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Jim MacLachlan

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I grew up on the family farm with horses, sheep, cattle, fowl, dogs, cats, & a lot of other critters in north central Maryland. While the farm paid for itself, the family remodeling business was the steady income. I worked at that for about 15 years until an injury forced me to change my computer hobby into my career. It was tough at the time, but a great career move from an economic standpoint.

Now I'm the entire IT department for a small manufacturing company in Louisville, KY. My wife of 35+ years & I have a small hobby farm with horses, goats, dogs, & a cat. Taking care of the farm, woodworking, & various fiber arts take up my free time.

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Jim MacLachlan I've got to answer this about the same as the last - none. I'm not well read in the period, especially at that level. You might want to read some diar…moreI've got to answer this about the same as the last - none. I'm not well read in the period, especially at that level. You might want to read some diaries of the period & I'm sure they're available since various western authors mention reading them. Check Gutenberg.org for some books of the time or historical societies. Even the fiction might shed some light, but they all tend to leave out the ugly parts like dysentery & rotting teeth. I'd guess you'd have to come at it from the sides.

For instance, I'd guess there was a fair amount of difference between the early 1800s & the latter half. In between, germ theory was developed & the idea of clean water caught on which made a huge difference. It's a long slog, but "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson does describe conditions well in London around the 1840s & how people thought about disease. They'd literally scoop water out of the sewer & let it settle then drink the clear top water. It took decades for the idea of germs to reach everyone & conditions on the frontier were far different from a crowded city like London for the most part. Gold camps & such could resemble it closely in terms of hygiene, though. (less)
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Looking For A Suitable Mount

The turn from the single lane road into the narrow driveway was too sharp to make with the horse trailer, but there was supposed to be a big parking lot ahead where I could turn around & come back at a better angle.  The church was there, but the big lot was blocked by construction debris.  I managed to snake through the roundabout with only a slight scratch.  Heading back, I turned into the drive Read more of this blog post »
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Authors should NEVER comment on their reviews (Nonfiction)
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Description: Nothing good ever comes from an author commenting on their review, especially when it wasn't a good one. Their book should be their only defense.
World of Wood Article (Nonfiction)
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This course devotes 4 lectures (about 30 minutes each) to 12 presidents that had a great deal of influence both on the office & the country. Don't get the idea that Lichtman thinks they were perfect or even right all the time. T
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The introduction is interesting & fun; all about how this started as a handy guy doing a few things & then bringing in the family as things escalated. Loved the bit about how the whole family worked on the catalogs & how much it
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This review will be here all year & I'll add to it when notable books come up. It was a nonfiction year. I haven't been able to muster much enthusiasm for even my favorite fiction genres since nonfiction is so fascinating. The wi
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It must be a joke. Pseudoscience has no place here.
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A good space opera with the memorable characters I expect from Birmingham. A lot of setup needed, but he handled it well & the narration was excellent. It's really a 3 star read, but it gets an extra star as I'm looking forward to more in the series. ...more
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The Mona Lisa Sisters by George Cramer
"I found many things to like about this novel. But I also found myself struck by the compelling and evocative nature of the overall message that underlies the story. And that is, in the face of great tragedy, great kindness can take root and flourish." Read more of this review »
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Fun stories geared toward young teens or so to get them reading, so they were short, occasionally gross, & some were actually fairly scary. Very well narrated. I've read others in the "Guys Read" series & they never fail to disappoint. The only surpr ...more
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Frank Zappa
“So many books, so little time.”
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“When will we learn we are Human first, and that all other names are merely changes of clothing?”
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“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
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Isaac Asimov
“I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.”
Isaac Asimov

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Jim Thanks, Luffy. You, too!

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Jim Crocker Thanks for liking my review of The Road to Ruin!

Jim in MT

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Luffy Happy holidays to you, Jim!

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Cillian Hi, Jim. Thank you for your friend-vite, and for joining our buddy read! Your input will be very much appreciated.

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Jim Thanks, Luffy! Merry Xmas to you, too.

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Luffy Merry Christmas to you!

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Booky thank you for accepting my friend invite :)

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Jim Luffy wrote: "Hey Jim, thanks for the like!"

Glad to, Luffy. Good reviews have me reading a lot of good books. I can now find more good books than time, even with audio books.

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Luffy Hey Jim, thanks for the like!

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Jim Damn GR, I didn't add 500 books, but changed the shelves on over 1000. I used to use 'fiction' as 'general fiction' so didn't check that box if the book was on another fictional genre shelf. It only got checked if it might be nonfiction, like it was historical.

