Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-13-2021

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A Library So Vast, It Bends The Fabric Of Space


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which might be the only article of clothing suitable to wear with your 3-wolf moon T-shirt.



Pic Note:

Actually, this is just another photo of the Stockholm Public Library which I featured on the book thread just about a year ago.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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Big Gods and Small Gods

This is a tab that has been open in one of my browsers for weeks and I'm finally now getting to it.

Just because we no longer have golden calves to worship and human sacrifice is generally frowned upon, doesn't mean we are free from the sin of idolatry. Whatever is at the apex of our value system, that's what we worship, that's, in effect, our god. Just because we say we have no religion does not mean the idolatry goes away, it just assumes different shapes. Some of the more obvious examples of modern day false gods are: power, fame, wealth, sexual pleasure, youth, beauty, strength, etc. As a culture we spend a good deal of time and treasure seeking out these things.

So the browser tab is open to the Amazon page for Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia, a popular Catholic blogger known on the internet as 'The Anchoress'. She

...offers a powerful critique of the “gods” we worship today, reminding readers that life’s deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. Strange Gods...presents readers with a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. [Scalia] unmasks idolatry in a number of everyday experiences—friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few—and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

The Kindle edition is $11.99.



Who Dis:

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(Last week's 'who dis' was a giveway to you comedians who like to holler "Joan Collins!" at every 'who dis' photo. On rare occasions, you're correct.)



Books By Morons

We have lots of new books today from Horde authors. So let's get started.

Last month, moron authors David Dubrow and Ray Zacek released The Best of Appalling Stories: Tales from the Wrong Side of History, a "best of" collection selected from the Appalling Stories series, 13 short stories in all. This includes several new stories with themes you're not supposed to talk about, lest you be accused of WrongThink.

In our new Age of Woke, drag kids gyrate among the corpses of fourth trimester-aborted babies, lit by the fires of righteously-torched police stations. Anything less than total capitulation will get you not just canceled by Silicon Valley oligarchs, but financially ruined. Today, you're the villain. You're what stands in the way of Utopia.

These stories are for you, the deplorable, the irredeemable, the unforgiven. Because they're written by authors just like you, and who don't hate you. They actually don't hate anybody. All they want to do is to tell great stories and sell lots of books.

Also, Dave tells me:

My standard offer applies: any AoSHQ moron who wants a free copy of this or any of my books in exchange for an honest Amazon review can have one; just email me at davedauthor@gmail.com.

A free book for a review sounds like a pretty good deal.

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'Ette author artemis has another new book out, this one an historical novel set in 1814 called The Gypsy Queen:

The war was over, but Captain Geordie Venables was not leaving Spain just yet—not until he discovered the truth behind his commanding officer’s death. Colonel Merryfield didn’t deserve the cloud that was hanging over his good name, and Geordie has finally unearthed a promising lead—a gypsy troop, traveling by stealth along the River Tagus.

With any luck, he can bribe them for some answers, and unravel the web of deception that seems to have led to the Colonel’s death. It looked to be no easy task, though; he was fast running out of money, and everyone kept stealing his horse...

The Kindle edition is $4.99.


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Moron author Vince Milam is has published a new installment of his Case Lee series, The DC Job:

A missing girl. A deadly conspiracy. A fate worse than death.
Spies, lies, and killers emerge from the shadows.
And Case Lee is unleashed into the heart of darkness.

Contracted to find a diplomat’s missing teenage daughter, his gut says there’s more to the story—a feeling supported when DC assassins paint a target on his back. With an eye over his shoulder, the quest starts among the ancient ruins of Petra. Frustration mounts as an enigmatic Bedouin clan reveals a whisper-thin trail about the girl’s disappearance. Back in DC, Case confronts the diplomat, who discloses a deadly conspiracy. Case packages the conspiracy as shadow games for others to play and focuses on the prime mission. Find the girl. But can he leverage the conspiracy to help his search?

Amazon is advertising this as a "#1 New Release". And no wonder. Here is how it's ranked as I'm typing this on Friday afternoon:

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So, as you can see, it is doing extremely well. You can purchase the Kindle edition of this best-seller for the introductory price of 99 cents.

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Also back with a new book is Patrick Chiles. His e-mail to me describes it thus:

It’s near-future hard sci-fi about a deep space rescue mission that turns into a military confrontation, connected to some shady goings-on in Earth orbit. It probably won’t be well received in certain circles because I didn’t portray China in a very flattering light – which in my opinion only adds to the realism!

Obviously, Patrick doesn't care about the LeBron James demographic.

Here's an excerpt from the Amazon blurb:

Marshall Hunter only wanted to fly: the faster, the higher, the better. But a life of rescuing wayward spacefarers and derelict satellites in the cislunar cruiser U.S.S. Borman is far from the adventure he’d imagined. But his fortunes change when a billionaire couple goes missing on their way to a near-Earth asteroid. Out of contact and on a course that will eventually send them crashing into Mars, the nuclear-powered Borman is dispatched on an audacious, high-speed interplanetary run to bring the couple home. As they approach the asteroid, however, the Borman itself becomes hopelessly disabled.

The name of the novel is Frontier, and the DRM-free Kindle edition is $8.99.

Or, if you don't want to give your money to Amazon, you can buy it directly from the publisher, Baen Books, for about the same price.

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Cirsova Kindle edition is just $3.99 for 136 pages of action and adventure.

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Moron Recommendations

4 Mornin'! Been reading through Maverick, Jason L. Riley's bio of Thomas Sowell. It's excellent. If people aren't familiar with Sowell's work, they will likely think it's too much hero worship. But Sowell really is just s awesome as Riley explains. Losing Walter Williams was pretty sad for me last year. I hope Sowell sticks around for a while and writes some more.

Posted by: Catherine at June 06, 2021 08:03 AM (H/fKi)

It's about time Sowell gets some respect. The man is a national treasure.

Thomas Sowell is one of the great social theorists of our age. In a career spanning more than a half century, he has written over thirty books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political theory, race, and culture. His bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to many readers but have also enraged fellow intellectuals, the civil-rights establishment, and much of the mainstream media. The result has been a lack of acknowledgment of his scholarship among critics who prioritize political correctness.

In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Sowell is 90 years old and probably will not be around much longer. Like Antonin Scalia, I'm afraid we will not see his like again.

Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell is a bit spendy, $18.60 for the hardcover and $17.99 for the Kindle edition, so you might want to put in a request for it at your local library.

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A long-time lurker e-mailed me to recommend a book written by a friend of his. He thinks a lot of you morons will enjoy it:

It’s a really fun, fast read (I’ve read it several times and I only do that for a handful of writers like Heinlein or Crichton) somewhat tailored to young adults.

It’s science fiction based in the future after the Committee Wars (the 2d American Civil War) and follows a group of 13 year olds as they depart a land controlled by Leftists into a more God-fearing country. The author has a very multi-disciplinary background, so there is some hard SciFi hidden in there but it doesn’t bog down the story.

The first part of the Amazon blurb tells it better:

In a World Where (I said that in that Hollywood announcer voice, you know the one) the United States no longer exist, three new nations arose from the ashes. The east coast is ruled by the Green Committee where every thought, inkling, and urge is monitored and controlled in an effort to force one to worship Mother Nature. The West Coast is ruled by the iron fists of the Peace Committee social justice warriors, where every victim-class can obtain retribution. And stuck in-between, the Smith Committee, where people just want to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit.

The paperback edition of The Committee Wars is $11.99. It’s also available on Kindle for $3.99.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.




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Comments

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1 Tolle Lege

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:01 AM (Cxk7w)

2 Good morning !

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:01 AM (ONvIw)

3 Alright alright alright!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at June 13, 2021 08:02 AM (Dc2NZ)

4 matt mcconaughey

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:02 AM (ONvIw)

5 I never get who dis? But Mathew McConaughey.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:03 AM (gJfTA)

6 My summer of reading is 3/4 over and it's not here yet.
Into book 4 ( 1 volume) of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the war just started.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:03 AM (Cxk7w)

7 Matthew McConaughey

Posted by: runner at June 13, 2021 08:03 AM (V13WU)

8 I love that ceiling, reminds me of a sand beach.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:03 AM (Cxk7w)

9 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 08:04 AM (7EjX1)

10 I doubt the goodbye thing so much because it comes from the net. A man could do well simply betting against 'net advice and info.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:04 AM (gJfTA)

11 reading a Time for Mercy

Posted by: runner at June 13, 2021 08:04 AM (V13WU)

12 Morning, Horde...How goes it?

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:05 AM (hQrcu)

13 Is he going to be in the movie ? Is that a hint ?

Posted by: runner at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (V13WU)

14 Those pants make me want to dress up like Little Red Riding Hood!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (Dc2NZ)

15 yeah book thread!

Posted by: vdoggeh woof woof at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (oEn12)

16 Anyway, I bought four Leon Uris books for the husband, hoping he'll read more and watch fewer nazi movies, and despite the fact that I don't like the guy.

I've been reading about terriers and working my way through Henry II, who I find fascinating.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (ONvIw)

17 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants speak to me.

The Who Dis is Ron Ely on the set of "Tarzan" reading up on cannibals and their food sources.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (R/m4+)

18 OM, another stellar book thread. I read and enjoyed "Strange Gods" - highly recommend to all.

I recently finished books two and three, "The Baritone Wore Chiffon" and "The Tenor Wore Tap Shoes," in the 15-book Liturgical Mysteries series by Mark Schweizer. (And someone here turned me on to them!) I highly recommend them to anyone looking for light-hearted escapist mysteries, set in a cozy mountain town. One reviewer described them as "It's like Mitford meets Jurassic Park, only without the wisteria and the dinosaurs." It's a series of "absurd novels featuring choir director/detective Hayden Konig." Hayden fancies himself a writer a la Dashiell Hammett. Each book scatters snippets of Hayden's "hard-boiled" detective novel in progress among the chapters of the real mystery. These are a wonderful way to pass the time. I can't wait to read book 4, "The Soprano Wore Falsettos."

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at June 13, 2021 08:07 AM (Kh9rg)

19 Matthew McConaughey?

Posted by: NALNAMSAM- not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine at June 13, 2021 08:07 AM (+ldAm)

20 Damn, Runner beat me to it?

Posted by: NALNAMSAM- not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine at June 13, 2021 08:08 AM (+ldAm)

21 Good morning, OM, good morning, Horde,

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure.

Posted by: callsign claymore at June 13, 2021 08:08 AM (2Xmlz)

22 I've slowed down my reading a bit this week, but I did get some reading done. Up to 54 books for the year. This week I read the first novelization of a computer game. The game was clearly inspired by AD&D's Tomb of Horrors. Not a great novel, but the author was competent enough to make it interesting. Also has some GREAT anti-woke commentary in the middle. It would never pass muster today.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:08 AM (hQrcu)

23 Hello! I've taken a break from Chinese military history following an impulse buy of a book the Battle of Warsaw 1920.

Yes, it's another Osprey book and damn if these things aren't addictive. It's like making a meal of snacks. You finish one and the back cover is like: "hey, try these as well!"

Don't mind if I do!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:09 AM (llXky)

24 Recommend "Eight Years to the Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" by Nancy Atkinson. This is the history of the moon mission through stories told by the young engineers themselves as they inch closer to the goal via trial and error and innovation. Since it was all so new, it was real seat-of-the-pants slideruler stuff. Packed with photos I hadn't seen.

New-to-me fact: A small group at MIT was working on a spacecraft and guidance system for a Mars probe. Sadly, it never flew, but the design was incorporated into the guidance computer for the Apollo craft. "Everyone agreed the astronaut should play a role in operating the space craft -- he should not just be along for the ride. And all the NASA people especially liked the self-contained navigation capability, since there was fear the Soviet Union could interfere with communications between a U.S. spacecraft and the ground, endangering the mission and the lives of the astronauts."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at June 13, 2021 08:09 AM (Dc2NZ)

25 And all this summer reading has me convinced Megalomaniacs actually have deluded themselves to believe their own bull shit.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:09 AM (Cxk7w)

26 I'm also reading more Clifford D. Simak. Fantastic stuff. Someone really should take his western short stories, combine them into a screenplay, and then make them into a movie. It's extremely cinematic.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:10 AM (hQrcu)

27 Good Sunday morning, horde!

OMG, those, um, pants...

Love the bit about goodbye. I know the English Degreed One confirmed, but I still wonder. Seems legit, though.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:10 AM (OX9vb)

28 25 And all this summer reading has me convinced Megalomaniacs actually have deluded themselves to believe their own bull shit.
Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:09 AM (Cxk7w)

Well everyone tells them they're great and they only hire "the best" sycophants.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:10 AM (ONvIw)

29 "Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while."

Groucho Marx - genome wrangler

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at June 13, 2021 08:11 AM (HaL55)

30 Love the bit about goodbye. I know the English Degreed One confirmed, but I still wonder. Seems legit, though.
Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:10 AM (OX9vb)
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I actually know an etymologist. I may ask him about this one...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:12 AM (hQrcu)

31 I actually know an etymologist. I may ask him about this one...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:12 AM (hQrcu)

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A lot of our language was shaped by religion. As we become more secular, we still carry that with us as an afterthought.

What's pathetic is people who are so hostile to faith that they feel the need to purge it. Yeah, good luck with that.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:14 AM (llXky)

32 Cartoon book names is cute.

Posted by: pawn at June 13, 2021 08:15 AM (Re9MM)

33 Closing tags FTW. Moar covfefe...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at June 13, 2021 08:15 AM (HaL55)

34
A Strange God will tell you what ain't
Should you choose to become its saint
Please mind what you're doin'
Or you'll soon come to ruin
Beware the God of Kamala's taint!

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:15 AM (dWwl8)

35 Technically aren't those underpants?

Posted by: Just Wondering at June 13, 2021 08:16 AM (jYQlA)

36 A lot of our language was shaped by religion. As we become more secular, we still carry that with us as an afterthought.

What's pathetic is people who are so hostile to faith that they feel the need to purge it. Yeah, good luck with that.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:14 AM (llXky)
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Western Civilization was founded upon Judeo-Christian faith and ideals. It's the pinnacle of Civilization in the world. A lot of people who don't subscribe to it wish to tear it down, but they have nothing to replace it with except savagery and barbarism.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:16 AM (hQrcu)

37 This week I read the first novelization of a
computer game. The game was clearly inspired by ADD's Tomb of
Horrors.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:08 AM (hQrcu)

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They did novelizations of DOOM back in the day. At the time I was a night watchman and out of reading material so I bummed the book off my housemate. The best I can say is it helped pass the time.

Long ago I plowed through the Dragonlance Chronicles. I used to keep them around just remind myself that even lousy writers can sell books.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:17 AM (llXky)

38 Yesterday I picked up my holds from the library. This evening I'll start in on The British are Coming: the War for America, Lexington to Princeton, by Rick Atkinson. One of you recommended it a few weeks ago, and I hope I'm not too tired to read it.

