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!!!
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
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
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...." http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-1386234/Daniel-Shtayn-perevodchik
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).
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.
"The differential equations that describe dynamic interactions of power generators are similar to that of the gravitational interplay among celestial bodies, which is chaotic in nature."
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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:
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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"
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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