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How many books next to your bed?

David O'Meara

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If you don't read in bed, swap 'bed' for 'favourite reading place'. Magazines and journals count too.

I have two technical, one fiction, and one Dilbert book masquerading as fact.
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A book about Peter Howson, one about Hogarth and a copy of Moby Dick that i will finish one of these days...

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    Originally posted by Joe Ess:
    Farewell, My Lovely

    Fantastic. I always wish Chandler had written more.
    fred rosenberger
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    read, or unread books?

    there's probably over a dozen on my side of the bed. Fantasy novels (Thomas Covenant series, a few by Orson Scott Card), Java/programming books, Entertainment weekly (guilty pleasure), a couple books on learning/playing Go, "Goedel, Escher, and Bach", my college textbook on Algorithms...

    and the pile on my side is small compared to my wifes!!!

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    Joe Ess

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    Originally posted by Paul Sturrock:
    Fantastic. I always wish Chandler had written more.

    I'm really enjoying it (just finished "The Big Sleep"). I read it in my inner Bogart voice. Works pretty well.
    NPR did a story earlier this month on Philip Marlowe and got me interested.
    Bear Bibeault
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    I see about 9 or 10 piled on the bottom shelf of the bedstand. I haven't looked at the titles, it'll just depress me.

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    Mark Spritzler

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    I have two issues of Nintendo Power magazine.
    Michael Yuan's Nokia Hacks book.
    And a Test Driven book.


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    Gabriel Claramunt
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    Next to my bed
    "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Tool
    "Implementation Patterns" by Kent Beck
    Last issue of Times magazine.
    Near my reading chair I have "Executable UML" and a couple of "CrossTalk" issues

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    2 technical books
    2 fiction books (1 is finished and waiting to go back to the library)
    2 travel planning books

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    Bert Bates

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    tons of books on my side of the bed, two tons on Kathy's side : )

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    Labyrinths of Reason by William Poundstone
    I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
    Understanding cultures Through Their Key Words by Anna Wierzbicka.

    2) Four Edward Tufte's books.

    3) Two Russian books:

    Даниэль Штайн, переводчик. Людмилы Улицкой
    ("Daniel Stein, Translator" By Lyudmila Ulitskaya)

    I didn't find much in English about the book, except for this Britannica's comment:

    "The year's most controversial novel, and also a Booker nominee, came from Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Daniel Shtayn, perevodchik (2006; �Daniel Stein, Translator�) told the story of a Jewish Holocaust survivor who is rescued by monks and then converts to Roman Catholicism; he becomes a priest and attempts to reconcile Judaism and Christianity on the level both of ritual and dogma...."

    What is controversial about the novel, I don't know. The book's main character is a real person, Oswald Rufeisen.

    The second book is Похороните меня за плинтусом Павла Санаева ("Bury me behind the floor molding" by Pavel Sanayev). It's about author's childhood, more precisely his relationship with his not-completely-sane Grandmother. What's remarkable about this book, is that I instantly found something to relate to in the story about an abusive granma, and in an interview the author said that many Russians told the same to him. Apparetnly he found a new kind of what Jung would call an archetype of a Russian woman. I gave to book to my friend, he started to read and immediately started to laugh. I asked what he found so funny. He said "she's like my own granma. She used to say, "you eat so much! It's easier for us to kill you, than to feed you." Well, yeah. Makes me wonder if the mystery of mysterious Russian soul is finally solved.

    Apparently the books is translated into German under the name of "Begrabt mich hinter der Fu�leiste". There is something that looks like reviews to me here and here (German).

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    fred rosenberger
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    Originally posted by Bert Bates:
    tons of books on my side of the bed, two tons on Kathy's side : )

    this sounds exactly like our house
    Originally posted by Bert Bates:
    Fred, I gotta ask - what Go books are you using?

    This and this.
    Pat Farrell

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    You actually asked "how many" and the answer is always one for me.

    Folks seem to be answering "which" and for me its The Civil War: A Narrative--Fort Sumter to Perryville, Vol. 1 by Shelby Foote

    I do not read technical books in bed, they keep me up.
    Nicholas Jordan
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    Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
    (...snip...)I do not read technical books in bed, they keep me up.

    Me too. I use the sleeping furniture for it's intended purpose. To read, I have an area that consists of the computer, computer books, and a place to sit while using those. I tried reading and sleeping at the same time but it is hard to explain to people that you read through your eyelids.

    It used to be, not that long ago, that I would wake on Saturday Morning, begin reading while still asleep and find that 12 or 16 hours later I had not moved enough and have to spend five minutes 'getting unstuck'. After the second day of this I would have to take a walk by discipline to avoid a zombie like detachment that is not healthful.

    I tell people that I have enough computer books to hold up an eight foot standard ( tract home ) residential ceiling. The only non-computer book I have is Storm Watchers by Cox ~ I bought that because it may help me understand chaotics and time series.

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    Pat Farrell

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    Originally posted by Nicholas Jordan:Me too. I use the sleeping furniture for it's intended purpose.

    Beds actually have two purposes, not one. The first is sleeping. The second is more fun
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    That would be when we drag the bed into the Living Room and jump off the $10,000 piano onto the bed. Sleeping is a little wasteful unless you can use the time to plan the day ahead. Most people cannot do that, and as well think the intended purpose of the thing is what you allude to.

    Most of those puppies have been on Qualudes too long to be of a reliable use for that type of fun. Their flesh softened by decades of decadance, I find the hardbody of Rachel McClish exercise tape to be more entertaining in that moment.

    RE:Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
    Bert Bates

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    Hey Fred -

    Those Janice Kim books are excellent! I would recommend "Graded Go Problems" next , and then "Life and Death", "Tesuji", and "The Second book of Go"

    Then I'll meet you on IGS!

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    Originally posted by David O'Meara:
    If you don't read in bed, swap 'bed' for 'favourite reading place'...

    I read in coffee shops, so my car is a bookshelf...

    Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town
    Fender Electric Guitar Book
    Head First Servlets and JSP
    High Maintenance
    I Went to College, and It Was Okay
    Iceland: Land of the Sagas
    If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
    Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin
    Making of Blade Runner
    Memories of My Father Watching TV
    Modulations: A History of Electronic Music
    My Education
    Notes from Underground
    Tetherballs of Bougainville
    Waiting for Godot

    (And a couple issues of "MacWorld" and "URB.")

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    Christophe Verré

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    Next to my bed :
    - XIII l'integrale, Tome 3. I don't recommend this black and white version
    - Rikishi no sekai. Great little book on Sumo wrestling.
    - Dilbert : I'm not anti-business, I'm anti-idiot.

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    krishna kishore

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    Head first sql -
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    Everyday it keeps changing for me. Yesterday I had HF SQL. Today I'm planning to have Maven. But it's nice. Rahter than watching TV, I find reading better.

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    Pho Tek
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    I have (within reach of my bed):
  • A copy of the latest ODE magazine "buddha in the boardroom"
  • Thoreau's Walden
  • An issue of Running Times
  • Pho Tek
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    That Doestoevsky book is a classic. Samuel Beckett is one of my favorite authors (next to Borges).
    [ June 10, 2008: Message edited by: Pho Tek ]
    I agree. Here's the link:
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