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Old 03-20-07, 01:13 PM   #21501
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Wow, that sounds like an awesome book! PK Dick is awesome...
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Old 03-20-07, 01:40 PM   #21502
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Definitely worth the read.. you will not be disappointed.
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Old 03-20-07, 01:49 PM   #21503
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I just started Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and yeah, it is great so far. I haven't been this into a book since I read Ender's Game when I was 16, god I loved that book!
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Snow Crash is probably one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. Total page-turner.. I <3 Neal Stephenson. Ender's Game also was amazing, obviously. I don't <3 Orson Scott Card though... Mr. Intelligent Design. Yikes.
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I think i'm possibly the only one who didn't like Enders game. A book filled with super children doesn't really strike me as super c00L pwnage material.

That or I was forced to read it. The hobbit - same story.
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Old 03-20-07, 02:43 PM   #21506
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Yeah, the forcing to read bit probably didn't help.

Who'd like to bust out the mtn bikes for a fun early season ride this weekend?
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Old 03-20-07, 02:46 PM   #21507
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I'd be up for it if I can keep up on my heavy ass SS commuter that I have never ridden on a trail before. I've done it on the cross bike before though...
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I agree with everyone about how great Snow Crash and Diamond Age are, but my favourite of Stephenson's is Cryptonomicon (all about WW2/modern day cryptography). I like all three of these books enough that I'll re-read them every once in a while.

On the flip side, I just can't seem to finish his "Baroque Cycle" series - whereas Quicksilver started out strong, the last book (System of the World) just seems to keep dragging on and on. At this point, I couldn't care less about the characters and just want to get it over with and back on the bookshelf..
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Old 03-20-07, 02:53 PM   #21509
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I'd be up for it if I can keep up on my heavy ass SS commuter that I have never ridden on a trail before. I've done it on the cross bike before though...
Well, you can always bust out the Soma instead.

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I agree with everyone about how great Snow Crash and Diamond Age are, but my favourite of Stephenson's is Cryptonomicon (all about WW2/modern day cryptography). I like all three of these books enough that I'll re-read them every once in a while.

On the flip side, I just can't seem to finish his "Baroque Cycle" series - whereas Quicksilver started out strong, the last book (System of the World) just seems to keep dragging on and on. At this point, I couldn't care less about the characters and just want to get it over with and back on the bookshelf..
Yeah, I actually like Cryptonomicon more than the Diamond Age as well. The Diamond Age was the 2nd book (after a friend recommended Snow Crash) that I read by him actually, and I didn't really enjoy it the first time through. I re-read it last year though after having read pretty much everything else he's written and enjoyed it much more. I actually felt the same way about the Baroque Cycle, it was a downward spiral of interest for me, right to the end. Sorry I can give you any words of encouragement.. I just figured I'd already read a couple thousand pages, I might as well stick with it to the end.
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Old 03-20-07, 02:58 PM   #21510
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Well, you can always bust out the Soma instead.
I'm thinking it will be very very gross and muddy, so I'd really rather take my SS as my CX is set up for road right now. I'll think about it.
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That was an excellent article, thanks Rob.
(The Atlantic rocks in general)
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I think i'm possibly the only one who didn't like Enders game. A book filled with super children doesn't really strike me as super c00L pwnage material.

That or I was forced to read it. The hobbit - same story.
I am pretty old so at that time, Ender's Game didn't even have a sequel, I just picked it up because I thought the cover looked cool Nice surprise that it was a fantastic book and now, 20 years later, everyone has read it. Weird.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:37 PM   #21513
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Diamond's are all marketing. They'll come up with someone. "Is your love artificial? Then neither should your diamond"
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Old 03-20-07, 03:38 PM   #21514
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Yeah, the forcing to read bit probably didn't help.

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sunday?....in town or out?
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Old 03-20-07, 03:45 PM   #21515
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Diamond's are all marketing. They'll come up with someone. "Is your love artificial? Then neither should your diamond"
haha that totally reminded me of a made up song I got stuck in my head

baby my emotional satisfaction
ain't nothin but chemical reaction
so you'll have to excuse my attraction
cuz all i really want to get is some action


hahaha I sometimes sing this out loud on the bike and improvise various verses.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:52 PM   #21516
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+1 to snow crash

+1 to diamonds = wasteful/useless etc.

lol @ offhoff

HAPPY SPRING (as of 8:00pm)

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Old 03-20-07, 03:54 PM   #21517
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2wheelsgood, I just saw a guy at Curbside whom I thought was you! Based on your tiny avatar. But it wasn't you. However, he knows you. Or something. Actually, I'm not sure why I posted about this. *shrug*
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Old 03-20-07, 04:01 PM   #21518
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hehehe.. I just ran some errands around Yonge & Bloor after work and rode home along Bloor. At Ossington this car rolls up next to me and the guy rolls down the passenger window (manually, mind you.. no electric window) and says something to me. He has a smile on his face, so I figure he's not raging so I say "excuse me?" and he says "man! you're making great time!"

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sunday?....in town or out?
Sunday works if the weather doesn't absolutely suck. I was thinking in town, but if you wanna get out I'm fine with that too.
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I may be down for an mtb ride this weekend.
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Old 03-20-07, 05:01 PM   #21521
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It's going to be nice. So glad I'll be indoors at work...
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Old 03-20-07, 05:04 PM   #21522
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You do understand most of us are stuck in offices for the entire day 5 out of 7 days a week and not farting around with bikes right?
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What a crazy weather day. When I went to bed last night it was 2. When I woke up it was -15. Made breakfast, did some work, got packed and hit the road... it was -18. Like an idiot, forgot I had a meeting a block from my house... rode all the way back home. Finished the meet... rode back to work. Worked all day, rode home... -9. And by Thursday, 18. What the sh17? On the plus side, got to ride a bunch in the sun. On my freshly cleaned drive train. That ruled.

Oh, right... not a blog. Sry.

Anyone going out tomorrow night?
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Old 03-20-07, 06:24 PM   #21524
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all this moaning about diamonds can only mean that this forum is a sausage-fest. mind you, i don't see the attraction of them either but it do live by the mantra that "when mommy's happy, everyone's happy". i did manage to inherit a diamond to use as an engagement ring so i'd be griping too if i was forced to rake over five bike's worth of cash for a shiny thing.
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Hmm, spicy jalapeno sausage.
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