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Postby Technomancer » Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:50 pm

"The Dark Glory War" by Michael Stackpole.

I also just finished reading an article entitled "The Geometry of Algebraic Systems and Their Exact Solving Using Grobner Bases".
The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in corrrecting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry—is not even a "subject"—but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

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Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge

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Postby uc pseudonym » Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:58 am

I actually got my hands on a copy of Brave New World, and I suspect that I will have it read shortly. What I have read so far I have greatly enjoyed. This includes Huxley's introduction to the edition.
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Postby SwordSkill » Sat Apr 03, 2004 6:46 am

Congratulations on getting a copy, uc pseudonym. XD

Will be reading Agatha Christie's "Lord Edgeware Dies." It's a Poirot one.
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Postby Technomancer » Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:35 pm

"The Last Invasion of Canada: The Fenian Raids 1866-1870"

A history of one of Canada's more troubled periods. According to the blurb: "In the turbulent decade which produced the Canadian Confederation of 1867, a group of seasoned verterans of the American Civil War turned their attention to the conquest of Canada..."

It's something I've been wanting to find details on for a while. I'm familiar with the Battle of Ridgeway, which was fought not far from here in the Niagara region, but not any of the other actions.
The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in corrrecting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry—is not even a "subject"—but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

Neil Postman
(The End of Education)

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge

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Postby thalia » Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:37 pm

I'm currently reading "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham. I just picked it up because I had an old copy of it and its' a classic, but I'd never read it! So far, it's pretty, good (I'm on page 100 or so), but I'm interested to see how it'll turn out!
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper.


-from T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"
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Postby glitch1501 » Fri Apr 09, 2004 2:55 pm

almost done with glorious appearing, then ill start eli i guess

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Postby madphilb » Fri Apr 09, 2004 6:38 pm

"The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century" by Scott Adams
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Postby CrusaderX » Fri Apr 09, 2004 6:59 pm

"A Storm of Swords" by George RR Martin from his Song of Ice and Fire series.
"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek Him, the greatest adventure; To find Him, the greatest human achievement." --- St. Augustine
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Postby JediSonic » Fri Apr 09, 2004 7:22 pm

I'm reading the fellowship of the ring... its hard to beleive how much stuff they left out of the movies! :lol:
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Postby cbwing0 » Fri Apr 09, 2004 9:14 pm

I just started "Fight Club," by Chuck Palahniuk. So far, the book is even better than the movie. :thumb:
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Postby Technomancer » Sat Apr 10, 2004 8:46 am

"Vintage: The Story of Wine" by Hugh Johnson. Basically, a history of wine and it's role in politics and economics since ancient times. It's very interesting.

Since I'm also studying for my Multimedia Signal Processing exam:
"Introduction to Data Compression" by Khalid Sayood
"Multimedia Communication Systems: Techniques, Standards and Networks" by K.R. Rao et al.
The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in corrrecting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry—is not even a "subject"—but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

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Postby uc pseudonym » Sat Apr 10, 2004 2:13 pm

I've completed the first two books of "The Fallen." Not bad. Strange angelology, but the author does appear to have an honest respect for God. Also, I completed "Crown of Shadows" just this morning. Not worth it.
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Postby Flying_Penguen » Sat Apr 10, 2004 8:44 pm

Currently reading Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster. I have really come to love his box on the Humanx Commonwealth. Anyone else read these books? I have also read the first 5 of the Amber books by Roger Zelazny.
Big Steven Brust fan as well.
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Postby Ashley » Sat Apr 10, 2004 8:56 pm

I'm 143 pages into Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I do declare, that upon my word I shall fall asleep many more times before its discourse is completed.
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Postby uc pseudonym » Mon Apr 12, 2004 1:17 pm

I just began "House of Stairs" which is bizarre science fiction. It could very good, though strange, but I'll reserve any judgements for when I have completed it.
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Postby Seiya » Mon Apr 12, 2004 2:16 pm

Nothing right now! By the way, that is really unlike me...
Normally I'd be reading something for the 50th time or so, but I'm trying to get better at math so I can finish all of my layouts, and it's eating up my time...
Plus all of my programs are broken. My life is so frustrating right now! :K
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Postby glitch1501 » Mon Apr 12, 2004 6:28 pm

just started eli by bill meyer today

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He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there, He is pleased even with their stumbles.

