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    posted a message on Answer the question above you

    I'd like to be injury free and run more and more and more. (At the moment, I've had two injuries--both to my ankle--in the last 12 months).


    My question: Do you think we'll send spacecraft to Proxima Centauri in the next 50 years?

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    posted a message on What are you reading?

    At the moment, I'm reading two books--fiction and non-fiction as it happens.

    Fiction: Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera. A terrific satirical account of how little it takes for writing to become pamphleteering or mere agitprop. Also shows how common it is to regulate aesthetic standards in the name of the common good. There's also a deep, underlying Oedipal theme here, with the poet (our protagonist) simply unable to shake his mother off his consciousness.
    Non-Fiction: Bruce Goldstein's work on Cognitive Psychology. Deals with the tensions between the behavioral approach and the cognitive approach and aims to shed light on why the latter might be a bit better. I, for one, am not a big fan of psychology, but it is interesting to read things about it.

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    posted a message on What are you listening to right now?

    I'm listening to Paul McCartney's Egypt Stattion album! It's a hot hit, at least as far as I'm concerned.

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    posted a message on What are you listening to right now?

    Currently listening to Great Van Fleet's When the Curtain Falls


    Great song!


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    posted a message on Favorite Game Soundtrack?

    I love the intro track to GTA San Andreas. It's clunky and got a nice, good groove to it. Just how good was San Andreas when it came out. It's one of my favorite games, too.

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    posted a message on Does anyone have a good book to recommend?

    I realize you want just one recommendation, but here's two :D


    1. The Pale King by David F. Wallace.

    It was published posthumously. It's ostensibly about the goings-on at the IRS, so there's a lot of finance- and economics-related insights and musings. Some of it is quite technical, and someone without in-depth knowledge in these fields will not get it. Yet, the book is accessible to just about anyone. The IRS, to Wallace, is an example of the bureaucratic mode of being. Of jobs that don't require pure concentration but are sapping and prone to inducing extreme boredom. In fact, the manuscript (the book was put together from a bunch of manuscripts after his death) is more about modern/post-modern life and boredom. Boredom, in fact, is the condition of modern life, per Wallace. At the same time, it's about the ends we go to simply to avoid a quiet yet highly discomforting moment. I really appreciate the book, but I'm sure I'd appreciate it more if I knew more about finance/economics.


    2. Principles of Macroeconomics by Gregory Mankiw

    My second suggestion is really an extension of the first. When I found myself looking for accessible introductory accounts of contemporary financial practices and critical economic forces while reading Wallace, I landed on this one. Reading The Pale King was more rewarding with a little side help. Wallace did not want to make his manuscript dense, but he wanted his readers to work hard. If one doesn't mind the effort, reading Wallace is not all that bad. It's enriching, in fact. I do consider Wallace quite conceited, though :D

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    posted a message on Answer the question above you

    Yes. The dare was to steal students' progress reports. My friend and I stole all the reports meant for our class, and burned them in a field near school. We almost got caught for trespassing, and a stranger yelled "arson" when he saw us light the reports in the field. We got away, though.


    Would you hike like Christopher McCandless?

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    posted a message on Introductions & Leavings

    Hey, all!


    I joined a while back, but just began posting. I've been active in the Off-Topic section today, and I just noticed the Intro thread, so "Hi, all"!


    I enjoy most PC games, and I also spend my time reading comics and lit. fiction. Looking forward to having interesting conversations here.

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    posted a message on What are you reading?

    I'm currently revisiting some of favorite comics. At the same time, I'm also reading a whole list of college-level psychology textbooks to prepare for my preliminary dissertation interview. The comics are keeping me calm and composed, and I'm grateful for that.


    Comic: Tintin in Tibet - It was the first Tintin I'd read as a child. Before I went after all the books in this series, I was a freewheeling reader--I didn't care much for chronology or continuity.

    Dissertation-related: Currently struggling with this long list of psychology textbooks. I don't intend to read all the titles in this list, but I reckon I should at least read three-fourths.

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    posted a message on How to Purify Water?

    I'm no scientist, but wouldn't boiling work just fine?

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    posted a message on How long have you played one game?

    I have been playing FIFA 08 (EA Sports) and GTA San Andreas for over ten years now. I play both on my PC, and I never seem to tire of these games.

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    posted a message on What do you fear most?

    Spiders are my greatest fear. Often, I have images of a spider crawling on me, or falling on me from the ceiling. Worse, I sometimes wonder "what if there's a dead spider in my food." Spiders are my doom.

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    posted a message on What is the best way to make money in your opinion?

    I think it depends on how much money one wants. If we're happy about what we do for a living, the amount of money we might make might seem enough. It also depends on lifestyle, needs, obligations, and responsibilities. For instance, a single person may most likely require less money than one with a pet or a single parent.


    If making enough money (such that your bank balance steadily increases every month despite expenses) is your goal, then you have to find a lucrative job and make some lifestyle compromises. At the same time, you may have to be willing to do something you may not really like.

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