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What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 23 Nov 2009, 14:54

are books, performed by psychedelic authors under the influence of a mind altering chemical called...

Seriously what books are you reading right now?
Currently enjoying :

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Inspiring! Sensational! extraordinary!
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby NotSteven » 24 Nov 2009, 12:40

Paul Auster, Man in the Dark
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 25 Nov 2009, 09:24

Hey Max, so you understand the quantum vortex now?


@NotSteven
how is it? im a fan of utopia/distopia literature.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesusland
Is it much cliche without alternative or what is he doing there?


nr:
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Olaf Stapledon "Star Maker" (1937!!!)
... im still on the first planet :D

btw didnt we have a thread like this already?
Maybe on the old forum ...
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby NotSteven » 25 Nov 2009, 12:12

wowie wrote:@NotSteven
how is it? im a fan of utopia/distopia literature.

I guess one could categorize Man in the Dark as dystopian literature with its rather bleak alternate America scenario. There's also quite a few film references, so I wouldn't be surprised if you were interested.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 25 Nov 2009, 12:32

wowie wrote:Hey Max, so you understand the quantum vortex now?
btw didnt we have a thread like this already?
Maybe on the old forum ...


It's more about his life than scientific subjects, still I'm planning to read everything that has the name 'Feynman' on it, this person is pure gold! And very intresting for my GC story as well ;)
Yes this thread was on the old forum, but as the users resurrect it's time to do the same with the topics 8-)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 27 Nov 2009, 23:02

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Just started and getting very promising :P
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Mr.Landlord » 28 Nov 2009, 11:02

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Halfway in and loving every bit of it. Bruford's characteristic, dry sense of humour seeps through every page. Essential reading for every prog fan!
If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 28 Nov 2009, 14:58

Max Power wrote:are books, performed by psychedelic authors under the influence of a mind altering chemical called...

Seriously what books are you reading right now?
Currently enjoying :

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Inspiring! Sensational! extraordinary!


Nice bit of PT paraphrasing there, Max! :D

I've just started reading The Mammoth Book Of True Hauntings, a 500+ page collection of so called true stories, snippets, newspaper reports etc, edited by the late Peter Haining. I'm sure the quality of the pieces will be very variable, considering the amount of stuff in there, but it's the sort of stuff that's right up my street. ;)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Mister Giggles » 04 Dec 2009, 13:59

The topic Page :lol:
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 06 Dec 2009, 13:28

^^^ LOL

@notsteven
Thanks for the hint!!

@Max P.
I see i see, very ambitious, RIGHT SO!!!

*definition of prog* ah, now i get it. THX chessman.
im just right in the definition :D

btw if you are interested in studying psychoactive material i recommend Louis Lewin and Christian Rätsch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_R%C3%A4tsch
http://www.amazon.com/Phantastica-Class ... 398&sr=8-1
Both germans :D quite irritating
:mrgreen:
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 08 Dec 2009, 22:18

wowie wrote:^^^ LOL

@notsteven
Thanks for the hint!!

@Max P.
I see i see, very ambitious, RIGHT SO!!!

*definition of prog* ah, now i get it. THX chessman.
im just right in the definition :D

btw if you are interested in studying psychoactive material i recommend Louis Lewin and Christian Räntsch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_R%C3%A4tsch
http://www.amazon.com/Phantastica-Class ... 398&sr=8-1
Both germans :D quite irritating
:mrgreen:


Thanks for the recommendation Wowie. Will look into that at some point. ;)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 08 Dec 2009, 22:22

@Wowie,

Further to my last post, the links you gave me don't seem to work! The amazon one couldn't find the page, and the Wikipedia link told me to look for an alternative spelling!
Not sure why.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 09 Dec 2009, 14:21

Im sorry for that. For me it works.

For the first link, just go wiki and type 'christian rätsch'. (without N. sorry for the misspelling)
For the 2nd, just google for 'Lewin phantastica'.

TRANSFORM - but dont leave the stage ;)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 12 Dec 2009, 14:04

@Wowie,

found the christian Ratsch link thanks. So he's an anthropologist and author, who studied shamanism and related topics. Interesting. Will look for Lewin now ;)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 12 Dec 2009, 14:08

Found the link for Phantastica now too. First published in 1924 eh? I like the cover! Makes me want to go and check on some local plants and see if they can help me think straight! ;)

Thanks, Wowie. ;)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 13 Dec 2009, 15:15

:D
Yes!
But dont forget the first rule of the ten commandments of freewill!!
Dont over-egg the pudding!

the other nine rules will follow ...
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 13 Dec 2009, 16:37

wowie wrote::D
Yes!
But dont forget the first rule of the ten commandments of freewill!!
Dont over-egg the pudding!

the other nine rules will follow ...


