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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:13 PM

Have your read any of Ferriss' other stuff? I've read a good deal of the 4 hour body, but haven't had a chance to look at the 4 hour work week yet. I hadn't even heard of the 4 hour chef until now.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

I'm a big fan of the four-hour lunch, myself.
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Re: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

View Posth4nnib4l, on 07 February 2013 - 12:13 PM, said:

Have your read any of Ferriss' other stuff? I've read a good deal of the 4 hour body, but haven't had a chance to look at the 4 hour work week yet. I hadn't even heard of the 4 hour chef until now.

i have not, but if end up liking this one i just might.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

I liked the 4 hour body. It wasn't really a cover-to-cover book for me, but I really like his approach to research. He just experiments on himself. For example, he went to Australia and dropped over $10k on stem cell therapy for an injury (knee I think), just to see if it would work and so he'd be speaking from his own experience and data when he talks about it. Where most books like that would be second hand info, or written by the practitioner with anecdotes from the subjects, he did all the shit to himself so he'd know for himself.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

I am reading this:

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...because I just finished this over the weekend:

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...and this won't arrive until next week:

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The first one was quite good and the Kennedy book is just as good as their previous collaboration on the Lincoln assassination.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:19 PM

Heh.. I am playing Dawn of War2 right now.. gett'n back to my WH40k roots sans the paint fumes!
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

View Posth4nnib4l, on 07 February 2013 - 03:16 PM, said:

Where most books like that would be second hand info, or written by the practitioner with anecdotes from the subjects, he did all the shit to himself so he'd know for himself.



You know what the singular of "data" is, don't you?
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

I've been staying up to date on the Horus Heresy series which, in my opinion, is some of the best SF series writing I've read in some time...but I go back to the 40K universe whenever their output lags (like right now). But the Horus stuff ranks up there with Zahn's Thrawn series for the Star Wars universe on my list.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

Ugh.. now you are making me want to paw through my closet for my source books and see if my eldar walkers are still intact.

Side note - with the new Shadowrun games coming out they are doing new books!
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 07 February 2013 - 02:23 PM, said:

You know what the singular of "data" is, don't you?


If you're going the double entendre route with this, then I'm not really into dudes. If not, you lost me.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

I'm impressed - I see no way to make a double entendre out of that, and I can make a double entendre out of just about any old spare parts you happen to have lying around. (if you know what I mean...)


No: the singular of data is "anecdote". If he talks about stuff he did himself, without "second-hand info", then you're describing a book of anecdotes.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Oh, I went with the dictionary singular: datum. Pronounced with a long "a" and, well, yeah. I doubted that's where you were going, but I went with it.

He includes plenty of "other people" stuff too, and includes the various people and doctors he worked with on some of the stuff by name. I take everything with a grain of salt (shit, my parents taught me that santa was real AND that some middle eastern dude with a god complex died because I'm a sinner, so who the hell CAN you trust?), but the slow carb diet and his really basic workout regimen shaved 30 lbs off of me in a month and a half and really helped me train for a 100 mile bike ride a couple of summers ago. It wasn't for me long-term, but the guy seems to know his shit (as far as I've pushed it, at least).
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

i was gonna say 'dat ass'
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

Woot has some pretty collection books on sale this week. If I didn't already own the majority I would jump on them.. not to mention their covers are darn pretty and totally make for a more sophisticated bookshelf.

http://www.woot.com/...oks-books-books
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:01 PM

I've been reading The Fractal Prince. I enjoyed the first book of the series, Quantam Thief, though I must admit that the vocabularly that you must keep in your head throttles enjoyment of the book a little bit.

I also have in various stages:
  • Practical Guide to Vim
  • Joy of Clojure
  • The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (suggested by jon.kiparsky)

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