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by ducknerd
Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 113197

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

For a moment I was tempted. I could read the signs well enough to know she wanted a kiss. She'd always been fluent in that language of affection but I could also see that over the years, years of the same grammar, she'd lost the chance to understand others. It surprised me to discover I cared enoug...
by ducknerd
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 514
Views: 329979

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Escape From The Crimson Room is driving me crazy.
Spoiler:
I played the tape and I entered the yellow chamber's four-digit code, but it didn't open the safe. What on earth am I supposed to do?
by ducknerd
Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ulysses
Replies: 23
Views: 14181

Re: Ulysses

I finished Gravity's Rainbow and I'm one of about eight people who stuck through all of Only Revolutions, but every time I open the text file of Ulysses on my computer my eyes glaze over in under five minutes.
by ducknerd
Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 97912

Re: Sheeple

Hey.
Guys.
I think the alt-text was supposed to make us implicit members of the comic, objectivism being something popular to feel superior to (on the internet, at least). Y'all failed the test. Though by posting this, so did I.
by ducknerd
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Only Revolutions
Replies: 6
Views: 2776

Only Revolutions

For reference: The author The book's website I finished it a few months ago and it won't leave me alone. A lot of people hated it for good reasons (its tight structure made for a really steep learning curve and at least on the surface it's totally different from House of Leaves), but once I got into...
by ducknerd
Sun May 10, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If you could make any animal giant...
Replies: 102
Views: 52188

Re: If you could make any animal giant...

GIANT WALKING-STICK. I would love to see one.
Spoiler:
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It would blend in with logs.
by ducknerd
Sun May 10, 2009 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478926

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

I've recently picked up Infinite Jest, and although I'm mostly enjoying it, I'm kind of worried about the 900ish remaining pages feeling like a slog. His style is just so dense , and after the absolutely stellar first chapter I tend to get impatient with the merely good parts. I'm also kind of wonde...
by ducknerd
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 95199
Views: 7518465

Re: Count to a Million [Stop repeating pictures]

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by ducknerd
Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 29838

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

It bothers me when people think of 1984 as a political book. I loved it, but I saw a lot more in it about "morality" and domination between individuals than cheesy dystopian ideas. (and certainly both of those have their political aspects, but I'd like to think Orwell was after bigger game...
by ducknerd
Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of Leaves Chain Letter
Replies: 35
Views: 4465

Re: House of Leaves Chain Letter

I am so down for this, especially w/ leaving notes in the margins. I already read it once, got a decent amount out of it, but felt like I would have to put in a whole lot more interpretive effort to get the full experience of getting "stuck" and escaping. I just got obsessed for about two ...
by ducknerd
Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 3025

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Our ideas are the basic way we make sense of the world. Personal identity is 80% context and 100% ideas. The reason losing an idea is so jarring is that your world literally begins restructuring, and by extension your identity. Tolle is right but I think he's just grasped the little toe of a much la...
by ducknerd
Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61091

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

Finished all the text. Won't ever finish the book itself, and I suspect that's the point; to drag yourself away from the ambiguous, infinitely complex text and rejoin the world. That's when the fiction-nonfiction line truly blurs; you experience that struggle at the same time that all the protagonis...
by ducknerd
Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Topics that make your brain hurt
Replies: 31
Views: 3206

Re: Topics that make your brain hurt

Economics, particularly the stock market.
Self-modifying subjects, such as literary theory (as presented in books).
Some politics.
by ducknerd
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Jorge Luis Borges
Replies: 18
Views: 3314

Re: Jorge Luis Borges

"Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote" made me feel really weird and unhappy for about an hour. I have no earthly idea why.
by ducknerd
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61091

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

I got this at the library today and I'm about 40 pages in. The "Yggdrasil" at the end of the table of contents has me incredibly curious and creeped out; it's a wonderfully sinister word and brings the sense of the dread of the unknown right to you as you start. I'm trying to keep from jum...
by ducknerd
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478926