I told GR not to shout it out, but it listens as well as my teens did. It was probably that batch edit that hung up & kept giving me an error. I finally went through & just changed them individually. Turned out to be faster.

I went through & made sure they were all on fiction, nonfiction, or 'sort-of-nonfiction' shelves. Then I exported them to an Excel spreadsheet & ran a macro that broke out the shelves for each book & counted them up. I was curious to see my trend in reading & this allows me to graph it quickly.

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Rindis "Jim MacLachlan added 500 books"

Dang! You've been busy. Even when I was going through adding the bulk of my collection, I never got that much in a day!

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Jim Tish wrote: "Thanks for liking my reviews, Jim. It's nice to know somebody actually reads them! Some people write marvelous reviews and I'm not one of them, but I try!"

I don't go through friends reviews often enough, Tish. I'd like to more often, but too many groups & other stuff to do. It's friends' reviews that make GR so great for me, though. I rarely read a bad book any more.

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Tish Thanks for liking my reviews, Jim. It's nice to know somebody actually reads them! Some people write marvelous reviews and I'm not one of them, but I try!

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Gemma Jim wrote: "Gem H wrote: "Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!"

I've put it on my list to get. Thanks."

If you don't like it I'll eat my hat. :D

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Jim Gem H wrote: "Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!"

I've put it on my list to get. Thanks.

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Gemma Jim, I can't stress how great Deadworld is! I have books 0.5 and 2 on my kindle AND I've pre-ordered book 3!!!

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Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Jim.

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Jim Thanks for noticing. It's just been a slow reading time. Lots of real life going on & I was reading the first of Martin's Fire & Ice series, A Game of Thrones. Finished it last night. It was almost like a re-read due to watching the HBO series, but now that I've started the second, I don't want to put it down.

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Simeon Y u no reviewing as many books lately...

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Jim It's dry as a bone here now, Nina. I'm sorry you won't get a chance to drop by & say hello. Please plan better next time!

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Nina What's the weather like in your neck of the woods, Jim? We'll be in Frankfurt, hopefully tomorrow night at a motel. It will be a long drive and my husband will probably drop into bed once we readh there. And we leave early next morning as we need to get to my brother in law's home in the Shenandoah Valley, VA before dark otherwise I would try to find you and say"hello" to you/Marg/and the animals. I love horses, goats and Jack Russells, but not quite as much as Irish Setters. nina

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks for the friendvite, Jim.

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Rebecca Thanks for the add! I love your quotes, George Carlin :(..

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Jim I'm blushing! Must be the hat, but thank you! At my age, I'll take any compliments I can get.


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Karla Hi Jim I was just looking at your profile pic and Harrison Ford popped into my head am I the only one who has thought this? Hope you are not offended but I think with the hat he wore in Indiana Jones would really do it :) Anyways I'm off to read you'r review of Million little pieces, I had a hard time reviewing that one cause of the lies Frey told Grrrr...I did enjoy the story it was deep and well written but....the end ya know what I mean!!

Christine Hi Jim,just dropping by for a visit. I'm really busy with SFA at the moment. Getting a little writing done, but not much. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ

Christine Hi Jim, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Jim LOL! Thanks, Dan!

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Dan Schwent Just read the nail gun/radio story. You are now on my list of heroes.

Christine Hi Jim, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Bradley Hello Jim, thank you for adding me as a friend. =)


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Christine Hi from down under Jim. Stopped by to see what’s new with you.
Please take a look at SFA.

Blessings CJ

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Alan Baxter Hi Jim. Nice to know you here. Happy New Year!

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Jon Merry Christmas Jim and Family!

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Jim It's my honor, Joy. You've done an amazing job of setting up your new group. Wow! A ton of work.

Joy H. Jim: Thanks for becoming my Goodread's friend. I'm honored. -J.

Christine Thanks for your friendship and help Jim, it is much appreciated. Keep in touch.
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Jim Interesting. I posted my answer on your "Philosophy in Every Day Life" topic. This is one of my core beliefs.

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Ilyn Ross Thank you, Jim. I added "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Good morning.

Regarding Robert A. Heinlein's "A human being should be able to.... Specialization is for insects."

Polymaths, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Jose Rizal, are a rarity. Two of the advantages of living in a good society are division of labor and trade.

An individual with a mind capable of producing a cure for cancer should be concentrating on such a task.

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