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Jeffeerson's America (1760-1815)


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Currently reading Le morte d'arthur by Sir thomas mallory. Have read 'the once and future king' by t.h white.

..many re-reads on my list.

that book was one of the first to change my life. loved it.



First, I just replied to one of your posts (the LEARN ENGLISH VIDEO).. checked my email, and rc.com notified me that you just replied to my post about the book. ..ah, it must be fate :)

I'm a huge fan of arthurian tales. I'm trying to do research of 'arthurianly' symbolic pictures, so I can start drawing up my next tatoo :)

It makes me happy to know that someone else greatly enjoy the tale :)

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Geniey

I really enjoyed the tale, but the philosophy turned my head around.


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I just finished reading Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. It's truly fascinating, very readable, and currently shortlisted for the Royal Society's annual science book prize.


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finishing up Barbara Freese, Coal: A Human History. Pretty light reading, only 150 pages or so.

Highly recommended.


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gonna pick up something by Garcia Marquez soon. 100 years of solitude and history of my melancholy whores were both recommended. Anyone have any thoughts on which of his books is the best / most important read?


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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley (same guy that wrote Flags of Our Fathers.)


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America's Food: What You Don't Know About What You Eat by Harvey Platt

http://mitpress.mit.edu/...type=2&tid=11558


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on dingus's recommendation I picked up A soldier of the great war from the library.

I absolutely loved that book!


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Reading:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Something-or-other.

Pretty good stuff...


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T'NT Telzey & Trigger...Vol. 2
James H. Schmitz, Edited by Eric Flint.

I don't recommend this, except it has a runner up for "worst opening sentences of the English language:"
Compulsion wrote:
In research laboratory 3230 of the Planetary Quarantine Station two thousand miles out from the world of Maccadon, Professor Mantelish of the University League stood admiringly before a quarantine object.


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
gonna pick up something by Garcia Marquez soon. 100 years of solitude and history of my melancholy whores were both recommended. Anyone have any thoughts on which of his books is the best / most important read?

100 Years, definitely. Not sure how good the english translations are but itīs perhaps the most important spanish language book of the 20th century. Hope you like it, I suggest you keep a notebook/datasheet of which character is which.


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squierbypetzl wrote:
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gonna pick up something by Garcia Marquez soon. 100 years of solitude and history of my melancholy whores were both recommended. Anyone have any thoughts on which of his books is the best / most important read?

100 Years, definitely. Not sure how good the english translations are but itīs perhaps the most important spanish language book of the 20th century. Hope you like it, I suggest you keep a notebook/datasheet of which character is which.

hmmm...good to know. thanks. i'll be picking it up tomorrow.


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also going to pick up something by Milan Kundera. Anyone have any thoughts on which book of his I should pick up?


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anything i can get my hands on about the inflamatory atherosclerotic properties of human apolipoprotein C3.


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anything i can get my hands on about the inflamatory atherosclerotic properties of human apolipoprotein C3.

sounds classic.

My current book is Now I Can Die in Peace, by Bill Simmons.


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I just finished reading Twilight. The over the top romance crap was nauseating but the plot line was entertaining. I need to wait for my stomach to settle before reading the next one.

Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked


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I just finished reading Twilight. The over the top romance crap was nauseating but the plot line was entertaining. I need to wait for my stomach to settle before reading the next one.

Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked

May I suggest some music to help with the French. Current listening to Madjao while browsing. Also Tiken Jah Fakoly or Alpha Blondy.

Still working through "Survival of the Fittest" as recommended here in the racist thread.

Oh yeah. I don't speak frog.

Edit - god I can't spell.


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Oh yeah. I don't speak frog.
Oui! Oui! Se bou! se bou! OUI!


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America's Food: What You Don't Know About What You Eat by Harvey Platt

http://mitpress.mit.edu/...type=2&tid=11558

Have you seen the film Food, Inc.?

Jay


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hafilax wrote:
I just finished reading Twilight. The over the top romance crap was nauseating but the plot line was entertaining. I need to wait for my stomach to settle before reading the next one.

Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked

In reply to:
(310): my mom just walked in on me furiously masturbating while reading twilight. needless to say, im officially out of the closet.


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Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked
They're still going to laugh at you. It's just what they do. And when they've decided that their bad English is better than your bad French they'll take pity and talk to you in English anyway.


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jt512 wrote:
wonderwoman wrote:
America's Food: What You Don't Know About What You Eat by Harvey Platt

http://mitpress.mit.edu/...type=2&tid=11558

Have you seen the film Food, Inc.?

Jay

It's definitely on my to do list to see it. I did see King Corn:

http://www.kingcorn.net/

I saw that documentary after reading Fast Food Nation, Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I guess I have an appetite for reading about food!


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Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked
They're still going to laugh at you. It's just what they do. And when they've decided that their bad English is better than your bad French they'll take pity and talk to you in English anyway.
The extent of their English is "Aye, ow har you?" so I'm on my own with this one. It's the slang and idioms I'm going to have the hardest time with.

I've been listening to lots of music from Quebec. Malajube, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Colocs, Jean Leloup, Les Trios Accords, Damien Robitaille... but I guess that's another thread.


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hafilax wrote:
granite_grrl wrote:
hafilax wrote:
Right now I'm working on my French. I need to be bilingual in 3 weeks for when I meet my GF's francophone friends and family. Shocked
They're still going to laugh at you. It's just what they do. And when they've decided that their bad English is better than your bad French they'll take pity and talk to you in English anyway.
The extent of their English is "Aye, ow har you?" so I'm on my own with this one. It's the slang and idioms I'm going to have the hardest time with.

I've been listening to lots of music from Quebec. Malajube, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Colocs, Jean Leloup, Les Trios Accords, Damien Robitaille... but I guess that's another thread.

repete, si vous plait?

dunno if that's all spelled right, but it means, can you repeat that please? 's a good one.


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I'm sure I'll stumble into so pretty hilarious (to them) mistakes. I know my fracophone friends have said some pretty funny things over the years. It's only fair that I should return the favour.

A friend was trying to work with his minimal French and said to someone:
'Je suis etudiant, suce mois' (I am a student, suck me)

he meant
'Je suis etudiant depuis six mois.' Laugh

I have a hard time making the 'u' sound.

I guess as a tie in to this thread, I read the last 2 Harry Potter novels in French. It will be interesting to see the movie to find out if I actually understood as much as I thought I did. I'm also working through a PhD thesis written in French which ties in with my own work. Reading and listening are much easier than speaking. It's easier to reverse engineer the words than come up with them.

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