Ronda Williams : I'm so sick of people who think they have a right to say what rights someone else deserves. You don't know why someone else makes their choices unless you talk to them. Telling them how evil they are for eating what they have been raised to eat and that they don't deserve human rights is just you being holier-than-thou. There are many good reasons to go vegan, but no one wants to listen very long when all you do is insult them or try to cause them problems in their day because they were thirsty and ran through a McD's drive thru. Yes, I have had meat eaters jump my ass for being vegan. I can't help but feel it's because they have met one or two vegans who condemn them for their diet so they try to turn the table first. I will remain vegan, for my own reasons. I will try to educate others of the benefits and share recipes with those who want to share. I will not cause any type of problem for someone just because they might be eating something I choose not to. 9 hours ago - View -
TaeHee Jason Whang : Perhaps he was being too hard on himself, though. He was of an age where it was never possible to pursue one errand at a time. He must do many at once. He guessed that people who had lived right and arranged things properly must have it all rigged so that all of their quests ran in parallel, and reinforced and supported one another just so. They gained reputations as conjurers. Others found their errands running at cross purposes and were never able to do anything; they ended up seeming mad, or else perceived the futility of what they were doing and gave up, or turned to drink. Daniel was not yet certain which category he was in, but he suspected he'd find out soon enough. - Neal Stephenson, "The System of the World" 9 hours ago - View -
hnapel : Started a Neal Stephenson book, Reamde, which cannot be taken lightly as it can pull you into a new wondrous world you didn't know existed.
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Amie Parsons : Any recommendations for a good book for vacation? 16 hours ago - View -
Patrick Applegate : So I need some ideas for a good book... I can't list everything I have read but I can throw out some authors that I have read everything by to avoid listing those: Robert Jordan, Stephen Ambrose, George RR Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Walter Isaacson, Frank Herbert, Tom Clancy. Basically from that list you can deduce I will read just about anything..... for those of you in the 20th BS lets not even start with suggestions from a certain sortie.... I repent my sins and have purged the Nook..... 1 day ago - View -
Greg Orme : Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
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Guinevere Phd : Toddler Reviews Google Glass: Almost as Good as Apple Juice - ABC News "People are trying to record every minute but they aren't in the moment, that's the killer app for Glass - being able to participate more in what he is doing." That does seem like the killer app. However, I'm fearful of looking like a gargoyle in a Neal Stephenson novel.
Rodion Feldman : Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.
Hiro used to feel this way, too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this was liberating. He no longer has to worry about being the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken.
Ignatious P. Reilly : "An idea springs out of his forehead. Fully formed, with no warning. This is how all the best ideas arrive. Ideas he patiently cultivates from tiny seeds always fail to germinate or else grow up in to monstrosities. Good ideas are there all of a sudden, like angels in the bible." Neal Stephenson 1 day ago - View -
Sylvian Patrick : Inferno by Dan Brown (Kindle Edition) was prized at around 330 yesterday. Today Amazon has hiked it to 513. Pongada!! Not buying 1 day ago - View -
Life of a Gamecock : Video: Dexter Neal talks about his commitment to the Gamecocks I know I'm a bit behind but South Carolina landed its first 2015 commitment in WR Dexter Neal from Stephenson High School in Georgia. This young player picked South Carolina over a host of offers and here's a video interview with Neal and 2014 commitment Bryson Allen-Williams on TheBigSpur.com
Stormy Shepard : William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway: “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
Can I get an "Amen?"
(Thanks, Darya Teesewell) 2 days ago - View -
Keisha Wiley : I am going to the bookstore in a bit. Between now and then I'd like some recommended books to check out. Preferably with a brief synopsis or an explanation of why you like it. Anyone read any good books lately? 2 days ago - View -
Gayle Karen Young : In Tomorrow's Wars, Battles Will Be Fought With a 3-D Printer | Danger Room | Wired.com Hmmmm... 2 days ago - View -
Russell Arben Fox : Regarding this summer's genre fiction reading: I was kind of planning that these would be the months that I finally got myself familiar with Patrick Rothfuss's or China Miéville's fantasy, but free copy of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash has just fallen into my lap. I've been warned that once entering Stephenson's worlds, you lose all sense of time and there can be no escape. Does it go onto the shelf for Christmas vacation or next summer, or have all my prior plans now officially changed? Steven Peck, Rob Perkins, teach me here. 2 days ago - View -
Cynthia Roberson Armistead : 10 Modern Must-Read Sci-Fi Masterpieces I've read most of these. The Dark Tower - Stephen King just doesn't interest me. I read the first Hyperion book and it was so dark that I couldn't go farther. I've never heard of The Time Ships before. There should be more female authors on the list, definitely, as Neal Stephenson is missing - but it's just a list of 10 books. I'm thrilled, however, to see the Liaden Universe books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller here. They are SO wonderful! I re-read VERY few books, but these are perpetual favorites. 2 days ago - View -
Mitch Duckman Peters : Poll for the day: Who's your favorite writer, and why? (Also, I'm away for the weekend, weeee! Come see me at Mayfaire Renaissance Festival!) 2 days ago - View -
Al Franyo : In College Football Recruiting news:
1. 4* RB Adam Choice, #75 in Rivals250 for 2014 and from Thomas County Central HS in Thomasville, GA, has made a "choice", at least for the time being. His top two, in no order, are Clemson and Auburn.
2. 3* ATH Dionte Sykes, a student-athlete at Chandler HS in Chandler, AZ, has committed to UCLA.
3. 2015 WR Dexter Neal, who attends Stephenson HS in Stone Mountain, GA, committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks and Coach Steve Spurrier. 2 days ago - View -
Staffordshire Libraries : 2013 is flying by - we're already more than a third of the way through the year! So this week we're asking what's been the best book you've read so far this year? 2 days ago - View -