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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John Perkins
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thirty pages in, this reads like the biggest bunch of bullshit personal narrative i've ever come across, combined with amusing naïveté regarding global realpolitik. i wouldn't be surprised at all if this guy's actually some fattie jerking off to a di...more
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Unflown Wings by Dmitriy Komissarov
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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
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Herzog on Herzog by Paul Cronin
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She Comes First by Ian Kerner
She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman
by Ian Kerner
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read in August, 2014
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read on the plane from NYC to Savannah. it was alright, though parts felt unsubstantiated (note to author: please don't quote scientific studies and Taoist philosophers on the same page, treating them as equally valid sources), and two- and three-pag...more
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Opium Fiend by Steven Martin
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
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read in July, 2014
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pretty amusing, though uneven: the first part is wonderful, really; the second something of a farrago marked by somewhat shockingly uninformed external references). definitely went from having no desire whatsoever to hike to being willing to hike, so...more
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Six Wives by David Starkey
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Cormac McCarthy
“Riding down the unhorsed Saxons and spearing and clubbing them and leaping from their mounts with knives and running about on the ground with a peculiar bandylegged trot like creatures driven to alien forms of locomotion and stripping the clothes from the dead and seizing them up by the hair and passing their blades about the skulls of the living and the dead alike and snatching aloft the bloody wigs and hacking and chopping at the naked bodies, ripping off limbs, heads, gutting the strange white torsos and holding up great handfuls of viscera, genitals, some of the savages so slathered up with gore they might have rolled in it like dogs and some who fell upon the dying and sodomized them with loud cries to their fellows.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

“Engineers are, by definition, people whose work is dedicated to making people's lives easier; or, as people used to say, whose work is dedicated to progress.”
Edward Teller, Memoirs: A Twentieth Century Journey In Science And Politics

James Joyce
“i know by heart the places he likes to saale, delvan first and duvlin after, by dredgerous lands and devious delts”
James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

“It is understandable you would want to come back as yourself into a wonderland with the sharpness of color of the Queen of Hearts in a newly opened pack of cards. But coming back as yourself is resurrection. It is uncommon. It may even be greater than the scope of mathematics. We cannot talk with definition about our souls, but it is certain that we will decompose. Some dust of our bodies may end up in a horse, wasp, cockerel, frog, flower, or leaf, but for every one of these sensational assemblies there are a quintillion microorganisms. It is far likelier that the greater part of us will become protists than a skyscraping dormouse. What is likely is that, sooner or later, carried in the wind and in rivers, or your graveyard engulfed in the sea, a portion of each of us will be given new life in the cracks, vents, or pools of molten sulphur on which the tonguefish skate. You will be in Hades, the staying place of the spirits of the dead. You will be drowned in oblivion, the River Lethe, swallowing water to erase all memory. It will not be the nourishing womb you began your life in. It will be a submergence. You will take your place in the boiling-hot fissures, among the teeming hordes of nameless microorganisms that mimic no forms, because they are the foundation of all forms. In your reanimation you will be aware only that you are a fragment of what once was, and are no longer dead. Sometimes this will be an electric feeling, sometimes a sensation of the acid you eat, or the furnace under you. You will burgle and rape other cells in the dark for a seeming eternity, but nothing will come of it. Hades is evolved to the highest state of simplicity. It is stable. Whereas you are a tottering tower, so young in evolutionary terms, and addicted to consciousness.”
J. M. Ledgard, Submergence

Cormac McCarthy
“Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak. Historical law subverts it at every turn. A moral view can never be
proven right or wrong by any ultimate test. A man falling dead in a duel is not thought thereby to be proven in error as to his views. His very involvement in such a trial gives evidence of a new and broader view. The willingness of the principals to forgo further argument as the triviality which it in fact is and to petition directly the chambers of the historical absolute clearly indicates of how little moment are the opinions and of what great moment the divergences thereof. For the argument is indeed trivial, but not so the separate wills thereby made manifest. Man's vanity may well approach the infinite in capacity but his knowledge remains imperfect and howevermuch he comes to value his judgments ultimately he must submit them before a higher court. Here there can be no special pleading. Here are considerations of equity and rectitude and moral right rendered void and without warrant and here are the views of the litigants despised. Decisions of life and death, of what shall be and what shall not, beggar all question of right. In elections of these magnitudes are all lesser ones subsumed, moral, spiritual, natural.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

the finest machine (Nonfiction)
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Description: Table of Contents for my forthcoming book, "the finest machine". http://dank.qemfd.net/dankwiki/index.php/Book_ideas#The_finest_machine
15 Favorite Networking Books (Professional & Technical)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: On our (<a href="http://www.securecomputing.com">Secure Computing</a> Applied Research)'s internal mailing list came up the proposition: list one's favorite networking books. Here we go...
Sometimes the right choice isn't obvious (Entertainment)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 23, 2009 06:37AM
Description: how droll!
Disarmingly Forthright MSCS Advice (Computers & Internet)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 15, 2009 12:42AM
Description: Wednesday 2009-08-12, I did Orientation for new GT MSCS students. The prior evening, I wrote out what advice I'd have most appreciated, were it offered unfettered...here you go.
worksong for plasma physics, spring 2009 (Professional & Technical)
2 chapters   —   updated Jul 26, 2009 10:08AM
Description: silly adaptation of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" thrown onto my IM away status yesterday. people liked the R. Kelly "Fission (Ignition)" some time ago, so enjoy.
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