Also got that graphic novel, The Way of the Househusband. How divergent can my hold choices be? I always enjoy the look the librarian gives me.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:17 AM (OX9vb)

39 25 Fouci goes with that

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:18 AM (Cxk7w)

40 Morning all! This week I read Deathworld by Harry Harrison. I've never read any Harrison before, just somehow overlooked him. Pretty good, well written.

Posted by: DIY Daddio at June 13, 2021 08:19 AM (RJscS)

41 6 My summer of reading is 3/4 over and it's not here yet.
Into book 4 ( 1 volume) of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the war just started.
Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 08:03 AM (Cxk7w)

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Don't tell me how it ends.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:19 AM (CAJOC)

42 This week I read the first novelization of a
computer game. The game was clearly inspired by ADD's Tomb of
Horrors.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:08 AM (hQrcu)

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They did novelizations of DOOM back in the day. At the time I was a night watchman and out of reading material so I bummed the book off my housemate. The best I can say is it helped pass the time.
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A lot of those authors never even played the games they novelized. The Planescape: Torment novelization was supposedly just awful (the game itself is awesome). Alan Dean Foster actually worked with Trillium, the company who created Shadowkeep, to write the novel. He did the best he could with the source material to create an entertaining novel. This was in 1984, so computers didn't have much power for excellent storytelling on their own.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:20 AM (hQrcu)

43 A lot of people who don't subscribe to it wish to
tear it down, but they have nothing to replace it with except savagery
and barbarism.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:16 AM (hQrcu)

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I think a more accurate statement would be that they want its peace and prosperity but find its morality oppressive. They want absolute license to gratify forbidden pleasures without guilt or remorse and at the same time imagine that everyone else will keep the lights on for them.

It won't work out that way, as they're about to discover.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:20 AM (llXky)

44 "Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while."

Wife is annoyed with me. Every time she asks me to kill a bug for her, I google it's lifespan.

"Honey that's a worker ant. Lives for 4 weeks and that's it, an eternity of oblivion. Just flick it off your plate"

I think she is going to smother me with a pillow tonite.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (83lwH)

45 35 Technically aren't those underpants?
Posted by: Just Wondering at June 13, 2021 08:16 AM (jYQlA)

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Times are tough. You make do with what you have.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (CAJOC)

46 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

47 Those pants are weird.

Posted by: The Big Bad Wolf at June 13, 2021 08:22 AM (Tnijr)

48 So sad ... arrived 30 minutes late and recognized for almost the first time the who's 'dis. No doubt it's been revealed above.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 08:22 AM (AHq56)

49 40 Morning all! This week I read Deathworld by Harry Harrison. I've never read any Harrison before, just somehow overlooked him. Pretty good, well written.
Posted by: DIY Daddio at June 13, 2021 08:19 AM (RJscS)


You should try Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 08:23 AM (Nlzsz)

50 Good morning book lovers. Going to de-lurk here, though I think the ONT is probably more my style. A long time lurker (you have no idea), I have posted a couple of times, about onions, rosemary, etc., but things move fast on the HQ and I like to read the comments so I'm always too late to the party. Anyway, I recently read a fun book - "Free Gold - The Story of Canadian Mining". The stories of prospectors and "mine makers" are a delight. I believe it's from 1947 so well before the Trudeau idiocy. I give it all the stars!

Posted by: Plum Duff at June 13, 2021 08:23 AM (rSxCF)

51 Maconahunny.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 08:23 AM (AHq56)

52 ---
I think a more accurate statement would be that they want its peace and prosperity but find its morality oppressive. They want absolute license to gratify forbidden pleasures without guilt or remorse and at the same time imagine that everyone else will keep the lights on for them.

It won't work out that way, as they're about to discover.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:20 AM (llXky)

You put that beautifully. I think we are reaching a "critical mass" of decadent amoral hedonists

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (ONvIw)

53 46 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

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Can't help with a book, but, as I noted in the ONT, I have sheet music for a children's song called I Love Little Pussy.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (CAJOC)

54 Thanks to Catherine for suggesting "Maverick", the Thomas Sowell biography. About a quarter through it and it is excellent. Jason Riley is a gifted writer working with an impressive subject.

Glad I got the hardcover edition. I'll read this more than once.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (7EjX1)

55 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

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Age? If they're under 10 and you're looking for just silly stuff the Bad Kitty books are fun, as are the Haggis and Tank books. I'll try to remember some others.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (NWfb1)

56 A lot of those authors never even played the games
they novelized.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:20 AM (hQrcu)

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The DOOM book's author had to do something other than basically describing a play session, so he tried to add supporting characters, a backstory and stuff, but it was pretty thin gruel.

Dragonlance was fun because it was so bad. I chewed through Chronicles, Legends, and Tales before getting sick of it. The Tales were fun because they were short story compilations and in Volume III they had a wickedly funny piece that purported to be the "true story" of the entire saga that tore it to shreds, ripping on the characters, their motivations, their stupid actions - it made the whole thing worthwhile.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (llXky)

57 Recommended here a few months ago, I read Beartown by Fredrick Backman, the author of Ove. Beartown is a small town in Sweden located on a lake and surrounded by forest. Beartown, like many small towns, is slowly dying. Beartown is a hockey town. Hockey is what unites the town, and when its junior team wins the semi-final in the national playoff match, the town is more united than ever. However, an incident at the team's post-game party that night tears the town apart.


This is one of the best novels that I have read. Backman captures the essence of a small town and what it is like to live in one. In particular I liked when he gives the history of his characters and offers psychological insights into their actions.

Posted by: Zoltan at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (kiyX4)

58 Hello comes from Hell and o. The speaker was speaking of Hell and the o meant the opposite of Hell. To say "hello" was to wish someone well, and wish they experienced the opposite of Hell. Hence, Hell-O.

ok, I made that up. but my point is these things are easily made up. Remember the origin of the term Shit that went around ten years ago? I don't deny the meaning of Goodbye. It makes sense that it came from religious terminology. But in the end, if I were betting, I would go against the net on anything like that. It is simply a good bet in general.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:25 AM (gJfTA)

59 Plum Duff, good morning! Thanks for de-lurking for a moment.

That one sounds right up my alley--I'ma go see if the library has it.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:26 AM (OX9vb)

60 Oooh, Matthew McConaughey. He was hot back in his day. Looks terrible since he made that Dallas Buyer's Club movie.

Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:26 AM (0qhDZ)

61 49 You should try Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series.
LOL ... wife had the entire thing years ago ... or maybe her college room-mate ... borrowing books has left us with many an incomplete series *cough* Dune *cough*. In the sense that we did not buy the ones we borrowed.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 08:26 AM (AHq56)

62 I would go against the net on anything like that. It is simply a good bet in general.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:25 AM (gJfTA)


"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet just because there's a picture and a quote next to it."

--Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, Drone Entrepreneur at June 13, 2021 08:27 AM (PiwSw)

63 Looking through my Nook and lo and behold, the Honor Harrington series.

So, yeah, I couldn't resist.

So I started with #1, "On Basilisk Station"

Posted by: Francis Fulloffrenchmen at June 13, 2021 08:27 AM (fBtlL)

64 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my
grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh
suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

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My daughter was positively addicted to the "Warriors" series of feline-centered novels.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:27 AM (llXky)

65 Good morning Horde!

Back from vacation... I picked up Carlos Carrasco's Faith & Empire Book 1 of the Holy Terran Empire. Great military science fiction from a Christian perspective abd you can't beat the price - it's still free.

I'm about halfway through Jack Cashill's Popes & Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit and Debt From Aristotle to AIG. It's a breezy but fascinating popular telling of the history of usury.

Thanks to everyone who supported our Memorial Day Sale. I have a backlog of reading, now, that should last the summer.

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at June 13, 2021 08:27 AM (+leAG)

66 Dragonlance was fun because it was so bad. I chewed through Chronicles, Legends, and Tales before getting sick of it. The Tales were fun because they were short story compilations and in Volume III they had a wickedly funny piece that purported to be the "true story" of the entire saga that tore it to shreds, ripping on the characters, their motivations, their stupid actions - it made the whole thing worthwhile.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (llXky)
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I love Dragonlance. I thought they were fun and enjoyable books. I've read A LOT of Weis and Hickman over the years. It's clear to me that Weis is great on character building and interactions. Hickman is great on ideas and world building.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:28 AM (hQrcu)

67 Oooh, Matthew McConaughey. He was hot back in his day. Looks terrible since he made that Dallas Buyer's Club movie.
Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:26 AM (0qhDZ)

**

My wife always enjoyed his movies until she read that he doesn't believe in deodorant and always smells horrible.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:28 AM (NWfb1)

68 62 I would go against the net on anything like that. It is simply a good bet in general.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:25 AM (gJfTA)


"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet just because there's a picture and a quote next to it."

--Abraham Lincoln
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, Drone Entrepreneur at June 13, 2021 08:27 AM (PiwSw)

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Hell, we had a whole "Shit Jefferson Said" series going here for a while.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:28 AM (CAJOC)

69 I found a series of thrillers about a former CIA assassin-turned-minister, by Ray Keating. They're called the Pastor Stephen Grant books. I downloaded the first one, "Warrior Monk" for Rev. I don't think the Pastor is actually a monk. I think he may be Lutheran, but I won't hold that against him.

Posted by: grammie winger at June 13, 2021 08:29 AM (45fpk)

70 It was Thomas Sowell's Knowledge and Decision which made me realize i was a "conservative". not that there's much about today's culture i want to conserve. p.s., it's not an easy read

Posted by: yara at June 13, 2021 08:29 AM (N7mou)

71 Not so much pet as animal, but you can't go wrong with the Redwall series.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:29 AM (NWfb1)

72 Who dis: Wooderson

Posted by: Jak Sucio at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (h7azQ)

73
Can't hang here, but I have a request. Can someone recommend a program or app from which one can learn to speak Greek?

Apparently the gSon will attend a school starting this fall in which he is immersed in the language for half the school day.

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (hOfX7)

74 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at June 13, 2021 08:32 AM (u82oZ)

75 "Long ago I plowed through the Dragonlance Chronicles. I used to keep them around just remind myself that even lousy writers can sell books."

Some of them were good. I still remember Rastlin foretelling how he would abandon Crysania after she got him through the abyss and was dying. Chills.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:32 AM (83lwH)

76 Thanks to the Moron who recommended "Peeler" by Kevin McCarthy. An excellent mystery/historical novel set in the Irish "Troubles" of 1920. It led me to more research of the period, particularly the vicious, mostly no-quarter guerrilla war between the RIC Black and Tans and the IRA Volunteers. I think McCarthy got the ambience, if you want to call it that, just right. I will be reading more from this author.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at June 13, 2021 08:33 AM (Skahs)

77 Love the photo of the little girl scowling in concentration at the book half her size. The horse looking on (reading over her shoulder?) is a great touch.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 08:33 AM (7EjX1)

78 You put that beautifully. I think we are reaching a "critical mass" of decadent amoral hedonists

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:24 AM (ONvIw)

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Thanks. I long ago realized that you can't have a society run by people who have no idea how things actually work.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:34 AM (llXky)

79 Thanks for any help you may be able to provide!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (hOfX7)


I'm not sure if this idea is feasible, but you might check to see if some of the more conservative seminaries offer Greek courses online. I know some of them used to offer crash courses during the summer months.

Posted by: grammie winger at June 13, 2021 08:34 AM (45fpk)

80 read Faucian Bargain. Nothing that would surise the horde, but hopefully opens some TDS eyes

Posted by: vdoggeh woof woof at June 13, 2021 08:34 AM (oEn12)

81 if you can believe the internet (questionable, i know) the goodbye etymology is correct (link goes to etymonline). duckduckgo gives more than one reference that say the same thing

tinyurl.com/uuxnk5uf

Posted by: yara at June 13, 2021 08:34 AM (N7mou)

82 "Long ago I plowed through the Dragonlance Chronicles. I used to keep them around just remind myself that even lousy writers can sell books."

Some of them were good. I still remember Rastlin foretelling how he would abandon Crysania after she got him through the abyss and was dying. Chills.
Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:32 AM (83lwH)
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Chronicles was just a warm-up act for Legends. Legends was amazing! Some of the best fantasy I've read to this day...Again, great character development by Weis, fantastic world-building by Hickman. Two authors who have complementary skillsets that work amazingly well together.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (hQrcu)

83 oh dont feel great today -didntbrealize doggeh was commenting for me

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (oEn12)

84 73
Can't hang here, but I have a request. Can someone recommend a program or app from which one can learn to speak Greek?

Apparently the gSon will attend a school starting this fall in which he is immersed in the language for half the school day.

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide!
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (hOfX7)

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Well, I can't speak from experience, but it looks like Duolingo has a Greek component.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (CAJOC)

85 Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:29 AM (NWfb1)

Thanks. You recommended this before, and older boy loves it!

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (ONvIw)

86 I'm continuing to read James Maxwell's biography. One thing that stuck out is that the natural order of things convinced Maxwell of the existence of a creator. Science showed him personally that the Universe is far to perfect to have been created by some random thing. He called this creator "God".

Posted by: f'd at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (Tnijr)

87 Can't hang here, but I have a request. Can someone recommend a program or app from which one can learn to speak Greek?

**

We've been using Rosetta Stone with the kids to work on Spanish, and it's pretty easy and enjoyable. We bought a lifetime subscription for $200 or so a few months ago, and it includes all the languages. Keep your eyes on Stacksocial for it and Babble. They both come up pretty often.

(I just confirmed Greek is included in our Rosetta Stone subscription btw)

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:36 AM (NWfb1)

88 I'm also reading more Clifford D. Simak. Fantastic stuff. Someone really should take his western short stories, combine them into a screenplay, and then make them into a movie. It's extremely cinematic.
Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:10 AM (hQrcu)


Due to Lord Squirrel's relentless pimping of Simak, I decided to give him a read again. I liked Simak when I was but a wee tad, but remember nothing about his stories or novels.

What's good about Simak: great imagination, clean, clear prose, straight ahead story telling.

What's bad about Simak: Man, he really wants to teach you a lesson ala old Twilight Zone episodes. As an author, it's like he's sitting next to you as you read, elbowing you in the ribs every few minutes, saying "Geddit? You get that?".

A great example of that is his story for the never published "Last Dangerous Visions" "I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air
Great imagination. And lotsa geddit. Still overall I enjoyed it and the other stories I read. All olde-timey SF though, so beware if that bothers you.
Short Stories collections constantly on sale for kindle. Some novels too.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:36 AM (dWwl8)

89 Finished The Alienist and although I enjoyed it, there were two things about the ending which irked me. The first was having the scene of the crime at the Croton reservoir which I doubt that many modern denizens of NYC know about since it was demolished for the main library building years ago. I think it was playing dirty pool, to coin a phrase, to use a towering structure with a commanding view that the reader doesn't have the first idea about. Part of the appeal of books like this is to give the reader a chance to match wits with the characters and that was lost. Having said that I can't think of a way he could have effectively dealt with that other than not write the book. The other caveat was I didn't understand how the underworld lowlifes got involved near the end but their motives confused me every step of the way. I still enjoyed it but can understand why attempts to catch lightning in a bottle twice failed.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:37 AM (y7DUB)

90 Some of them were good. I still remember Rastlin
foretelling how he would abandon Crysania after she got him through the
abyss and was dying. Chills.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:32 AM (83lwH)

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I'll say this: they got better over time as the authors figured out how to write. That being said, I hated just about every character to one extent or another and the plots felt random because (spoiler alert) they were designed to sell dungeon modules.

