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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Currently working my way through Crime And Punishment.

SNAP! I just reached the end of part II. I picked it up for £1.50 as well - what a bargain :D.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For casual stuff, I'm currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, and will start either Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes next, or The Divine Comedy by Dante Allighieri (sp?).

For computer stuff, I've always got about twenty books laying around with bookmarks at various parts :) I'm currently going through several howtos on LDAP, Samba+LDAP, Linux Samba Server Administration, and Postfix: The Definitive Guide. Next I'm going to be looking into IMAP -- I'm not sure about Cyrus or Courier, however. Basically I'm getting the building blocks together for understanding the administration of open-source groupware servers.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently reading:
Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

Before that:
Dan Simmons, "Hyperion"
Dan Simmons, "The Fall of Hyperion"
(best SciFi, I have read in a long time)
William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"

Still on my Reading List:
Douglas R. Hofstadter, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"
Dan Simmons, "Endymion"
Dan Simmons, "The Rise of Endymion"
Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"

... and some books I need for college now and then.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Illuminatus! series by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, second time. The last time I refreshed the "Off the Wall" page - this was during the writing of this post - the last thread I'd posted ("Are you Antichrist?") had 23 views. I'm quite convinced that the forum software just wanted to play a mindfuck on me tonight...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:03 pm    Post subject: books Reply with quote

Just finished Snow Crash by Stephensen, started Cryptonomicon (about 130 pages into it, but it hasn't hooked my like Crash did)
Possibly Maiden's Grave by Deaver soon.
Unix Admin Handbook
Halo - Fall of Reach (already read, going back)
Hitchhiker's Guide (1-3 already read, tried 4,5 but couldnt' do it)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evangelion wrote:
I read "Just for Fun" in bed before I sleep, and I read "1984" when I'm commuting to/from work.

So you don't want people to know you're a linux guy? :roll:

I just finished "Night watch" by Terry Pratchett. I love his discworld series.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cisco Networking Academy Program
CCNA 1 & 2
Companion Guide
Third Edition


And yes, its as exciting as it sounds.


Oh boy was that fun...

I'm on Semester 3 and 4 now, well, no, on the "Bridge" course to Semester three, cause they changed it. It's not fun, cause they changed all the damn tests and made them impossible now. It's quite ridiculous, and I'm pretty sure that unless me and the three other guys in the class get our act together, we won't be finishing Semester 3 and 4 by June :/. Cisco started to really suck this year, all their new tests...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMasters Bujold
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netpilgrim wrote:
Currently reading:
Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

Great book. I love Ayn Rand's work, it's very thought-provoking. I can't say I agree with the people who take her ideas too literally, but most of her work is very insightful. If you're interested in something more in line with "real-world" examples, I'd recommend "The Virtue of Selfishness." It's a collection of essays by various authors on the subject of objectivism.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NoUseForAName wrote:
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

I love that book!

Some of the recent authors I have read include: Alexander Shulgin, Gregroy Plast, Ken Wilber, Tim Leary, Mike Moore, Dr. Cohen (My philosophy prof., mans a genious), and Barry Glassner. I usually read 2-3 books at a time. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gwydion wrote:
Great book. I love Ayn Rand's work, it's very thought-provoking. I can't say I agree with the people who take her ideas too literally, but most of her work is very insightful. If you're interested in something more in line with "real-world" examples, I'd recommend "The Virtue of Selfishness." It's a collection of essays by various authors on the subject of objectivism.

Atlas Shrugged is a solid apologue on Rand's philosophy, and not a very good book as a piece of art. I prefer Fountainhead for aesthetic pleasure.

The rest of Rand's fiction is unreadable ... it seems that she hit a sweet spot between raw and formulaic with Fountainhead.

Another non-fiction recommendation is Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, which includes an essay arguing against fiat currency title "Gold and Economic Freedom." This essay is authored by present-day monetarist Alan Greenspan!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:49 am    Post subject: Hal Spacejock #3 Reply with quote

Ok, that's sort of a cheat because I'm not reading Hal Spacejock #3, I'm writing it. But I have to read what I've written so far, so...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just recently began reading The Mulberry Empire. Just recently finished Dead Air, and Emperor The Gates of Rome.

. . . and mbonig, dont worry, Cryptonomicon is a fantastic read. You'll enjoy it as much, if not more, that Snow Crash. Guaranteed!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm used to read multiple books at the same time, mostly for my PhD in American litterature, but I just sumbled on Don Delillo's Underworld, and I'm sticking to it, I don't want it to end...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carl Sagan: Science As A Candle in the Dark.

Can't read too many chapters in one sitting, though. He gives you alot to process in very few words. One of the best books I've read so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Link for people liking books: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=100777
Check it out, it's fun!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished the 7th in the ender series(shadow puppets), and now I have to find something new.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mocnicom: i finished shadow puppets a few weeks ago :)
currently finishing herman hesse's (sp?) demian. it's a great book :)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

three books at the moment,

The Shineing by Stephen King

The hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy, again (the big book that has all five books in it)

And as I am a bit of a geek - The Catherderal and the Bizzar

and by looking at this post no amount of reading will ever improve my spelling
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bowyakka: i've seen much MUCH worse spelling.
maybe reading books won't help, but reading this post might :)

i can't think of ANY instance in english where you have an "e" before a "ing" (correct me if i'm wrong... this is from my memory, which can't possibly know everything)... it also looks horrible.
the correct spelling is "shining"; you loose the e.

"hitchhiker" is one word... also, the ' means possession in english, so it would be "hitchhiker's"

it's spelled "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"


did i miss anything else? :lol:
(this is why i'm know as the Grammer Nazi, or the Syntax Avenger...)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:05 am    Post subject: re: Reply with quote

Last few Books:

Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I had time right now to read Lord of the Rings.
Maybe I'll get the audio book off Gnutella :)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, this thread is far too long to be read by anyone entirely... However, I'm currently reading A Confederacy of Dunces and I must admit that I haven't enjoyed a piece of literature like this since reading Eureka Street...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished "A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge (recommended by his codeness, John Carmack, personally). Mark my words: Every techie in the world should read this book. It won the nebular award AFAIK.

I am currently reading "The Stand" by King... the full version, 1200 pages. I'm at 800 and it really really bores me right now...

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The Forever War - Joe Haldeman


That's a really great book, one of the best I ever read. There is a prequel, or sequel, called "The Forever Peace" by Haldeman, you might wanna check that out.

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i can't think of ANY instance in english where you have an "e" before a "ing" (correct me if i'm wrong... this is from my memory, which can't possibly know everything)... it also looks horrible.
the correct spelling is "shining"; you loose the e.


BEING :roll:
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'am now reading the book called "Magic tricks" It's really interesting it explains how to do tricks that look to you like real :twisted: :twisted:
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