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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
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Posted - 10/04/2010 :  15:27:39  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The System Of The World by neal stephenson.

The History of Clocks and Watches sounds pretty interesting, hammerhands.

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hammerhands
* Dog in the Sand *

Canada
1505 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2010 :  22:57:41  Show Profile  Visit hammerhands's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's not quite the book I wanted. It shows the
general forms of clocks of various eras, picks
out some significant achievements and explains
some of the mechanisms.

I've learned some new terms, can look at clock
work with a new appreciation.

I wanted a book that would detail the mechanism
designs and challenges, explain what the clock
makers were attempting and maybe show some of
the discarded ideas.

I'm about to get to sea-clocks where there
is a well documented history and intense
precision, so I may yet find what I wanted.

But I feel like a zombie. The last two books
were about the night sky. awwwhhhh...
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2010 :  02:34:02  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
yeah, that's what i would want out of the book. clocks are touched on in these neal stephenson books i've been reading. let me (us) know if you ever find the book you're looking for.

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danjersey
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2426 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2010 :  17:49:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Longitude by Dava Sobel is worth reading in regards to time keeping
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2010 :  16:48:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. A bunch of excellent short stories.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  05:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've read this old book so many times, it split in two.


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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  05:56:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hardcore!

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The Holiday Son
= Quote Accumulator =

France
1970 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  07:51:40  Show Profile  Visit The Holiday Son's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Fascinating !
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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7307 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  08:02:28  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage  Reply with Quote



Denis

"Can you hear me? I aint got shit to say."
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  10:02:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THS -- what's that about?
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The Holiday Son
= Quote Accumulator =

France
1970 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2010 :  10:57:34  Show Profile  Visit The Holiday Son's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's an autobiography about an autistic savant, his childhood, his abbility to memorize and calculate great numbers, the way he apprehend them (shapes and colours)...

I really like the way he describes how his mind works.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2010 :  05:48:51  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Just finished Harry Potter Year 5. Now starting on Year 6.




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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2010 :  08:53:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 8-year-old finished the seventh book last evening. His older brother read the series a couple years ago, as did their mother. I'm the odd man out at our house. Have you enjoyed the books, Thomas?
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2010 :  09:52:19  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Itís incredible how much better the books keep on getting. I started buying them at used book stores a few years ago for my then young kids to eventually read. My two oldest kids are 10 and 11 years old now have really enjoyed the movies so I figured theyíd want to read them. The 11 y/o did read a few chapters a couple of years ago but never finished it.
The reason I started to read them was because we were going to the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer and the muggle in me wanted to refresh myself. I read the first book in less than a week while at my auntís house on vacation in Florida, but I didnít bring the second book. That had to wait till I got home. Iíve been a HP reading machine since then.
The first two movies ALMOST were taken exactly from the books. There were a few changes in movie 3 from the book. But books four and five have so much more in them that are left out of the movies.
I canít wait to start 6 on the train ride home tonight.

[edit] I still haven't decided if I'll start book 7 before I see part 1 in the movies.


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2010 :  12:16:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomas

I still haven't decided if I'll start book 7 before I see part 1 in the movies.


My youngest didn't pause for one second before going ahead with it last week. And he was glad he did.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5383 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2010 :  17:28:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomas

[edit] I still haven't decided if I'll start book 7 before I see part 1 in the movies.




I've read the whole series and I would vote for reading the book before the movies. It's a good book (especially after you've gotten that far).
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2010 :  04:15:46  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Seeing as Iíve only just started book 6, I need to kick my reading into a new gear if I really want to read book 7 before Nov 19. In the end Iíll probably be taking the kids that weekend of the opening anyway, but at least Iíll be able to enjoy the ending of the book before next yearís movie finale.
So far book 5 has been my favorite. This is funny because the 5th movie has been my least favorite. They left out so much stuff. No Quidditch which means Ron has to wait one movie to be the Quidditch goal Keeper. Ron, Hermione and Draco are made house prefects. Ronís brother Percy has a falling out with his family while working for the Minister of Magic. In the movie if you blink youíll miss Percy. The movie leaves out Dobby, again! The movie leaves out Rita Skeeter. The movie has Bellatrix saying Avada Kedavra, at Sirius but not the book. All we know is heís blasted through the arch from a curse that had a red stream not green. The movie left out the whole reveal why Dumbledore kept Trelawney employed as the Divination teacher. Actually thereís just too much to mention in a post. Great book.