The short stories were better because they were actual vignettes.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:37 AM (llXky)

91 and older boy loves it!

*

(fistbump)

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:37 AM (NWfb1)

92 I'm continuing to read James Maxwell's biography. One thing that stuck out is that the natural order of things convinced Maxwell of the existence of a creator. Science showed him personally that the Universe is far to perfect to have been created by some random thing. He called this creator "God".
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I think that's something a lot of people don't understand. The sheer magnitude of the random chances that have to occur perfectly in order for me to be typing this is so vast that 13.5 billion years is simply not enough time for the random chances to occur naturally.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (hQrcu)

93 "A lot of those authors never even played the games
they novelized."

But I LOATHED the Dragaonlance RPG world.

"Note to DM: Methuse must survive the encounter so he may appear in Chapter 8. Do not let the party kill him""

Huh?

Sir Richard: "Rolling my attack... Crit 20 with a vorpal blade! Woo hoo! Lopped Methuse Dude's head right off!"

... Yes (throw module in trash pile) Yes you did!

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (83lwH)

94 Thanks for any help you may be able to provide!
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars

Duolingo app. Just as a supplementary game like way to soak up a new language

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (oEn12)

95 Also got that graphic novel, The Way of the Househusband. How divergent can my hold choices be? I always enjoy the look the librarian gives me.
Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:17 AM (OX9vb)


How's the manga? The anime is a hoot.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (dWwl8)

96 Hell, we had a whole "Shit Jefferson Said" series going here for a while.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:28 AM (CAJOC)

My Protestant church uses the greeting, "God be with you" as the standard greeting. No way do I deny Goodbye came from that, It makes sense. Do I want to look back to be sure, yes I do.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (gJfTA)

97 ---
Thanks. I long ago realized that you can't have a society run by people who have no idea how things actually work.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:34 AM (llXky)

Yep and in the case of societies the Ten Commandments and the Bible work as instruction manuals. And the law must be applied equally with no favoritism for either the poor or the mighty, just as it says in Leviticus.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (ONvIw)

98 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

+++++

Try "The Star Beast" by Robert A. Heinlein. Written in 1954, one of Heinlein's best juveniles. And a heck of a kicker at the end, too.

Truly a fun read.

(Recommended for adults, also)

Posted by: Francis Fulloffrenchmen at June 13, 2021 08:39 AM (fBtlL)

99 Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:36 AM (NWfb1)

Wow, $200 lifetime for all languages? That's really good. I thought it was $200-300 per language. I'll have to look into it.

Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:39 AM (0qhDZ)

100 83 oh dont feel great today -didntbrealize doggeh was commenting for me
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:35 AM (oEn12)

These dogs always get so full of themselves during Westminster weekend, don't they?

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:40 AM (ONvIw)

101 This past week was a wild one, so I didn't get the opportunity to crack open a book. So let's talk titles.

The library provided two Perry Mason novels that I had requested. Out of the dozens of PM stories, why did I request these? Their titles -- "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop" and "The Case of the Baited Hook."

Gardner (or his publisher) was a master at coming up with titles that attract attention. So are many others.

I remember picking out one book solely because of the title, "32 Cadillacs." The cars in question had been stolen in one day by a Roma gang. The lead character was the head of a repossession agency, Dan Kearney Associates. Turned out to be one in a series.

How often does a title by itself sell a book to you?

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 08:40 AM (Om/di)

102 I've read A LOT of Weis and Hickman over the years. It's clear to me that Weis is great on character building and interactions. Hickman is great on ideas and world building.
Posted by: Lord Squirrel

there was a Weis and Hickman series I read a lot of when I was a lot younger - can't remember the titles though LOL
Not dragonlance

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:40 AM (oEn12)

103 CBC increases. Christopher Sign, RIP.

https://youtu.be/aboeA8o3f4Y

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 08:40 AM (AHq56)

104 "Chronicles was just a warm-up act for Legends."

Oh my bad, I didn't realize they were different sets. I just remember them all as Dragonlance.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:41 AM (83lwH)

105 These dogs always get so full of themselves during Westminster weekend, don't they?
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:40 AM (ONvIw)

indeed
he was so excited by the agility trials yesterday

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:41 AM (oEn12)

106 (I just confirmed Greek is included in our Rosetta Stone subscription btw)

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:36 AM (NWfb1)

nero para calor. That means water please in Greek. I am not sure how many words I spelled wrong there, I am guessing it was less than three.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:42 AM (gJfTA)

107
indeed
he was so excited by the agility trials yesterday
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:41 AM (oEn12)

Verb was Briiliant!

Posted by: CN's doggo, Bogie, a Russell at June 13, 2021 08:42 AM (ONvIw)

108 there was a Weis and Hickman series I read a lot of when I was a lot younger - can't remember the titles though LOL
Not dragonlance
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They collaborated on several series: Rose of the Prophet (meh, but had some good parts), Death Gate Cycle (awesome), Darksword (also kind of meh, but did have some excellent parts), and Sovereign Stone (based on an idea from artist Larry Elmore, who did the Dragonlance cover art).

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:42 AM (hQrcu)

109 99 Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:36 AM (NWfb1)

Wow, $200 lifetime for all languages? That's really good. I thought it was $200-300 per language. I'll have to look into it.
Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:39 AM (0qhDZ)

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I just looked, and it says

Lifetime
Unlimited Languages

Right now it's only $179

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:43 AM (CAJOC)

110 I prefer +Babbel over Rosetta Stone by far. Just my two cents ...

Posted by: Blacksheep at June 13, 2021 08:43 AM (6mvRv)

111 Right now it's only $179
Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:43 AM (CAJOC)


Damn, jumping on that today. Thanks!

Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:45 AM (0qhDZ)

112 Oh my bad, I didn't realize they were different sets. I just remember them all as Dragonlance.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:41 AM (83lwH)

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Chronicles was the first trilogy to promote the campaign setting. You could play along with the dungeons as you went. Their was also a wargame (which I bought) that allowed you to fight the War of the Thing.

Legends was a second series that focused on the...Majere Brothers? Big dumb dude and his eeeevil twin, who was basically a chaotic evil Mary Sue by the end of the series. Which never actually ended - they kept him popping up in time and space because MARY SUE DOES NOT DIE.

Not a fan. Oh, I just remembered the short story was "Into the Heart of the Story" and it was a hoot.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:45 AM (llXky)

113 I feel an urge to buy more pet related books for my grandsons, especially doggos, but I would also appreciate kitteh suggestions. So if anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it.
Posted by: CN

Just a memory. When I was maybe a fourth grader, I read a book about a boy who happened to be there when a circus guy was mad at his elephant and threatened to sell him for a dollar. So the kid buys him and the have a boy and his elephant adventures. I loved that book.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 08:45 AM (d9FiS)

114 I liked how Simak would toss in concepts like encountering a swarm intelligence seemingly randomly in a narration; like something momentarily fascinated him and he'd write about it briefly as an aside.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (y7DUB)

115 Speaking Greek... Thanks for any help you may be able to provide!
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars

I hesitantly recommend Duolingo. Pros: It's free. It starts from the beginning. You can spend as much time on it as you want. It allows reading, listening, speaking. Cons: you're learning a new language. it takes a while. not really any writing. don't know how extensive the Greek section is; the Spanish one keeps expanding, so i may never finish it. the listening helps if you close your eyes cause i can't get the text to go away and i read better than i hear.

Posted by: yara at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (N7mou)

116 I went back and bought or found in my library, some pet dog books from my childhood days, too. I wouldn't inflict the girly Ramona books on the boys, but Ribsy and Henry and Ribsy were enjoyed. I might get the book, Socks, as it features a kitteh.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (ONvIw)

117
Wow, $200 lifetime for all languages? That's really good. I thought it was $200-300 per language. I'll have to look into it.
Posted by: Jordan61, I am the 30% at June 13, 2021 08:39 AM (0qhDZ)

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I just checked my spam email and it's coming up right now (for Fathers Day probably) at $199 for lifetime subscription along with some type of "Micro Book Library" and Keepsolid VPN. Not my link, just stacksocial deal via tinyurl:

https://tinyurl.com/5eunpvrk

Says it includes all 24 languages.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Who would have imagined that Karmella stutters like Slipfoot, too? at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (9UHPJ)

118 I loved French in Action. It was a sitcom/drama created to teach you the language through immersion. The guy, Pierre Capretz invented the system that has been roundly copied. He did this many decades ago, when most language learning was wrote memorization.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 08:48 AM (gJfTA)

119 In other news, I'm working on a piece comparing Evelyn Waugh and Ford Madox Ford again. I did an earlier one comparing their multi-volume wartime novels (Sword of Honour and Parade's End respectively).

The problem is that both books are kind of obscure. I think a better basis is looking at their most famous books: Brideshead Revisited and The Good Soldier. So that's what I'm going to do. Been working on it for about a week and I'll post it at ahlloyd.com when it's done.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (llXky)

120 Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:42 AM (hQrcu)

Death Gate Cycle I think! thanks!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (oEn12)

121 I am reading good short stories.

First up was Eric Frank Russel's "Minor Ingredient". This is a gem of a story, full of hidden heart. It is barely SF, but shows a most interesting topic.

I first encountered it in Prologue to Analog edited by John W Campbell. That may be hard to find. To get more Eric Frank Russel stories, I bought Major Ingredients The Selected Short Stories of Eric Frank Russel. It is in there, all 13 pages.

That compendium has his Hugo winning short story "Allamagoosa" (which is the lightest of Hugo winners) and the thoughtful story "And Then There Were None." The latter story introduced MYOB, and showcased a working self-governed citizen libertarian society.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at June 13, 2021 08:50 AM (u82oZ)

122 "his eeeevil twin, who was basically a chaotic evil Mary Sue by the end of the series"

Yah I forgot about that. Raist was the first evil protagonist I identified with, until my group ruined it and I had to give my "Guys, you can't all be a Raistlin Majere knock-off" lecture as DM.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:51 AM (83lwH)

123 Secrets of learning languages. Lydia Machova.

https://tinyurl.com/8wep4zes

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 08:51 AM (AHq56)

124 Death Gate Cycle I think! thanks!
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (oEn12)
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Yep. That's one of my favorites. Great characters, creative setting, and satisfying plot. Some of the books are better than others, but overall it's a great series.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 08:51 AM (hQrcu)

125 I've made a public and personal commitment to get down to writing the book that has been stirring about my mind for three years and finishing it by this time next year.
The working title is Making This Mountain Mine. It will be about grief, pain, healing and grace and whatever else the process brings to me.
I have much procrastination and inertia to overcome plus the concern that nobody needs this book,.
But I need to do it.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (cSyAR)

126 The problem is that both books are kind of obscure. I think a better basis is looking at their most famous books: Brideshead Revisited and The Good Soldier. So that's what I'm going to do. Been working on it for about a week and I'll post it at ahlloyd.com when it's done.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (llXky)


I'll be anxious to read that because they're very different books other than being well written.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (y7DUB)

127 Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (llXky)

I'll look forward to this. They are great favorites. Does Olivet have any special collection of Ford papers?

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (ONvIw)

128 I mean, if you do a search for Ford Madox Ford books, The Good Soldier is easy to find. Easier than Parade's End, for example.

And of course Brideshead Revisited has a huge public footprint. I told one of my friends who was interested that he could read the book or watch the TV adaptation and it would be almost the same because the adaptation is just that good.

Some movies are better than the books, some are worse but Brideshead translates it perfectly. Really unique in that respect.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:53 AM (llXky)

129 i'd really like to read Ronald Pestritto's new book America Transformed: the Rise and Legacy of American Progressivism (tinyurl.com/ju6zaep6), but not 29 bucks worth.

Posted by: yara at June 13, 2021 08:53 AM (N7mou)

130 But I need to do it.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (cSyAR)


Best reason there is.

Posted by: grammie winger at June 13, 2021 08:53 AM (45fpk)

131 How's the manga? The anime is a hoot.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:38 AM (dWwl

I haven't read it yet--just picked them up yesterday, and I'm busy! I might make that the bed-time reading tonight. Looks like it should be a quick read.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 08:54 AM (OX9vb)

132 Good morning all.

I've been re-reading The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James LeFanu. This book traces the trajectory of many of the great achievements of the medical profession, while pointing out some of the failed promises of high tech medicine. I found the New Genetics section particularly interesting. By the time this book was written (1997) the genetic code had been broken and the knowledge of DNA makes RNA, RNA makes protein promised bold new horizons in the treatment of disease. But that promise, even now, a quarter of a century later, remains largely a hope rather than a reality. Yet it still draws big investor bucks, trading on the promise of a magical cure.

E.g. One of the earliest "Big Things" in genetically engineered pharmaceuticals was human insulin. This much-ballyhooed product replace insulin derived from ground-up pig pancreases, so it had to be better, right? Yet at the end of the day it replaced an inexpensive, effective, readily available product with an expensive version of essentially the same chemical, that was not really any more effective.

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 08:55 AM (Fc5rx)

133 I'll be anxious to read that because they're very different books other than being well written.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (y7DUB)

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There are big differences in time and events, but they also have a lot in common. Both have a narrator who is part of the story. The narrator is an outsider, comfortable around the upper class but not truly a member of it. Both stories take place over many years, and move backwards and forwards through time.

And both deal with serious family/marital dysfunction as society's standards of behavior start to openly crumble.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:56 AM (llXky)

134 Some movies are better than the books, some are worse but Brideshead translates it perfectly. Really unique in that respect.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:53 AM (llXky)


Until some fop did a horribly abridged version that Emma Thompson whored herself out for by being associated with it. That was the last time I used her as a benchmark figure for integrity.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:56 AM (y7DUB)

135 comparing Evelyn Waugh

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Didja see a few days ago some academic or journalist or retard or something included Evelyn Waugh on a list of great women writers of our time or some such?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 08:57 AM (d9FiS)

136 I'm now thinking of getting Rosetta Stone for my son for homeschooling. I see they have a homeschool version, for the same lifetime price as the regular version, but for the life of me, I can't really figure out the difference.(other than possibly some reporting features).

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 08:57 AM (CAJOC)

137 Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:49 AM (llXky)

But we now have longer acting insulins, and to be honest, there are groups of people who would not willingly use pig derived medicine.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:57 AM (ONvIw)

138 The biggest false god of modernity is the worship of creation and not the creator.

Romans Chapters 1 and 2 tell us that God gives such people over to perversities.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at June 13, 2021 08:58 AM (xopIz)

139 Didja see a few days ago some academic or journalist or retard or something included Evelyn Waugh on a list of great women writers of our time or some such?
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 08:57 AM (d9FiS)

Link? I'd love to share this.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:58 AM (ONvIw)

140 I'll look forward to this. They are great favorites. Does Olivet have any special collection of Ford papers?

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (ONvIw)

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You know, I combed through their web site and he's completely invisible. Not "woke" enough, I suppose.

