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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5715 on: May 25, 2018, 08:03:42 PM »
What's the point of a funny pen name if you're going to spoil it two lines later?

A guy being behind it adds an extra layer of funny, especially for anyone familiar with Blackadder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ZuapDOBbM

03:40-06:20 is where it's at.

I know the episode. I just think it's kind pointless to immediately spoil on the cover that it's a guy writing. Makes it less funny.

Why?

Kind of ruins the joke by explaining it too quickly rather than letting the reader find out later, like at the end of the story. Just imo, though.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5716 on: May 25, 2018, 08:21:40 PM »
What's the point of a funny pen name if you're going to spoil it two lines later?

A guy being behind it adds an extra layer of funny, especially for anyone familiar with Blackadder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ZuapDOBbM

03:40-06:20 is where it's at.

I know the episode. I just think it's kind pointless to immediately spoil on the cover that it's a guy writing. Makes it less funny.

Why?

Kind of ruins the joke by explaining it too quickly rather than letting the reader find out later, like at the end of the story. Just imo, though.

A lot of readers wouldn't get the joke at all because they have no idea what a merkin is, so they'd take the name at face value. A lot of others would be positively gleeful because the material actually encourages gems like these.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5717 on: May 25, 2018, 08:24:53 PM »
Reading & Writing Secular Material
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5718 on: May 25, 2018, 08:42:08 PM »
Alright, fair enough :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5719 on: May 25, 2018, 09:13:53 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5720 on: May 28, 2018, 03:05:41 AM »
Dolphin "happiness" measured by scientists in France

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44273624

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5721 on: May 28, 2018, 03:49:23 AM »
Dolphin "happiness" measured by scientists in France

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44273624

Another study found that dolphins were 17% less happy when their lives were without porpoise, and 21% less when they often felt eel.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5722 on: May 28, 2018, 03:59:47 AM »
Dolphin "happiness" measured by scientists in France

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44273624

Another study found that dolphins were 17% less happy when their lives were without porpoise, and 21% less when they often felt eel.


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5723 on: May 28, 2018, 04:09:38 AM »
Dolphin "happiness" measured by scientists in France

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44273624

Another study found that dolphins were 17% less happy when their lives were without porpoise, and 21% less when they often felt eel.

Sometimes they even get so sad that they whale. I think the syndrome is called molamolancholia.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5724 on: May 28, 2018, 10:38:43 PM »
The Forgotten Desert Mothers a little bit at a time.

And The House at Pooh Corner:laugh:
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5725 on: May 28, 2018, 11:06:31 PM »
How is it so far? I've been thinking about picking up a copy.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5726 on: May 28, 2018, 11:24:11 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5727 on: May 28, 2018, 11:37:14 PM »
How is it so far? I've been thinking about picking up a copy.

Well it's one of the first lives-of-the-saints type books I've picked up, so I don't really have any basis for comparison, but I'm enjoying the beginnings of a fuller picture of the first several centuries and am gleaning things here and there.  It's relatively short and I'm thinking it might be a digest version?  The author quotes the biographers of several women, which I'm assuming means there are larger works I might want to track down later.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5728 on: May 28, 2018, 11:44:55 PM »
How is it so far? I've been thinking about picking up a copy.

Well it's one of the first lives-of-the-saints type books I've picked up, so I don't really have any basis for comparison, but I'm enjoying the beginnings of a fuller picture of the first several centuries and am gleaning things here and there.  It's relatively short and I'm thinking it might be a digest version?  The author quotes the biographers of several women, which I'm assuming means there are larger works I might want to track down later.

They might not exist in English or they might be unpublished (or exist only as a reference work in a single university library). Historians can be squirrely like that.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5729 on: May 29, 2018, 07:47:33 AM »
How is it so far? I've been thinking about picking up a copy.

Well it's one of the first lives-of-the-saints type books I've picked up, so I don't really have any basis for comparison, but I'm enjoying the beginnings of a fuller picture of the first several centuries and am gleaning things here and there.  It's relatively short and I'm thinking it might be a digest version?  The author quotes the biographers of several women, which I'm assuming means there are larger works I might want to track down later.
They might not exist in English or they might be unpublished (or exist only as a reference work in a single university library). Historians can be squirrely like that.
Oh right; I keep forgetting.  Well I guess "track down" and "later" would take on quite a new meaning, then!   ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5730 on: June 02, 2018, 06:16:10 AM »
Dwyer, Rachel - What Do Hindus Believe?
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=-XFtAAAAQBAJ

The amount of gods, incarnations, avatars who all have several different names makes my head spin.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5731 on: June 02, 2018, 08:10:18 AM »
Feminism and Tradition by Father Lawrence Farley.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5733 on: June 05, 2018, 02:04:23 AM »
Makes sense. Hybrids in nature are often stronger than the originals.


Part of me thinks "Daily Mail, therefore BS," but then I wonder why they as a gutter rag wouldn't pander to racists.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5734 on: June 05, 2018, 03:24:43 AM »
Makes sense. Hybrids in nature are often stronger than the originals.


Part of me thinks "Daily Mail, therefore BS," but then I wonder why they as a gutter rag wouldn't pander to racists.

What made me roll my eyes was that DM didn't even bother to link to the study itself, while the Guardian does. Only a brief abstract for the lay reader, though.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5735 on: June 05, 2018, 08:04:07 AM »
One: it's impossible to create a hybrid when dealing with two members of the same species.
And two: pop culture and sensationalism.  Whatever that means to their current audience, that's what gutter rags will turn out.
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« Reply #5736 on: June 05, 2018, 11:09:05 AM »
Makes sense. Hybrids in nature are often stronger than the originals.


