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Old 07-03-2011, 09:51 PM   #161 (permalink)
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Great book and I wanted to mention his writeup of this years finals. I know its been posted, but here it is again if you missed it: NBA Finals poker with the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat: An 8 always beats a 3 - Grantland
Thanks for the link. I hadn't read that article before. Bill Simmons is the greatest. This is my favourite paragraph:

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Let's say you're in college and one of your buddies says, "See that girl over there? I'm taking her home tonight. And I'm doing this because I'm the funniest and best-looking guy in this room." And let's say he's COMPLETELY serious. Guess what you're doing if it doesn't happen? You're making fun of him. Relentlessly. Really, that's what 50 percent of the Miami-related vitriol was about; the other 50 percent was because LeBron tried to stack the deck by playing with his biggest rival (we didn't respect it), and because he broke Cleveland's hearts on national TV (we didn't like it). To this day, LeBron hasn't shown any real regret about last summer; that's the main reason everyone rooted against him. He couldn't handle it. He caved. And now we're here.

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Old 09-30-2011, 12:34 AM   #162 (permalink)
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Here are some of mine randomly sorted and chosen from my Amazon Orders page:

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Old 09-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #164 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:25 AM   #165 (permalink)
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I recently started avidly reading as I'm on a workterm while all my friends are going to school and I needed a hobby.

Currently reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and just finished A Song of Ice and Fire series. Who else here reads, and what are you currently reading?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #166 (permalink)
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I'm in the middle of "A Visit from the Goon Squad". It's good so far.

"Guns, Germs, and Steel" was great but I lost interest 3/4 of the way through it.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #167 (permalink)
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I recently read "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Was a decent read.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #168 (permalink)
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I read allot of books, but I tend to stick to classic novels, and not necessarily old ones.

But I always have to go back to DIckens. Probally the most captivating writer ever.

Currently reading Oliver Twist

Before that was Stephen King's new JFK novel.

I am hitting Slaughter HOuse 5 after
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:21 PM   #169 (permalink)
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:33 AM   #170 (permalink)
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i haven't read a book in years. I caught a good documentary about Hunter S thompson and because of this i have since picked up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It's highly entertaining.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:55 AM   #171 (permalink)
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"A Visit from the Goon Squad" was good. The 70 pages of flow chart diary were weird.

Now I'm reading "A Rumor of War" which is supposed to be a good Vietnam war memoir.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #172 (permalink)
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I'm currently re-reading Wuthering Heights, The Hobbit, and also reading Socialnomics (work-related).

Do any of you guys use e-readers? I love books and will always prefer 'em, but I assume e-readers are great for reading in bed. I read on my Galaxy, but it might be kinda small for that.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:02 AM   #173 (permalink)
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Sometimes I download books on my computer and read them, and I was looking into getting a Kindle. I'm the only person in my family of 6 that doesn't have one
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Just started reading The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin. Looking forward to it, have heard some amazing things about it.
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I bought a KIndle before Christmas. I am in love with it.
I get about 3-4 weeks of battery power before i have to recharge.

I am just finnished Oliver Twist and Slaughterhouse-five both great reads.
I am now reading Ron Jeremy - Hardest working man.....
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:20 PM   #176 (permalink)
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friend lent me "where the conflict really lies" by Alvin Plantinga
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:14 PM   #177 (permalink)
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30 Books I?m Glad I Read Before 30

Was thinking about checking out some of the books from the "30 books to read before 30" list. Any thoughts on any of them from people who have read them?
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:53 PM   #178 (permalink)
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30 Books I?m Glad I Read Before 30

Was thinking about checking out some of the books from the "30 books to read before 30" list. Any thoughts on any of them from people who have read them?
Wow. I have a pretty low opinion of that list, but I'm really far from the demographic of that web site.

"Atlas Shrugged", "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" that's some serious conservative bullshit. I totally think Robert Kiyosaki is a major shyster. Read "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" instead. I thought "The Alchemist" was some serious navel-gazing bullshit. And then they suggest "The Art of War" (which I've never read), and "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy"? That totally sounds like a bunch of books that some soft-brained conservative American "self improvement junky" would suggest.

I could easily be wrong.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:11 PM   #179 (permalink)
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30 Books I?m Glad I Read Before 30

Was thinking about checking out some of the books from the "30 books to read before 30" list. Any thoughts on any of them from people who have read them?
It's a very biased view of literature; very heavy on American writers. The Great Gatsby is not a great book. To Kill a Mockingbird is not a great book. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is very good, but is it great? I suppose I should say I'm mostly intending to highlight that there are better books out there than what's on the list.

From his list, the one I'd recommend most highly would be Walden.
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Have you read it yet?
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