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Max The Magnificent
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The guy who built the time machine...
Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 3:59:38 PM
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By some strange quirk of fate, Duane Benson just introduced me to a relevant XKCD Cartoon (first read the cartood dialog, and then read the caption under the cartoon)

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betajet   4/16/2014 4:15:45 PM
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Totally brilliant cartoon!  I love it!

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 4:20:48 PM
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@betajet: Totally brilliant cartoon!  I love it!

Hi Betajet -- it was GREAT seeing you at the breakfast -- I hope you are still wearing your aluminum beanie :-)

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Robots at EELive Alumni breakfast 2016
steve.taranovich   4/16/2014 4:46:19 PM
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Hi Max,

Great list of books, by the way!

Do you think it's possible there may be metal robots (As opposed to "meat" robots) at EELive breakfast in 2016? If so, what will you serve them?

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 5:43:52 PM
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@Steve: Do you think it's possible there may be metal robots (As opposed to "meat" robots) at EELive breakfast in 2016?

Well, it all depends if Duane has finished his Robot Avatar by then (he's promissed to make one for me also, so we could have two there).

      If so, what will you serve them?

Hopefully, they will be serving us LOL

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Duane Benson   4/16/2014 5:41:51 PM
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I ordered In Search of Time. I'll get The Disappearing Spoon next and others after that. Or, I'll get in my time machine and use overlapping time to order them simultaneousl...

[Duane #2 here - I've already ordered and read The Disappearing Spoon]

[Duane #3 here - Dang. I messed with the space-time continuum and in this instantiation of me, I don't have a job and can't afford books.]

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 5:45:09 PM
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@Duane: I'll get The Disappearing Spoon next...

That one really blew me away as you can see by my review -- you will love it!!!

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Duane Benson   4/16/2014 5:50:48 PM
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The Disappearing Spoon is the best book I've read in a few years. My daughter devoured it as well.

I read many Heinlein books back in the day, but I don't recognise that one.

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 5:53:07 PM
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@Duane: I read many Heinlein books back in the day, but I don't recognise that one.

It was a short story in a larger book...

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antedeluvian   4/17/2014 7:10:50 PM
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I'll get The Disappearing Spoon next...

That one really blew me away as you can see by my review -- you will love it!!!



I wasn't so enamoured of his follow up book The Violinist's Thumb. I see he has a new one The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. Maybe I'll get into that soon.

 

In browsing similar books I found this Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation. Anyone read it?

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Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 10:53:51 AM
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@Antedeluvian: I wasn't so enamoured of his follow up book The Violinist's Thumb.

I agree -- it was still a good book, but not as god as The Disappearing Spoon

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Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 10:55:59 AM
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@Antedeluvian: I see he has a new one The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.

I've just added it to my Amazon wish list...

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Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 10:58:08 AM
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@Antedeluvian: In browsing similar books I found this Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation. Anyone read it?

No, but I just added thsi to my wish list also -- thanks for these great suggestions.

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2014 5:46:57 PM
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@Duane: [Duane #3 here...

Did you ever read By His Bootstraps by Heinlein?

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Nah, just replicate yourself, like Calvin did
TonyTib   4/16/2014 6:10:34 PM
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of Calvin & Hobbes fame -- he replicates himself so he can play while his other selves do his homework.  IIRC, there were two sequences, one just involving replication and the other involving Calvins from different times -- and predictably, in both cases the Calvins end up fighting....

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Max The Magnificent   4/17/2014 10:42:28 AM
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@TonyTib: ...of Calvin & Hobbes fame...

I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes -- I have all of the cartoon books -- I also like it when we see things from the perspective of one of the parents, in which case Hobbes is seen as a stuffed toy, as opposed to the live creature perceived by Calvin.

I knwo it sounds weird, but Calvin sometimes reminds me of me (when I was younger, of course :-)

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Next Reading List
DrFPGA   4/22/2014 11:21:38 AM
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Max-

Maybe you can create a suggested 'reading' list for graphic novels next. Start with the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman?

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 11:52:57 AM
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@DrFPGA: Maybe you can create a suggested 'reading' list for graphic novels next. Start with the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman?

It probably won't surprise you to hear that I could do that -- I have a bunch of them here in my office ... I'll add it onto my list of "things to do" :-)

PS I have the Sandman collection

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DrFPGA   4/22/2014 12:07:27 PM
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I should have known you would be an NG fan...

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 12:13:24 PM
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@DrFPGA: I should have known you would be an NG fan...

"Neverwhere" and "Anansi Boys" are two of my all-time favorite novels

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