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  1. hobie1dog

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    Kind of silly to have two identical threads on the front page..sure a mod cannot condense the two down to one, or close one?

    Earth: The Insane Asylum of the Universe. Nowhere else could things be more messed up.

    Does a culture based on separation and competition, of scientific sophistication and mideval religion, offer happiness even as it ravishes the Earth that sustains it?
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    " My Early Life: 1874-1904" , Winston S. Churchill ( Touchstone, 1996).

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    I'm working my way through a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

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    Still no mods around?

    Well, if we are to have two identical threads going on, I'll be a post whore, I'm reading a self study guide to take the Technicians Exam for Ham Radio.

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    Currently reading Ranma ½ in the Chinese translation from the early nineties, hand in hand with the Chinese-English Dictionary by Chik Hon-Man and Ng Lam Sim-yuk published the Chinese University Press (Chinese University of Hong Kong). Up to volume seven. The zaniness mounts.

    [Note: the Chinese translation was done years before the English translation. I've got the entire set in Chinese, but only a dozen volumes in English.]

    When I can't fall asleep late at night I grab at random under or next to the bed, usually fishing-up a cookbook or a dictionary. That's always good for a few hours.

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    "Flags of the Forgotten: Nationalism on the Celtic Fringe", by William Greenberg. Interesting slim volume on the growth of nationalism in the Celtic lands of the UK. It covers mostly Scotland and Wales,although there are chapters on Man and Cornwall as well.

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    "The Most Haunted House In England" by Harry Price.

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    I am currently reading "From Eternity to Here" by Frank Viola, Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (having a slow go with this one), and Francis Chan's "Crazy Love". Not sure which classic book I will do next, but thinking about a Holmes book that I can smoke a few bowls of Sherlock while reading.

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    "Winner Take All: A History of the Trans-Canada Canoe Trail," by David Lavender; and "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War," by Mark Bowden (love the movie, by the way. It should be required viewing/reading for anyone advocating military intervention by America in conflicts we don't understand and can't solve).

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    I just finished A Memory of Light, hell of a book that ends a hell of a series. Fantasy isn't for everyone but for those that love it, The Wheel of Time is 14 books and a novella you want to look into.

    I will finish up Liberating Atlantis and Stranger in a Strange Land most likely... them maybe move onto Why I hate Canadians by Will Ferguson or reread Dune.

    “My pipe is out, my glass is dry; My fire is almost ashes too; But once again, before you go, And I prepare to meet the New : Old Year! a parting word that's true, For we've been comrades, you and I - I thank God for each day of you; There! bless yo”
    - Robert Service
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    Reading back issues of Scientific America articles on bio-chemistry and genetics so I can hold a conversation with my daughter.

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    The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

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    Wow. Most of you guys are reading some heady stuff. I'm just going back through my Louis L'Amour collection, pure escapist reading with a moral compass contained inside. After that, I'll probably pick something equally as useless but enjoyable, maybe some Dean Koontz or whatever my hands happen to get to first that sounds good.

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    Empire of The Summer Moon, history of the American Indian the good and the bad, very interesting. The old cajun

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    A Distant Mirror. A history of the 14th century, seen through the lens of a French noble family, by Barbara Tuchman. I am a shameless history nerd.

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    A Distant Mirror. A history of the 14th century, seen through the lens of a French noble family, by Barbara Tuchman. I am a shameless history nerd.

    I've got that, I guess I should read it, as I'm somewhat of a history nut myself.

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    Mike, if you like medieval history, another good one is A World Lit Only by Fire, by William Manchester. That was my other Xmas book.

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    I was so upset with what kids are calling Vampires these days...they can eat garlic,walk around in the daylight, mirrrors reflect them. WHAT THE HE-- ! So i'm rereading Bram Stokers Dracula.Thank goodness all is right w/ the underworld. Great historical fiction.

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    I am a big William Manchester fan. Loved "The Arms of Krupp," his two volumes on Winston Churchill and his memoir of World War II in the Pacific, "Goodbye Darkness."

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    Brazz, check out "The Historian" by Elizabth Kostova. You will LOVE it.

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    Re-reading The Hobbit to refresh my memory, then I'll move on to dredging up some old Zelazney.

    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
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    Thanks sothron I'm on the last chapter of Drac. So I'll check out "The Historian" right away thanks for the tip.

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    ".22 Caliber Rifle Shooting" by Judge Charles S. Landis , ( Palladium Press, Birminghan , AL, 1999).

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    I am reading "Blue moon rising" from my favorite author Simon R. Green.
    Great if you like fantasy.

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    I'm currently reading "The Sherlock Holmes Adventure" by Regis McCafferty, short stories about a consulting detective in Victorian England who used to be one of the "Baker Street Irregulars."

    Lots of typos, overdone Scots dialects, but LOTS of pipes and tobacco references. You GOTTA love a detective who's a Peterson nut!

    All in all, very enjoyable light reading.

    "Thus shall you view these fleeting worlds: As bubbles in the stream;
    A lightning flash, a puff of smoke, a phantom, and a pipe dream."
    - The Diamond Sutra (slightly edited for pipe smokers)
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    I'm about half way through The Dragon Factory (2010) by Jonathan Maberry.

