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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » January 31st, 2017, 12:11 pm

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I highly recommend "Naughty Kitty". My 15 month old daughter and I love it.

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Also, about 50 pages into "To Engineer is Human". I read a chapter in school 15 years ago. I had to skip a chapter because the beginning is so boring though. It's getting better now though.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby slippyfish » February 6th, 2017, 3:11 pm

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Finished 'The Martian Chronicles'. It was much more whimsical and darkly humored than I was expecting. Its an allegory on human societies, stereotyping, and culture clash/shock. The next-to-last chapter was moving, describing the end-of-life procedure for a robotic house.

Now I'm onto Hawking: "A Brief History of Time".
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby yo » February 6th, 2017, 5:57 pm

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Oh yeah, Martian Chronicles is a great book!

recently finished The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart... it has nothing to do with Andrew Dice Clay. Written in 1971 it is about a psychologist who decides to make every decision in life based on rolling dice. It is one of those seminal books but I just didn't like it at all. I'm a pretty voracious reader but I struggled to get through it hoping it would turn around... however Luke Rhinehart's new book "Invasion" is hilariously awesome. It is about a group a furry spherical aliens who invade earth as playful pets originally but then hack into all of the governmental and financial systems to bring down model society because they think it is silly and illogical. Give that one a read for sure!

Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » February 7th, 2017, 7:40 am

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I tried to read Hawking in high school and didn't get passed the introduction. I hope it's better as an adult.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby studiomkllc » February 7th, 2017, 11:44 am


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Currently slogging through "The Final Pagan Generation" Basically fourth century life under the roman empire prior to Christianity. Thus far is better than Ambien, hoping it will pick up soon.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby yo » February 12th, 2017, 9:22 pm

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I'm always devouring SF books. I need to read for 30-45 minutes before going to sleep and reading SciFi always gets my mind off the whatever was occupying my mind and thinking about broader themes. I just finished up "Children of Time" by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Really interesting premise. It caught me by surprise! Now starting "The End of All Things" by John Scalzi. I read all of his stuff. He has such a witty style.
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Postby slippyfish » February 13th, 2017, 12:56 pm

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Good recommendations yo. I like the art on the 'End of All Things' cover, pretty classic SF look.

The Hawkings book has me stumped, four chapters in. Trying to create a mental model of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle burns through all available brain-RAM...its not a "before bed" book.

Also started 'Zero K', Don DeLillo's newest book, its about cryopreservation.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Architorture » February 13th, 2017, 2:04 pm

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Recently finished the book "Let my people go surfing" by the Patagoina founder Yvon Chouinard.

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I've found it to be fairly inspirational. It reinforced the notion that big brands and big business don't all need to follow the same set of rules. Not all companies gauge their success on profits. Patagonia has always had a different priority, one that is based on creating the best possible products for their users, with a strong environmental conscience.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » March 6th, 2017, 1:37 pm

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Finished To Engineer is Human. If you like engineering failures and analysis, read the last half of this short book. It's a good summary of engineer-y FMEA analysis kind of thinking.

50 pages into "Creative Change" by Jennifer Mueller.
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Re: What are you reading?

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Moving back home at the end of the month, shipping books is more expensive than buying them again,so instead I scanned most of them, here's a last look at the gang before donating them to the local library : )

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » March 14th, 2017, 7:08 am

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When I try to draw well, I draw like a Manga artist. It's really annoying.

Just finished, "Creative Change" by Jennifer Mueller. I feel like this and "The Innovator's Dilemma" should be required reading for all designers.

"Creative Change" discusses the bias that most people have against creative ideas and how this bias is magnified in business decision making. It also discusses how to open up to creative change through self-change, pitch ideas in ways that will reduce the bias, manage projects more effectively and ultimately change the culture of business to be more open to creative change.

It made me feel not so all alone. There were at least 5 situations that the author describes that could have been taken from my career. No wonder I'm so grumpy!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby smyoung » March 14th, 2017, 9:27 am


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@Architorture, that book (Let my people go surfing) is on my list!

I've been on a sci-fi binge lately, read Ender's Game, Ready Player One and The Circle. Highly recommend The Circle, if you're into sci-fi and also if you're a big fan of The Black Mirror episodes on Netflix.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby singletrack » March 14th, 2017, 12:44 pm


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Just finished a world tour for work which included 60 hours of flying over the last 3 weeks. So I finished reading a few books.

-Who Moved My Cheese
-Good to Great
-Creative Inc.
-Shoe Dog

Been reading a lot of business books lately trying to get my business chops up.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby KenoLeon » March 14th, 2017, 1:21 pm

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Mr-914 wrote:When I try to draw well, I draw like a Manga artist. It's really annoying.


Ha, I think manga faces are one thing and sometimes they get a bad rap, (huge eyes,pointy chin and spiky hair), but if you look at the body and environments, they are incredible complex, yet expressed with a lot of line and shading economy which I really like. Now I want to see some of your well drawn sketches : )
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » March 27th, 2017, 6:51 am

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Finally read Fahrenheit 451. I loved it. It feels more pertinent today than ever. I also love that Bradbury kind of predicted reality television. Incredible foresight.
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