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    any book recommendations?

    Doesn't necessary have to be bike related. Not a big fan of romance or sci fi even though many say that books by Ursula K. LeGuin might 'convert' me into reading more choice works of the sci fi genre.
    I just finished reading "Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers" by Roach, "Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA" and "The Double Helix" by Watson. I really enjoyed all three books. I'm thinking about reading "Touching the Void" next.

    any recommendations would be greattttttttt.

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    You should make a post here Where Does Your Nickname come from?
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
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    Natalie Angier's "Woman: An Intimate Biography." If you like sciency-stuff.
    Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" If you don't find reality too terrifying.
    Gore Vidal's "Julian" If you like Roman history or are an Atheist. (They did lots of humping and head-cutting in those days, but it's more interesting than it is sexy/violent.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy View Post
    You should make a post here Where Does Your Nickname come from?
    why must you mock me
    jk

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    Me, mock you? never! I am sure there is a great story behind your nick And the world wants to know.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ____asdfghjkl View Post
    I just finished reading "Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers" by Roach, "Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA" and "The Double Helix" by Watson. I really enjoyed all three books. I'm thinking about reading "Touching the Void" next.

    any recommendations would be greattttttttt.
    You might like:
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

    http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Life-.../dp/1400052173

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    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    You might enjoy a book with local Portland background, "My Abandonment" by Reed College professor Peter Rock. You may recall that a few years ago a homeless man and his 13 YO daughter were found living in Forest Park, this novel is based on that story. There are many facts from the real situation, but the story is fiction because the end of the real story is unknown. Highly recommended. http://www.amazon.com/My-Abandonment...8670649&sr=1-1
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    snow crash
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    the latter two different enough from the movies it doesnt matter if they are better or not.
    how to tape your bars http://www.flickr.com/photos/89572419@N00/sets/72157629279270681/

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    Best book of all time IMO: Lolita. (Admittedly, one must do a little work to get past the ick-factor.)

    "I could list a great number of these one-sided diminutive romances. Some of them ended in a rich flavor of hell. It happened for instance that from my balcony I would notice a lighted window across the street and what looked like a nymphet [HH's code for an underage girl] in the act of undressing before a co-operative mirror. Thus isolated, thus removed, the vision acquired an especially keen charm that made me race with all speed toward my lone gratification. But abruptly, fiendishly, the tender pattern of nudity I had adored would be transformed into the disgusting lamp-lit bare arm of a man in his underclothes reading his paper by the open window in the hot, damp, hopeless summer night."

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    some lovecraft perhaps.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    John Adams by McCullough. An awesome read if you remotely like US history. John Adams amassed one of the largest collections of letters, documents and records ever to this day. The book takes us from his days as a young man going to Harvard and walks us through early America. It is something else that the last two living signers of the Declaration of Independence, Adams and Jefferson, friends throughout their lives, died on the same day just hours apart . . .on July 4, 1826.

    It opened my eyes to what was previously an obscure second president to one of the greatest men of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    best book of all time imo: Lolita.
    shut up!
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    shut up!
    I don't shut up, I grow up, every time I see your face I throw up.
    Last edited by calamarichris; 02-25-11 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Infinitely better image from same awesome movie found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I don't shut up, I grow up, every time I see your face I throw up.
    Then your mother comes around the corner and licks it up. *snaps fingers*

    I love Stand by Me!

    Anyways, I said SHUT UP because Lolita is my most favoritest book of all time!!!!!!!!

    'She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo... Lee... Ta.'

    &

    'I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.'
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Stop, you're gonna make me cry.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
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    Ooh! Speaking of that, another one just occurred to me. If you like watching the Tour & Giro, check out Bachman's (aka King's) "The Long Walk."
    It's a quick page-turner , not really deep, but is still a neat story by Stephen King during his skinny-Elvis phase.

    * = fingers-denoting-quotemarks with enthusiasm

    Last edited by calamarichris; 02-25-11 at 09:18 PM. Reason: Mispelled "Elvis" thank-yuh-verymuch...

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    I'm crying for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy View Post
    Stop, you're gonna make me cry.
    *hands you a tissue* You can cry with me
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    *hands you a tissue* You can cry with me
    Is this gonna turn into a tri-athlon of crying. Cause I'm pretty competitive with this stuff.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    Anyways, I said SHUT UP because Lolita is my most favoritest book of all time!!!!!!!!
    "Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.


    Favoritest...?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy View Post
    Is this gonna turn into a tri-athlon of crying. Cause I'm pretty competitive with this stuff.
    Name the events. You're going down.
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    "Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.
    Yes favoritest. To show how much I like it. Duh. Obviously I know it's favoriter. Kidding.

    It's favoritable.
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    "Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.


    Favoritest...?!?!
    Man, until I hit reply and saw the URL I was thinking, wow there is an epsidoe of Star Trek NG that I do not recognize. Now, upon looking at it I realize that hand is way too manly, but still. Gave me a heart attack.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    Yes favoritest.
    (Sniff.) Well, now you've just registered the Scott Tinley of crying for this thread's little triathlon.


    Seriously. Favoritest?!?!

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