This is another sign of societal collapse: guardians of culture despising their very reason for existence. Olivet should be holding an annual Ford conference and celebrating his legacy and their role. Instead their web site looks like every other college's, full of diversity garbage.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:58 AM (llXky)

141 I liked how Simak would toss in concepts like encountering a swarm intelligence seemingly randomly in a narration; like something momentarily fascinated him and he'd write about it briefly as an aside.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (y7DUB){/i]

Yeah, he was clearly a smart guy bursting with ideas.

Good match for SF.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:59 AM (dWwl8)

142 Didja see a few days ago some academic or journalist or retard or something included Evelyn Waugh on a list of great women writers of our time or some such?
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks

bwahahaha

Posted by: R. Lynn Asprin at June 13, 2021 08:59 AM (oEn12)

143 So this week's Who Dis isn't Joan Collins?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 13, 2021 08:59 AM (DMUuz)

144 Greetings, O Book Thread and all within!

Latest book is at the editor. Beta readers all survived the experience. Cover art is finalized and is *amazing*. (Putting together a book is actually rather fun. The writing part can be like pulling teeth sometimes, but you get to the end, wheezing and panting, and then see the glorious view at the top....)

Oregon Muse, you were missed at the PNWMoMe!

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at June 13, 2021 09:00 AM (CUULq)

145 143 So this week's Who Dis isn't Joan Collins?
Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 13, 2021 08:59 AM (DMUuz)

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Maybe. I mean, who are we to say who he identifies as?

Posted by: No One of Consequence at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (CAJOC)

146 Until some fop did a horribly abridged version that
Emma Thompson whored herself out for by being associated with it. That
was the last time I used her as a benchmark figure for integrity.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:56 AM (y7DUB)

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Yeah, I saw a preview for it and have carefully avoided it.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (llXky)

147 Olivet should be holding an annual Ford conference and celebrating his legacy and their role. Instead their web site looks like every other college's, full of diversity garbage.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 08:58 AM (llXky)

This is disappointing. You'd think they'd milk that connection for all it's worth.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (ONvIw)

148 136 I'm now thinking of getting Rosetta Stone for my son
See Lydia Machova @ 123. It does not matter much what method he uses but he must want to learn himself.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (AHq56)

149 I liked how Simak would toss in concepts like encountering a swarm intelligence seemingly randomly in a narration; like something momentarily fascinated him and he'd write about it briefly as an aside.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 08:46 AM (y7DUB){/i]

Yeah, he was clearly a smart guy bursting with ideas.

Good match for SF.
Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 08:59 AM (dWwl
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He never let the science get in the way of telling a good story...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (hQrcu)

150 But I need to do it.
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at June 13, 2021 08:52 AM (cSyAR)

Do it! Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. No overthinking, no revising, no reading what you wrote - just get it all out first.

Posted by: R. Lynn Asprin at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (oEn12)

151 Is that a carnivorous canine in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

Posted by: Just Wondering at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (jYQlA)

152 Alright alright alright!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

Is that your Jackie Chiles impression ?

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (arJlL)

153 Have to admit, when I first heard the name Evelyn Waugh, I thought it was a woman.

The ladies have co-opted so many names. Which will be next?

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (Om/di)

154 Here we go. Time Magazine includes Evelyn Waugh in its list of Most Read Female Authors.

https://bit.ly/3gi12pj

They could be right. I don't know how xe self identified or what xis pronouns were.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (d9FiS)

155 This is disappointing. You'd think they'd milk that connection for all it's worth.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (ONvIw)

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The woke retards running JMC actually floated the idea of renaming the college because James Madison was a dead white guy.

Never underestimate the power of stupid.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:03 AM (llXky)

156 I never knew Artemis was a dame.

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 09:03 AM (arJlL)

157 I like those pants, I would buy them just for the laugh I would get from Mrs Eez !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at June 13, 2021 09:04 AM (wHoql)

158 Die Media Die.

If i put that on a t shirt in Reno NV., will i live? Will chicks dig me?

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at June 13, 2021 09:05 AM (rB4m/)

159 The idolatry of our day can be summed up in three words...love of self.

It is the good Samaritan whom steps out from his own pool of self aggrandizement to lift the hands that hang down.

Posted by: AceOfPhrase at June 13, 2021 09:05 AM (ttAum)

160 Have to admit, when I first heard the name Evelyn Waugh, I thought it was a woman.



The ladies have co-opted so many names. Which will be next?

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (Om/di)

they made a joke out of that in the movie Lost in Translation. They also predicted the meteoric rise of Japanese Single Malts.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:05 AM (gJfTA)

161 oh random ppl keep commenting for me

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 09:05 AM (oEn12)

162 Yeah, I saw a preview for it and have carefully avoided it.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:01 AM (llXky)

Wise. I watched it and it was dreadful.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:06 AM (ONvIw)

163 Here we go. Time Magazine includes Evelyn Waugh in its list of Most Read Female Authors.


Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (d9FiS)

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Henry Luce is spinning in his grave like a dynamo.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:07 AM (llXky)

164 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Waugh

Born: Evelyn Waugh
Died: Combe Florey
As he approached his sixties, Waugh was in poor health, prematurely aged, "fat, deaf, short of breath"Sounds as if he died a Lesbian.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (AHq56)

165 And it's pronounced Eve lynn.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (xopIz)

166 152 Alright alright alright!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

Is that your Jackie Chiles impression ?
Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (arJlL)


I was hearing that Outkast song, Hey Ya.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (OX9vb)

167 Waugh is probably laughing.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (Om/di)

168 I'd like to join the horde but, man, y'all are too fast for me. Okay, so I recommend that mining book for sure. I'll admit I'm an obsessive, and mining is one of my obsessions. The AOSHQ is definitely another, and Canada is another one, for some weird reason, since I'm not Canadian.

If anyone wants to really trip out though, my recommendation would be "Hamlet's Mill."

Posted by: Plum Duff at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (rSxCF)

169 I never knew Artemis was a dame.
Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 09:03 AM


She wasn't cislunar, IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: Venus at June 13, 2021 09:09 AM (DMUuz)

170 Oregon Muse, you were missed at the PNWMoMe!

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at June 13, 2021 09:00 AM (CUULq)


Thank you, I'm sorry to have missed it. Am not up to travelling these days, not yet.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 09:09 AM (Nlzsz)

171 The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth is a great children's book.

Posted by: Linnet at June 13, 2021 09:09 AM (yy9Ma)

172 Reminds me me of the line in Bored of the Rings how the fair Natalie Wood was corrupted to the crotchety Evelyn.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:09 AM (llXky)

173 Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 09:02 AM (d9FiS)

Thanks!

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:09 AM (ONvIw)

174
I HATE you, Flicka! - a limerick

She said "Mom, when I get a bit older
And stronger, more forceful and bolder
I'll go out to the barn
And read a good yarn
With no horse looking over my shoulder!"

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:10 AM (Fc5rx)

175 Love the photo of the little girl scowling in concentration at the book half her size. The horse looking on (reading over her shoulder?) is a great touch.
Posted by: JTB

That's Ben Had !

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 09:10 AM (arJlL)

176 As he approached his sixties, Waugh was in poor health, prematurely aged, "fat, deaf, short of breath"Sounds as if he died a Lesbian.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (AHq56)


Did he drive a Subaru?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 09:10 AM (Nlzsz)

177 @160 --

Single malts or single males?

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:11 AM (Om/di)

178 Waugh is probably laughing.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:08 AM (Om/di)

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He would be having a field day with woke culture.

If I were to recommend one book for the present day, Black Mischief would be it because it is soooo wickedly funny. Scoop is good as well, but Black Mischief is a thermonuclear blast of political incorrectness.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:11 AM (llXky)

179 In other readings the main character of The Mystery of the Aleph, Georg Cantor, gradually went insane trying to prove his concepts of infinity. He tried various side exercises, like trying to prove that Francis Bacon was the real Shakespeare, but ultimately fell victim to the inadequacy of traditional proofs to deal with a concept like infinity. He ended up staring at a wall in contemplation, not unlike the Spanish Kabbalists of the 1200s.

There are still chapters left so I assume the author will talk about other developments.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:12 AM (y7DUB)

180 Alright alright alright!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)


You're alright by me.

Posted by: Jethro Tull at June 13, 2021 09:13 AM (DMUuz)

181 176 Did he drive a Subaru?
Seems unlikely. https://tinyurl.com/yyrdmwnt

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:13 AM (AHq56)

182 Currently rereading Joseph Conrad's "The Duel".

He is such a good writer. The tale is loosely based on fact and is also the basis for Ridley Scott's first movie The Duellists.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at June 13, 2021 09:14 AM (u82oZ)

183 Time to make the dog food. Have a lovely Sunday, everyone!

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 09:14 AM (OX9vb)

184 April, thanks for responding. If you can find "Free Gold" you will enjoy it I think, if you have any interest in that kind of thing, whether Canadian history or mining craziness.

Posted by: Plum Duff at June 13, 2021 09:14 AM (rSxCF)

185 * adds "Black Mischief" to TBR list *

I thoroughly enjoyed "Scoop."

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:15 AM (Om/di)

186 Currently rereading Joseph Conrad's "The Duel".



He is such a good writer. The tale is loosely based on fact and is
also the basis for Ridley Scott's first movie The Duellists.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at June 13, 2021 09:14 AM (u82oZ)

I will knock a battery of his shoulder any day. Bring it on!

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:16 AM (gJfTA)

187 Plum, it's not at the library, and it's $$ on Amazon. On my list though--I love rocks and mining and stuff.

Posted by: April at June 13, 2021 09:16 AM (OX9vb)

188 Time Magazine includes Evelyn Waugh in its list of Most Read Female Authors.

Considering the outsized importance those shitheads give to book snobs, there go their party invites.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:16 AM (y7DUB)

189 The woke retards running JMC actually floated the idea of renaming the college because James Madison was a dead white guy.

Never underestimate the power of stupid.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:03 AM (llXky)

Stupid is burning through the country like a massive wildfire.

Maybe they should rename it for Dolley, non-Madisonians living in Case often called it that anyway.
I think it started turning lib early on. I remember a few kids petitioning to get rid of a conservative faculty member. They succeeded with a non-tenured, but couldn't budge the tenured one.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:17 AM (ONvIw)

190 just joking there btw. I knew everyone got it. I amuse myself.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:18 AM (gJfTA)

191 Obligatory Seinfeld reference:

https://youtu.be/6T3X8i5Hkhg

Posted by: Hello, Newman at June 13, 2021 09:19 AM (jYQlA)

192 McConaughey reading John Grisham, who is a Mississippi State alumnus. Mississippi State will be playing Notre Dame this afternoon in game two of the Starkville super regional being played at Dudy Noble Field; a Bulldog win today means another trip to the College World Series.

Here's Grisham's thoughts about Dudy Noble: https://youtu.be/-zu9Ss44PjQ

Posted by: Bert G at June 13, 2021 09:19 AM (sAW0o)

193
The Drone - a limerick

There once was a student named Shaw
Who wasn't real 'quick on the draw'
Studied English Lit at college
Vainly seeking higher knowledge
'But all he heard was "Waugh, Waugh, Waugh"

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:19 AM (Fc5rx)

194 He died a lesbian. It is a pandemic.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at June 13, 2021 09:21 AM (rB4m/)

195 Thank you, I'm sorry to have missed it. Am not up to travelling these days, not yet.
Posted by: OregonMuse

how are you feeling?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 09:22 AM (oEn12)

196 Considering the outsized importance those shitheads give to book snobs, there go their party invites.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:16 AM (y7DUB)


My favorite oopsie so far this year from Our Elite Betters was from Andrea Mitchell, who "corrected" Ted Cruz by saying the phrase "sound and fury" was from Faulkner, not Shakespeare.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, Drone Entrepreneur at June 13, 2021 09:23 AM (PiwSw)

197 Youngest kidlet called for a recommendation to explain 'The Narrative' to one of her roommates. My suggestion was 'Witches Abroad' (Terry Pratchett).

Don't know if it will work; kidlet is in deep doodoo with some of her peers because she has been pointing out various difficulties with battery storage for green energy; when she pointed out the slave labor problems with battery manufacture, they accused her of always being the spoiler.

Oh well, one bite at a time --

(I am experimenting with semicolons.)

Posted by: mustbequantum at June 13, 2021 09:23 AM (MIKMs)

198 Oh Muldoon, you are a wit.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at June 13, 2021 09:23 AM (xopIz)

199 aybe they should rename it for Dolley, non-Madisonians living in Case often called it that anyway.

I think it started turning lib early on. I remember a few kids
petitioning to get rid of a conservative faculty member. They succeeded
with a non-tenured, but couldn't budge the tenured one.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:17 AM (ONvIw)
these people are too stupid to "redadcted".But they are in charge in many places. They own Virginia, it is not even close. There is a governor's race this year, and if the Repub wins, I will eat my hat and any hat remotely nearby. Historically, R's win in VA when a D is the pres. This is a famous race and at some point late in the cycle, everyone will get into it. The R's will lose. Trust me, I hate saying that, but I know it to be the case.

anyway. I saw a Washington and Lee bumber sticker recently. It is a lefty school as most of them are. But think of those guys and gals. Their school is named Washington and Lee. You know they want to cancel their own school so bad. My prediction is it will simply be known as "And".

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:24 AM (gJfTA)

200 I think it started turning lib early on. I remember a
few kids petitioning to get rid of a conservative faculty member. They
succeeded with a non-tenured, but couldn't budge the tenured one.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:17 AM (ONvIw)

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The Social Relations field was a joke. Political Economy and International Relations were where you found the hard-bitten cynics. The pre-law types were in between, but also the most numerous.

For our senior seminar, we created a imaginary African state and divided it between four tribes, each named after one of the majors. SR were illiterate herders, pre-law were subsistence agriculturalsts, PE were foreign merchants who ran the economy and of course IR was a warrior tribe that formed the core of the British Colonial army. Our professor was highly amused.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:25 AM (llXky)

201 Finally finished Six Frigates by Ian Toll, I think, about the founding of the US Navy. Seems wrong that I'd never heard of Preble or Stephan Decatur.

Now I'm looking at either Tin Can Sailors or whatever book the movie Greyhound is based on. Saw it recently and it might be the best war movie I've ever seen.

Posted by: Blutarski at June 13, 2021 09:25 AM (dmfmx)

202 Uris always sounded like some kind of anatomical feature to me.

"The patient presented at the ER with a lacerated uris."


Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at June 13, 2021 09:25 AM (XGAZE)

203 73 Can't hang here, but I have a request. Can someone recommend a program or app from which one can learn to speak Greek?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (hOfX7)

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I don't recommend Rosetta Stone with no previous background in Greek (at least for that particular language). I say this as someone who already speaks basic Greek. I got it to improve my skills, but it was very challenging for me & almost impossible for the rest of my family who have no prior knowledge. Start with Duolingo (which was pretty good for basics) or Babbel & go from there. Of course, YMMV. Good luck!

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at June 13, 2021 09:26 AM (R1NI2)

204 The Drone - a limerick



There once was a student named Shaw

Who wasn't real 'quick on the draw'

Studied English Lit at college

Vainly seeking higher knowledge

'But all he heard was "Waugh, Waugh, Waugh"

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:19 AM (Fc5rx)
I have heard about this guy.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:26 AM (gJfTA)

205 >>Western Civilization was founded upon Judeo-Christian faith and ideals. It's the pinnacle of Civilization in the world. A lot of people who don't subscribe to it wish to tear it down, but they have nothing to replace it with except savagery and barbarism.


What, you don't think new words such as "birthing person" and "front hole" don't roll off the tongue like poetry?

(Though I get the feeling they enjoy how ugly and jarring their newspeak is. . .)

Posted by: Lizzy at June 13, 2021 09:26 AM (bDqIh)

206 Northernlurker get on it and good luck.
Not sure how writers do it but if I need to push myself painting a mass of miniatures I force myself 1 color a day.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 09:27 AM (Cxk7w)

207 The Duel (Eugene Field)

https://poets.org/poem/duel

Posted by: mustbequantum at June 13, 2021 09:28 AM (MIKMs)

208 For those of you who may be interested in rereading LOTR without hauling those gigantic volumes around, it's on Kindle Unlimited for a short time.



Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at June 13, 2021 09:29 AM (XGAZE)

209 >>Time Magazine includes Evelyn Waugh in its list of Most Read Female Authors.


. . . and perhaps George Eliot as an icky white male author?

Posted by: Lizzy at June 13, 2021 09:29 AM (bDqIh)

210 Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:25 AM (llXky)

I don't remember any of those sub-majors except IR (my roommate was IR). I do recall JMCD which was very pre-law with a few who fancied themselves the next Plato. These days you'd be kicked out for using an African country, real or imaginary. In my day, someone from Socio-ec, parodied IR with a spoof off "Anything Goes"

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:30 AM (ONvIw)

211 My favorite oopsie so far this year from Our Elite Betters was from Andrea Mitchell, who "corrected" Ted Cruz by saying the phrase "sound and fury" was from Faulkner, not Shakespeare.
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, Drone Entrepreneur at June 13, 2021 09:23 AM (PiwSw)


No amount of humiliation is enough.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:31 AM (y7DUB)

212 It's almost as though they are trying to cancel our culture.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at June 13, 2021 09:31 AM (xopIz)

213 207 https://poets.org/poem/duel

Interesting. How did that happen?

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:31 AM (AHq56)

214 I should not be here.

I have not read a book in years (last one was ironically by one of the 'ettes).

Pretty sure the last library I was in was the reading room at the British Museum, so 2010?

And I'm sitting here in my underwear.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (5p7BC)

215 2B was Hamlet's apartment number.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (d9FiS)

216 You know they want to cancel their own school so bad. My prediction is it will simply be known as "And".
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:24 AM (gJfTA)

Spike Lee and Denzell Washington might work

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (ONvIw)

217 I am getting around to reading Snow Crash after having started it once and got distracted. It's great, but I am not enjoying the little bits that seem a little too close to where we may be headed.

Posted by: Lizzy at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (bDqIh)

218 Well, time for Mass. Until next week!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:33 AM (llXky)

219 218 Well, time for Mass. Until next week!
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 13, 2021 09:33 AM (llXky)

See ya, Alec

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:33 AM (ONvIw)

220 216 Spike Lee and Denzell Washington might work
Just start a rumor.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:34 AM (AHq56)

221 RE: The Rise and Fall of American Medicine

Consider Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder caused by a single mutation that incorrectly tells the ribosome to terminate the amino acid sequence of a certain protein before the protein is completed. The hottest new genetic therapy in clinical trials aimed at bypassing the abnormal DNA segment has been able to only very marginally increase the measurable level of the affected protein from 0.1% of normal levels up to 1% of normal levels (still 99% deficient). Patients in the treatment group did not improve muscle strength at all, they had a slight slowing of the rate of deterioration. Still a disease with a grim prognosis.

And that is with single gene disorders. Gene therapy for polygenic or multifactorial diseases is a non-starter. The linear notion of DNA makes RNA. RNA makes protein is a vast oversimplification of the complex network of cellular biochemistry.

The author has a similar takedown of the New Social Theory (disease is due to lifestyle so we must target lifestyle)

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:35 AM (Fc5rx)

222 matt mcconaughey
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:02 AM (ONvIw)

Gesundheit!

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 13, 2021 09:36 AM (uKxWO)

223 My E.B. White kick continues. Read a collection of his essays -- mostly stuff he wrote for New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, plus a couple of book introductions and the like. It's funny: his family were upper-middle-class city people (White's dad was a piano manufacturer), but E.B. basically turned himself into a crotchety old Maine farmer and fisherman.

His best pieces are "Farewell My Lovely," a memoir about the Model T Ford (White and a friend drove one from New York to Seattle in the days when that was more or less the equivalent of crossing Africa on a mountain bike); and "Death of A Pig" (what it says).

When he strays close to politics, like most writers he gets stupid. Though to his credit, he didn't get as stupid and recovered more quickly than a lot of his contemporaries. He believed in World Government in the early Fifties but by the Sixties was very suspicious of Soviet disarmament proposals.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 09:36 AM (QZxDR)

224 181 176 Did he drive a Subaru?
Seems unlikely. https://tinyurl.com/yyrdmwnt

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:13 AM (AHq56


Huh. When Waugh was my age, he had been dead for two years.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 09:37 AM (Nlzsz)

225 Family Guy had a pretty good joke about cleaning up television. They had to change it to The D*ck van D*ke Show.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 09:37 AM (d9FiS)

226 2B was Hamlet's apartment number.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston


Or not ...

Posted by: Adriane the Classical Vengefulist ... at June 13, 2021 09:37 AM (okV1R)

227 And I'm sitting here in my underwear.
Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (5p7BC)


Speaking of things you do well, are you a fan of Rich Baris's polling projects. He takes a large amount of pleasure in ridiculing Nate Silver.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:38 AM (y7DUB)

228 Reading up on the Heinkel He 219 Uhu and its 'versions,' about the only hard thing to distinguish them is the A-7 had DB603-E engines while the A-0 and A-2 had DB603-A engines.

A-0 is supposed to have shorter engine nacelles but the extra fuel tanks of the A-7 in those nacelles could be fitted to the A-0 and A-2. So have doubts about the short nacelles.

Radars. Pre-production and A-0s tend to have the C-1 while the improved SN2 could be found in A-2s and A-7s.

Schrag Musik? Field fitted to any 219. Installation would mean removing the two inner cannons of the ventral gun tray to rebalance the plane.

Easier to pin down changes in mid production P-39s than the He 219.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 13, 2021 09:38 AM (y758A)

229 Northernlurker, please write your novel. I don't mean to be weird but I have read enough on the HQ to know some people have gone through the shit like have and I would love to read your novel.

Posted by: Plum Duff at June 13, 2021 09:38 AM (rSxCF)

230 Spike Lee and Denzell Washington might work

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:32 AM (ONvIw
Sheila Jackson-Lee Well that is it, nothing else to say.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:39 AM (gJfTA)

231 4A was Rocket J. Squirrel's apartment number. I love the smell of obscuration in the morning.

Posted by: klaftern at June 13, 2021 09:40 AM (r4sI4)

232 195 Thank you, I'm sorry to have missed it. Am not up to travelling these days, not yet.
Posted by: OregonMuse

how are you feeling?
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 09:22 AM (oEn12)


No pain, but I tire easily. It doesn't take much to wear me out.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 09:41 AM (Nlzsz)

233 I had not heard the Rocky apartment number gag before but that's wonderful. (Hint: What month is it?)

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 09:41 AM (QZxDR)

234 I might get a copy of the Scalia book. Sounds good and I hope she does not have girrrl-power leanings

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 09:41 AM (ONvIw)

235 Dave I'm not really sure but there is a dress code for this thread.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 09:41 AM (Cxk7w)

236 Sort of book related. There are rumors that a prequel to the film "Master and Commander" is being considered. What little I've heard is that it will be based mostly on the first book of the series when Aubrey and Maturin first met. I assume they would have to have young actors for the main roles.

I loved the Russell Crowe movie and would welcome another if it's as good. Some dip shit critic called it a 'cult' favorite. Lord, I am tired of these cultural snobs.

Anyway, just FYI.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 09:42 AM (7EjX1)

237 Those pants.

Do they come in 'elephant'?

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:42 AM (Fc5rx)

238 Frostbite Falls wasn't big enough to have apartment buildings.

Rocky must have moved in June.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 09:43 AM (Om/di)

239 No pain, but I tire easily. It doesn't take much to wear me out.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 09:41 AM (Nlzsz)

sorry about that. I am not sure what your malady is, but you are well respected here. Thanks for the quality posts you make here.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:44 AM (gJfTA)

240 Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me to get writing. It's much appreciated.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at June 13, 2021 09:44 AM (cSyAR)

241 Muldoon: I know someone who got a pair of novelty briefs as a gag Christmas party gift -- an elephant with a Santa hat.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 09:44 AM (QZxDR)

242 No pain, but I tire easily. It doesn't take much to wear me out.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ

will get better as you make more blood
moar steak
and possibly liver

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 09:45 AM (oEn12)

243 an elephant with a Santa hat.
Posted by: Trimegistus


***

nice additional touch!

Posted by: Muldoon at June 13, 2021 09:47 AM (Fc5rx)

244 Blutarski - Tin Can Sailors. And Hornfischer's other focused Pacific history - Neptune's Inferno, about the Guadalcanal naval battles.

Toll has a trilogy on the Pacific. Good, and long. Hornfischer also did a broader book on the Pacific theater, also good.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 13, 2021 09:47 AM (OTzUX)

245 I wonder if the Committee Wars were after the Rainforest War.
After The Postman but before Waterworld.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 13, 2021 09:47 AM (vuisn)

246 "godbwye"
thx for making me look that up.

Posted by: ibid at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (zUVLz)

247 I loved the Russell Crowe movie and would welcome another if it's as good. Some dip shit critic called it a 'cult' favorite. Lord, I am tired of these cultural snobs.

Anyway, just FYI.
Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 09:42 AM (7EjX1)


Crowe was the perfect personification of Jack Aubrey for me. The guy who played Maturin not so much; he wasn't bad per se but he was a difficult character to capture with all his facets and quirks.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (y7DUB)

248 about the god b w ye

It is actually worse than that since the Y in Ye is probably an attempt to recreate the letter Thorn for TH which was not a standard letter in the German style fonts imported with printing presses and printers coming from Europe.

So all in all, Goodbye is essentially due to a boomer misunderstanding L33T

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (ySM85)

249 Anyway, just FYI.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 09:42 AM (7EjX1)

I thought Crowe wanted to do another one and star in it. Maybe it is too late, who knows. If people can buy a new Magnum PI, I suppose they can buy anything. Funny thing about the original movie, they had to change the enemy ship to a French vessel. As I understand it, in Master and Commander, the enemy ship was American.

I did try those books. I will try them again some day. But something about that first one that didn't work for me. There was a point where I decided to read other things. In general, i love the idea of those books. And it was a great movie.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (gJfTA)

250 Read The first book in Adrian Goldsworthy's new trilogy featuring the centurion, Flavius Ferox. Ferox is out of Britannnia and assigned to a fort north of the Danube at the beginning of Trajan's 2nd Dacian War. I couldn't put it down. The desperate defense of the fort will keep will keep you reading well past your normal bedtime. Goldsworthy is a Roman scholar and knows what of he speaks. I think it's important to read the first trilogy to fully understand Ferox's background. Oh and Hadrian is a major character in this book and he's a real SOB. Can't wait for the next installment.

Posted by: Tuna at June 13, 2021 09:49 AM (gLRfa)

251 4A does not have to be 4th floor. Could be a sub-Bemidji trailer park slot #.

Posted by: klaftern at June 13, 2021 09:49 AM (r4sI4)

252 232 No pain, but I tire easily. It doesn't take much to wear me out.
Sounds like a new mother.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at June 13, 2021 09:50 AM (AHq56)

253 Crowe was the perfect personification of Jack Aubrey
for me. The guy who played Maturin not so much; he wasn't bad per se
but he was a difficult character to capture with all his facets and
quirks.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (y7DUB)


Maturin was also a very changeable character, with swings between petulance and erudition and controlled murderous rages. I suspect it is hard to portray that in 90 minutes and not look like a loon.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 09:50 AM (ySM85)

254 My book this week is "The Berlin Airlift" by Barry Turner, a British popular historian. It's relatively brief - only 250 pages in largish type - but he packs in a lot of information. Most of the book is about the coming of the Cold War from a British perspective; it's a period I'd not read about much, so I found the book interesting and informative. What's refreshing for a book published in our time is the author's point of view: democracy is good, communism is bad, the USSR had to be stopped. For that reason alone, this book won't be winning any literary prizes, but I recommend the book highly to anyone interested in the Cold War in general, and the Airlift in particular.

Posted by: Nemo at June 13, 2021 09:51 AM (S6ArX)

255 As a card-carrying member of the "372 Pages We'll Never Get Back" podcast fan club, I say life is too short to NOT read lousy books.

Right now we're reading Tyra Banks "Modelland" and it is gloriously awful. I'm channeling Leonard Pinth-Garnell just thinking about it.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 09:51 AM (dhFCT)

256 I have only read one of the Case Lee books but it was well done. It was like the Reacher books without being cartoonish and uneven as Jack Reacher stories.

A similar series of books is by Chuck Dixon, his Levon Cade books. Dixon is incredibly prolific, having written more comic books than any one person in history, and cranking out novels like they're ham sandwiches, but always interesting and fun. Dixon has also written a series of books about Seal Team Six and a third about time traveling mercenaries.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 09:52 AM (KZzsI)

257 Speaking of things you do well, are you a fan of Rich Baris's polling projects. He takes a large amount of pleasure in ridiculing Nate Silver.
Posted by: Captain Hate
------------
Yes, Baris is one of three pollsters that is doing polling correctly right now. I'm very impressed with his methodology and my Florida prediction was heavily based on his polling there.

I also learned a lot from him on WHY Nate Silver is wrong. These days knowing why polls are crap is more important than knowing the results of a good poll.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 13, 2021 09:52 AM (5p7BC)

258 Blutarski - Tin Can Sailors. And Hornfischer's other focused Pacific history - Neptune's Inferno, about the Guadalcanal naval battles.
Posted by: rhomboid

Am I right that Tin Can Sailors is about the Battle of the Philippines sea? Off of the island of I think Samara?