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    For the sixth time, I'm re-reading the entire 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series by George R. R. Martin. I am currently on the second book of the series called 'A Clash of Kings.' I highly recommend the series if you haven't already read it. I also recommend watching the HBO original series Game of Thrones which is based on the novels.

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    I'll have to give that Mayberry novel a shot, his last one was pretty good.

    Al

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    Fly-Fishing Guide to the Henry's Fork: Hatches, Flies, Seasons & Guide Advice for 80 Miles of World-Class Water... by Mike Lawson

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    The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination by Matthew Guerrieri.

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of
    anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
    nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
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    Rereading lord of the rings. Im a slow reader myself. But plan on reding a few classics this year.

    The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
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    Reading the study guide for the General HAM test coming up on March 9th

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    Dracula's Guest & Other Tales of Horror by Bram Sotker.
    The title short story, recommended by my Son-in-law.


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    "Guns, Germs and Steel," by Jared Diamond.

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    "Back from the Ashes" by K.A. Worth, granddaughter of G.L. Hunt, the marketing genius who succeeded in selling millions of Falcon pipes in the U.S. and then abroad (especially in England). The book is relatively short, not overly professional in writing style, but contains very interesting material on the stages of development of my favorite type of pipe.

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
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    #1 on Back to Ashes, reading it on my Kindle Fire. The old cajun

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    The Third Bullet via Kindle, thanks Oldcajun, an excellent read so far!

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    just got my copy of " American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History"

    can't wait to get started on it. Sad that Chris Kyle was recently killed by a person he was trying to help.

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    Currently reading the A+ Certification Study Guide (should finish today, then it's on to the practice exams...). For more relaxing reading, I've got Edward Said's "Orientalism". Will be borrowing Gail Carriger's "Etiquette and Espionage" from my spouse this weekend for light reading.



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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    Maybe it's because I took up pipe smoking again, but for some reason I'm suddenly on a Sherlock Holmes kick. I took down my old volume of the complete stories, and re-read all the way through, from "A Study in Scarlet" to "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman."

    Still not enough, so I re-read the three Nicholas Myers books, and, still not satiated read "New Sherlock Holmes Adventures" (now re-titled "The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures") -- highly recommended: very well written adventures by various authors, almost indistinguishable from the original Doyle (Watson) tales.

    And, worried I'd run out of new adventures, I've just ordered two books: "The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes" and "The House of Silk."

    There's lots of new Holmes stuff available on Amazon, but do read the reviews, as apparently not all are written up to the standard of the master himself.

    Speaking of whom, did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle is widely believed to be responsible for the Piltdown Man hoax? Seems he was mad at the scientific establishment for not believing his psychic experiments to be valid, so he set out to get even. That would make for a great Holmes case, too!

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    Back at the helm - sailing the Yaghan to Antarctica, Patagonia and the South Pacific by Arne and Helene Martensson

    “Apples for walking, and a pipe for sitting.”
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    If you have never read anything by Vince Flynn, I would recommend "American Assaasin". These are great books, along the lines of The Bourne Novels. Exciting but set in modern day. Great reads or listening to in the car.

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    At the moment, "Atlas Shrugged". Next up is something light. Maybe a Dick Francis book.

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    The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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    The Gatekeepers #1: Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz

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    [quote]If you have never read anything by Vince Flynn, I would recommend "American Assaasin". These are great books, along the lines of The Bourne Novels. Exciting but set in modern day. Great reads or listening to in the car.
    Try Brad Thor too. He and Vince are alot alike. Once I start I get through it quick because I can't put it down. Right now I'm reading Chesty by John T. Hoffman.

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    I'm not reading anything currently, but I recently read Back From "The Ashes: Uncovering the Lost History of G.L. Hunt and Falcon Pipe". As the title suggests, it's about Falcons.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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    Copper River by Walt Kruger c, series about Cork O Conner sheriff small town, part Indian, good read. The old cajun

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    Just finished "Argo", a pretty good read. I wanted to read it before watching the movie (when it comes out on DVD..). The author, Tony Mendez, retired from the CIA to our little town. I hope the movie is as good as the book.

    Currently reading "Thread Vector" a Tom Clancy collaboration.

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    Al my son and I went to see Argo and it is a good movie, we also saw Lincoln, slow, not factual feel good stuff , Hollywood crap. The old cajun

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    Seems we have similar tastes Bradley, so I'll look forward to seeing the movie.

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    Raquela A Woman Of Israel by Ruth Gruber

    It is impossible to tickle yourself
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    Just finished reading ed Sander's book, The Family, which is about Charlie Manson and the Tate-LaBianca murders. Manson and crew were even crazier than I thought they were.

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    'The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture' by Bart Ehrman.

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    Just finished "The Book Thief" and I'm starting "Inferno:The World at War, 1939-1945." by Max Hastings.

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    Just started "Understanding Power" from Noam Chomsky. Nothing like a little light reading before bed

    "Each of you be a light unto yourself; betake yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone beside yourself." -The Buddha
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    Just got finished re-reading "The Great God Pan," a novella by Arthur Machen. At my age, not many books give me the willies; this one has its moments. This story gave Lovecraft the creeps, so HP fans, you might want to check this one out.

    "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." - Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap
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