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Yota
- FB Fan -

Poland
4 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2010 :  00:00:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As a big fun of fiction I've read a lot of fiction and science - fiction novels. It was several years ago, now I couln't spend much time for reading which I regret.
Nevertheless I'm trying to read books because I like it very much.
Lately, it was Umberto's Eco 'The Name of the Rose'.
Moreover, I have always time for reading some chapter of Silmarillion.

Edited by - Yota on 11/08/2010 00:02:07
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 11/12/2010 :  01:40:24  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Czesc Yota and welcome to the boards. That's the extent of my Polish.

Just finished Harry Potter Year 6. Now starting on Year 7. I had too.




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treetime
- FB Fan -

215 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2010 :  11:19:11  Show Profile  Visit treetime's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've been working thru H.G. Wells' Outline of History. It begins with a lot of science; not being a scientist I wonder how much of it should be changed by modern science haven been written in the 1930's.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5383 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2010 :  16:17:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Figure I should learn more about my new home state, Oklahoma. The book is quite good so far.
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2010 :  03:33:53  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Just finished Harry Potter Year 7. I'm so glad I read it. What a great story. I took my kids to see the movie last Wednesday and I hadn't finished the book yet though I was more than half done. Turns out I was less than two chapters away from the final scene of the movie. The hardcover (US) book is 759 pages the first movie ends at page 501. Which should mean with only 250 some odd pages to draw from the final movie shouldn't have anything missing from it.

Next up

Darkly Dreaming Dexter



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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2010 :  14:23:32  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
ďTHAT'S NO MOON.Ē
- Obi-Wan Kenobi




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Edited by - Thomas on 12/13/2010 14:24:00
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2010 :  19:13:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently finished Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and am now reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2010 :  08:16:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

I'm the only one in my family (and apparently this forum) who hasn't read the series.
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realmeanmotorscutor
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1764 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2010 :  13:23:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Coasty, you're not the only one. I've never seen any of the movies nor read the books.

How was Jude the Obscure?

Edited by - realmeanmotorscutor on 12/27/2010 13:25:10
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  01:47:39  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"god is not great" by christopher hitchens. jesus christ, what a fucking great book. holding back urges to get evangelistic with this brilliant work.

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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  02:11:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jose Jones

"god is not great" by christopher hitchens. jesus christ, what a fucking great book. holding back urges to get evangelistic with this brilliant work.

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Ha. I got a copy of The Portable Athiest for Christmas (selections edited by Hitchens). Not very Christmassy I know

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realmeanmotorscutor
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1764 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  02:44:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
God is Not Great was fantastic. Trob, I got the Portable Atheist a couple Christmases ago :)

Now reading:

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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5383 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  05:08:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ratgirl
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11509 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  12:01:57  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pride and Prejudice. It was free with my eReader. :)


"Now you're officially my woman. Kudos. I can't say I don't envy you."
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  14:59:57  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trobrianders

quote:
Originally posted by Jose Jones

"god is not great" by christopher hitchens. jesus christ, what a fucking great book. holding back urges to get evangelistic with this brilliant work.

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Ha. I got a copy of The Portable Athiest for Christmas (selections edited by Hitchens). Not very Christmassy I know

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i read a bit of that at a bookstore a while back. seemed sort of entertaining.

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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  15:01:46  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by realmeanmotorscutor

God is Not Great was fantastic. Trob, I got the Portable Atheist a couple Christmases ago :)

Now reading:





i can't wait to get to this! i'm still on System of the World, but i'm pretty sure i won't be neal stephensoned out when i'm done. i love that guy.

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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11521 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  23:20:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Starting reading H.P. Lovecraft compilation The Thing On The Doorstep And Other Weird Stories again, having put it down for ages... currently on The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, which is actually his longest story.
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2011 :  06:55:20  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Queen and Country (Graphic Novel)




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