Posted by: Blutarski at June 13, 2021 09:53 AM (TkdTD)

259 Reading Ian McEwan's "First Love, Last Rites," a collection of short stories. You don't read McEwan for laughs, but I found his novel Atonement to be very powerful. "First Love, Last Rites" is simply unsettling and bleak, with weird, perverse characters.

I'm also still slowly working through the Bible - now I'm in Deuteronomy (I have to admit, it was a relief to finish Leviticus and Numbers).

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at June 13, 2021 09:53 AM (HabA/)

260 There are certainly movies so bad they need to be seen.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 09:53 AM (Cxk7w)

261 Sicily '43 by James Holland. Italian campaign is the biggest gaping hole in my knowledge of WWII, which is already mostly a gaping hole. Easy reading, fairly "popular" style vs. academic. The ongoing disintegration of the German-Italian "alliance" is part of the story, so there will be amusing elements.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 13, 2021 09:54 AM (OTzUX)

262 Paul "Vision" Bettany played Maturin in the Crowe movie. I thought he was too young. Maturin should be older than Aubrey, and with a lot more road miles on his face. He's described frequently as ugly.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 09:55 AM (QZxDR)

263 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 09:52 AM (KZzsI)

I used to have the entire Able Team and Mack Bolan series of books. It is amazing what parents would allow kids to read back in the day.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:55 AM (gJfTA)

264 "Tin Can Sailors. And Hornfischer's other focused Pacific history - Neptune's Inferno, about the Guadalcanal naval battles.
Posted by: rhomboid ""

Another thumbs way up for the Tin Can Sailors book. Simply wonderful

Posted by: Tuna at June 13, 2021 09:55 AM (gLRfa)

265 Texas governor Matthew McConaughey. A man for the people, and jailbait.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 13, 2021 09:56 AM (2k5ha)

266 I did try those books. I will try them again some day. But something about that first one that didn't work for me. There was a point where I decided to read other things. In general, i love the idea of those books. And it was a great movie.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:48 AM (gJfTA)


OBrian has an oddly dense style in which more things happen in a page, well explained, than you would've thought possible. Once I got used to that I devoured the whole series methodically enjoying every step of the way.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:56 AM (y7DUB)

267 There are certainly movies so bad they need to be seen.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 09:53 AM (Cxk7w)

can you name some? And The Room doesn't count, that is a given, like the Sun setting in the East.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:57 AM (gJfTA)

268 Anyway, I bought four Leon Uris books for the husband, hoping he'll read more and watch fewer nazi movies, and despite the fact that I don't like the guy.

I've been reading about terriers and working my way through Henry II, who I find fascinating.
Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 08:06 AM (ONvIw)

Then why did you marry him???

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 09:57 AM (5ieoM)

269 I thought Crowe wanted to do another one and star in it.

Yeah he was fine with doing a whole string of them, and the director wanted to. But it cost a rather lot of money and didn't make that much, so its dead in the water.

Less easy to explain is why the Narnia movies stopped being made. They had one more in the series (Silver Chair) before it became politically inexpedient to make any more but they just quit. Each movie made a little less money (but then, each was given a smaller budget and less publicity as well), but still made money.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 09:58 AM (KZzsI)

270 OBrian has an oddly dense style in which more things
happen in a page, well explained, than you would've thought possible.
Once I got used to that I devoured the whole series methodically
enjoying every step of the way.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:56 AM (y7DUB)

I am going to go for it again. I know people love his stuff like I and others love L'amour.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:59 AM (gJfTA)

271 Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 13, 2021 09:52 AM (5p7BC)

Thanks for that response. Baris grew on me quickly with his videos with Barnes. Now I watch his videos by himself.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 09:59 AM (y7DUB)

272 I have not quit reading a lot of books for poor quality because I'm pretty picky what I start to read to begin with but once in a while I get into one that seemed great and could not continue. Some like The Rabbi Saw Red wasn't terrible but it was boring to me and going nowhere. Some like The Alienist were hugely praised crap. Others I just couldn't get into for style like Tom Jones (overly long, meandering, without real structure).

I have tried to read The Searchers (which the movie was made from) twice, but get nowhere because its so bleak, slow, and deliberately miserable and moody. I tried reading the first Kay Scarpetta CSI book that launched a genre for forensic mysteries, but it was annoying and badly written.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:02 AM (KZzsI)

273 Blutarski, actually Philippine Sea was June '44, invasion of the Marianas, the "Turkey Shoot"*.

Tin Can Sailors is about Taffy 3, the task group set upon by the large Japanese surface force off the Leyte landing area.

It's called the Battle of Leyte Gulf, though really none of the fighting took place there - largest naval engagement in history, stretching from far down Surigao Strait to up north of Luzon, and over into the Sibuyan Sea, to Palawan actually, in the west. But strictly speaking, very little happened in the Gulf itself.

Some do call it the Battle Off Samar, so you have that right. So that''s the one.

* there was also a "Tunisia Turkey Shoot", as Allied fighters set upon German transports over the Med in April '43, as I just read in the book mentioned above

Posted by: rhomboid at June 13, 2021 10:03 AM (OTzUX)

274 CN- my kids have loved a series called Warriors. Kids lit about a clan of cats. The author also has a series with a clan of dogs. There are easily 20+ books with the cats. My son is blowing through them daily. We have 15 or so in paperback, but now he is getting the digital download from the library.

Posted by: Sassy at June 13, 2021 10:03 AM (tUGnI)

275 I'm reading Freedom by Sebstian Junger. It's a good read, but it's not nearly as in depth as some of Junger's other work.

Posted by: Lincolntf at June 13, 2021 10:04 AM (l14X/)

276 I have tried to read The Searchers (which the movie was made from) twice, but get nowhere because its so bleak, slow, and deliberately miserable and moody.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer

A really good option I'd recommend is The Empire of the Summer Moon, a history of the Commanche tribe and the settling of the Great Plains. The story of Cynthia Parker, which the Searchers was based on, figure prominently.

Posted by: Blutarski at June 13, 2021 10:05 AM (TkdTD)

277 There aren't actually many book series I loved and want to read over. The Maturin/Aubrey books are definitely that. Most of Bernard Cornwell's series are worth reading. I truly enjoy the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser books although the last one gets a little weird. I tend to like my books to be self-contained, so I can feel like I finished something when I close them.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:06 AM (KZzsI)

278 About the god b w ye:

it may be worse than that, The Y in YE may very well been the letter Thorn for the TH (theta) sound. Y was often used to depict Thorn in England, since the Thorn was not found in the German font sets used in the presses that came from Europe, and at least initially the Y was not used in English typography.

So this means goodbye comes from the period's equivalent of a boomer who misunderstood L33T

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 10:07 AM (ySM85)

279 Quint - Battle of the Bulge

I rest my case

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:08 AM (Cxk7w)

280 265 Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 13, 2021 09:56 AM (2k5ha)

Trojan Donkey Matty McC

Posted by: sven at June 13, 2021 10:08 AM (Lzpvj)

281 migawd, I am unable to use this blog.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 10:08 AM (ySM85)

282 Also, my current reading is still Mike Leach's biography "Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior". His book "Swing Your Sword" is also quite entertaining.

Posted by: Bert G at June 13, 2021 10:08 AM (sAW0o)

283 Muldoon: I know someone who got a pair of novelty briefs as a gag Christmas party gift -- an elephant with a Santa hat.

*

Duluth Trading Post is really good for subtle gags like that. Wooly mammoth, Christmas pickle, etc underwear.

Posted by: Moron Robbie is a bridge at June 13, 2021 10:09 AM (KXZE5)

284 I pretty much gave up and stopped following such things way back, but did Baris ever do an analysis or at least offer a summary view on whether the key states election results were hinky, based on his detailed understanding of the numbers there?

This is the sort of thing I've been waiting to see since 1AM election night, when Trump spoke to the press. No way he said what he said then, and since, unless he was shown how the numbers just weren't believable. There has been some attention to implausible anomalies (like WI's statewide trends vs. 2 counties), but nothing breaking down how plausible some of these very dubious "results" were.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 13, 2021 10:09 AM (OTzUX)

285 I just read last week the bio of Davey Crockett, who was a hell of a man by anyone's standards. What strikes me about these old bios is how they are very down to earth and willing to show warts and all without it being some kind of object lesson. He screws up and does stupid stuff, just out of down right stubborn determination. I feel for his poor wife, the dude was barely ever home.

Crockett's decision to go to Texas and die at the Alamo feels less heroic and more just despondent and frustrated for being tossed out of office. He left his family and went back to war despite being sick of war and wanting to avoid it after fighting under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812.

Before that point he was in office, lauded everywhere he went, and seriously considering maybe running for president. Then his district voted him out of office and it seemed to really hit him hard.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:10 AM (KZzsI)

286 Oh crap, CN

The oldest might be ready for Discworld.

The witches series is probably my favorite, and I think they're considered young adult.

Posted by: Moron Robbie is a bridge at June 13, 2021 10:10 AM (KXZE5)

287 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:06 AM (KZzsI)

Last week I think you addressed something to me in the Book Thread after I went to do real life things. I don't remember what it was other than I agreed with it and didn't want you to think I ignored it.

Now that I said that, off to walk the dog.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at June 13, 2021 10:10 AM (y7DUB)

288 So this means goodbye comes from the period's equivalent of a boomer who misunderstood L33T
Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 10:07 AM (ySM85)

L33T... that's for the big records, right? The ones with all the songs on it and not just one on each side?

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:11 AM (5ieoM)

289 Quint - Battle of the Bulge



I rest my case

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:08 AM (Cxk7w)

I bought the dvd for a buck at a library book sale. I did some quick checking, and the reviews were so bad, I never watched it.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:12 AM (gJfTA)

290 Abbreviating stuff like god b w ye was pretty common back in the quill and ink days. If you had to write a lot, finding ways to not have to write quite as much was very understandable when it was by hand, and you had to scrap the entire paper and start over if you messed something up. It comes up sometimes in sea novels, with the captain filling out yet another Admiralty-required report by hand on a tossing sea. Even with a clerk to write it up nicely, they had to do the report themselves.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:13 AM (KZzsI)

291 Good morning Hordemates.

I've just finished the Heathcliff Lennox mystery series by Menuhin. They are easy reads, fun and surprisingly good mysteries.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 13, 2021 10:14 AM (axyOa)

292 I bought the dvd for a buck at a library book sale. I did some quick checking, and the reviews were so bad, I never watched it.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:12 AM (gJfTA)

Is that Jane Fonda's workout video... or the angry feminist one?

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:14 AM (5ieoM)

293 266 ... "OBrian has an oddly dense style in which more things happen in a page, well explained, than you would've thought possible. Once I got used to that I devoured the whole series methodically enjoying every step of the way."

I agree. It took me several tries to get past the first chapters of Master and Commander. Then I realized I can't read his books casually. To appreciate them I need to be able to concentrate, in a pleasurable way, on the writing and the story. I do the same with Tolkien, CS Lewis, and some poetry.

Like a lot of people, the constant hopping around on the internet, never spending more than a few minutes on any one site, developed some bad habits for sustained concentration. The more I stay off the computer, the easier it is to get back to my old habits of staying attentive. That's not just reading but any hobby involving hand work: wood carving, fly tying, even using a manual typewriter.

Posted by: JTB at June 13, 2021 10:15 AM (7EjX1)

294 Before that point he was in office, lauded
everywhere he went, and seriously considering maybe running for
president. Then his district voted him out of office and it seemed to
really hit him hard.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:10 AM (KZzsI)

that is interesting. I think that might be something worth checking out. As for bios in general, I usually ignore anything modern. Sure it is a bias, but it has worked for me. I have mentioned the Flexner single volume and multi volume bio of G. Washington before here. I really can't stand it when anyone with a clue reads "His Excellency" by that person. So many great bios of the man, why waste your time with something demonstrably lesser?

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:17 AM (gJfTA)

295 I know a lot of people love them but the Discworld books just annoy the hell out of me. Fantasy is absurd enough without mocking it.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:17 AM (KZzsI)

296 Is that Jane Fonda's workout video... or the angry feminist one?

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:14 AM (5ieoM)

if it were Fonda. I would have crushed it and then paid them for it.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:18 AM (gJfTA)

297 Back from a constitutional with the lovely and exciting Mrs naturalfake.

Already hot and humid.

What rough Summer slouches toward Texas?

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 10:19 AM (dWwl8)

298 Back from a constitutional with the lovely and exciting Mrs naturalfake.

Already hot and humid.

What rough Summer slouches toward Texas?
Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 10:19 AM (dWwl

Western Colorado hits 100 for the first time today. With fires burning in Utah and elsewhere, it's set to be a smoky hot summer here.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:21 AM (5ieoM)

299 I think this summer is going to be a scorcher that has all the warmies screaming doom again. HOTTEST FIRST TUESDAY IN AUGUST ON RECORD (at our local community college)!!!!

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:22 AM (KZzsI)

300 That compendium has his Hugo winning short story
"Allamagoosa" (which is the lightest of Hugo winners) and the thoughtful
story "And Then There Were None." The latter story introduced MYOB,
and showcased a working self-governed citizen libertarian society.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at June 13, 2021 08:50 AM (u82oZ)


And Then There Were None is the last story in the book The Great Explosion, which follows the space navy ship on its way to visit the break away colonies.
It is very much in the vein of Next of Kin and Wasp. I wish he had written more.

I have been doing some reading and listening to lectures, and I am wondering if Russell had been reflecting not so much on libertarianism but on the decentralized Irish Brehon system of laws, leaders and voluntary participation.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 10:23 AM (ySM85)

301 294 Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:17 AM (gJfTA)

Crockett made the "mistake" of not being step'n'fetchit for Andrew Jackson when he was President.

Crockett opposed the indian removal act, and it cost him dearly in standing with the national democrat machine leading to him becoming a whig after 1833.

He also advocated for the ending of the national service academies, particularly West Point as he felt it was the misuse of the community chest to aid the prospects of the wealthy's sons given the slots were tacitly sold in many cases.

Posted by: sven at June 13, 2021 10:23 AM (Lzpvj)

302 299 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:22 AM (KZzsI)

The mildest spring in 25 years here in La La Land....somehow that never gets the same ferocity of coverage in the media.

Posted by: sven at June 13, 2021 10:24 AM (Lzpvj)

303 I think this summer is going to be a scorcher that has all the warmies screaming doom again. HOTTEST FIRST TUESDAY IN AUGUST ON RECORD (at our local community college)!!!!
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:22 AM (KZzsI)

Speaking of idols, I think that's part of the kink with today's Woke crowd, is believing everything happening RIGHT NOW is the most and best or worst or only time and place in history where such a thing has occurred.

