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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3375 on: October 15, 2013, 10:05:53 PM »
  Most college grads just went through the motions to get a piece of paper.

Sadly that was me in my undergrad. At the time I just wanted a job.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3376 on: October 15, 2013, 10:09:14 PM »
What high school teaches inorganic chemistry??

I mean, beyond "this is Sodium, this is Boson, this is a Salt..."

Not high school, college.  I remember learning how to do certain calculations in high school, and then having to do the same in college via a different method.  I was able to get the right answer, but I was wrong because I couldn't do it their way.  I tried seeing the TA's for extra help, but they appeared to have been recent immigrants from China, and I couldn't understand their English through their accents.  Chemistry was fun in high school, but frustrating in college.  

So I went into theology.   :-\

Somewhat similar story here, though the discouraging factors were different.

Really, by the time I finished school, pretty much all science had lost interest for me, for reasons I'm not clear on.

Maybe norm is right and I'm a genius.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3377 on: October 15, 2013, 10:10:28 PM »
Theology? RLY? I had no idea. Good job.

Fixed it for you.  :P

I enjoyed the sciences in high school, but college ruined it for me.  I think I probably could've done well in a different type of setting, but maybe that's just wishful thinking.  Or is it?    

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3378 on: October 15, 2013, 10:21:17 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3379 on: October 15, 2013, 10:26:36 PM »
I'll see if I can get the patriarch thing to work out. You might be the man.

Might?  I promise you I am the man, I'll beat any competitor.  Or I'll kill them.  :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3380 on: October 15, 2013, 10:38:35 PM »
I'll see if I can get the patriarch thing to work out. You might be the man.

Might?  I promise you I am the man, I'll beat any competitor.  Or I'll kill them.  :)

Make me the Protopsaltis.

That's easy, but are you sure there's no higher rank or extra frou-frou titles to add to that?  At least add an "Ecumenical" or "Imperial".   
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3381 on: October 15, 2013, 10:57:55 PM »
say that once degrees over experience became emphasized quality of the R&D done went way down.
I've had this theory in my head for awhile now, that my generation, in order to justify their dumb decision in life (like that degree in anthropology), forcing everybody else to get one too. These companies are already ridiculous in selecting folks just for entree level jobs. Gotta have a bachelor's now to answer calls in a call center, say what?

I'd go with experience over a degree any day of the week.  Most college grads just went through the motions to get a piece of paper.

What should I major in, Achronos? I was thinking humanities but English is too stupid, maybe something more objective but still not STEMy like history or anthropology.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3382 on: October 15, 2013, 11:01:01 PM »
What should I major in, Achronos? I was thinking humanities but English is too stupid, maybe something more objective but still not STEMy like history or anthropology.
Well that degree ain't gonna cook Egg McMuffins at 4 AM all by itself.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3383 on: October 15, 2013, 11:04:25 PM »
What should I major in, Achronos? I was thinking humanities but English is too stupid, maybe something more objective but still not STEMy like history or anthropology.
Well that degree ain't gonna cook Egg McMuffins at 4 AM all by itself.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3384 on: October 15, 2013, 11:04:57 PM »
“There is your brother, naked, crying, and you stand there confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.”

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3385 on: October 15, 2013, 11:05:41 PM »
What's that?
I'm bringing back POGs

What kind of work would I be doing? Do you have investors?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3386 on: October 15, 2013, 11:06:27 PM »
What should I major in, Achronos? I was thinking humanities but English is too stupid, maybe something more objective but still not STEMy like history or anthropology.
Well that degree ain't gonna cook Egg McMuffins at 4 AM all by itself.

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English and the humanities are fine if you want to be a journalist or a writer (either of fiction or non-fiction).

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3387 on: October 15, 2013, 11:08:01 PM »
What's that?
I'm bringing back POGs

What kind of work would I be doing? Do you have investors?
It was a joke.

But I am currently exploring what niche I can exploit that isn't prevelant on the net.

I also have an idea for a social networking site, but it's been in gestation for 5 years.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3388 on: October 15, 2013, 11:10:53 PM »
What's that?
I'm bringing back POGs

What kind of work would I be doing? Do you have investors?
It was a joke.

But I am currently exploring what niche I can exploit that isn't prevelant on the net.

I also have an idea for a social networking site, but it's been in gestation for 5 years.

Okay, sounds like anything you'd come up with would be boring cubicle or IT type of stuff. If you ever need a janitor or something though, let me know.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3389 on: October 15, 2013, 11:20:43 PM »
What's that?
I'm bringing back POGs

What kind of work would I be doing? Do you have investors?
It was a joke.

But I am currently exploring what niche I can exploit that isn't prevelant on the net.

I also have an idea for a social networking site, but it's been in gestation for 5 years.

Okay, sounds like anything you'd come up with would be boring cubicle or IT type of stuff. If you ever need a janitor or something though, let me know.
LOL.

