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  1. Comment on What are you reading these days? #17 in ~books

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    I'm reading Look to Windward by Ian M. Banks. It's the 7th novel in the Culture series. I read Excession last month and loved it as much as I have the rest of the Culture books. I skipped the 6th...

    I'm reading Look to Windward by Ian M. Banks. It's the 7th novel in the Culture series. I read Excession last month and loved it as much as I have the rest of the Culture books. I skipped the 6th one, Inversions because apparently it doesn't involve the culture very much despite being a culture novel. I might go back to it once I've read all the others if I'm still looking for more. If anyone's read it I'd love to hear some opinions. Also just read Mother Night (second read) and Jailbird by Vonnegut. I still love the guy even though a lot of people seem to think he's better for younger readers. I still laugh out load at so many of his lines. He's the best.

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #17 in ~books

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    I'd recommend reading the rest of the Dune series. I think God Emperor of Dune was my favorite. And by "the rest" I mean the books written by Frank Herbert. I haven't read any of those by his son...

    I'd recommend reading the rest of the Dune series. I think God Emperor of Dune was my favorite. And by "the rest" I mean the books written by Frank Herbert. I haven't read any of those by his son and the other guy but from what I've read online they are terrible bastardizations.

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  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    You probably already know Animals as Leaders but if not check them out. Tosin Abasi is insane.

    You probably already know Animals as Leaders but if not check them out. Tosin Abasi is insane.

  4. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    New Czarface vs. Ghostface album came out just last week I want to say. I listened to most of it the other night and really enjoyed. I've been an esoteric fan for a long time and he seems to get...

    New Czarface vs. Ghostface album came out just last week I want to say. I listened to most of it the other night and really enjoyed. I've been an esoteric fan for a long time and he seems to get better with every release. It's been fun watching him progress over the years. He's an endless stream of punchlines I love it. I was also just listening to Kvelertak wondering if they'd put out a new album soon. 1st album was 2010, 2nd 2013, and 3rd 2016. Now I'm no patternologist but I'd say they put out a new album in whatever year 2016 plus 3 is.

  5. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    Yes. I should've wrote that out.

    Yes. I should've wrote that out.

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  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    That's too bad about the fest, I would love to make a trip for that some year assuming it makes a come back. Gareth is so awesome too. When he moonwalks while playing Billie Jean? Pretty rad move...

    That's too bad about the fest, I would love to make a trip for that some year assuming it makes a come back. Gareth is so awesome too. When he moonwalks while playing Billie Jean? Pretty rad move lol. I just missed Andy Mckee on tour. Still haven't seen him live, I wish I could've made it. I've seen Ewan a couple times, and I went to a show in NYC with Craig D'Andrea & Pino Forastiere. My freakin jaw is dropped the entire time I watch these guys play. The talent level and creativity is hard to fathom.

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  7. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    The Lathe of Heaven is great. It's a sort of tribute to PKD so it's a bit more tripped out than most of her stuff, but has a more satisfying ending (IMO) than a lot of PKD stuff that kinda just...

    The Lathe of Heaven is great. It's a sort of tribute to PKD so it's a bit more tripped out than most of her stuff, but has a more satisfying ending (IMO) than a lot of PKD stuff that kinda just goes off the rails.

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  8. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    I recommend the whole Hainish cycle. They are all good in different ways, but one I really liked that's a pretty quick read is The Word for World is Forrest

    I recommend the whole Hainish cycle. They are all good in different ways, but one I really liked that's a pretty quick read is The Word for World is Forrest

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  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    YES! I love drifting. I can play this one pretty well, but I haven't practiced it in a bit so I'd have to brush up. I also really like his version of Tight Trite Night, which brings me to another...

    YES! I love drifting. I can play this one pretty well, but I haven't practiced it in a bit so I'd have to brush up. I also really like his version of Tight Trite Night, which brings me to another of my candy rat favorites - Don Ross. That dude is madman on guitar. He's cleaned up his look more recently but in his older videos he's all disheveled looking and with his play style he is literally and figuratively a beast on guitar. Some others I really like include Craig D'Andrea, Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham, Stefano Barone...I don't know there's too many to list (also like the kalimba guy, Trevor something, his name won't come to me). Too bad it didn't work out with Ewan and Candy Rat. I'm not really sure what happened there but he seems to be doing well recently. Was getting worried over the past couple years he was starting to look really unhappy. Feeding the birds has done him well!

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  10. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    Yeah I saw some threads about a show coming out that sparked my interest. I may have to move that one up the list! Thanks I appreciate the advice 👍

    Yeah I saw some threads about a show coming out that sparked my interest. I may have to move that one up the list! Thanks I appreciate the advice 👍

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  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    That's awesome! I've never seen him mentioned either. He's been my favorite ever since he blew up with Time 2. I've spent so many hours trying to learn his stuff. So fun to play but even after...

    That's awesome! I've never seen him mentioned either. He's been my favorite ever since he blew up with Time 2. I've spent so many hours trying to learn his stuff. So fun to play but even after years of practice I'm not even close to touching his speed. Best I can do is halfway decent versions at like 80% speed of a couple of songs LOL.

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  12. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    I only read the first one. Sounds like I should pick to the Omnibus and keep going with it :) I also have the sample of Good Omens ready to go. Have you read that? If so what are your thoughts and...

