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#1 kotmj

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:45 PM

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I'm reading Steve Jobs by Walther Isaacson, his official biography. It gives the best insight ever into Jobs. He is a man obsessed with perfection, a tyrant, and the worst sufferer of fools you will ever meet, worse even than me.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:39 PM

jared diamond's collapse.

it's a treatise on the collapse of ancient civilizations like the pitcairn islanders, the viking explorers in greenland and newfoundland, aztecs and easter islanders. as a comparison, they are compared to other ancient civilizations (like the japanese) that managed to transcend the common problems that beset the former.

i'm still stuck on the chapter on the vikings, though.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

1Q84 by by Haruki Murakami
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:07 PM

Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. The former is hitherto the most amazing book I've ever read - in prose, meaning, everything.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:39 AM

Isaacson did a pisspoor job with the Jobs biography, IMO.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

kenterong:

Have you read his other book, "Guns, Germs, and Steel"? Pretty interesting theories on current disparities, and with a Nat Geo series to boot.



jared diamond's collapse.

it's a treatise on the collapse of ancient civilizations like the pitcairn islanders, the viking explorers in greenland and newfoundland, aztecs and easter islanders. as a comparison, they are compared to other ancient civilizations (like the japanese) that managed to transcend the common problems that beset the former.

i'm still stuck on the chapter on the vikings, though.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:54 AM

nope, but i do have plans to read that one too (as soon as i can finish "collapse").

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:25 PM

Anyone here have a kindle? I wonder if it's a good book-ersatz.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:12 AM

Been told you need an american credit card to buy the books. Was contemplating of getting it

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:22 PM

Unfortunate. But not a deal breaker for me since I download most of my books for free from a Russian site.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:34 PM

I have a Kindle. It's totally worth it.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:22 AM

Taipan by James Clavell.

Gives a fictional (albeit tied to true historical events and people) story of cut-throat business, romance and violence - set in the 1840's during the founding of Hong Kong.

Clavell was actually a POW in Changi during WWII, but rather than developing a hatred for the region, instead became quite fascinated with east-asian culture.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:54 AM

I liked the shogun as well, really delved into the Japanese culture. The attainment of perfection

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:24 PM

Shogun is next on the list. Reading Gai-Jin now.

I think I remember a Shogun movie being made.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

Which kindle model are you using ?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:19 PM

Kindle 3 i think? The last one before the Fire and new range of kindles came out.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

I cant remember whether shogun was a movie or Taipan was a mini series or were they both mini series. Gaijin is good too. Taipan i think was played by Pirce Brosnan and Shogun Richard Chamberlain.

I just finished reading The Last Narco, about Juan Guzman the Mexicali Cartel. Always like mob/drug movies.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:52 PM

Haven't read it yet but bought 2 books when I was there.The first is Saville Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke by James Sherwood and Le Snob: Tailoring by Permanent Style's Simon Crompton.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:03 PM

Anyone have any experience with Amazon?Am planning to get some tailoring books and was wondering how was their service and shipping to Malaysia.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:28 PM

I've only had two books stolen out of several dozens over the years.




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