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wotanii Offline Filly

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20th December 2013 02:07 AM
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I just finished "Bombshells" by Jim Butcher, a decent short-story that fits well into the Dresden-Universe.
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27th December 2013 05:31 PM
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I'm reading the 3rd book in the Warrior cats series, the Forset of Secrets.

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Blackie Offline Cute Bass

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27th December 2013 05:39 PM
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I have been reading some fanfics on fim.

One called Brushed away, another called One way.

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Guy in a Box Offline 1980-something space guy

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27th December 2013 06:01 PM
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The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room. It's amazing.
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28th December 2013 10:50 PM
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Just finished reading Candide, ou l'Optimisme by Voltaire, and about to read Paingod and Other Delusions by Harlan Ellison.

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29th December 2013 05:02 AM
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I'm reading The Great Shark Hunt, by Hunter S. Thompson. Really good read if you enjoy his style, it's a collection of many of his articles when he was a magazine journalist.
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wotanii Offline Filly

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29th December 2013 08:27 PM
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I have spent some time on a train, so I started reading a bunch of stuff:

*Rereading The Dresden Files in anticipation of the release of the next book.
*The Complete Robot, a collection of robot-shortstories from Asimov.
*Introduction to Sociology from wikibooks.

I don't think I will finish any of those any time soon.
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30th December 2013 07:10 AM
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I am getting started with Karl Marx: The Story of His Life by Franz Mehring.

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-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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30th December 2013 05:15 PM
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Shaking the Tree: Readings from Nature in the History of Life edited by Henry Gee - A Collection of seminal evolutionary biology papers of the last 40 years published in the journal Nature.

Foundations of Biophilosophy by Martin Mahner and Mario Bunge - Interesting book in the foundations of evolutionary theory which, among other things, argues for a reductionist version of MLS (Multiple Levels of Selection) theory in the unit-of-selection debates (the dominant view right now is gene-as-unit-of-selection) and defends the species-as-classes rather than species-as-temporally-extended-individuals idea in the speciation debate, which was the assumption for a long time but got really unpopular in the 1970s and 1980s and has since been in perpetual war with the other view.

Nmap Network Scanning by Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon (the creator of nmap) - Really in-depth guide to nmap, trying to brush up on my skills with a very interesting tool. Right now I only can do basic stuff like OS fingerprinting off the top of my head.

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Guy in a Box Offline 1980-something space guy

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30th December 2013 09:38 PM
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The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. It's about what happened behind-the-scenes of the film The Room from the eyes of the guy who played Mark. It's hilarious.
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19th January 2014 03:24 PM
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currently reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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19th January 2014 05:07 PM
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Nietzsche and Philosophy and Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
The Ignorant Schoolmaster by Jacques Ranciére
Sex for One by Betty Dodson

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Irenarch Offline I am going to buy a car today

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26th January 2014 02:42 AM
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Finished up Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions just a few minutes ago. I liked it more than Slaughterhouse-Five by a pretty wide margin.

Up next:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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26th January 2014 01:17 PM
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(26th January 2014 02:42 AM)Irenarch Wrote:  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch 22 is one of those rare books that's as funny as it's made out to be.

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31st January 2014 02:28 AM
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Well, I ended up having to return Catch-22 to the school library; House of Leaves came in and my friend wanted to read Catch-22 anyway.

This book is fascinating, to say the least.

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31st January 2014 05:48 PM
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Finished one flew over, now to either read Farenheit 451 or get back to reading One Piece

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Desert Rein Offline Marching right along...

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11th February 2014 01:43 AM
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Finished off the whole Harry Potter series as of last night (3rd, 4th read through all 7?). I was in the middle of The Client when I went on this HP binge, but I think now I'm gonna read Captain Correlli's Mandolin before I finish The Client...
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25th February 2014 04:52 PM
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Just recently I finished reading The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. If any of you know of the cult classic "so bad it's good" movie The Room, basically the book is about Greg's experience as an aspiring actor in California, meeting Tommy Wiseau, just what goes on in Tommy's head, being on the set in the movie, and it's just a real treat. As a fan of the movie I loved it. Even if you somehow hate the movie and can't enjoy it, the book is still incredibly enjoyable on its own as a story. It goes between two timelines, following the lead up to the movie and movie production to the premiere.