It's a form of idolatry, to believe one is living through the IMPORTANT times.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:25 AM (5ieoM)

304 Crockett made the "mistake" of not being step'n'fetchit for Andrew Jackson when he was President.

Yeah he was a huge supporter of Jackson until he got into office and started to do some truly wrong things. Jackson had enormous bipartisan support and opposing him was very hard on a political career. When they clashed, I almost always find myself on Crockett's side, as his natural instinct was toward liberty and justice.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:25 AM (KZzsI)

305 Can't wait until the atheists find out that every time they've said "goodbye" that it mean "God be with ye."

Posted by: Eternity Matters at June 13, 2021 10:25 AM (MTm8X)

306 OM. I appreciate you asking me to model today's These Pants. The picture turned out good.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 13, 2021 10:26 AM (axyOa)

307 He also advocated for the ending of the national
service academies, particularly West Point as he felt it was the misuse
of the community chest to aid the prospects of the wealthy's sons given
the slots were tacitly sold in many cases.

Posted by: sven at June 13, 2021 10:23 AM (Lzpvj)

what is the best bio you guys? Now I really want to read it. I don't mind depressing bios. Crap, I have read every legit bio worth reading on Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:27 AM (gJfTA)

308 It's a form of idolatry, to believe one is living through the IMPORTANT times.

Sure, because you only think so because WE are important people especially me, being a special chosen one snowflake who will CHANGE THE WORLD.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:27 AM (KZzsI)

309 My Kindle fire 8 is acting up. It stopped loading my Kurt Schlicter book "Indian Country" while I was about 75% in to it. Just displays a blank page with a spinning circle in it. It has been like that for 12 hours or so.
Then, it displays a book in my library on the Dark Ages, which it indicates I have read, which I have no recollection of reading, or buying, or having a remote interest.

Posted by: Wait, what? at June 13, 2021 10:29 AM (aAP3z)

310 what is the best bio you guys?

I don't know what is the best, but the one I read was free on Amazon ebook, an old out-of-print and out-of-copyright one called David Crockett: His Life and Adventures by John S.C. Abbott.

I am currently reading the autobiography of Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick. You always have to take cowboy stories with a grain of salt but nearly all the really impressive stuff he claims has historical backing from other sources. Like how he got the name Deadwood Dick by winning a riding and roping contest and a shooting contest. Against some of the best guns in the world at the time.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

311 It's a form of idolatry, to believe one is living through the IMPORTANT times.
----------------
Sure, because you only think so because WE are important people especially me, being a special chosen one snowflake who will CHANGE THE WORLD.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:27 AM (KZzsI)

I believe a huge part of the problem is schools not teaching history, and at the same time eschewing traditional religions, which give both an historical perspective, as well as (when properly applied) a humility regarding one's place in the universe.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:32 AM (5ieoM)

312 My Kindle fire 8 is acting up. It stopped loading my Kurt Schlicter book "Indian Country" while I was about 75% in to it. Just displays a blank page with a spinning circle in it. It has been like that for 12 hours or so.
Then, it displays a book in my library on the Dark Ages, which it indicates I have read, which I have no recollection of reading, or buying, or having a remote interest.
Posted by: Wait, what? at June 13, 2021 10:29 AM (aAP3z)

You done broke your Amazon reader. Not only did you try to load a Kurt Schlichter book, but it has the I word RIGHT THERE in the title.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:34 AM (5ieoM)

313 My other Schlicter books are there, and load, but I've already read them...
Hmm

Posted by: Wait, what? at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (aAP3z)

314 Come on, people. We have 24 minutes left in the book thread. I can't keep making stupid joke comments all by myself, to carry us to the CBD thread.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (5ieoM)

315 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

Something I enjoy about serious works on the Old West. There are so many tall tales, it is a big deal when an legit historian attempts real history. It is kind of said there is not a huge market for it, I think many prefer the tales and not the deep dives.

The first Do Holliday bio I read was by Johnny Myers Myers. He made some big errors, but still it was a legit bio. There have been many others over the years that get it right. Still, that first one is worth reading.

I do recall an Old West historian lamenting once that we have way better records of Ancient Rome than we do of the American West in the 70s and 80s.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (gJfTA)

316 My other Schlicter books are there, and load, but I've already read them...
Hmm
Posted by: Wait, what? at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (aAP3z)

In Jeff Bezos' America, there is a Kurt Schlichter book quota, and you done passed it.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:38 AM (5ieoM)

317 come on, people. We have 24 minutes left in the book
thread. I can't keep making stupid joke comments all by myself, to
carry us to the CBD thread.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (5ieoM)

you? I said the sun sets in the East upthread. I am out of stuff to be honest.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:38 AM (gJfTA)

318 Come on, people. We have 24 minutes left in the book thread. I can't keep making stupid joke comments all by myself, to carry us to the CBD thread.
Posted by: BurtTC

Well, if you insist :

What has six legs and a bra ?

Peter , Paul and Mary.

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 10:39 AM (arJlL)

319 come on, people. We have 24 minutes left in the book
thread. I can't keep making stupid joke comments all by myself, to
carry us to the CBD thread.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:36 AM (5ieoM)

you? I said the sun sets in the East upthread. I am out of stuff to be honest.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:38 AM (gJfTA)

Heh, I missed that one. Maybe everyone is saving up their dad jokes for next week.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:40 AM (5ieoM)

320 don't know what is the best, but the one I read was
free on Amazon ebook, an old out-of-print and out-of-copyright one
called David Crockett: His Life and Adventures by John S.C. Abbott.



I am currently reading the autobiography of Nat Love aka Deadwood
Dick. You always have to take cowboy stories with a grain of salt but
nearly all the really impressive stuff he claims has historical backing
from other sources. Like how he got the name Deadwood Dick by winning a
riding and roping contest and a shooting contest. Against some of the
best guns in the world at the time.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

I will check that one out for sure. Thanks Chris.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:41 AM (gJfTA)

321 Well, if you insist :

What has six legs and a bra ?

Peter , Paul and Mary.
Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 10:39 AM (arJlL)

Well, not anymore.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:41 AM (5ieoM)

322 My Kindle fire 8 is acting up. It stopped loading my Kurt Schlicter book "Indian Country" while I was about 75% in to it. Just displays a blank page with a spinning circle in it. It has been like that for 12 hours or so.

My kindle has been slower and slower over recent months. I am com,pletely certain this has nothing to do with their repeated "offers" to upgrade my kindle by mailing it to them so they can transfer everything over to the new one.

What has six legs and a bra ?

Peter , Paul and Mary.


What has two turntables and a microphone?

Apollo 440

Too obscure?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:42 AM (KZzsI)

323 Ahoy, bookfagz!

That library doesn't look that vast to me. Half vast at best...

Posted by: Insomniac - Zhou Bai-Den Is Not My Chairman at June 13, 2021 10:42 AM (II3Gr)

324 "Western Badmen" was a frequent read for me as a kid. Some of those guys needed killin. Most of them maybe, some much more than others, e.g. the Harpes.

Posted by: klaftern at June 13, 2021 10:43 AM (r4sI4)

325 Quint seen it at least two dozen times at least and will watch it whenever it comes on. A recreation of the Battle of Kursk but in winter and using all the wrong tanks need be seen.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:43 AM (Cxk7w)

326 CBD should talk about the Israeli situation. Bibi out.

Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing keep winning the lottery, day after day. Astonishing.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 13, 2021 10:43 AM (OTzUX)

327 My Fire 8 has developed a weird bug where if I copy the url in the Silk browser, it only copies the top level domain.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 10:43 AM (oEn12)

328 After The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich wantto get back to Sharpe series, after all Napoleonic era wars is my main occupation.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (Cxk7w)

329 OK, here's an addition.

I have a Wodehouse audiobook, "Laughing Gas," set to go into the car's CD player when I finish a box set of the first few P.D.Q. Bach albums.

This is a standalone title, and I look forward to it.

Off to church now.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (Om/di)

330 Quint watch it, really.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (Cxk7w)

331 In considering "Goodbye", note that the similar, Spanish word is "Adios". Break it down to "A" and "Dios" and it means, in Spanish, "With God".

Posted by: Another Anon at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (bW28E)

332 All joking aside, I am certain that some of the "maintainance" that Amazon is doing in patches is crippling old kindles so people buy a new one. Which, some day I want to, but this one still works fine, if a bit slower than it once was.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (KZzsI)

333 Western Colorado hits 100 for the first time today. With fires burning in Utah and elsewhere, it's set to be a smoky hot summer here.
========================
I grew up just outside of Denver. Is anyone out there concerned about all the dead standing trees, b/c of (another great) Chynah import: the Asian Pine Beetle? The entire front range is about 60% dead standing trees, the absolute best firewood going. Also, the insane increase in population in the foothills seems like an epic disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at June 13, 2021 10:46 AM (7Fj9P)

334 274. The younger grandson is a cat loving person, rare in my family. Thanks

Posted by: Stupid lib bint. Jackie at June 13, 2021 10:46 AM (ONvIw)

335 I am going to go for it again. I know people love his stuff like I and others love L'amour.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 09:59 AM (gJfTA)


Read it like poetry without the frilly froufrou bits
Read it like an exploration of language, and speech, and take note of how the different characters speak in their own voice. It isn't just leitmotifs for each character, it is really a separate voice. Killick says Wittles up, not because he needed something to ID him, but because that was his regional dialect.

O'Brian is a poet and he loves how people speak.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 10:47 AM (ySM85)

336 My Kindle fire 8 is acting up. It stopped loading my Kurt Schlicter book "Indian Country" while I was about 75% in to it. Just displays a blank page with a spinning circle in it. It has been like that for 12 hours or so.
Then, it displays a book in my library on the Dark Ages, which it indicates I have read, which I have no recollection of reading, or buying, or having a remote interest.
Posted by: Wait, what? at June

Wife's Kindle fire does this periodically. I go into managed digital content on the Amazon account and resend the book to the desired device.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 13, 2021 10:48 AM (A860g)

337 Off Friday phone sock

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 10:48 AM (ONvIw)

338 Every great author, in my opinion, loves language. Not just their own language, but what makes up words and how they are used, the flow of speech, how languages differ, what makes up a dialect. etc

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:49 AM (KZzsI)

339 All joking aside, I am certain that some of the "maintainance" that Amazon is doing in patches is crippling old kindles so people buy a new one. Which, some day I want to, but this one still works fine, if a bit slower than it once was.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (KZzsI)

I bought mine a few years ago, and I just don't use it. Something about NOT turning pages, and the way the computer screen sets the words... whatever it is, I can't sit there and read it very long, and whatever I do read I don't seem to absorb it or enjoy it as much.

There IS some research being done on this subject, how our brains interpret electronic words, rather than ones on a physical page, but I don't know enough about it to speak with any clarity beyond my own experience.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:49 AM (5ieoM)

340 Btw if you don't have any important stuff on your kindle/ fire, you can deregister it, then reregister. Basically reset to factory settings.
A hadsle but wipes out a lot of junk

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 10:49 AM (oEn12)

341
Quint watch it, really.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (Cxk7w)

will do. I have it right here.

Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:49 AM (gJfTA)

342 My Fire 8 has developed a weird bug where if I copy the url in the Silk browser, it only copies the top level domain.
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion

I don't think it's a Fire quirk. I think it's something the websites are doing. Anyway, you're not the only one.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 10:50 AM (d9FiS)

343 I'm among the dubious about the origins of "goodbye". I believe the "God be with ye" (or thee) part but I don't think any additional explanation beyond degraded pronunciation is needed.

Why can't the English learn to speak?

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:50 AM (dhFCT)

344 OK, here's a puzzler: You're an author and you DON'T want to be involved with Amazon.

*thinking emoji*

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:51 AM (dhFCT)

345 I have been joking that my belonging to Kappa Alpha in College would prevent me from ever running for political office as the traditional Old South celebration week would brand new a racist.

Now I read that one of the contestants on the TV show Bachelorette or Bachelor was cancelled because she attended one of the Old South parties and that the long time host has resigned because he subsequently defended her in an interview. Of cites he apologized like a little bitch.

Posted by: Just a side note at June 13, 2021 10:51 AM (2DOZq)

346 There IS some research being done on this subject, how our brains interpret electronic words, rather than ones on a physical page, but I don't know enough about it to speak with any clarity beyond my own experience.

I am curious about that, because the reading experience on a kindle is different than from a book. Not worse, just... different. They did a lot to find a way to present the books in a way that doesn't sprain your eyeballs and is comfortable, and they did it well.

I would still rather read a book i my hands with real pages but my kindle can carry thousands of books, so its just much easier for me. Particularly now when the library is sort of half open but an enormous pain to use, and people are sitting on overdue books because its so much a pain to return them. So the selection gets continually smaller and smaller.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:52 AM (KZzsI)

347 I grew up just outside of Denver. Is anyone out there concerned about all the dead standing trees, b/c of (another great) Chynah import: the Asian Pine Beetle? The entire front range is about 60% dead standing trees, the absolute best firewood going. Also, the insane increase in population in the foothills seems like an epic disaster waiting to happen.
Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at June 13, 2021 10:46 AM (7Fj9P)

All I know is when we were on and around the front range a few weeks ago it rained the WHOLE. FREAKIN. TIME.

I couldn't wait to get back to the desert. Yeah, they say we're in a drought, but I don't care. Sunshine every day is alright with me.

Until the fires come, I guess.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:52 AM (5ieoM)

348 I am now 384 pages into The Way of Kings. It is a great book but boy is it time consuming. Only 600 pages to go.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at June 13, 2021 10:52 AM (sd8p8)

349 Being an author and not being involved with Amazon is like being a chef and not being involved with restaurants. Sure, you can do it, but you'll either just be doing it for your own amusement, or for a very select and loyal fan base.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 10:53 AM (QZxDR)

350 309 My Kindle fire 8 is acting up. It stopped loading my Kurt Schlicter book "Indian Country" while I was about 75% in to it. Just displays a blank page with a spinning circle in it. It has been like that for 12 hours or so.
Then, it displays a book in my library on the Dark Ages, which it indicates I have read, which I have no recollection of reading, or buying, or having a remote interest.

Posted by: Wait, what? at June 13, 2021 10:29 AM (aAP3z)

This is (or use to be) a Kindle app for your computer. Maybe download that and try reading from there?

Posted by: Tami at June 13, 2021 10:53 AM (cF8AT)

351 OK, here's a puzzler: You're an author and you DON'T want to be involved with Amazon.

Authors have always had to make a deal with the Devil. Publishers are a known evil, but they used to be the only way to get your work out.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:54 AM (KZzsI)

352 All joking aside, I am certain that some of the "maintainance" that Amazon is doing in patches is crippling old kindles so people buy a new one.

-
I just ordered a new Kindle Paperwhite last night. My old one was years old and the battery was going.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 10:54 AM (d9FiS)

353 Here's the Kindle for PC (windows 10) version. There's also a Mac version on the same page:

https://tinyurl.com/ybekyeap

Posted by: Tami at June 13, 2021 10:54 AM (cF8AT)

354 Trimegistus --

Yeah, I think "select and loyal fan base" is probably the way to go. Well, hopefully not "Spinal Tap" levels of "select".

