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by notyouravgjoel
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237609

Re: Ice and Fire?

I remember reading somewhere recently that amazon had the next book listed for sept 08 -- which is now. Anyone know anything about this? I cant seem to find it on amazon.
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Movie treatments of books (Merged: Bastardizing Books)
Replies: 174
Views: 25574

Re: Movie treatments of books

Although, if you're careful about selecting what you watch, and you predicted it would be boring, why did you watch it? So my friend would stop bugging me about it :P I too knew it was going to be a bad movie before watching it, but I watched it because of its style. That made it worthwhile. It was...
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 471032

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I'm reading Watership Down . I didn't read it when I was younger, and I'm finding it rather charming. I like the way the rabbits psychologies are portrayed. Its as though they function with high level feeling, but they can't "figure things out". I'm regularly surprised at how they're portr...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Read any good biographies recently?
Replies: 8
Views: 2251

Re: Read any good biographies recently?

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Mahatma-Gand ... 421&sr=8-2

I believe this is the definitive Gandhi biography. It was delightful, save the middleish part, where it got repetitive.
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing in books
Replies: 57
Views: 11998

Re: Writing in books

This discussion was had about a month ago, but yeah. Keeping books pristine is useful for displaying, but not for understanding. I write in books. It helps me understand them and remember their arguments. Later, my notes help me find things that I need to know. Sure, making a notebook for every book...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36589

Re: Ayn Rand

This is a little off topic, but I'd like to get to know Rand's beliefs a little more thoroughly. I have read about half of the Ayn Rand Reader, but I honestly can't take the portion of John Galt's speech that they have there. It is far too long, repetitive, and foolish. From what I've read, I accept...
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9216

Re: Worldbuilding

I like Middle Earth and the Star Wars Universe. I agree with ME. With SW, well... I just wish the books weren't such trash. I get so utterly bored; they are some of the most unenlightening, boring books I have ever read. About once a year I get caught up on the newest books, but I'm surely going to...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Headphones
Replies: 22
Views: 4855

Re: Headphones

Cool dude. Thanks =)

I'll look around, maybe try to find some reviews. I appreciate the input.
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Headphones
Replies: 22
Views: 4855

Re: Headphones

Ehh, thats a little high. I'm looking for something that is around 100-150$

I wouldnt want to spend that money in case I break them. I'll be carrying them around at school and such.
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Headphones
Replies: 22
Views: 4855

Headphones

I'm looking for a good pair of headphones. Any audiophiles here have any specific brands and models to suggest? I'm new to sound quality, so I'm not terribly sure where to look for reviews, etc.
by notyouravgjoel
Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2346636

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Well, I haven't done this yet. Nobody has seemed to care, but I guess I should. I'm a CS and (Mathematics and Philosophy) double major at the University of Pittsburgh. The web comics are amazing, and lo! the forums are as good. I've been looking for an intelligent online community, and I'm glad I've...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else have this problem with Diet Coke?
Replies: 55
Views: 4721

I had a cherry coke last week that was crusty, but it didn't smell at all.
by notyouravgjoel
Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 277444

lawl did anyone say the Bible yet? Anyway, I really hated Jane Eyre. Hated it. HATED IT. I didn't really like Jane Eyre too much from high school english, but it didn't seem that bad. Someone mentioned Pride and Prejudice. I loved that book. The language character interaction were so inspired; I us...
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Graphic novels vs text novels
Replies: 33
Views: 7811

Oh no, I havent read them. The Last Hero looks pretty cool -- google has it on google books, so it is easy to get a look at a number of the pages.

I'll check out the Sandman novels, too.
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Graphic novels vs text novels
Replies: 33
Views: 7811

I never liked graphic novels. I typically read the entire thing within a few minutes. And then, when I look back at the artwork, it mostly is inappreciable because it is small/printed on junk paper/a dramatic drawing of someone's eye. I've always wanted to though. I think I'd be more interested in a...
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36589

Narsil wrote:Part of me just wants to say I've read a 1,200 page novel.


Read Les Miserables instead. I'm sure you'll find it much more pleasing.
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimum population question
Replies: 50
Views: 17998

I guess I'm assuming (maybe a bad assumption) that the defects will eventually get worse until humans start to die. I've read that the Amish community is having a fair amount of problems with birth defects. As time goes along, people tend to leave, which makes the problem even worse; basically, ever...
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimum population question
Replies: 50
Views: 17998

Minimum population question

I recently watched a Stargate episode and it got me thinking... if Earth was destroyed, would a population of a thousand or so humans have enough genetic diversity to continue the race? What is the minimum sustainable species population? Is this minimum about constant across all species? If it varie...
by notyouravgjoel
Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hardcover or Paperback
Replies: 56
Views: 10162

I have fond hardcover books to be less durable because the text breaks away from the cover, which completely sucks. If this didn't happen, I'd go with hardcover. I prefer to read from a larger book because it doesn't tend to close as much. Unless, of course, it is a shit novel like some random starw...
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 168871

Narsil wrote:The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

This is the worst novel I have ever read. Period.


I can hardly imagine anything ever surpassing it in badness.
by notyouravgjoel
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book habits
Replies: 73
Views: 11760

I like to lay my books on the table, held open by a large pocketknife doubling as a paperweight.
by notyouravgjoel
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
Replies: 137
Views: 15859

Children Of Hurin - Tolkien It took me many tries to get through, it just seems to trudge on with a... 'detatched' feel to the narration, everything seems apathetic and passive, makes for very slow reading -__- How was it? I still need to read it. I couldn't stand the first book of lost tales.
by notyouravgjoel
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 471032

I'm finishing up "Misquoting Jesus", and I will soon be starting "The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future".

I was referred to the latter by "Ishmael".
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 109578

You should get as much as you can from a book, and if that might include writing the hell out of it, you damn well should. Ironically, it's only the act of writing in them that makes them worth anything more than the hundreds of thousands of identical prints that were part of the same run. Well sai...
by notyouravgjoel
Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 168871

Well, it took me three tries before I could read the Silmarillion. That was several years ago, I don't know if I could do it again. Try reading it again; I was the same way the first time I read it. Then, once I read it, I re-read LOTR and understood much more of the back stories, the surroundings,...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 109578

I mark up my books according to Mortimer Adler's method from How to Read a Book. I mark up almost every book that I own, simply because I only buy it if it is worth marking. If I don't think it is very valuable knowledge, I just grab it from the library.
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Science books! Favorites and recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 5556

The God Delusion was interesting and moderately world-shaking.

I actually really enjoyed The Bother Tongue by Bill Bryson, although one might not typically classify it as scientific.
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
Replies: 137
Views: 15859

The Canterbury Tales was the nastiest thing I ever read. Because it was a very, very rough translation (if that at all). Didn't have a problem with War and Peace like most people. And although it's not insanely long, I am proud to say I understood A Clockwork Orange pretty quickly. Ugh. I unwitting...
by notyouravgjoel
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15527

John Steinbeck and Tolkien. I read East of Eden three times; truly great stuff. I love the (unrealistic) characters.

Lord of the Rings got old after the second time reading the series, but the Silmarillion still offers many extras that I haven't grasped from previous readings.
by notyouravgjoel
Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight
Replies: 74
Views: 11769

Riveting

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