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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-02-17 00:35:34

    I found a book belonging to my son

    "Ready Player One" by Ernist Cline. It was in a box of his stuff. Stuff I was sorting through figuring out what to keep and what to throw out. I knew the book was his. I figured he might want it so I set it aside to give back to him.

    When I presented it to him he did say it was his favorite book of all time. Is was an addicting story and he read it on a trip out west. He then said, "You should read it Dad. I think you might like it."

    So I took his advice. From the first several pages I was hooked. When the main character referenced the Zapruder film, and I knew what it was, I knew this would be a great story.

    And it is! I am about a quarter of the way through and can't wait to continue reading. There are so many references to the 70's and 80's, it is like a trip through geek history. I can relate to it.

    Back to reading.....

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2018-02-01 13:33:23

    I finished the book

    "Rebecca" by Daphne de Maurier. It has to be the quickest I have read a book in recent times. That shows what a great story it was is with great writing.

    I think I shall have to read another. Perhaps another classic, one I can get lost in again. Maybe one I have read years ago. One I know I enjoyed, but have forgot the details. I did like "House on the Strand" that Daphne wrote. Or "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbach. His writing is some of the best.

    I have so many books around the house. It should not take me long to find one.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-28 19:27:09

    I started another book

    It is "Rebecca" by Daphne de Maurier. I found it in a box as I was cleaning up some junk. I have been wanted to read this for a long time. It is an "unsurpassed modern masterpiece of romantic suspense". At least that is what it says on the cover.

    And it is. IT is a classic. It is the kind of book I need right now, a well written classic. A book one can get lost in. It is so well written, the story is so engrossing that reading it becomes an obsession. One does not want to put it down. Making time to read more is what counts now.

    And reading more, my minds voice takes on the style of the book. I hear my mind's voice speaking as the book is written. It is old English, vivid descriptions and long conversations.

    The characters are real. And now they belong to me. We are friends. I feel their emotions, their pain, their fears.

    So now I am going back to reading another chapter, maybe two. I need to hear my friends speak and discover that unknown secret that hopefully shall soon be revealed.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-26 23:55:35

    I finished the book

    "Warnings - Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes" by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy a while ago. I never put any updates here on it until now because it was not really that great a read.

    It was interesting, the theory of Cassandras and all, but it seemed a little sensationalized.

    They did review a few disasters that had people warning against and ignored; Bernie Madoff, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, the 2008 Recession to name a few. I guess if we paid attention the people affected by these events could have been spared much distress.

    Then the authors go on to name a few warning going on now that we should be paying attention to. These include: Pandemic disease, Sea-level rise, Meteor Strike, Artificial Intelligence and Gene editing. I think I have heard all of these being called out as being things we earthlings need to be careful and watchful of. Some we are not doing much about (sea-level rise for sure).

    Also, the level of these new dangers seems an order of magnitude higher in the affect it will have on earth. Sea-level rise and meteor strike could conceivably wipe out life on our planet. Those missed warnings, while devastating the lives of many, were still fairly localized. These current events will have a much wider devastation.

    For me, I going to live inland, on a hill and eat healthy and recycle. And if that big meteor hits, I'm going outdoors to watch that big fireball as it moves across the landscape.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2018-01-27 20:03:01

      @bob1623 I tried moving inland, to a remote location on a hill in Alaska to escape the worst effects of climate change only to discover over the years that global warming at the poles is even worse than elsewhere.

      It's not just the seas that are rising. The permafrost is thawing, releasing even more carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, reviving ancient strains of viruses and bacteria, and causing soils to become unstable, including that under my former house. Seasonal weather patterns are changing, affecting and decoupling flora and fauna, including people and their cultural traditions, like the Iditarod race, for which there is barely enough spring snow remaining anymore. We don't get deep freeze weather anymore, but trees are starting to fall on more powerlines and houses because the increased winter snowfall is so damp and heavy now. I live in town now and went for two weeks in midwinter without power because of a widespread regional power outage due to a winter storm. It's just a good thing we have a woodstove. We're working on acquiring a small generator for back-up energy.

      Self-sufficiency is something I have thought a lot about. There is definitely a balance to be struck between living off-grid and living as part of co-supportive community. I would like to grow my own food for example, but I don't have a green thumb, and even though my husband does, we would end up having more food than we could utilize and it would be wasteful. I've come to the conclusion that the future, if we have one, lies in cooperative living rather than in isolation. Consequently I've developed quite an interest in co-housing communities and communities with more of a small village-like structure, with centralized shops and common areas, and walkable housing.

      Some books and a movie that may interest you:

      Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change by Pat Murphy (nonfiction)

      Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (fiction)

      Melancholia (film)

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-29 00:16:02

        @aenea I have read how Alaska this winter was warmer than New York State. You know something is amiss. With the permafrost thawing, I too wonder what calamities await us. Will the predicted pandemic come to pass?

        So many questions.

        I may check out the books and movie you suggest. Or I'll just wait and watch and see what happens. It may be our children who really witness everything. I think we are just getting a preview of the things to come.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 11 cheers 2017-07-06 14:53:22

    Started another book

    It is "Warnings - Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes" by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy.

    Cassandra was a character in Greek mythology who could see disasters, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. The book discussed some recent disasters, those that predicted them (the Cassandras) and why they were ignored. It was given to me by my wife for my birthday. Somehow she thinks I like reading about disasters and the fruitless efforts of those trying to save mankind.

    So far it is kind of interesting. It reminds me of the countless disaster movies where some impending disaster is predicted, yet all ignore the predictions until it is too late. The recent movie San Andres comes to mind. There was a lot of destruction in that one.

    Somewhere in the book, a method to separate the true Cassandras from the crackpots will be presented. I'll keep you posted.

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