Fairly short, sort of historical but with obvious unreal elements, reads like a fairy tale or a dream: Passarola Rising by Azhar Abidi
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    Surf, I hate to burst your bubble but Flash is dead and gone. I have done ActionScript dev and used to work at a game company as an intern. There are much better alternatives out there. Find something that lets you build a game once and run it on a variety of platforms. JavaScript and HTML5 is one option but its still not good enough for 3d or fast paced highly visual games. For basic edutainment it is fine. If you want hardcore you need to go to a game engine like unity3d or havok's new free engine. I have never tried unity3d but it is the leader in cross platform game dev.

    Flash is dead.


    Quote Originally Posted by SurfDoctor View Post
    I am reading Game Design with Actionscript 3.0 by Van der Spuy. "Reading" might not be the best word for what I am doing. I am crawling through it inch by inch, doing my best to master each concept before I move to the next. Tedious, but it's moving me toward a goal of writing some educational software I have in mind.

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