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Postby rearadmiral » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:53 pm

I never bought a DVD-ROM before but (for $18) I grabbed one with every MAD magazine every on it. Trip down memory lane. I think I still have some saved in my basement.
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Postby rearadmiral » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:45 pm

Borders going belly-up. Should be some good deals available soon.
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Postby B Luc » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:16 pm

I always liked borders more than B&N.
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Postby rearadmiral » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:47 pm

You could teleport me to either and I probably wouldn't know the difference.
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Postby Giggles » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:20 pm

True.

Maybe we can have another giant empty hole in DX now.
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Postby M.S.83 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:07 am

anybody read Friday Night Lights? recomend it?
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Postby rearadmiral » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:05 pm

Good read.
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Postby UconnBuckeye » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:22 pm

M.S.83 wrote:anybody read Friday Night Lights? recomend it?



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Postby Giggles » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:16 pm

It came out a few years back but "Outliers" was a great read. Highly recommended. I'm definitely going to grab one of Gladwell's other books for my next reading tear if anyone has any suggestions.

Also I recently read Godin's "Linchpin" and while it seems awfully self-helpish at points there's some pretty good info in there. Certainly makes you reevaluate how you go about your career at the very least.

***Note that "Outliers" has approximately 1 footnote per page and Kindle readers inform me that they get placed at the end of chapters if you plan on reading it on a Kindle. I don't think I would have enjoyed that.
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Postby rearadmiral » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:31 pm

(___________________) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> footnotes
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Postby Giggles » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:42 pm

RA if you of all people read the first chapter of Outliers you would be hooked and you'd read the whole book in a week. Maybe two. I don't know how much you read.

It analyzes Canadian pro hockey players and their birthdates, then Czech hockey players and their birthdates (among other sports and birthdates).

I'm not going to ruin anything for you, should you choose to read it, but it's a huge eye opener.

And I assure you, you will read all the footnotes.*



*The reason they are footnotes and not displayed in parenthesis is due to the fact that they are extensively written and packed full of information, and though not essential to text, they are very beneficial to the overall enjoyment of it. This was probably the most well-researched book that I've read since my college days.
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Postby rearadmiral » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:29 am

Gigs,

I used to be a voracious reader. Something about college killed it. I'm lucky if I finish two books a year now. But my uncle gave my the audiobook for it and he told me the same thing you did about the hockey player DOBs to hook me in. And I heard Gladwell out for a chapter or three. But I think he was centering in on a fluke stat. In other words, if there were no kids born in the months he cited, Canada still would've produced the same amount of hockey players, regardless of what fucking month they were born in. Months are parts of an arbitrary dating system/calendar imposed before our time that happens to work good and is convenient. But to assign one to a person's achievement on the ice or in life or is fucking ridiculous, no matter how brilliant the theorist.

EDIT: That, and audio books don't work for me. I do most of my driving in the 021-- so I need my antennae up at all times. Can't be taking in Gladwell while morons are trying to kill me.
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Postby SeanT » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:35 am

Yeah you definitely missed the point he was making

Gladwell is actually on the agenda for the sports analytics conference next week
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Postby UconnBuckeye » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:46 am

Giggles is pretty much spot on with the Outliers comments.

Reading Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Pretty crazy stuff on global warming and just how developing countries are speeding up the process.
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