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Healing hands of God have mercy on our unclean souls
once again. Jesus Christ, Light of the World, burning
bright within our hearts forever. Freedom means love
without condition, without beginning or an end. Here's
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every new day seem so new.
Every New Day - On Distant Shores - Five Iron Frenzy

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Postby uc pseudonym » Tue Apr 13, 2004 5:38 am

I finished House of Stairs too quickly... now I need reading material again. It was a very good book, though, and I recommend it to anyone who likes social science fiction.
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Postby Technomancer » Tue Apr 13, 2004 3:22 pm

"The Rights Revolution" by Michael Ignatieff

"In Canada, rights have become the trump card in every argument from family life to Parliament Hill. The long-standing fights for aboriginal rights and for the linguistic heritage of French-speaking Canadians have sterred Canada into a full-blown rights revoution. This revoution is not only deeply controversial here, but is being watched around the world."

A lot about the problems surrounding group rights vs. individual rights both in Canada and elsewhere in the world. It's pretty good and worth reading for those interested in these issues.
The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in corrrecting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry—is not even a "subject"—but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

Neil Postman
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Postby Six » Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:36 am

Ashley wrote:I'm 143 pages into Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I do declare, that upon my word I shall fall asleep many more times before its discourse is completed.


Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books.

i am currently reading

The Thief Lord
The Subtle Knife
Star Wars: Specter of the Past (for the 3rd time)
The Bourne Supremacy
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Postby Gypsy » Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:46 am

I've just finished Byzantium by Lawhead, and I've started a George MacDonald book ... but I can't for the life of me remember the title ...
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Postby uc pseudonym » Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:54 am

I only just began reading "Vampire High" by Douglas Rees. I'm about a third of the way through it after less than an hour. Hardly high reading, or even material targeted to an older audiance, but moderately amusing. It will entertain me for a single day, at least.

Not a very original take on vampires, but unique compared to all the Gothic novels we so commonly. Perhaps the best part yet has been the explanation of the original Dracula. Vlad himself and Bram Stoker were friends, etc.
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Postby Lehn » Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:12 pm

"The Blue Sword" by Robin McKinely for about the tenth time... ;_; I need to go to the bookstore...
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Postby Twilly Spree » Sat Apr 17, 2004 5:17 pm

I just started the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown today. Oooh it's gonna be a book I won't be able to put down. I can already tell.

I just finished The Murder Room by P.D. James, good mystery.
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Postby Staci » Tue Apr 20, 2004 6:20 am

I just finished Magic Kingdom for Sale: SOLD! by Terry Brooks. It is a quintet series, therefore I logically moved on to book two The Black Unicorn.



Great series! It's my second time through it. *two thumbs up*
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Postby Angel_Otaku » Tue Apr 20, 2004 6:43 am

I'm in the middle of the Lord of the Rings, series, The Hobbit, and Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe.
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Postby Ingemar » Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:53 am

The Confessions of St. Augustine
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Postby Lehn » Thu Apr 22, 2004 1:56 pm

I'm in the middle of the Lord of the Rings, series, The Hobbit, and Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe.


:waah!: Well, I'm put to shame. I rarely read more then 2 books at a time.


^^; Started Jane Eyre today
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Postby uc pseudonym » Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:27 am

I just finished "Demon In My View" which is a trash novel I would recommend to no one. The author isn't bad for her age, but the book is relatively obviously just a way for her to live out her own fantasies. The main character is her to a fault, and has everything negative that Mary Sues have in fanfiction. All that saves it from complete idiocy are a few flashbacks that, taken properly, make most of the ending terribly futile.
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Postby Spirit_Wolf8356 » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:47 am

I'm in the middle of The Vampire Lestat. I'm really liking it, but it's a little weird. ^_^


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