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Old 25th January 2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default What books are you reading?

I reserve an hour every day for reading, non-technical and non-financial stuff -- this is what's in the current rotation:

"The Last Cavalryman" -- a bio of General Lucian Truscott.

"The Great Escape" -- Angus Deaton got the Nobel Prize -- this book is very readable and available in paper-back. The title tropes the movie of the same name, and describes how societies improve the economic lot of their peoples, i.e. "escaping" poverty.
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Old 25th January 2016, 08:49 PM   #2
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'The invention of Nature' by Andrea Wulf.
A biography of Alexander Von Humboldt. More places and things are named after Humboldt than any other....so it is said. An extraordinary individual.
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Old 25th January 2016, 08:59 PM   #3
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"The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick - Vol.1"

Next up: "Brian Jones, The Making of the Rolling Stones"

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Old 25th January 2016, 09:11 PM   #4
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Mac OSX an interview, questions, answers and explanations plus Linux by Mark G Sobel. Riveting stuff and very interesting.
Next will be The Official Ubuntu Book, (a sawn off version of Linux).
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Old 25th January 2016, 10:09 PM   #5
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Just finished "The Ravenous Brain" - Daniel Bor

kinda refreshing take on consciousness and how we think we think

dovetails with some of Levitin's notes in "This is your brain on music" - but if I was able to fool myself that it was accessible enough to understand, that it must be oversimplified, or simply wrong
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Right now, finishing off "Loathing Lincoln," a survey of anti-Lincoln sentiment from his contemporaries to the modern era, and in the middle of Ron Bailey's "The End of Doom."
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I just finished and can strongly recommend the "D-List Supervillan" series by Jim Bernheimer. Link here. Those of you who have worked for large engineering companies will relate to the experiences of the lead character. This stuff is fun reading when you need a break. The humor is priceless - for example, a torture technique used on a captured hero is loud repetition of Biz Markee's song "Just A Friend". If you know the song; you'll get the humor (If you don't know the song, google it. You'll still get it. )The author kills me with the cliffhanger endings, though.

Some years ago, I also read "Soon I Will Be Invincible" It was fun, too.

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"This is your brain on music"
Aahhh --- remember "woman to woman" -- gals pitch their voices an entire octave higher when speaking to each other.
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pitch their voices an entire octave higher when speaking to each other.
I was surprised to hear and opera singer doing the national anthem and actually hit the high note in the second (?) last line.
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I'm part way into Neal Stephenson's "Seveneves". I got too depressed as the world was ending and stalled. I'll have to pick it up again one of these days.

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