Part of me thinks "Daily Mail, therefore BS," but then I wonder why they as a gutter rag wouldn't pander to racists.

What made me roll my eyes was that DM didn't even bother to link to the study itself, while the Guardian does. Only a brief abstract for the lay reader, though.
There is no mention of race or racial in the article. They are measuring the degree of homozygosity in populations (lack of genetic diversity).

The most homozygous communities are the Old Order Amish from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Schmiedeleut Hutterites from South Dakota; Northern Swedish population; Ogliastra genetic park in Sardinia; Friuli-Venezia-Giulia genetic park in Italy;  Hellenic isolates from Pomak villages in Thrace, and some region in the Philippines.
The greatest genetic diversity is found in much of Africa, so if we want to be taller and smarter we need to breed with them.
I didn't read the newspaper articles, so I do not know if they made this clear already.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5737 on: June 05, 2018, 12:29:36 PM »
One: it's impossible to create a hybrid when dealing with two members of the same species.
And two: pop culture and sensationalism.  Whatever that means to their current audience, that's what gutter rags will turn out.

You're right. That was really bad phrasing on my part. I guess I just meant genetic diversity is probably better than not :-[
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5738 on: June 05, 2018, 12:54:15 PM »
"The Plantagenets,"  Dan Jones.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5739 on: June 05, 2018, 06:32:15 PM »
"The Plantagenets,"  Dan Jones.

That's a good one.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5740 on: June 05, 2018, 07:09:44 PM »
'A World of Vampires' by Dani Hoots. It's a series of nine (so far) novellas, each one set in a different culture and dealing with vampires according to the local pattern. Thoroughly enjoyable quick reads.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5741 on: June 05, 2018, 07:43:15 PM »
You'd think the last place an anthropologist from plague world would want to visit would be the Black Death.

How is it? I'm always on the look out for sci-fi that includes Christian characters without being either a disguised sermon or a hatchet job. The Sparrow and its sequel Children of God by Mary Doria Russell are both pretty good.

I'll get back to you on this, but I'm still working through it (I had a rough few weeks with reading--except some N.F. on kindle when I was on the bus--and got side tracked)...

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5742 on: June 05, 2018, 08:11:18 PM »
No hurry!

What is N.F.?
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« Reply #5743 on: June 05, 2018, 08:19:21 PM »
Oh, just meant non-fiction :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5744 on: June 05, 2018, 08:35:09 PM »
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5745 on: June 05, 2018, 11:47:25 PM »
In light of his recent passing, I'm re-reading John Julius Norwich's Byzantium:  The Apogee.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5746 on: June 06, 2018, 03:04:19 PM »
Reading several things at the moment depending on the time of day, what day it is and my mood.

-Red Pine's translation of the collected songs of Cold Mountain, Big Stick and Pickup.
-The Common English Bible, a translation that borders on commentary.
-"Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History," by Denise Gess and William Lutz
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-"The Dream of God: A Call to Return," by Verna J. Dozier
-"Dark Night of the Soul," by St. John of the Cross

I recently read "Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance," by Elena Perekrestov and Addison Hart's "The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd," both of which could be finished in an afternoon.

Next up is a book about the Nestorian church in medieval China.
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« Reply #5747 on: June 06, 2018, 03:34:13 PM »
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What's it called?
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Next up is a book about the Nestorian church in medieval China.

What's it called?

The Jesus Sutras.

It's a dumb title, but it looks like a decent exploration of how Christianity was expressed in the cultural terms of the day.
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« Reply #5749 on: June 06, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
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Next up is a book about the Nestorian church in medieval China.

What's it called?

The Jesus Sutras.

It's a dumb title, but it looks like a decent exploration of how Christianity was expressed in the cultural terms of the day.

Oh, ok. Yeah, that's the same book I've heard of. I keep meaning to get it.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5750 on: June 07, 2018, 09:40:35 AM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5751 on: June 07, 2018, 01:15:21 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5752 on: June 07, 2018, 05:44:01 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.

Examples?

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« Reply #5753 on: June 07, 2018, 06:00:23 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.

Examples?

I think his post works better when it's left ambigua...

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5754 on: June 07, 2018, 07:04:10 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.

Examples?

It was just a pun.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5755 on: June 07, 2018, 07:07:46 PM »
Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient "Building Blocks for Life" on Mars

https://www.space.com/40819-mars-methane-organics-curiosity-rover.html

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5756 on: June 07, 2018, 08:01:06 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.

Examples?

It was just a pun.

Can you be more specific?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5757 on: June 07, 2018, 09:04:59 PM »
St Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua to Thomas; almost finished, and then comes the huge Ambigua to John.

That can be taken a few different ways.

Examples?

It was just a pun.

Can you be more specific?

Depends on what you mean by that.
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5758 on: June 09, 2018, 09:06:55 AM »
Going over the info on the newly leaked 1997 prerelease demo of Pokemon Gold and Silver (which has an incomplete prototype behind it in the coding).

It's got unused Pokemon (including lots of superfluous Baby Forms as well as strange things that I actually wish we got like a shark with an anchor for a tale and an evolution for Ditto of all things).

Also, weird unused items like the Poison Stone (Umbreon is actually Poison in this, Bellossom was also Grass/Poison at this point, and Weepinbell had a hilarious looking alternate evo to match it), the Ice Bikini (would have been a permanent Yache Berry, I think, there's one for most types of moves in the game) and the Skateboard instead of the bike.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5759 on: June 09, 2018, 10:09:16 AM »
They didn't teach Pokemon in my high schools or colleges, just French, German and Spanish :(