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:55 AM (dhFCT)

355 I don't think it's a Fire quirk. I think it's something the websites are doing. Anyway, you're not the only one.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks

Did a search and saw someone else complain
https://twitter.com/DoktorZoom/status/
1394367836638773250

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 10:55 AM (oEn12)

356 Miss Muse, thanks for the quality.

I'm giving you 10 points of my white privilege master card.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at June 13, 2021 10:55 AM (rB4m/)

357 Had a book (Sharpe series book) that took a month or more to show up on a Kindle App, so might not be your reader.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 10:55 AM (Cxk7w)

358 OK, here's a puzzler: You're an author and you DON'T want to be involved with Amazon.

*thinking emoji*
Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:51 AM (dhFCT)

That's almost like being a truck driver, and you don't want to use state owned roads.

You might be in the wrong business, and your customers are the ones who will suffer for your decision.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 13, 2021 10:56 AM (5ieoM)

359 ||Authors have always had to make a deal with the Devil. Publishers are a known evil, but they used to be the only way to get your work out.

Anyone remember the early 2000s? When we had the Moron Horde blog ring? And that was how people found things they liked, generally? Like, I ran an RPG site and was part of a web-ring.

IDK, seems like those were freer times.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:56 AM (dhFCT)

360 Yeah Amazon has been slow to deliver books to my kindle for about a year now. I buy or grab them for free and they sit there saying "Delivered!" but nothing is on my kindle but an image I can't access. Something ain't working right and its frustrating both as a reader and a writer.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:57 AM (KZzsI)

361 There is crowdfunding. That's a path, especially if you actually do have a loyal fan base.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 13, 2021 10:57 AM (QZxDR)

362 Montgomery Burns > Jeff Bezos

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 13, 2021 10:57 AM (d9FiS)

363 The thing I like most about reading thekindle on my iPad I s being able to prop it up and seeing two pages at once on the screen. I read really fast and I find this incredibly convenient. Now that I am trying to read a vey heavy 1000 page trade edition it is even more apparent that just holding the book up shortens my reading time.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at June 13, 2021 10:58 AM (sd8p8)

364 IDK, seems like those were freer times.

I liked webrings, I used to have a site on a couple of RPG ones. It was a simple, great solution for the problem of isolation on the internet, and worked much better than search engines, because everyone on the ring wanted to be, but nobody was editing it to make sure those icky people wouldn't be found.

The lazy simplicity of search engines, online malls, and social media has a huge cost: centralized control and censorship.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:58 AM (KZzsI)

365 The Battle of the Bulge is well overdue fora movie to be made without any non historical action. The Combat Engineer book shows plenty of real history without extra fluff that could be used.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (Cxk7w)

366 This is (or use to be) a Kindle app for your computer. Maybe download that and try reading from there?
Posted by: Tami at June 13, 2021 10:53 AM (cF8AT)

Oh yeah, I used do that when the kindle fire was being stubborn. Send the book to the kindle app on my phone, open it. Then it would finally show up on the Fire.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (oEn12)

367 It's seems so obvious now that I know, but I never realized "Goodbye" was shorthand for "God be with ye."

Now watch the Left target "Goodbye" for destruction.

Posted by: JoeF. at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (mR6Gs)

368 Yeah I am finding it harder and harder to enjoy reading big books partly because of the sheer mass of the thing and holding it comfortably. Getting old is great, eh?

Never in my life did I expect or anticipate a time when businesses would deliberately damage their own earning power in the name of a bizarre godless woke religion. This is just inconceivable to me.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (KZzsI)

369 ||That's almost like being a truck driver, and you don't want to use state owned roads.||

Almost.

||You might be in the wrong business, and your customers are the ones who will suffer for your decision.||

The comic book guys don't use Amazon, or not primarily. EVS has an Ebay shop but he's definitely taking steps to mitigate the effect of any particular service deciding to blackball him.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (dhFCT)

370 Just because we no longer have golden calves to worship and human sacrifice is generally frowned upon, doesn't mean we are free from the sin of idolatry. Whatever is at the apex of our value system, that's what we worship, that's, in effect, our god. Just because we say we have no religion does not mean the idolatry goes away, it just assumes different shapes.


So I'm guessing by now the whole bewbs thing has been discussed?

Posted by: Diogenes at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (axyOa)

371 All joking aside, I am certain that some of the "maintainance" that Amazon is doing in patches is crippling old kindles so people buy a new one. Which, some day I want to, but this one still works fine, if a bit slower than it once was.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 10:45 AM (KZzsI)


An interesting observation considering that about a couple weeks ago, give or take, Amazon significantly reformatted the PC webpage Kindle reader (the one at read.amazon.com) noticeably making it harder to read.

Smaller fonts that can't be adjusted, tables in books that now are too small to be read, etc. And of course, there's no direct link to send feedback to Amazon on the matter.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy at June 13, 2021 11:02 AM (ZSK0i)

372 A Military SNAFU NOOD

Posted by: Skip guy who says NOOD at June 13, 2021 11:02 AM (Cxk7w)

373 ||Never in my life did I expect or anticipate a time when businesses would deliberately damage their own earning power in the name of a bizarre godless woke religion. This is just inconceivable to me.||

Not godless. They just managed to find a worse god than money.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:02 AM (dhFCT)

374 The comic book guys don't use Amazon, or not primarily

Well, when you have an established following of hundreds of thousands, you can get away with that. I can't. I suspect you can't either. And EVS for example used YouTube (yes, that evil site) to gain a huge following THEN released his comic to the public. And Ebay isn't any less evil, for that matter.

Its a meat offered to idols thing, you have to make your own choice, but realize that its nearly impossible to use the internet without in some way bumping into or enriching people who hate you and want to ruin your world.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 11:03 AM (KZzsI)

375 Not godless. They just managed to find a worse god than money.

I suspect that their god is still money in the end, but they found another way to get it that doesn't require pleasing those nasty customers.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 11:04 AM (KZzsI)

376 Kroese didn't use YouTube but he's on Amazon.

I'm certainly used to dealing with the Devil. I'm typing this on a Windows machine.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:04 AM (dhFCT)

377 Heh. Lady YD bought some nail polish without noticing that, like most products, this now comes with a label declaiming the company's unwavering commitment to homosexuality.

When she went to do the girl's nails, the girl did notice, and flatly refused it, retrieving her old polish instead. "I'm not gay. I'm tired of gay, gay, gay."

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 13, 2021 11:05 AM (vpYjV)

378 Oh, man, I got tired of gay, gay, gay in '00s. But I was watching a lot of indie movies which, as South Park correctly pointed out, were all about gay cowboys eating pudding.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:07 AM (dhFCT)

379 I know a lot of people love them but the Discworld
books just annoy the hell out of me. Fantasy is absurd enough without
mocking it.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor,at June 13, 2021 10:17 AM (KZzsI


I like Pratchett for two reasons, first is he is a really good observer of people and their stupid cross grained attempts to do things when they have to, the later books better than the first ones, but even there, it is a story about people.

Second, he takes that whole magical realism trope and sets it on its head and kicks it a lot. Pratchet is doing the modern urban magic novel but set at the cusp of the industrial revolution without the grim, the dark dystopia, and replaces it with people being people, however people being faced with fabulous things and, well, being people about it.
If you want to try one of his better stories, which really is a one-off, try Small Gods. It is a pretty good discussion of the relation of man to God

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 11:08 AM (ySM85)

380 >>> 368 Yeah I am finding it harder and harder to enjoy reading big books partly because of the sheer mass of the thing and holding it comfortably. Getting old is great, eh?

Never in my life did I expect or anticipate a time when businesses would deliberately damage their own earning power in the name of a bizarre godless woke religion. This is just inconceivable to me.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor, world's most respected Fantasy Hero writer at June 13, 2021 11:00 AM (KZzsI)

Hmm... something something calling what is good evil, and what is evil good, where have I heard that...

Posted by: Some book that's like over a hundred years old and stuff at June 13, 2021 11:09 AM (d5OIB)

381 >>All joking aside, I am certain that some of the "maintainance" that Amazon is doing in patches is crippling old kindles so people buy a new one.

Ugh, like apple's trick of killing battery power of oler models?

I have the 1.0 Amazon Fire, and don't plan on upgrading as it works just fine.

Posted by: Lizzy at June 13, 2021 11:10 AM (bDqIh)

382 IDK, seems like those were freer times.
Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 10:56 AM (dhFCT)


Giquey!
They were, man, they were. Remember how the internet was going to be the greatest engine of freedom ever created? Let ten million flowers bloom and all that?
Welp. The wrong people became incredibly wealthy incredibly early in their careers and learned incredibly wrong lessons from their early success
So now, let One Big Socialist Racist Maoist Flower Bloom...Or Else.

Sorry to miss your Nazi-Infused Movie thread last night, though that's a bit like Brussel-Sprout - Infused Bourbon. Some good thoughts as usual.

Though I do wonder when we're finally going to be able to leave the detritus of the 20th Century behind and move forward.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 11:10 AM (dWwl8)

383 what is the best bio you guys? Now I really want to
read it. I don't mind depressing bios. Crap, I have read every legit bio
worth reading on Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.
Posted by: Quint at June 13, 2021 10:27 AM (gJfTA)


Good heavens, HIS OWN!

Davy Crockett's autobiography is all over , it is free on Gutenberg.org and has been printed a lot if you want a hard copy

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 11:12 AM (ySM85)

384 The delightful and surprising Mrs naturalfake made blueberry pancakes for breakfast today.

They were larrupin'.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 13, 2021 11:14 AM (dWwl8)

385 What has six legs and a bra ?



Peter , Paul and Mary.
Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 10:39 AM (arJlL)


Well, it certainly wasn't Carol King on the horse on that album cover.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 13, 2021 11:15 AM (ySM85)

386 ||Giquey!
They were, man, they were. Remember how the internet was going to be the greatest engine of freedom ever created? Let ten million flowers bloom and all that?
Welp. The wrong people became incredibly wealthy incredibly early in their careers and learned incredibly wrong lessons from their early success
So now, let One Big Socialist Racist Maoist Flower Bloom...Or Else.||

One of my greatest embarrassments, yeah. I actually believed that engineers would be...engineers. And not tyrants.

No worries on the Nazi thing. There's plenty to go around. Or something.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:16 AM (dhFCT)

387 ||Though I do wonder when we're finally going to be able to leave the detritus of the 20th Century behind and move forward.||

When it stops being profitable, I suppose.

Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:18 AM (dhFCT)

388
When it stops being profitable, I suppose.
Posted by: moviegique at June 13, 2021 11:18 AM (dhFCT)

Precisely. Nazis bring in entertainment profits and political donations.

Posted by: CN at June 13, 2021 11:28 AM (ONvIw)

389 73 Can't hang here, but I have a request. Can someone recommend a program or app from which one can learn to speak Greek?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 08:31 AM (hOfX7)


This video is silly and cheesy, but at the end of it you'll realize that it worked, and now you do know the Greek alphabet: https://youtu.be/BQVoz-HX2cA

Duolingo has a simple Greek course. I spend maybe ten minutes a day on it.

For New Testament Greek vocabulary, Quizlet has some good lists. These are the first 60 words from a common textbook: https://tinyurl.com/bta93sv4

Hope this helps...

Posted by: Half Dozen at June 13, 2021 11:45 AM (dJs6r)

390 Here's one for anyone. I believe that F.U.C.K. is derived from a cleric court notation when someone is charged with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Back in the day this didn't mean rape or child molestation. Those would be noted as such.
But there were certain situations where the Carnal Knowledge spoken of was not of the kind that all know as a crime of high degree.

This would apply to a cleric (priest, bishop, monseignor etc) was caught having any kind of sex after the church made it a crime against their vows. There may be other situations that could also fit the bill but I haven't done much research into what they might be. I do know that sex between a priest and a parishioner or another member of the church who have taken vows (nuns and abbesses) was punished by the church and not the secular powers and thus they would record it.

Now the claim is there are other words that it's derived from but personally I don't see them as being the root and I haven't seen any tracing of how the words were transformed into FUCK.

Posted by: jakee308 at June 13, 2021 12:26 PM (gHWbw)

391 Oh. I forgot adultery. That might be a charge in secular court also.

Posted by: jakee308 at June 13, 2021 12:27 PM (gHWbw)

392 $8.99 for a fiction ebook?

Well, they are free to charge what they want and I am free to not buy it when I would have at 2.99...

Posted by: Large Hardon Collider at June 13, 2021 12:30 PM (G+5iw)

393 356 Miss Muse, thanks for the quality.

I'm giving you 10 points of my white privilege master card.
Posted by: Humphreyrobot at June 13, 2021 10:55 AM (rB4


Thank you. But FYI, I'm a 65-year-old bald guy. I haven't been a "miss" for many years.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at June 13, 2021 12:40 PM (Nlzsz)

394 Aubrey/Maturin - never saw the movie and don't want to. Took me about 10 pages to get over the hump of O'Brian's dense but beautiful prose and moreso the nautical terminology. I think everyone has their pictures of Aubrey and Maturin, and I don't think Hollywood could do justice to any of them. I've read the whole series three times I guess now.

Posted by: Plum Duff at June 13, 2021 01:10 PM (rSxCF)

395 Interesting that if you go to Amazon's author page for Elizabeth Scalia, her other two books are shown but "Strange Gods" is not.

It's still there through the link OM provides, but it seems odd that Amazon wouldn't list it with the others....

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 13, 2021 02:46 PM (OU+8W)

396 I read all 12 books in 9th and 10th grade. Time to read them again, now that I might really understand them.

Posted by: Tony P at June 13, 2021 02:49 PM (YDNbb)

397 I haven't been a "miss" for many years.
Posted by: OregonMuse,
---------

Or amiss, I would venture.

As a totally irrelevant aside, I'm reminded that Daniel Boone was once asked by a lady if ever in his travels in the wilderness he had been lost. "Lost?" Boone replied. "No, I've been bewildered several times, but never lost"

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 13, 2021 04:38 PM (AytXr)

398 Shoot, I should have waited for the book thread. Already purchased the new Case Lee novel "The DC Job" and already finished it. As enjoyable as the rest. I guess I should stop buying new Vince Milam Case Lee novels the minute I see them. One of many books recommended on the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread.

Forever lurker, rare poster. Thanks! Enjoy the whole site daily!

Posted by: JerseyDevilRider at June 13, 2021 06:25 PM (XEfn8)

399 Well, they are free to charge what they want and I am free to not buy it when I would have at 2.99...

Yeah, that is something I struggled with a long time with my books. An e-book just isn't worth that much money, it has no printing costs, I don't get a physical object.

At the same time, if you charge too little, people figure that's all your book is worth and might skip it because its gonna suck. I settled on 5 bucks because that's cheaper than a burger these days, and still enough to seem professional.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 13, 2021 07:30 PM (KZzsI)

400 I'm an English major, too---along with degrees in journalism and special ed, so hey-- can't beat that.
I say it came from saying "have a good bye and bye" and then got shortened.

Posted by: Midlandia at June 14, 2021 06:50 PM (x5dTf)

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