If you wanna do sales...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3390 on: October 18, 2013, 02:07:16 PM »
Just started, Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid (kindle version is on special at $1 atm!!)

Basically, a copyright lawyer is visited by aliens who have been listening to earth's music without paying royalties!

The guy who wrote it started an online music service and based on his experiences he wrote this to make fun of the publishers and the copyright laws is the US.

If you can afford it, I highly recommend listening the audiobook version read by John Hodgman, of Daily Show fame. He's reading is hilarious.

WARNING: Contains some IT humour - features clippy!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3391 on: October 18, 2013, 02:37:30 PM »
Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov

I read the first book Death and the Penguin last year.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3392 on: October 18, 2013, 02:46:06 PM »
What's that?
I'm bringing back POGs

What kind of work would I be doing? Do you have investors?
It was a joke.

But I am currently exploring what niche I can exploit that isn't prevelant on the net.

I also have an idea for a social networking site, but it's been in gestation for 5 years.

Okay, sounds like anything you'd come up with would be boring cubicle or IT type of stuff. If you ever need a janitor or something though, let me know.
LOL.

If you wanna do sales...

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3393 on: October 18, 2013, 09:16:50 PM »
Now:
A Briefer History of Time
Physics Essentials for Dummies
Calculus Essentials for Dummies
The Life of Saint Anthony


Later:
A Brief History of Time (the remaining chapters which I haven't already read)
Calculus for Dummies
Calculus II for Dummies
Six Easy Pieces
Saint Athanasius and Sanctification



Are you struggling with calc?

Having recently looked at some texts, I can't recommend more highly the following for beginning calc:

This is a classic and available for free as editions are out of copyright or can pay for a bound copy I guess:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calculus_Made_Easy

You will laugh out loud. The Elements of Style of mathematics.

I am not sure why this is not used at the standard text in school on calc:

http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-4th-Michael-Spivak/dp/0914098918/


Actually I don't have it until next semester. Thanks for the recommendation, though.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3394 on: October 18, 2013, 10:03:43 PM »
I just started The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones, on the recommendation of a friend.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3396 on: October 20, 2013, 06:02:09 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3397 on: October 20, 2013, 06:14:53 PM »


Also in this series:
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The Tao of Asatru
The Maori Sutras
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3398 on: October 20, 2013, 06:15:33 PM »
Desmond, Adrian, and James Moore. 2009. Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3399 on: October 20, 2013, 06:25:40 PM »
Some works of Lucian.

At nunc desertis cessant sacraria lucis:
aurum omnes victa iam pietate colunt.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3400 on: October 20, 2013, 06:41:09 PM »
Also in this series:
The Aztec Book of the Dead

Tsk. And you were so close.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3401 on: October 20, 2013, 06:49:05 PM »


Also in this series:
The Aztec Book of the Dead
The Tao of Asatru
The Maori Sutras
The Little Book of Viking Tai Chi

LOL! You gotta bat around .826.

The Little Book of Viking Tai Chi . . .

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3402 on: October 20, 2013, 11:40:41 PM »
I'm reading The Fellowship of the Ring, which I know Iconodule and Orthonorm really like.

Actually I find myself agreeing with some of their criticism. I'm tired of hearing about how six thousand years ago the great Elf Lord Celtowarnock established the high house of Valleyland. The writing is pretty good though.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3403 on: October 21, 2013, 07:27:24 AM »
Also in this series:
The Aztec Book of the Dead

Tsk. And you were so close.



Have you read Popol Vuh? It's actually pretty great. The newagers like to name-drop Mayan stuff a lot but this book would likely turn their stomachs. It's almost like a tropical Old Testament.

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« Reply #3404 on: October 21, 2013, 07:42:11 AM »
Have you read Popol Vuh? It's actually pretty great. The newagers like to name-drop Mayan stuff a lot but this book would likely turn their stomachs. It's almost like a tropical Old Testament.

LOL @ Popol Vuh, the gastrotropic Old Testament. 
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3405 on: October 21, 2013, 09:38:08 AM »
Have you read Popol Vuh? It's actually pretty great. The newagers like to name-drop Mayan stuff a lot but this book would likely turn their stomachs. It's almost like a tropical Old Testament.

Yes, I have. Not fond of the translation. I might try it again sometime, with a different one.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3406 on: October 21, 2013, 10:01:15 AM »
Walker Percy - "Love in the Ruins"
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3407 on: October 22, 2013, 11:56:09 PM »
The Spirit of Eastern Christiandom (600-1700) / Jaroslav Pelikan. V. 2 of the series: The Christian Tradition: a History of the Development of Doctrine.

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« Reply #3408 on: October 23, 2013, 03:25:51 PM »
The stack of books that I haven't cracked more than 50 pages of.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3409 on: October 24, 2013, 05:22:52 PM »
"Into the Wild" . I can relate to the story. I kinda envy and admire nomads and vagrants , often fantasizing   about embarking upon such an existence myself.

