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gibber
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« Reply #3100 on: Dec 12, 2006, 11:42:24 AM »



i might have spent all of 20 minutes of my entire life sitting in front of a train set, but this book (written by a former professional racecar driver) is SO. MUCH. FUN.

basically, it's written for adults who love toys. and i am one of those.
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alistarr*
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« Reply #3101 on: Dec 14, 2006, 09:35:34 AM »

i just finished the crying of lot 49 by thomas pynchon and it was pretty good. i do hate it when i'm all set up for a revelation and then the book finishes before the revelation arrives, though.
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3102 on: Dec 14, 2006, 02:47:01 PM »

I'm about half through Pynchon's latest, and needed a break so I picked up Peter Watt's Blindside. Great stuff. I couldn't stop reading it last night.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3103 on: Dec 14, 2006, 02:58:15 PM »

Man, halfway huh? I dunno what the fuck is up with me recently, but I just can't commit to read. Still only about 250pgs into that mother. It's like when school's not in, all I wanta do is lounge about, but when school's in, all I want to do is read fiction of my choosing.

I am a FAILURE.
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3104 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:08:41 PM »

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Man, halfway huh? I dunno what the fuck is up with me recently, but I just can't commit to read. Still only about 250pgs into that mother. It's like when school's not in, all I wanta do is lounge about, but when school's in, all I want to do is read fiction of my choosing.

I am a FAILURE.


Remember (if this helps you feel less failurish), I'm long-done with school and therefore everything is on my time. What I'm suffering from is the writin', because I haven't been able to finish anything for a while, and it's neared emotional-crisis time. I've retreated to pen and notebook and a few pages a day, and I feel like I'm a ditchdigger, but I cannot have another unfinished story. I keep reading so I don't have to write, so it's just as bad. I shouldn't be this far itno Against The Day - or - reading Blindside, I should be sitting my ass down and diggin the ditch, no matter how emotionally painful or how much revulsion I feel for myself during the act of it, this new habit of Not finishing what I start has to End. So I too, am right now, a failure.
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« Reply #3105 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:13:32 PM »

guys, i'm feeling like a failure too, because i have no attention span right now. why? because i'm already nervous over my date TOMORROW NIGHT. i just can't WAIT to see how much of a wreck i am in, say, 24 hours. guhhh. kill my pathetic ass NOW.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3106 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:28:53 PM »

Man, I don't even want to think about what the dating game is like without the emotionally leveling effects of our friend alcohol.
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« Reply #3107 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:28:54 PM »

Ha!  At least you cleaned your place up!  Now you can invite her back for "coffee", WINK WINK.

WINK

"Hey, wanna come back to my place and listen to this Jandek record I just got?"

WINK WINK WINK
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3108 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:31:37 PM »

Then when she comes over, put on an Al Green record. Because you can actually have sex to that.
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Andrew_TSKS
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« Reply #3109 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:37:47 PM »

i was just thinking about such scenarios today and realized i need to change my bedsheets when i get home from work.

course, there's also a part of me that feels like you jinx things if you put too much thought into preparation. but i figure if nothing else, i'll have clean sheets. how can that be bad?
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« Reply #3110 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:39:03 PM »

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Then when she comes over, put on an Al Green record. Because you can actually have sex to that.
You can have sex to anything.  The beautiful thing about Al Green is, if you're not careful, the sex might start without you.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3111 on: Dec 14, 2006, 03:47:50 PM »

Queer For That.


Queer For That So Hard.
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3112 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:11:13 PM »

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i was just thinking about such scenarios today and realized i need to change my bedsheets when i get home from work.

course, there's also a part of me that feels like you jinx things if you put too much thought into preparation. but i figure if nothing else, i'll have clean sheets. how can that be bad?


It sounds like you're overthinking this.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3113 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:22:53 PM »

Yeah, just be like: "Girl, let me in. I wanna be your friend. I want to guard your dreams and visions. Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims. And, if you feel comfortable with it, strap your hands across my engines." That has gotten me laid many times.

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rockmeamadeus
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« Reply #3114 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:44:19 PM »

Yeah pollo speaks truth... but make sure you add the "huuuehh!" and maybe a count-off.

Chicks love that.
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« Reply #3115 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:50:41 PM »

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Man, I don't even want to think about what the dating game is like without the emotionally leveling effects of our friend alcohol.

"Emotionally leveling?" Do you mean like emotionally bulldozing? Because shit.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3116 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:52:06 PM »

Three-four beers evens me out pretty well.
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nonotyet
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« Reply #3117 on: Dec 14, 2006, 04:54:45 PM »

Perhaps the problem is that I don't drink beer that often, and I drink fast when I am nervous, and when meeting new people I am nervous, and after two or three not-beers I am all "whee," and...
oh wait, this is the reading thread.

Hey guys, I finally got The Road from the library.
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rockmeamadeus
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« Reply #3118 on: Dec 14, 2006, 11:49:41 PM »



Heh Chompskee is hell of cranky.

Fucking sharp insight, tho.

I read this at the advice of Chavez. Thanks, Hugo!
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3119 on: Dec 15, 2006, 12:14:28 AM »

You guys should have an advice column.

"Hey I met a girl in Pittsburgh and I think it's going to work, but she's so far away (because I live in Phoenix), what should I do?"

"Keep on drinkin', if it works out you can make alcohol-fueled promises about a relationship that's gonna last 'til the end of time, and if it doesn't work out, you've got something to fall back on that's never gonna' leave you (alcohol); next; forget it (burp - throwup) - the answer is Miller Genuine Draft."

I finished Blindsight by Peter Watts and I heartily recommend anyone with an interest in cutting edge science fiction read it; it's tense, it's unforgivingly hard sci fi, and Peter Watts has a way of making beautiful language out of complex science which is, for my money, a rarer talent than writing well; anyone interested in Game Theory and Artificial Intellegence come ye all to the fire and be amazed.
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andronicus
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« Reply #3120 on: Dec 15, 2006, 12:16:31 AM »

I started reading that book online, it looked pretty interesting.  I just cant read books online.  Maybe I'll buy it.
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3121 on: Dec 15, 2006, 12:40:38 AM »

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I started reading that book online, it looked pretty interesting.  I just cant read books online.  Maybe I'll buy it.


Blindsight or the Chomsky?
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andronicus
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« Reply #3122 on: Dec 15, 2006, 12:43:29 AM »

Blindsight.
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milly balgeary
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« Reply #3123 on: Dec 15, 2006, 12:59:25 AM »

It's worth buying. Check your libraries though because they might have a copy by now. It's a book that actually seems like Sci Fi and has none of the tropes of Sci Fi; it actually feels like it was written in the future and sent back in a time capsule which is the whole point of hard Sci Fi.
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« Reply #3124 on: Dec 15, 2006, 01:00:18 AM »

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Yeah pollo speaks truth... but make sure you add the "huuuehh!" and maybe a count-off.

Chicks love that.


Speaking for the chick contingency, Bruce'll get you to the clean sheets faster than Al any day of the week.

[Edit] Oh, sorry, you guys are actually back to talking about books now.
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