    I only read the first one. Sounds like I should pick to the Omnibus and keep going with it :)

    I also have the sample of Good Omens ready to go. Have you read that? If so what are your thoughts and what would you do first, Good Omens or Guards! Guards!.

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  13. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    I might do Guards! Guards! this year since it is usually mentioned among the best Discworld novels. I read Mort & The Reaper Man last year and really liked the humor, but I'm not really into...

    I might do Guards! Guards! this year since it is usually mentioned among the best Discworld novels. I read Mort & The Reaper Man last year and really liked the humor, but I'm not really into fantasy so I was a bit turned off by the wizard & magic parts (except for them running around yelling "Yo!" as a battle cry had me dying laughing for some reason). I think I miss a lot of the jokes since he seems to be making fun of a lot of fantasy tropes I'm not aware of since I don't read the genre much. I'm more into sci fi although some novels that blur the lines have me questioning the real differences between the genres (like Rocannon's World & Lord of Light - both awesome btw).

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  14. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Ewan Dobson playing Bach. He's posted 4 videos to YouTube over the past few days and they are pretty awesome. I want to start working on learning Prelude. He has links to free tabs in all is...

    Ewan Dobson playing Bach. He's posted 4 videos to YouTube over the past few days and they are pretty awesome. I want to start working on learning Prelude. He has links to free tabs in all is videos. I would only suggest that if you download them you consider donating. Pretty cool of him to provide so much for free!

    *Edit - Here's a link

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  15. Comment on How do you unwind? in ~talk

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    Ahhh sometimes I just need a drink. More often though I'll play guitar for a bit. It's a good distraction and I can really get lost in improve, playing songs I've learned, or even just drilling...

    Ahhh sometimes I just need a drink. More often though I'll play guitar for a bit. It's a good distraction and I can really get lost in improve, playing songs I've learned, or even just drilling techniques. Other times I'll jump online and play games with friends. We can talk about life stuff if needed, but a lot of times we just put that stuff aside and focus on the games.

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  16. Comment on What are you reading these days? #12 in ~books

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    I read this last year. You're in for a pretty wild ride for the ending, I really liked how the novel went forwards and backwards in alternating chapters, and it really seemed like the only way to...

    I read this last year. You're in for a pretty wild ride for the ending, I really liked how the novel went forwards and backwards in alternating chapters, and it really seemed like the only way to do it, given the mystery of Zakalwe's past. Have you read other culture novels? Consider Phlebus is probably the weakest out of the 4 I've read, and I highly recommend The Player of Games. The best game player in all of the culture travels to a planet where the entire culture revolves around a game. How you fair in the game determines your social status. The book after Use of Weapons is a short story comp, and the title story is Diziet and friends traveling to Earth to evaluate whether the culture should intervene. I wasn't crazy about it but it's cool to see Diziet in another story and I believe it's the only interaction between the culture and earth. I'm gearing up to read Excession pretty soon, which a couple of my friends have raved about. Apparently it mostly follows the minds which sounds like it will be pretty interesting.

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  17. Comment on Simpsons Renewed Until 2021 in ~tv

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    I will check that out and disenchantment as well. I remember when that was getting teased and then forgot all about it until you mentioned it. I appreciate the recommendations!

    I will check that out and disenchantment as well. I remember when that was getting teased and then forgot all about it until you mentioned it. I appreciate the recommendations!

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  18. Comment on Simpsons Renewed Until 2021 in ~tv

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    Came here to say I feel like I'm the only one that still likes the Simpsons. Glad I'm not the only one. Obviously not considering they still get enough ratings to get renewed, but reading comments...

    Came here to say I feel like I'm the only one that still likes the Simpsons. Glad I'm not the only one. Obviously not considering they still get enough ratings to get renewed, but reading comments on the internet? You'd think it was the worst show ever. They still have good episodes, like when they went to Boston last year. Lots of good scenes in there.

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  19. Comment on Book recommendations to read over Christmas in ~books

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    A few I read this year that I really liked - Anathem by Neil Stephenson. What a ride this book was! The Player of Games by Ian M. Banks. I read the first 4 culture novels this year and this was my...

    A few I read this year that I really liked -

    1. Anathem by Neil Stephenson. What a ride this book was!
    2. The Player of Games by Ian M. Banks. I read the first 4 culture novels this year and this was my favorite. The best game player in the culture travels to a newly discovered world where their whole society revolves around how people perform in a very complex game.
    3. The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi. The follow up to last year's The Collapsing Empire and second in a planned trilogy. Felt a bit rushed towards the end but I love Scalzi's writing and enjoy everything I've read by him so far.
    4. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin. I liked this one a lot but the trilogy devolved from there IMO. I struggled thru the last 2 and the 3rd book wasn't really worth it for me.
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  20. Comment on Book recommendations to read over Christmas in ~books

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    These sound interesting I'm looking into picking up a few. Thanks for the recs. Is this thread only for non-fiction? I only read one NF book this year so I probably won't be helpful ITT.

    These sound interesting I'm looking into picking up a few. Thanks for the recs. Is this thread only for non-fiction? I only read one NF book this year so I probably won't be helpful ITT.

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