Now I'm reading another non-fiction called Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It was suggested to me by a writing buddy of mine a year or so ago and I just now picked it up [oops].
But I'm liking it. It's just a really relaxing book about writing and the writer's experiences. Not exactly a how-to on writing but more like a consultation one-on-one. I'm liking it a lot already, though I'm not very far through it. Hopefully I'll finish it soon.

crap and i still have to finish the boredom of haruhi suzumiya too
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12th March 2014 03:44 PM
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Recently picked up Legend, another young adult fiction series that takes place in a George Orwellian 1984-like post apocalyptic iron-fisted military dictatorship pretending to be all about freedom

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if you enjoyed the Hunger Games books (which bares a lot in common in terms of fucked up post-apocalyptic authoritarian militant government) you'll probably like this series too

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12th March 2014 05:53 PM
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I'm not really determined of a reader, but I try to get myself to read most days. Usually fails though. But when I go somewhere where I'm not distracted by other things(computer usually), I do get reading done. AS of now I'm somewhere at the end of book 2 of 3,in the War of the Ancient Trilogy.

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14th March 2014 04:41 PM
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Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism by Douglas Kellner - Probably the best book on Marcuse by the foremost expert on his philosophy, the amount of detail here is staggering. It's a very fair book as well, with lots of perceptive criticisms and extensions of Marcuse's ideas rather than just exposition.

Reclaiming the Enlightenment by Stephen Eric Bronner - A good book arguing that criticisms of the Enlightenment by some left-wing critical theorists were too one-sided given the fact that historically Enlightenment ideals were the province of the left. It's particularly critical of the shortcomings of Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment. My main criticisms of the book are first, that it is a bit too breezy of a read, it would benefit from being a little longer. It pretty much just makes outlines of arguments and then points the reader to supporting literature. I can understand this approach in a textbook, but in an original contribution it's a little weak. Second, it "overcorrects."

While Bronner is correct that some ostensibly progressive 20th century work veers dangerously close to counter-enlightenment and fascist ideas, I really don't think it's the case that ideas of Reason and Progress (with capital letters) are as unproblematically "progressive" as Bronner seems to. I think it would be very implausible to argue that such ideas have not and are not parts of some very reactionary ideologies, and that ideas like Experience and Authenticity have not and are not progressive. Would Bronner really want to argue that August Comte, Herbert Spencer, or John von Neumann are not massive reactionary authoritarians and that, say, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Heinrich Heine, or Percy Bysshe Shelley are? To use a bit of a Marxist cliche, I have to say that Bronner is remarkably "undialectical" here while accusing critical theorists of the Enlightenment like Adorno of being undialectical.

This is related to the third problem, which is that Bronner is a bit too focused on the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory, Adorno and Horkheimer in particular. While a bit of extra focus here is expected as it is the tradition Bronner locates himself in, it leads him to overstate just how "anti-enlightenment" left-wing theory in the 20th century has been. Sure, there are Adorno and Horkheimer, and to a lesser extent people like Benjamin, Bloch, and Marcuse. But there are many other influential lines of thought in the 20th century left which are arguably not so "anti-enlightenment" whatever their other problems. Althusser's structural Marxism? Marxist-Humanism (Mészáros, Dunayevskaya)? Jacques Rancière? Alain Badiou? Even logical positivism was in the main a leftist movement before it was neutered by the McCarthy era (Carnap, Hahn, and Neurath in particular). And today people like Noam Chomsky, Jean Bricmont, and Mark Lance carry the scientistic flag for the left.

Genes, Cells and Brains by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose - An interdisciplinary book by a sociologist of science and a neuroscientist on the "new biology." That is, the phenomenon of the blurring of the line between the biomedical industry and biology as such, with a particular focus on certain ideas and trends which emerge from this blurring. The exposé of the business interests behind so much of this hyped-up research (which is not really so deserving of the hype) is very revealing, but the part of the book I've enjoyed the most so far is a chapter on how such socio-political interests and ideologies actually influence the interpretation and direction of evolutionary theorizing, my favorite part of biology.

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3rd April 2014 01:51 PM
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Got distracted in my reading and picked up Wee Free Men by Terry Pratcher. I'm really enjoying it.
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11th April 2014 08:24 PM
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I am getting started with Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

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17th April 2014 09:28 PM
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Just started Hell House by Richard Matheson, seems rad thus far.

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