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  1. goblin

    goblin Noble

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    I just started the first volume of Forbidden Science by Jacques Vallee and am digging it so far. Very readable.

    I'm also reading Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi. It's... intriguing, and I think I will keep going with it. I have it out of the library. I also have out 2010 by Arthur Clarke which I read not long after it first came out, and decided to reread.

    I listen to audiobooks when I am alone in the car; I'm currently making my way through Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks. I read that one back when it first came out in the U.S. Rereading it now it is striking to me how absolutely little I retained from that original read (well, it's been 26 or 27 years). I still love Banks though so it's fun to revisit.

    I have loved books and reading since I was a little kid. I have a little library of favorite books but in 2012 when I started spending weeks at a time in L.A. for my job (I live in the Midwest), I bought a Kindle, and quickly converted to preferring to read prose or non-fiction on that device.

    One of the few things I am passionate about is cartooning, and most of my print books are collections of old comic strip art. I am into pre World War II comic strips primarily, and Peanuts. For those I like having an actual printed page to study, not something electronic.
     
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  2. goblin

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    I have a couple of his books and think they're cool, but he lost me with that Bye Bye Man story. Probably wasn't his fault, I read something that hyped it up and then when I read the actual story felt let down.

    I will have to check out some of his interviews.
     
  3. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Embarrassingly, I can't say I'm overly familiar with eInk devices. Google tells me there are apps I can use on my iPhone and I think I understand what you're referring to. I don't know that it's the specific format that's at issue - it isn't ease of use just somehow the years of hardwiring for casual reading are proving difficult to overcome. Technical docs are a whole different matter and I can absorb and retain that stuff my the truckload without issue.

    I spent decades with Northern Telecom Practices up my ass and the transition to paperless was a godsend.

    In fact one day I'll (never) write my autobiography - working title is "Technology in my Ass"
    Chapter 1: Electromechanical Technologies - in my ass
    Chapter 2: The PSTN - in my ass
    Chapter 3: The Birth of PBXs - and how it affected my ass

    and so forth .... :)
     
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  4. The shadow

    The shadow The shadow knows!

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    a book I treasure is hard to find!
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    I urge all to go find and read this book.
    you will thank me later.
     
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  5. ChrisIB

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    As you say attention not memory. My perhaps simplistic understanding is:

    Two types of long term memory:
    Procedural, say remembering last nights drive
    Semantic, say what is the capital of France, just pops into your head

    Procedural gets worse with age, semantic improves

    Three types of attention:
    Top down, thinking about task, say plugging in TV
    Bottom up, instinct, say hear growl
    Day dreaming

    With work related stuff you focus, don't get distracted. As get older, supposedly, if switch attention, you don't switch back as easily or you forget previous train of thought.
     
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  6. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    This bothered me a bit more than you might think so I had to sit down and take another look at the plastic pop-tart. At 54 I’m not quite ready for the adult diaper or to have my name and address pinned to my shirt. Once I looked through my Kindle library I actually did remember quite a bit. Not having them sitting on a bookshelf nearby probably has something to do with it. And so, now that I have found this no doubt everyone is waiting for the next pearl of wisdom to emanate from my fingertips.

    Flight 39 – Philip P. Peterson

    Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War – P.W.Singer

    Fata Morgana - Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney

    ** Can’t say these are actually good but they passed the time pleasantly. Mental bubble gum. Not all meals have to be gourmet **

    Should have bought the hard copy for these. The author (for all listed below) includes a lot of first person detail that really adds dimension to the story which is missing from most accounts. The Guadalcanal campaign specifically both on land and at sea is (to me) absolutely fascinating and this guy puts a new twist on a lot of dusty facts and figures and doesn’t devolve into ‘war porn.’ You can’t write fiction better than reality and the shit they show on TV is just that.

    James D. Hornfischer:

    Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour

    Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors


    ** Never mind the military setting. Ship of Ghosts clues you in to what the human body and spirit is actually capable of when necessary. Bridge on the River Kwai was taken from this but doesn't hold a candle to reality **

    Sorry to ramble on, it’s as if the FAT table has a problem with Kindle …. and I have revealed myself as a book geek. A positive benefit of being an obese shut in kid, and not too many people care about or want to talk about this stuff.
     
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  7. humanoidlord

    humanoidlord ce3 researcher

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    some falsehoods in that description, no, abductions aren't in high gear, in fact complex UFO sightings are almost dead
     
  8. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    You just deny and derail any thread that doesn't fit your interdimensional religion...:laugh8:

    ...
     
  9. humanoidlord

    humanoidlord ce3 researcher

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    where did i mention anything about IDH there?
     
  10. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Its your cosmic trickster at work again, or should I say at play?...:Whistle:

    ...
     
  11. humanoidlord

    humanoidlord ce3 researcher

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    technically it is, but i left that part to everyone's imagination
     
  12. ChrisIB

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    A higher loyalty by James Comey
    Did not realize he is 6' 8"

    Encounters With Extraterrestrials by Frank Joseph
    The blurb:
     
  13. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    This link will download a PDF...

    The Theory of Celestial Influence

    IN EVERY AGE MEN HAVE TRIED TO ASSEMBLE ALL THE KNOWLEDGE
    and experience of their day into a single whole which would explain their
    relation to the universe and their possibilities in it. In the ordinary way they
    could never succeed. For the unity of things is not realisable by the ordinary
    mind, in an ordinary state of consciousness. The ordinary mind, refracted by
    the countless and contradictory promptings of different sides of human
    nature, must reflect the world as manifold and confused as is man himself. A
    unity, a pattern, an all-embracing meaning - if it exists - could only be
    discerned or experienced by a different kind of mind, in a different state of
    consciousness. It would only be realisable by a mind which had itself become
    unified.

    .

     
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  14. cosmic joke

    cosmic joke remember to remember

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    a good read that one.
     
  15. starsfall

    starsfall Believer

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    I'm a huge fan of the Dan Brown books, have you read the fourth book in the series, Inferno...? I picked it up from a local bookstore a few months ago and haven't gotten the chance to open it yet, and the other day I saw the fifth book, Origin, in Barnes and Noble and realized how far behind I have fallen.... lol...

    Unfortunately I haven't really had the time to read a good book besides my school material in well over half a year at this point, but I'm sure Inferno would be right up your alley..... :Alien:
     
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  16. ChrisIB

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    Antigravity propulsion by James Morcan
    Interesting but uneven booklet drawing from ufo related sources. The usual stuff about Nazis and rotating cylinders:
    Sparingly sprinkled with government conspiracy
     
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  17. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Boring and dusty to most but I've been on a U-boat binge lately. Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea by Daniel Gallery.

    He was the man in charge of the hunter-killer group that boarded and seized the U-505. First person account and very well written - done not long after the war. I want to get back to Chicago at some point and see it again now that they've put it inside and refurbed everything. It was sitting outside and looking a bit forlorn last time I was there.
     
  18. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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  19. APIGuy

    APIGuy Independent Field Investigator

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    My disorganized reading stack includes several books by Leonard Susskind in the Theoretical Minimum sequence, Eric Wojciechowski's Chasing Disclosure (a novel about a fictional character who has written a non-fiction book of the same title), Derren Brown's Happy, a book about statistics I can't remember the title of, and some old Arthur C. Clarke that I had forgotten about.

    I need to get started on David Grigg's new novel The Fallen Sun (we're planning a podcast episode about it), and those Yuval Harari books everyone is raving about.

    That's just a sample.
     
  20. ChrisIB

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    Evaluating ufology books can be tricky, any thoughts on the following quotes (from the book above):
     

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