After the first rule, I may be in no condition to obey the other nine! :lol:
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 14 Dec 2009, 11:36

well here you go:
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2. You should know what you want.
3. You should know what you could want.
4. All is happening
5. You should know that every moment, a lot of good and bad can happen.
6. You should know how to take care of the bad thngs.
7. You should know, bad is everything that blocks the initiated direction.
8. You should know, your right is the right of everybody else.
9.
10. Just do it!
1. .. but dont over-egg the pudding!
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 14 Dec 2009, 23:32

@Wowie,

What happens if I disobey any of them? :(

:)
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby NotSteven » 16 Dec 2009, 08:05

Chessman wrote:What happens if I disobey any of them? :(

:)


Chessman, I wouldn't worry if I were you - by disobeying you're merely demonstrating free will, which surely can't be bad.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 16 Dec 2009, 10:34

NotSteven wrote:
Chessman wrote:What happens if I disobey any of them? :(

:)


Chessman, I wouldn't worry if I were you - by disobeying you're merely demonstrating free will, which surely can't be bad.



LOL yeah, maybe ... :D
Well, there are only 3 real commandments. And you cant really obey thoese ones, just the first one.
And if you do so, we can only hope that you dont leave the stage :) ... as i said ;)
By yourself or by the bloody but sweet hand of revolution.

btw heres one of my (all sci-fi lovers) fave books with some dialoges about WILL.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT AS AUDIO BOOK!!! Makes a lot of fun!!
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Isaac Asimov "I, Robot"
ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE OF SCI-FI AND PSYCHOLOGICAL LITERATURE!!!
BTW this has nothing to do with the movie. Its 9 short stories with a great framework.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 16 Dec 2009, 14:50

wowie wrote:
NotSteven wrote:
Chessman wrote:What happens if I disobey any of them? :(

:)


Chessman, I wouldn't worry if I were you - by disobeying you're merely demonstrating free will, which surely can't be bad.



LOL yeah, maybe ... :D
Well, there are only 3 real commandments. And you cant really obey thoese ones, just the first one.
And if you do so, we can only hope that you dont leave the stage :) ... as i said ;)
By yourself or by the bloody but sweet hand of revolution.

btw heres one of my (all sci-fi lovers) fave books with some dialoges about WILL.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT AS AUDIO BOOK!!! Makes a lot of fun!!
Image
Isaac Asimov "I, Robot"
ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE OF SCI-FI AND PSYCHOLOGICAL LITERATURE!!!
BTW this has nothing to do with the movie. Its 9 short stories with a great framework.


Good writer, Asimov. Of course, it was he who set out the rules for Robots, the first rule being something along the lines of; You shall not allow any harm to come to a human.
The second rule being something like; You shall not allow any harm to come to you, as long as this doesn't contradict the first rule. Etc, etc.
I know I'm paraphrasing, but I'm too lazy to look up the correct wording! :oops: :D
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 11 Jan 2010, 18:20

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Maus - Art Spiegelman

B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T! :D
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 16 Jan 2010, 10:10

^^ :D

i got this book on christmas and was a bit surprised
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anybody read it already?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Anothe ... ..._(novel)

or maybe Colfers Artemis Fowl?
They are quite good.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Chessman » 17 Jan 2010, 20:22

wowie wrote:^^ :D

i got this book on christmas and was a bit surprised
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anybody read it already?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Anothe ... ..._(novel)

or maybe Colfers Artemis Fowl?
They are quite good.



I've never heard of this Douglas Adams book yet, as soon as I saw the cover, before I read anything on it, I thought it looked like Hitchhiker's Guide. I imagine you'll enjoy it, though, to be honest, I prefer Terry Pratchett when it comes to fantasy humour.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby wowie » 21 Jan 2010, 10:35

To be honest by myself, i havent read any of the original Hitchhikers
I just saw the tv-show from the 80s, which is great!!!
To be honest a second time, yes i am one of this tv-generation kids
but i try my best to get every great culture i can get :D

btw dont miss the next Burton/Depp/Graham project!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjMkNrX60mA
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 02 May 2010, 15:47

Just finished :

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"Well, isn't it for the honor of God, Aunt Kate?" "I know all about the honor of God Mary Jane" ^^

Especially the last two chapters seemed quite... touching ^^ aah those moments with aunt kate, Gabriel, Ivors... :D
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby NotSteven » 07 May 2010, 08:21

Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

In my opinion, Hornby is at his best when he is content not to stray too far from what he knows best, ie. music and football. Juliet, Naked sees him return to rock and relationships, and with quite enjoyable results. I guess any one of us could identify ourselves with Duncan, who is quite an ordinary chap, except for his obsession with the music and career of the obscure American singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe. As often with Hornby, it falls on women to bring some sense into the world of male foibles.

Nobody gets forgotten any more. Seven fans in Australia team up with three Canadians, nine Brits and a couple of dozen Americans, and somebody who hasn't recorded in twenty years gets talked about every day. It's what the internet's for. That and pornography.
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby Max Power » 06 Apr 2012, 13:12

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Marisa Merico - Mafia Princess
A true story I've been dreaming of...
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Re: What you are reading...

Postby NotSteven » 25 May 2012, 16:38

Magnus Mills, A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked in
One of the most amazing books I have read in... eh, such a long time I can't even remember.
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