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

Currently reading David Foster Wallace's The Broom of the System . Such a loss. God damn this man was brilliant. Pales in comparison to Infinite Jest , yet at the same time puts most other stuff to shame. To be honest I didn't much like Broom. I found it just a couple months after his suicide, reco...
by ducknerd
Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma
Replies: 94
Views: 8831

Re: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma

Well, hey, there's probably some territory in the Middle East where we can dump all these mistreated people. That worked great once, right? why not twice? (that might be the most tasteless thing I've ever written) On-topic: A large portion of the Guantanamo inmates are innocent (of the 800ish total ...
by ducknerd
Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?
Replies: 49
Views: 6126

Re: Does Torture Work?

No. It does not produce good intelligence. The terrifying thing (beyond the methods used) is that it can produce utterly false intelligence.
by ducknerd
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could China survive depression and deglobalisation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Could China survive depression and deglobalisation?

Ah, but what is the source of electricity, eh? Wind/hydro/geothermal/solar will likely be enough to keep certain emergency things running in the First World, but peak oil right now basically means peak energy. International trade would continue, but the insane globalized 'free' market we have right ...
by ducknerd
Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd Reading List
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

Re: xkcd Reading List

Someone has to say GEB: EGB, so I'll be the first to do so. I'm only halfway through, but it's so xkcd I think it qualifies. Plus, I've seen it discussed a lot here. Whoa. The relationship between the title and subtitle is isomorphic to the "braid" in the subtitle. Daaaamn yoooou Hofstadte...
by ducknerd
Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could China survive depression and deglobalisation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Could China survive depression and deglobalisation?

the less austere my life will be, the less room there will be for population growth and the bigger the pressure will be on couples to not have children. This makes about as much sense as people in cities boycotting chain stores. Your choice of consumption will have zero net impact, as a large-scale...
by ducknerd
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you ridiculously happy (or: pick-me-ups)
Replies: 41
Views: 8084

Re: Books that make you ridiculously happy (or: pick-me-ups)

Dave Barry wrote a couple novels, and those are my comfort food. Absolutely hilarious, and not in the hate-driven way most comedy is. Speak kept me sane in middle school. Andersen fucking skewers, roasts, and gleefully rips away the sinew and muscle fibers of public 'education'. It's supposed to be ...
by ducknerd
Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mexican beauty queen arrested with gunmen
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Mexican beauty queen arrested with gunmen

From the WTF Department of Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/12/2008122463119390121.html tl;dr: A beauty queen and former preschool teacher from the state of Sinaloa was arrested by police in two trucks carrying seven gunmen, probably gangsters from the Sinaloa drug cartel,...
by ducknerd
Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Second Person Literature
Replies: 11
Views: 3652

Re: Second Person Literature

Chuck Palahniuk's "Diary" fits this, I believe.
by ducknerd
Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rattle my worldview - Has a book ever changed your life?
Replies: 85
Views: 18347

Re: I need a book to rattle my worldview

Perhaps a little cheesy, and unusually religious for this audience, but Hugh Prather's "Notes On Love and Courage" is extremely personal and very, very powerful. As an atheist, it still affected me profoundly. Rollo May's "Love and Will" is also excellent for changing one's world...
by ducknerd
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: David Foster Wallace
Replies: 18
Views: 3503

Re: David Foster Wallace

Another succumbing to the writer's occupational hazard. It's a shame. This could be the kick-off to my (finally) starting Infinite Jest. Every time I'm about to pick it up (got it from the library like two weeks ago) I realize how much it looks like a brick and find a reason to put it off.
by ducknerd
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Camus
Replies: 16
Views: 4972

Re: Camus

I read about half of The Fall and wasn't really impressed. I've been told to read The Stranger, but with the warning that it's "really, really depressing", so I'm shying away from it a little. Is the charge against it exaggerated?
by ducknerd
Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13863

