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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5175 on: February 21, 2017, 11:42:08 AM »
Re-read "The White People," by Arthur Machen and "Count Magnus" by MR James, two of the greatest horror stories.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5176 on: February 21, 2017, 06:50:46 PM »
So:  Big Sleep was great.  Just as good as the movie, but very different.  I like the Thin Man movie better than the book.  Maybe because I have a man crush on William Powell and a real crush on Myrna Loy.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5177 on: February 26, 2017, 12:40:35 AM »
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, From the Next Generation to J.J. Abrams, by Mark Altman and Edward Gross
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5178 on: February 28, 2017, 06:38:36 AM »
Some geography and history.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5179 on: March 01, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
I recently read something about Thomas Jefferson and the Pirates of Tripoli

The treaty of Tripoli is famous because it was signed by the majority of the founding fathers of the United States of America, and declares explicitly that the United States is "not a Christian nation".

The book talked about how the pirates of Tripoli increased the cost of insurance for the United States, and about the beginning of the US Navy.

Apparently the USA could have done much better (the author blames an over-zealous diplomat).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5180 on: March 01, 2017, 10:29:30 PM »
The treaty of Tripoli is famous because it was signed by the majority of the founding fathers of the United States of America, and declares explicitly that the United States is "not a Christian nation".

Fascinating!  So much for the mythos.  ;D

Please elaborate.  Can you post the quote in context?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5181 on: March 01, 2017, 10:52:40 PM »
Fascinating!  So much for the mythos.  ;D

Please elaborate.  Can you post the quote in context?
Is this a test?

Here is the wikipedia page.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5182 on: March 03, 2017, 11:21:16 PM »
The Time of Contempt, by Andrzej Sapkowski
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5183 on: March 06, 2017, 02:23:09 AM »
Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium, by Judith Herrin

About the Emperesses St. Irene (d. 803), Euphrosyne (d. c. 836), and St. Theodora (d. c. 867)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5184 on: March 12, 2017, 06:00:08 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5185 on: March 12, 2017, 12:16:42 PM »
Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium, by Judith Herrin

About the Emperesses St. Irene (d. 803), Euphrosyne (d. c. 836), and St. Theodora (d. c. 867)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5186 on: March 24, 2017, 06:39:54 AM »


Most elusive book I've ever hunted down. The hunt is up, thanks to OpenLibrary.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5187 on: March 24, 2017, 07:38:40 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5188 on: March 25, 2017, 12:38:48 AM »
'The Orthodox Church' by Bp. Kallistos Ware
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5189 on: March 26, 2017, 07:12:19 AM »
The Sculptor and His Stone: Selected Readings on Hellenistic and Christian Learning and Thought in the Early Greek Fathers
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5190 on: March 27, 2017, 12:18:57 PM »
The diary of Happiness - Father Nicolae Steinhardt
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5191 on: March 27, 2017, 01:33:34 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5192 on: March 31, 2017, 04:37:36 PM »


I'm kind of dreading reading two Evangelicals doing Bible canon apologetics, but lots of people praise this one, so I'm giving it a shot.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5193 on: April 06, 2017, 12:51:03 AM »
Studying diligently Categories, by Aristotle. We're building a very nice study group and agreed to start by this piece of awesome.

I can't stop thinking in his own terms, now I see his ten categories in sentences with the same passion I saw grammatical structures when I fell in love with my own language lol
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« Reply #5194 on: April 06, 2017, 01:06:16 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5195 on: April 10, 2017, 12:36:07 PM »
I've been given a copy of the Shack, with the comment that it's an amazing book and i will love it. I haven't started reading it yet, just dipping in and out but the prose looks utterly turgid. Is there something of worth in it, because i am not really inclined to wade through the writing if not.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5196 on: April 12, 2017, 10:53:33 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5197 on: April 12, 2017, 11:42:54 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5198 on: April 19, 2017, 08:52:49 PM »
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Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like.
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Hypothetically, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be either negative or positive. People rarely think in these terms, and our everyday world sees only the positive aspects of Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion, in which a force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration, or F=ma. In other words, if you push an object, it will accelerate in the direction you're pushing it. Mass will accelerate in the direction of the force.

"That's what most things that we're used to do," said Forbes, hinting at the bizarreness to come. "With negative mass, if you push something, it accelerates toward you."
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5199 on: April 22, 2017, 06:23:03 PM »
Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp

The author seems to have a typically negative view of Constantinople/Justinian, and I'm not so sure about his terminology sometimes (someone self-identifies as a monophysite), but overall it's been a lot of fun.
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« Reply #5200 on: April 22, 2017, 07:01:24 PM »
I've been given a copy of the Shack, with the comment that it's an amazing book and i will love it. I haven't started reading it yet, just dipping in and out but the prose looks utterly turgid. Is there something of worth in it, because i am not really inclined to wade through the writing if not.

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« Reply #5203 on: Today at 03:52:22 PM »
William M Shirer: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

A sentimental favorite.  I probably read this whole thing two or three times over the years at my grandparents house, so I ordered a copy for five bucks on Amazon.  This still might be the WW2 I enjoy reading most.  It's probably the one most responsible and formative for the I generally think of that war...that and the History Channel documentary I saw about how Hitler was using alien tech from Mars and occult magic.
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the History Channel documentary I saw about how Hitler was using alien tech from Mars and occult magic.


There's no evidence that Hitler was using occult magic.
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the History Channel documentary I saw about how Hitler was using alien tech from Mars and occult magic.


There's no evidence that Hitler was using occult magic.

I know there is a stronger case he was using Martian tech, but I still say he was more influenced by the Occult.  After all there is no evidence he wasn't using occult magic.  And I think if you know how to read the true signs of Real History correctly; Hitler left a lot of clues he was all about magic and not just Martian technology.
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