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« Reply #275 on: December 26, 2011, 09:13:08 am »

My gf has asked me to read Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs with her over the break.  One thing I can say so far is that Isaacson knows how to dramatize a point.

I just finished the chapter where Woz has just completed the first prototype of the Apple 1 and it's begun to sell.  Isaacson notes at the end of the chapter that Ron Wayne, who had originally bought in for 10% of the company and did its first legal paperwork, decided to cash out his shares when Jobs and Woz took out a loan to make more machines.  Wayne was skittish, in the end, about the new venture, because he had failed in a business before, and he says even to this day that he doesn't regret getting himself out when he did.  His shares amounted, when he pulled out, to $2,300.  Isaacson reports that, today, Wayne is living off Social Security checks in Nevada and playing slot machines.  If. Isaacson points out, Wayne had held on to his shares until the end of 2010, they would have been worth $2.6 billion.
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« Reply #276 on: December 29, 2011, 04:40:40 pm »

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« Reply #277 on: December 29, 2011, 04:43:09 pm »

Bakunin: The Creative Passion by Mark Leier.
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« Reply #278 on: December 29, 2011, 04:53:40 pm »

I have a weird system in which I rotate between 2-3 books at the same time.  Currently reading:

The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays by Russell Kirk and
The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

Just finished:

Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi by Dean Faulkner Wells
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« Reply #279 on: December 29, 2011, 05:00:14 pm »

I have a weird system in which I rotate between 2-3 books at the same time. 

I do the same thing; it's much easier to read all day by switching books each time that you've finished a chapter. It's like tabbed browsing.
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« Reply #280 on: December 30, 2011, 10:20:32 am »

I have a weird system in which I rotate between 2-3 books at the same time.  

I do the same thing; it's much easier to read all day by switching books each time that you've finished a chapter. It's like tabbed browsing.
That is similar to what I do, but I must admit my exact system of switching between books is a little too OCD inspired for me to delve into here. Smiley
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« Reply #281 on: December 30, 2011, 11:37:27 am »

I have a weird system in which I rotate between 2-3 books at the same time. 

I do the same thing; it's much easier to read all day by switching books each time that you've finished a chapter. It's like tabbed browsing.

Certainly.  I get bored of one subject pretty easily, so rotating between 2-3 books at the same time is great.  Once in a while I'll pick up a book interesting enough to where I can read right through.
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« Reply #282 on: December 30, 2011, 12:20:55 pm »

Haven't read more than a couple of pages yet, but I got Carlo Feltrinelli's biography of his father for christmas.
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« Reply #283 on: December 30, 2011, 12:28:55 pm »

Just started Nixonland, which I got for Christmas, last night.
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« Reply #284 on: December 30, 2011, 02:22:24 pm »

I'm reading John Lewis Gaddis' new biography of George F. Kennan.
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« Reply #285 on: January 18, 2012, 05:04:54 pm »

'A Brief History of Neoliberalism' by David Harvey and 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole
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« Reply #286 on: January 18, 2012, 05:12:31 pm »

'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole

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« Reply #287 on: January 18, 2012, 06:56:35 pm »


Greatly Approve. Obvious influence on Opebo there.
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« Reply #288 on: January 18, 2012, 08:54:07 pm »

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« Reply #289 on: January 19, 2012, 10:59:09 am »


was recommended to me by my half-brother, who named his dog Ignatius in honor.
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« Reply #290 on: January 19, 2012, 06:54:35 pm »


was recommended to me by my half-brother, who named his dog Ignatius in honor.

Fantastic novel, I loved it.
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« Reply #291 on: January 19, 2012, 07:31:41 pm »

I recently finished The Grand Design by Hawking and a fiction book called "Dragon Champion" that was pretty decent that I will likely read the rest of the series for.
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« Reply #292 on: January 21, 2012, 12:08:04 pm »

Who of us hasn't been influenced by it?
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« Reply #293 on: January 21, 2012, 01:36:58 pm »

Border Country
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« Reply #294 on: January 21, 2012, 02:14:41 pm »

Robert's Rules or Order Newly Revised, 10th and 11the editions.  (I've been writing papers.)
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« Reply #295 on: January 21, 2012, 05:29:09 pm »
« Edited: January 21, 2012, 05:35:08 pm by Mist »


None of us of course. Just felt like giving the obvious shout out. Actually I was a bit surprised that Tweed hadn't already read it.
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« Reply #296 on: January 22, 2012, 06:00:40 am »

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
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« Reply #297 on: January 30, 2012, 01:19:28 pm »

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, and frankly, I'm excited. There are some poems that don't work for me at all, but others are pretty close to poetic perfection as far as I'm concerned.
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« Reply #298 on: January 31, 2012, 06:41:33 pm »

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, and frankly, I'm excited. There are some poems that don't work for me at all, but others are pretty close to poetic perfection as far as I'm concerned.

Elaborate, do! I have strong and occasionally somewhat conflicting opinions on Stevens.
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« Reply #299 on: January 31, 2012, 06:43:21 pm »

Finnegan's Wake.

Yeah.
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