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Now that one's a good audiobook:

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Max Brooks as The Interviewer
Steve Park as Kwang Jingshu
Frank Kamai as Nury Televadi
Nathan Fillion as Stanley MacDonald*
Paul Sorvino as Fernando Oliveira*
Ade M'Cormack as Jacob Nyathi*
Carl Reiner as Jurgen Warmbrunn
Waleed Zuaiter as Saladin Kader
Jay O. Sanders as Bob Archer
Dennis Boutsikaris as General Travis D'Ambrosia
Martin Scorsese as Breckinridge “Breck” Scott*
Simon Pegg as Grover Carlson*
Denise Crosby as Mary Jo Miller*
Bruce Boxleitner as Gavin Blaire*
Ajay Naidu as Ajay Shah
Nicki Clyne as Sharon*
Jeri Ryan as Maria Zhuganova*
Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins
Maz Jobrani as Ahmed Farahnakian
Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio
Eamonn Walker as Xolelwa Azania / Paul Redeker / David Allen Forbes
Jürgen Prochnow as Philip Adler
David Ogden Stiers as Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk*
Michelle Kholos as Jesika Hendricks
Kal Penn as Sardar Khan*
Alan Alda as Arthur Sinclair Junior
Rob Reiner as "The Whacko"
Dean Edwards as Joe Muhammad
Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot*
Becky Ann Baker as Christina Eliopolis
Parminder Nagra as Barati Palshigar*
Brian Tee as Hyungchol Choi / Michael Choi*
Masi Oka as Kondo Tatsumi*
Frank Kamai as Tomonaga Ijiro
John Turturro as Seryosha Garcia Alvarez
Ric Young as Admiral Xu Zhicai*
Alfred Molina as Terry Knox*
John McElroy as Ernesto Olguin
Common as Darnell Hackworth*
F. Murray Abraham as Father Sergei Ryzhkov*
René Auberjonois as Andre Renard*

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That previous page really made me feel stupid.

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lol

I know what you mean.

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Officially started Pattern Recognition today. :thumbsup:


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Is that anything to do with that thing where you see faces in everything?

Happens me constantly. Wood. Leaves. Patterns in stone walls. Everything.

I mentioned it on fb one day and Shawn smith replied saying he has that too and it’s a mental condition.
Didn’t even know I fuckin knew Shawn smith

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Pattern Recognition is a novel by science fiction writer William Gibson published in 2003. Set in August and September 2002, the story follows Cayce Pollard, a 32-year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. The action takes place in London, Tokyo, and Moscow as Cayce judges the effectiveness of a proposed corporate symbol and is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the internet.


Also for the longest time I thought Shawn Smith and Kevin Smith were related. Then I got the Internet.

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Really liking this. A western in reverse, and a look at late 19th century America through a Swedish immigrant. Damn fine landscape writing too.


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Pattern Recognition is a novel by science fiction writer William Gibson published in 2003. Set in August and September 2002, the story follows Cayce Pollard, a 32-year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. The action takes place in London, Tokyo, and Moscow as Cayce judges the effectiveness of a proposed corporate symbol and is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the internet.


Also for the longest time I thought Shawn Smith and Kevin Smith were related. Then I got the Internet.



They’re similar looking!! Pattern recognition!!

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Guys, Pattern Recognition is fucking genius.


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Thoroughly enjoyed World War Z. Had it for years but never picked it up. Was the movie any good?


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Listening to the audiobook for William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. Holy crap this is hilarious.

"C-3PO: Now is the summer of our happiness/
Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!
R2-D2: Beep beep,/
Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, beep, whee!
C-3PO: We’re doomed."

"Luke: I wonder who she is/
Whoever she may be, whatever is/
Her cause, I shall unto her pleas respond/
Not e'en were she my sister could I know/
A duty of more weight than I feel now."

This review sounds very true to my ears so we'll see if the humor holds:
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Reading C-3PO's frustration with his partner in archaic speech provided me with a tremendous amount of amusement. After the initial bout of glee and hysterical laughter, the initial euphoria of reading a reinterpreted Star Wars die down and I have to admit, the second half the book went by considerably slower than the first. However, it's still a hilarious and brilliantly written book, with more depth than one would think in a book of this nature.

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Finished "The Art of Fielding" last night. First 350 pages: "I LOVE THIS AND NEVER WANT IT TO END!" Last 200 pages: "DEAR LORD WILL THIS THING EVER END?" Felt like all the steam went out of the story after
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Henry quits in the middle of a game
. Ended up skimming the last 100 pages and reading the final two chapters.


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Finished "The Art of Fielding" last night. First 350 pages: "I LOVE THIS AND NEVER WANT IT TO END!" Last 200 pages: "DEAR LORD WILL THIS THING EVER END?" Felt like all the steam went out of the story after
Spoiler: show
Henry quits in the middle of a game
. Ended up skimming the last 100 pages and reading the final two chapters.


I remember liking this a lot. Just enough Moby-Dick allusions to keep me interested.

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tmcs wrote:
Finished "The Art of Fielding" last night. First 350 pages: "I LOVE THIS AND NEVER WANT IT TO END!" Last 200 pages: "DEAR LORD WILL THIS THING EVER END?" Felt like all the steam went out of the story after
Spoiler: show
Henry quits in the middle of a game
. Ended up skimming the last 100 pages and reading the final two chapters.


I remember liking this a lot. Just enough Moby-Dick allusions to keep me interested.


I started but never finished Moby-Dick years ago. Would've gotten more out of TAoF had I been more familiar with it, for sure.


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This is a really rewarding read so far. The authors make a good argument for culture being the product of innate cognitive structures that impose modes of organization and architectures on information-processing that solve common problems faced by evolutionary organisms. The upshot is that science is as usual a better explanation for cultural ebbs and flows than any kind of fashionable "social construction" inanity promoted more and more in mainstream culture.

I've been arguing this for years based on a hunch.

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Started Freedom. So far, I'm really digging it but I'm only about 70 pages in. It's my first Franzen.

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tmcs wrote:
Finished "The Art of Fielding" last night. First 350 pages: "I LOVE THIS AND NEVER WANT IT TO END!" Last 200 pages: "DEAR LORD WILL THIS THING EVER END?" Felt like all the steam went out of the story after
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Henry quits in the middle of a game
. Ended up skimming the last 100 pages and reading the final two chapters.

My favorite college basketball team had their biggest game of the decade last night and I was watching a pre-game interview and noticed our shooting guard cut his hair. My wife had to listen to me rant about how that's going to fuck up his rhythm and timing and focus and it took me a while before I figured out this book is why I thought that.

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