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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:38 pm 
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I'm about to begin reading "The Wit And Wisdom of George W. Bush."

There: I'm done...

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Just finished Lolita, now I'm on to De Pianoman.

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As I'm sure you can imagine, it's so very funny... :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:46 am 
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I`ve been reading Zappa, by barry miles.Really good book ive been reading it since this the summertime though being in the summer time i was caught up with work.now im laid off and get sidetracked by guitar playing go figure.
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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

If Chins Could Kill - Bruce Campbell

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - Bobby Henderson


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:50 am 
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I love this stupid book, not only a great story, but i first read it in my late teens, so it "takes me back."

It's a super sci fi story, but about halfway through you realize it's getting to be about real life and "warring nations."

These guys want to explore a paralell universe, they also want to use that universe as a "shortcut" to transport matter from point A to point B. The alternate universe is so "foreign" to humans that they can't adapt and die of shock when they return...till they get the idea to send a kid in who's mind is young and mallable. Kid makes it.

Development continues..until sudden pieces of city's start disappearing...turns out there the other universe is inhabited and the experements are damaging their universe...so they start taking swipes at ours.

The kid turns out to be the key because he partially "grew up" in the other universe, and can act as an envoy.

Great story :D

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I could only find this small image - the book itself is actually larger than my computer monitor.

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Music geek fodder. The author is annoyingly cute in places, but for the most part, I'm enjoying it.


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"While Europe Slept" by Bruce Bawer


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Better than the movie!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:57 pm 
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great book

Fred Friendly is entirely over-proprietal about his camera and what he does with it :mrgreen:

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A Christmas present from my Mom. :lol:


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"Based on the "intimate and personal memories" revealed by those "who knew her best", Penny Valentine and Vicky Wickham endeavour to dissect the damage that created the character that became an icon."

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The Truth (with jokes) by Al Franken

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Ever had troubles dealing with lower back pain? If so, read on :)

I used to have regular bouts back pain when I was heavier, but after I lost a bunch of weight around 15 years ago I thought I'd beat the back pain...lol, until a few days ago...

This time my doctor (a new one I chose because he is a DO, which is like and MD+), sent me to physical therapy. From Lauren who works there, and the below book she gave me I learned that not only was I "asking for it," but after it occured I was my own worst enemy.

I used to recover from back pain with every morning being barely able to walk, hanging on to things as I went. I thought stiffness came just because I slept...not so...morning stiffness was from sleeping on my back on a soft waterbed. This curled my lower back outward (instead of the desired inward curl), and let my disk move out more, and further stretched the injured tissue that was supposed to be holding my disks in. I thought I was resting, but really during sleep I was returning the injury to the max. After learning this I moved to sleeping on my stomach on the living room floor and the difference was immediate and huge. No more mornings from hell, and only steady gain on recovery, (I think I'll be able to return to my waterbed if I put more water in it...but for now I'm gonna hang out on the living room floor).

The other thing I learned is being an old fart of 55, I'd gradually lost range of motion to curve my spine inwards, which means I became not so good at holding my disks in place. This became evident to me due to my jealousy at the girl in Exercise 3 below, (I hate her). See how her elbows are locked but her hips are still on the ground? When I lock my elbows my hips are a foot off the ground and my legs are up in the air down to my knees. There is not enough flexibility in my back (yet), to allow my hips to sag to the ground as in the photos of exercise 3 below. This speaks volumes about my backs ability to hold it's disks in place.

If I had not discovered this, I probably would have continued to lose range of motion, and probably would have been in for more frequent bouts of "classic low back pain."

Cuz there's some other old farts around the forum, and cuz lower back pain is so common, I thought some might like to see some selected excerpts from this book (they gave me at PT, they're using this method), the whole book is chock full of good stuff and is available cheap at amazon.

One thing to mention, if you have had any back pain recently, DO NOT DO Exercises 5, 6 or 7, if your tissue is presently recovering, 5, 6, and 7 hold potential for very serious re-injury. However Exercises 1, 2, 3, and 4 are safe and very effective in dealing with the most common forms of back injury, (from slouching, or a sudden incident of forward flexing, as a lifting injury, etc).

There's even a little bit on what to do in those first moments after you've thrown your back "out," Exercises 1, 2, and 3 can even get you out of the sudden trauma BEFORE it turns into a prolonged recovery situation. Now I know what to do in those first critical moments :)

After I get flexibility back, all that's necessary is a couple of minutes of stretches in the morning, then again in the evening to maintain the flexability.

So anyways, here's some of the book, enjoy :)

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This is the good part, Exercises 1, 2, and 3.

Lol, 3 looks easy doesn't it...lol, try it!


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I've just finished Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, and I'm moving on to Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson.

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This tells the true story of how a talented director-Michael Cimino- who rose to fame with such excellent films as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Deer Hunter, fell from grace after making Heaven's Gate (1981) and thus bankrupting United Artists which was founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith & Mary Pickford.
*The other U.A. was formed in 2006 by Tom Cruise and another buisness partner.
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**The film had a projected December 14 release date, and a budget of $11.6 million.
***The film finished shooting in March 1980, having cost nearly $30 million.

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