So, What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.

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  1. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    LOL. I don't know if I'll ever get around to reading it, but it sounds like it may be written in the vain of some of the sports bloopers books I read as a kid, or like the show 1001 Ways to Die. I wonder if there is a story with pieces of a corpse somehow ending up on someone's dinner plate :ugh:
     
  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I own an Ipod nano and used to own an Ipod touch (I'm sure someone out there is happily using it, feeling oh-so-lucky that he/she just happened to come across it wherever I lost it). Honestly, I hate them. Not enough to not buy them, since there is a certain level of design and functionality that is just not quite duplicated with other devices. However, there are a number of things that, with all of the many years of R&D and maybe a little bit of common sense, they SHOULD have been able to do better. So, yes. Mr.Frugality Craniac spent hundreds of dollars on devices that he knew he wouldn't really like just because he likes his videos to be very, very small. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I mentioned these names - Brin, Cerf, Gates et al. because they are the people who have revolutionized the distribution of information. They are the new Gutenbergs. And yes, there have certainly been junk devices along the way that should never have seen the light of day!

    I, too, think those gadgets you named are crap -- and not in the same league as Apple's other inventions, like the Mac computer - and the IPad to some extent, which have definitely spread info in creative ways. The IPad app I liked best was a working concertina keyboard! :smile:

    I've never owned any Apple device and never will. Their computers are OK but I can't stand the company. I have a $20 no-name MP3 player, given to me, which I seldom use. I like the device itself and it works well, but I hate earbuds and think wearing standard earphones in public looks stupid -particularly at 71. Triple-stupid with my fedora! :smile:

    Johann
     
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Despite that, I break the taboo sometimes. Right now I have some lectures on St. Thomas Aquinas on the MP3 Player, plus, of course, some music. It's usually blues, jazz, music of Roma (Gypsies) or Cajun music. Today I've got a 3-volume history of blues harmonica - a style I've played in, myself, for a bit over 50 years. :smile:

    Johann
     
  5. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Annie Heloise Abel's The American Indian Under Reconstruction.
     
  6. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    I ran my first marathon over the weekend.

    Appropriately enough, I just finished reading Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
     
  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Congratulations, Airtorn! Did you have a time you wanted to beat, or did you just want to finish?
     
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    (1) Architecture - Residential Drawing & Design (C. Kicklighter)

    A long-held interest of mine. About 10 years ago, I earned a community college certificate in this area of study. I still have the plans (term project) for my "dream house."

    (2) Gardening on Balconies and Terraces. (S. Berry & V. Bradley)

    I have a couple or three shelves of hardcopy gardening books, plus several hundred more in pdf format, all on CDs, some on my hard drive.

    Both these books were bought this week, for 75 cents each at my local Salvation Army store. :smile:

    Johann
     
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  9. ambravarieur

    ambravarieur New Member

    Reading the only book I can actually read over and over again : "Replay" by Ken Grimwood.
    The story of a man who dies at age 43 and relives his life over and over again. Every time he dies and reappears he chooses a different lifestyle focusing on money, success, happiness, love, adventure etc.
    A must read, it'll open your eyes on a lot of things in life :)
     
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Andrew E. Masich's The Civil War in Arizona.
     
  11. montsa007

    montsa007 New Member

    Purchased Aromatherapy for dummies, yet to move past page 25 :(
     
  12. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Rereading Empires of Light by historian Jill Jonnes. It is about the electricity wars in the late 1800's. Tracks Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse.
     
  13. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

  14. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I'm listening to "Wicked" on audio book during my commute. Does that count?

    -Matt
     
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  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Finished reading Francis Stanley's The Civil War in New Mexico.
     
  16. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    So based on this, I ordered a used copy and read it. It was pretty interesting, and it definitely did make me consider what I would do if something like that happened to me.
     
  17. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Finished reading Jeffrey William Hunt's The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch.
     
  18. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Finished reading Edward T. Cotham, Jr.'s Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston.
     
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Finished reading David Paul Smith's Frontier Defense in the Civil War: Texas Rangers and Rebels.
     
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  20. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Finished reading Daniel Boone's Daniel Boone's Own Story and Francis Lister Hawks' The Adventures of Daniel Boone.
     

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