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Finished off Masters of Doom, was a good quick read while at the barber. Seems very dramatized but it was nice to learn about Carmack and Romero's development at Softdisk then kind of stabbing that company in the back. Carmack does come across as an emotionless ****, but Romero does as well, or just being clueless. So I guess they are two jerks with no sense of loyalty from their portrayal in the book

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Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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Tried to purchase the "SAS Survival Handbook" mentioned in another thread from the iBooks store but they only offer the "Urban Survival" version. Meh. Of course, I should probably rethink my priorities if Im trying to buy a survival book on a medium that requires power. :lol:

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Of course, I should probably rethink my priorities if Im trying to buy a survival book on a medium that requires power. :lol:

 

You are looking into going fully solar powered at home so you can recharge your device? ;)

Unobtrusively informing you about my new ebook (which you should feel free to read and shower with praise).

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Tried to purchase the "SAS Survival Handbook" mentioned in another thread from the iBooks store but they only offer the "Urban Survival" version. Meh. Of course, I should probably rethink my priorities if Im trying to buy a survival book on a medium that requires power. :lol:

 

I'm now imagining you stalking through the forest, as civilisation burns in the distance, attempting to creep up on the USB port of a porcupine.

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"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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Just reading this book:

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Its the war memoirs of a German sergeant commanding a 8.5 cm mortar crew in Russia and east Prussia from 1943 to the end of the war in 1945.
The stuff that happened there every single day is absolutely unimaginable, hundreds and sometimes thousands of soldier slaughtered in battles each day, injured soldiers that were simply left behind, artillery blowing up fellow soldiers next to the author so he gets splattered with body parts and brain mass. 
Never has the use of the word ''apocalyptic'' been more justified than in this book, the wars fought today seem like harmless incidents compared to this hell. 

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I gazed at the dead, and for one dark moment I saw a banquet. 
 

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Finished Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the munchkin. They cut out quite a bit in the movie. Started on The Marvelous Land of Oz now. This is making me wonder why, with everyone wanting a franchise like Harry Potter and such, no one has tried starting the Oz books over and adapting the later ones too.

The area between the balls and the butt is a hotbed of terrorist activity.

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After reading the entire Gotrek and Felix I thought I should read something a bit more grown up, so I'm onto the Diary of Anne Frank.

 

It is actually _both_ readably written, and packed with interesting vignettes and facts. Giving a picture of persecution, and occupied Holland, while at the same time being frequently very funny.

 

Previously Holland was pretty much just Herman Giskes and MARKET GARDEN. Now I picture all the tired faces and colourful coats and women 'blown out' by potatoes.

 

I'm only half way through so I can't comment on the ending, but it is already hard to think that the author is going to perish so cruelly.

 

Heartily recommended.

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"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

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tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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Finished Wild Cards, out of all the characters they showcased, Yeoman was my favorite.

 

On to book 2 of the Neverwinter trilogy.

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Stephen King is releasing a sequel to The Shining. It has Danny Torrence later on in life coping with alcoholism and dealing with his psychic abilities with great difficulty. might be worth a look.

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Get off my lawn!

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Almost finished with The Name of the Wind

 

Next up is The Wise Man's Fear

 

Man, I've never been so entertained by such a boring story. Rothfuss writes so well that I don't mind he spends his entire time in this beautifully realized fantasy universe having his main character fuss over student loans. Can't wait for book 3 of Kvothe's stressful time in school.

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It never snows in September, Op. Market Garden from the German perspective.

 

Easily as good as Cornelius Ryan's A Bridge Too Far but utterly different. It makes you realise that (a) the Allies fought brilliantly to do as well as they did, and (b) The Germans were the masters of military improvisation, even in the face of utter defeat.

 

If you like military history, highly recommended.

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Just reading this book:

 

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Its the war memoirs of a German sergeant commanding a 8.5 cm mortar crew in Russia and east Prussia from 1943 to the end of the war in 1945.

The stuff that happened there every single day is absolutely unimaginable, hundreds and sometimes thousands of soldier slaughtered in battles each day, injured soldiers that were simply left behind, artillery blowing up fellow soldiers next to the author so he gets splattered with body parts and brain mass. 

Never has the use of the word ''apocalyptic'' been more justified than in this book, the wars fought today seem like harmless incidents compared to this hell. 

 

I loved "Blood Red Snow," which was about a machine-gunner who was one of the few to escape from Stalingrad and his time during the long retreat as well as his brief service on the Italian front (predictably, that experience was like a vacation as compared to the Ostfront). 

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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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It never snows in September, Op. Market Garden from the German perspective.

 

Easily as good as Cornelius Ryan's A Bridge Too Far but utterly different. It makes you realise that (a) the Allies fought brilliantly to do as well as they did, and (b) The Germans were the masters of military improvisation, even in the face of utter defeat.

 

If you like military history, highly recommended.

 

 

I checked today, and if you want this book, you need to order it from anywhere that has copies in stock. The reprint under way is hardback only, and will cost around 24 quid.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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It never snows in September, Op. Market Garden from the German perspective.

 

Easily as good as Cornelius Ryan's A Bridge Too Far but utterly different. It makes you realise that (a) the Allies fought brilliantly to do as well as they did, and (b) The Germans were the masters of military improvisation, even in the face of utter defeat.

 

If you like military history, highly recommended.

 

 

I checked today, and if you want this book, you need to order it from anywhere that has copies in stock. The reprint under way is hardback only, and will cost around 24 quid.

 

 

If you can put up with less maps, I bought mine on Kindle.

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Surviving the extremes, a book written by the famous expedition medic Kenneth Kamler, he writes about the various survival techniques, health issues / injuries and limits of the human body + mind in extreme situations from his first hand experiences and experiences of survivors - and those who failed to make it.
Situations like giving first aid to a Sherpa who fell 24 meters head first into a glacier crevasse on the mount everest in 5000 meter altitude where he gives information about his injuries (severe skull fractures / brain damage), treatments and medical improvising skills. He writes about the brutal diet of shipwrecked people and how to make the sea your alley instead of your enemy, cannibalism etc.

He frequently explains various biological and physiological aspects of the human will to survive and instincts in detail, a highly interesting read, the book is just crammed with invaluable information.   :w00t:

 

 

 

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I gazed at the dead, and for one dark moment I saw a banquet. 
 

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Wow, Clancy was only 66. I was a big fan of his early works. His later stuff really didn't appeal to me as much.

Get off my lawn!

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