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Why does part 3 of GR not make sense? I've read through the entire first episode twice and I just plain can't parse the sentences. At this point I've promised to myself not to drop this book just because it's so famously started, then stopped, but I'm having trouble understanding just what the hell ...
by ducknerd
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249872

Re: High and low point of your day

Low: I hate air travel. High: Adventures to come. High: Meteor showers to come! High/Low: Saying goodbye to a surprisingly large number of people. It's the whole deal of knowing exactly what you had once you lose it. Already looking forward to coming home, which is probably not a good thing in the s...
by ducknerd
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3315

Re: World View do you has?

...Duly noted.

On topic, such as it is, if awareness of a necessarily unobservable entity (a god/group consciousness) destroys it and reduces it to its components, how are we to actively exploit group minds? It seems to me that even if they exist, to try to use them would be a self-defeating effort.
by ducknerd
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210790

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

Glass Menagerie was important in that it employed some very original aesthetic ideas for the theater scene that hadn't been seen before. That said, it doesn't really belong in the high school curriculum IMO.
by ducknerd
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13863

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Struggling on, mostly because I'm fascinated by his abrupt tonal changes. It's as though there were several nameless narrators taking turns telling the story. There's the semi-sane one which goes off constantly on tangents and has enormous paragraphs, as in the later parts of part 1, particularly th...
by ducknerd
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:53 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Matroska to IMovie to DVD-feasible?
Replies: 0
Views: 696

Matroska to IMovie to DVD-feasible?

I'm trying to put a series of .mkv files into IMovie, then burn them to DVD, or at least put Matroska videos (with multiple audio tracks) onto a DVD in such a fashion that they could be viewed on a commercial player with either track playing. IMovie, of course, isn't a big fan of semi-obscure open s...
by ducknerd
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249872

Re: High and low point of your day

High: It's weird, but I like car trips. Also, I got to drive an automatic transmission. It feels like cheating. Low: I haven't showered in three days, and I really want to, and I really should. Like now. Even though night showers are weird. High: A friend of mine told me about Hampshire College (whi...
by ducknerd
Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13863

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

It's definitely exhausting. I've pretty much given up at page 150 of GR; after slogging my way through the chapter moving from Roger+Jessica to the long chorus tangent, which I barely even understood, the next chapter moved into something I can't even understand. Maybe a philosophy tangent? Maybe an...
by ducknerd
Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249872

Re: High and low point of your day

High: Seeing Mamma Mia with friends. This was almost a joking low, because it sucked, but it was nice to see it with people and laugh together at the more absurd parts. High: Poetry at the coffeehouse. Turns out my town is actually talented. Who knew. High: Dinner with friends. No low as of yet. Thi...
by ducknerd
Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249872

Re: High and low point of your day

Low: That gnawing feeling that there's something I'm not letting myself think about. High: Pitas and falafel. Yum yum yum. And chocolate ice cream. Yum yum yum. High: People I haven't seen in a long time Low: Didn't get to say a proper goodbye to a friend. Uhh, belated I'll Miss You, mr? High: Dr. H...
by ducknerd
Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stereotype the person above you
Replies: 2328
Views: 133363

Re: Stereotype the person above you

Uses the word "pejorative" in its less-common noun form. Regards "redneck" as an insult. Pretentious, desperate for intellectual kudos.
by ducknerd
Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249872

Re: High and low point of your day

High: party! cuddling! realizing how much more of both of these my life (and the world in general) needs!
High: heading out to Science Camp For Big Kids. Awesomeness is promised.
Low: This thread almost fell to the second page!
by ducknerd
Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Comedy of Human Suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 2596

Re: The Comedy of Human Suffering

Sadly, me too. Excellent point, though. I think of humor as a tool through which a society can safely question its behavior. I think almost all humor is transgressive in some way; it shocks with violence or profanity or sheer weirdness. It takes a society's actions and distorts them into ugly carica...

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