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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by ergative on Today at 01:12:44 AM »
The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath, by Ian Green. It's got a cool world built, but it depends so heavily on feeble flashbacks and snippets of 'documents' at the beginning of each chapter to provide historical context and character backstory that it couldn't support the story it wanted to tell. It felt like book 2 of a trilogy, requiring readers to draw on knowledge and character arcs set up in book 1 to truly appreciate it. Except there is no book 1, so everything felt under-explained and emotionally dead.
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Parasaurolophus on August 08, 2022, 10:47:39 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Chorizo NE Proxima Centauri
« Last post by poiuy on August 08, 2022, 10:21:49 PM »
The loudest complaints came from Italian astronomers, who were upset that he didn't use mortadella.

Maybe the mortadella wasn't as out of this world as the chorizo.
General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by hmaria1609 on August 08, 2022, 07:19:56 PM »
From the library: Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg (YA)
A graphic novel adaption of the original novel by the Bronte siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne) and a biographical telling about their lives.
The colors in the illustrations were impressive! I read and own the Oxford World's Classics edition of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal and selected early writings by the Brontes, copyright 2010.

I had tried to check the table of contents on Amazon and it wouldn't work.  I guess that was due to our flaky internet access that day.  This morning it worked fine using your link. 

Let's see...I've read 18 items on that list, and sampled several others.  Others I know by reputation (in some cases a reputation for unreadability), and still others are a first for me.  Interesting to see at least one graphic novel there.  And some items that are actually great fun to read.  Damrosch is probably never going to be selected to be on the Newberry committee....
Glad you could see them! Some titles were new to me too.
Historian David McCollough:


Tonight's PBS "News Hour" featured a 2011 interview with him:
Besides the books, he's the narrator in Ken Burns's "The Civil War" documentary.
I read and own The Greater Journey (2011) about Americans abroad in Paris during the 19th century.
He was at the National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center one year.
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ab_grp on August 08, 2022, 05:15:42 PM »
Finally got a 2fer! I had a long contender list that kept getting longer and decided to go back through sets of remaining letters to see if I could make a mate.  Tried a word, and it worked.  Still 5 words to go on the bee.
General Discussion / Re: The Inhale Thread !
« Last post by paddington_bear on August 08, 2022, 04:55:26 PM »
Our whole service week (fall and spring) is mandatory. If we don't show/aren't seen, we have to take a sick/personal leave day. I wouldn't mind as much if anything were actually accomplished that couldn't be easier (and better) done via email.

Fortunately, we don't have "service week." The president's address ends up being recorded anyway, or the text is at least released. The division meetings often aren't, but word occasionally gets around regarding the content (and tone) as well. I used to go to these things because of some esprit de corps or something (and to see people I haven't seen all summer), but there's better use of my time.
General Discussion / Re: Look! A bird!
« Last post by mamselle on August 08, 2022, 03:14:33 PM »
I think they're photo-mavens; I have probably 20 or more shots of one sitting on a gravestone near a fence just staring at all the people staring at it (and taking pictures as they passed by) several years ago.

A couple of crows tried to flap their wings in its face, but they didn't get very far; it just stared them down, shifted a bit as if to go after them, and they retreated.

It was still sitting there (on a different stone) when I went past about a half-hour later. I have photos of that as well.

It really is amazing how large they get (and how much one presumes they must consume to maintain that size).

General Discussion / Re: The Inhale Thread !
« Last post by mamselle on August 08, 2022, 03:09:49 PM »
The family and church members back home held a surprise 79th birthday party for my mother on Saturday.  I only found out about it while home visiting them the weekend before, having swung by for the weekend after attending a professional conference.  Despite all the subterfuge, Dad still had to tell her about the surprise that morning to keep her from spending the whole day taking care of flower-watering and other business.  She was still surprised to see when they pulled up at the church that I had driven in for the afternoon.  My brother, who lives several states away, was unable to attend, but did call that day.

Although we didn't have a lot of people there, it was quite nice, and I got to see a couple of family members I hadn't seen in a good while.  Those who prepared the event made it a nice little occasion.  People really think a lot of Mom.  I've always been thankful for both of them.  It was well worth a five-and-a-half-hour round trip.

What a thoughtful thing for them to have done.

General Discussion / Re: Reddit vs The Fora
« Last post by downer on August 08, 2022, 02:20:37 PM »
There's a Reddit app. No idea if that is any improvement on the web interface. I agree the web version is ugly and takes a lot of practice to navigate.
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