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« Reply #3410 on: October 24, 2013, 06:49:24 PM »
"Into the Wild" . I can relate to the story. I kinda envy and admire nomads and vagrants , often fantasizing   about embarking upon such an existence myself.

uh, why?

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« Reply #3411 on: October 24, 2013, 07:05:32 PM »
"Into the Wild" . I can relate to the story. I kinda envy and admire nomads and vagrants , often fantasizing   about embarking upon such an existence myself.

uh, why?

yeah, augustin's worst post ever . . .

augustin ain't you already a nomad?
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« Reply #3412 on: October 24, 2013, 07:16:57 PM »
"Into the Wild" . I can relate to the story. I kinda envy and admire nomads and vagrants , often fantasizing   about embarking upon such an existence myself.

uh, why?

yeah, augustin's worst post ever . . .

augustin ain't you already a nomad?
no, not yet. this idiotic , 20 yo college girl, just called me "my oven smells like gas" (after I checked it previously, with her bf witnessing it, and it's running ok)- "well it runs on gas" I said. She says :"I know how gas smells, this is not what it is" . And the conversation went on like that. I'd rather live in the woods than have to deal with such idiots. "cause i can't even tell 'em off, per employer's policy,  but have to patiently listen to all that nonsense and pretend I care. after conversations like this-which aren't rare- I vent off by swearing out loud in Romanian, for minutes. people that witness it I'm sure think i'm crazy.

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« Reply #3413 on: October 24, 2013, 07:53:59 PM »
Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon

http://roadtovalorbook.com/

It's about Gino Bartoli.  He was an Italian cyclist who won the Tour De France prior to WWII and had a very promising career ahead of him.  Then the War happened.  During WWII, he turned to helping to save Jews in Italy and then came back in 1948 to win the Tour De France again.  Gino Bartoli had a deep faith in God and this comes out in the book.  Its one of the best books I've read in quite some time.   I got it for my husband to read but he's engrossed in The Ford and the Ferrari and also the Cobra In the Barn, so I decided to read it.  I highly recommend it so far.


http://www.timesofisrael.com/italian-cycling-legend-gino-bartali-honored-by-yad-vashem/


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Before the war, Bartali had won the 1938 Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1937 and ’37, making him one of the country’s biggest stars. He also won the 1946 Giro and 1948 Tour after the war.

“He was sort of like Babe Ruth and Clark Gable rolled into one, in Europe,” Jacoby said. “He had everything to lose.”


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“When people were telling him ‘Gino, you’re a hero,’” Andrea Bartali said. “He would reply, ‘No, no. I want to be remembered for my sporting achievements. Real heroes are others, those who have suffered in their soul, in their heart, in their spirit, in their mind, for their loved ones. Those are the real heroes. I’m just a cyclist.”

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3414 on: October 24, 2013, 08:49:34 PM »
after conversations like this-which aren't rare- I vent off by swearing out loud in Romanian, for minutes. people that witness it I'm sure think i'm crazy.

Are there any good recordings online of Romanian swearing?  Yours is an interesting language, at least based on my exposure to it at the Romanian parish I adopted as my own in the last city in which I lived.  I'd like to explore some of the other neighbourhoods, so to speak. 
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3415 on: October 24, 2013, 08:51:48 PM »
"Into the Wild" . I can relate to the story. I kinda envy and admire nomads and vagrants , often fantasizing   about embarking upon such an existence myself.
Great movie. One of my all time favorites. Let me know how the book is.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3416 on: October 24, 2013, 08:53:34 PM »
When I had some teen angst brewing 18-19, I idolized McCandless. I was ready to say screw it all and go my way.

Way of the Pilgrim yo!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3417 on: October 24, 2013, 09:02:00 PM »
Are there any good recordings online of Romanian swearing?  Yours is an interesting language, at least based on my exposure to it at the Romanian parish I adopted as my own in the last city in which I lived.  I'd like to explore some of the other neighbourhoods, so to speak. 

Youtube's full of them. Don't watch if you plan on communing any time soon.  ;)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3418 on: October 24, 2013, 09:02:11 PM »
after conversations like this-which aren't rare- I vent off by swearing out loud in Romanian, for minutes. people that witness it I'm sure think i'm crazy.

Are there any good recordings online of Romanian swearing?  Yours is an interesting language, at least based on my exposure to it at the Romanian parish I adopted as my own in the last city in which I lived.  I'd like to explore some of the other neighbourhoods, so to speak. 
well, is there a better example than a monk cursing out loud?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTu6oV_Za_8

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3419 on: October 24, 2013, 09:15:34 PM »
well, is there a better example than a monk cursing out loud?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTu6oV_Za_8

That's a fine example of swearing "about holy things" (de cele sfinte): mother's god(s)/christ(s), pascha, dead ancestors, communion, church, patriarch, etc.  :-X
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