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15 years Ago

Books read in 2004

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  1. Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix (2003) − J.K. Rowling
  2. Das Rennen Zum Mars (1999) − Gregory Benford (de)
  3. A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present (1980) − Howard Zinn
  4. Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002)- Ha-Joon Chang
  5. Vitals (2002) − Greg Bear
  6. Inventing a Nation (2003) − Gore Vidal
  7. Understanding Power: the Indispensible Chomsky (2002) − Noam Chomsky
  8. Practical File System Design: The Be File System (1998) − Dominic Giampaolo
  9. Illuminati... [More]

Books read in 2003

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  1. Mort (1987) − Terry Pratchett
  2. The Light Fantastic (1986) − Terry Pratchett
  3. Equal Rites (1987) − Terry Pratchett
  4. The Hogfather (1997) − Terry Pratchett
  5. Drug Crazy (1998) − Mike Gray
  6. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (2002) − Gore Vidal
  7. Dreaming War (2002) − Gore Vidal
  8. Rogue States (2000) − Noam Chomsky
  9. XML In a Nutshell (2001) − Harold and Means
  10. Fortunate Son (2001) − J.H. Hatfield
  11. Interface (1994) − Neal Stephenson
  12. Echt Zauberhaft (1994) − Terry Pratchett (de)
  13. Der Kleine Hobbit (1999) − J.R.R.... [More]

Books read in 2002

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  1. Culture Jam (1999) − Kalle Lasn
  2. Black House (2001) − Stephen King
  3. Need and Desire in the Post-Material Economy (1998) − James Heartfield
  4. Ordeal of Change (1963) − Eric Hoffer
  5. Age of Access (2000) − Jeremy Rifkin
  6. God’s Debris (2001) − Scott Adams
  7. Count of Monte Cristo (1844) − Alexandre Dumas
  8. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot (1996) − Al Franken
  9. Voltaire Stories (Candide, Micromegas, Zadig, Ingenu, White Bull) (1759) − Voltaire
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) − J.K. Rowling
  11. Harry... [More]

17 years Ago

Notes written during reading of the Dune books

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“A ‘code’ of ethics is a myth. It is only in the most convoluted of circumstances that ethical dilemmas arise. Up to that point, there is no moral quandary. Simply because there exist cases for which a simple, straighforward, common-sense ethics has no answer is no reason to doubt its validity where it does apply. Social interaction is not mathematics; one example does not suffice to disprove its correctness. Therefore, for most matters, there is only one ethics to which all can adhere − that... [More]”

God Emporer of Dune Notes

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Page 130 − “It was not until the instant of this experience that I understood what he had meant by the ‘wordless truth’. It happened, yet I cannot describe it.” − Chenoeh

Page 162 − “[The military] believe that by risking death they pay the price of any violent behavior against enemies of their own choosing. They have the invader mentality. [They] don’t believe [themselves] responsible for anything done against aliens.” − Leto II

Page 196 − “The mind imposes this framework which it calls... [More]”

Heretics of Dune Notes

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Page 123 − “At the quantum level our universe can be seen as an indeterminate place, predictable in a statistical way only when you employ large enough numbers. Between that universe and a relatively predictable one where the passage of a single planet can be timed to a picosecond, other forces come into play. For the in-between universe where we find our daily lives, that which you believe is a dominant force. Your beliefs order the unfolding of daily events. If enough of us believe, a new... [More]”

Chapterhouse: Dune notes

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Page 68 − “All of us are descendants of people who did nasty things, Rabbi. Remember, it is the victors who breed. … victory is sometimes acheived at a moral price. … Barbarism is not even the proper word for some of the evil things our ancestors did.” − Jessica, Jewish Wild Reverend Mother

Page 78 − “Rules are often an excuse to ignore compassion” − Odrade

Page 103 − “Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so... [More]”