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« Reply #255 on: November 04, 2018, 04:11:24 AM »
Ah, but bumbly Jack Ryan is a bit of a mask, he can be as scary, if not scarier than John Clark in the fact that he keeps his worse natures tightly wound. When he goes off, he gets dangerous.

Hell, He never even saw Combat, he was a baby officer, his helo hit the drink UPSIDE DOWN and I believe he was the sole survivor. The movies always make it some crappy RPG attack when the books made it so much scarier. Hell, there are parts in Red October where they just throw out survival times like "Yeah, anything goes wrong? suuuper dead".


So this crippled marine, who never actually got to serve in uniform, DESTROYS the rather stupid terrorists in Pat Games. I also hate how they always change this, it's crazy that he saved the friggin heir to the throne while jogging around like a meathead.


Surviving terrorists bide their time and mope like jackasses, while Jack Ryan's response is "That was weird". and he gets back to his life. He's more annoyed by the Knighting than being shot.


They mess with his wife, he unleashes the monster he can be. They shoot up his house, he kills more of them.


It's like a horror movie, they keep trying to kill him, and they end up dying. It's almost like Tucker and dale vs. evil.


This of course, makes the TV show even less impressive. Jack Ryan is a man who wants to be a nerd, but wrote his dissertation on making critical decisions under imminent threat. Of course, Captain Ramius was not impressed.


Man, it is a shame that Clancy is dead, he wrote Competency Porn at a level that few can hit.
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« Reply #256 on: November 11, 2018, 03:17:34 PM »
Your conclusions were all wrong, 8ullfrog.
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« Reply #257 on: November 12, 2018, 08:04:38 AM »
Your conclusions were all wrong, 8ullfrog.
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« Reply #258 on: November 18, 2018, 05:00:50 AM »
Now reading The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden, loved his Emperor books but have found this a little under whelming. Will trudge on and see if it  improves 

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« Reply #259 on: November 23, 2018, 06:24:35 AM »
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice was good, and it's the first book in a trilogy, so I'm on to book 2:  Ancillary Sword.

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« Reply #260 on: November 23, 2018, 11:32:25 PM »
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice was good, and it's the first book in a trilogy, so I'm on to book 2:  Ancillary Sword.

looks interesting may have to get  :D

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« Reply #261 on: November 23, 2018, 11:39:29 PM »
I'm pretty sure it got several awards, a Hugo, Arthur C. Clarke, etc.  Leckie lives in St. Louis, MO.  I found that surprising.  I guess she had worked as an editor before she became an author.  I like her writing.

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« Reply #262 on: November 29, 2018, 05:07:56 PM »
welcome back, I thought you had vanished into the Matrix

Thanks goldie. I tried taking the blue pill but got kicked out of Matrix for mocking Mr. Anderson.
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« Reply #263 on: November 30, 2018, 05:11:59 AM »
Thanks goldie. I tried taking the blue pill but got kicked out of Matrix for mocking Mr. Anderson.
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« Reply #264 on: December 22, 2018, 02:59:25 AM »
I knew that Sam Clemens took his pen name from boat depth measurements.


I did NOT know that "Mark Twain" Meant Two Fathoms.

Did Sam Clemens seriously make his Pen Name the Old Tymey equivalent of DEEZ NUTS?
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« Reply #265 on: September 27, 2019, 01:54:49 PM »
I have 9 electrician books - from principle to regulations - to wade through before the 28th of Oct. Some of them read like the bible so I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to manage it.

I'll start tomorrow as I'm knacked tonight.
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« Reply #266 on: September 27, 2019, 04:10:32 PM »
I have several books going at once, one for a book group I belong to dedicated to Greek and Roman classics, one is just for fun and the last one is for a class.

Herodotus:  Histories
Paul Scott:  The Jewel in the Crown
Gleim Enrolled Agent Prep Part 1:  Individual Taxes.

Herodotus can be tedious and then vastly entertaining.  Scott is just fun, with the occasional slow descriptive passage like a speed bump in an otherwise engaging story.  The Gleim makes my eyes glaze over on occasion, so I need all the relief I can get.  There are occasional fun tidbits that are good for bringing up when conversation gets slow, like:  "did you know that even if you get divorced you can still claim your in laws as dependents for tax purposes?"

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« Reply #267 on: September 30, 2019, 01:39:19 PM »
Just wing it - how hard can it be?

Judging by most electricians that I employ, not very.

You can get in trouble for that if they are dead though.

You can get in trouble with the tax office here for breathing too much air.
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« Reply #268 on: September 30, 2019, 04:46:38 PM »
Be careful not to end up conscripted into the Adeptus Mechanicus! Or get assimilated by Borg. Both are unlikely, but be on guard.

I have on paper official findings from the government that I am of low intelligence. I try not to let it hold me back. It is astounding how many institutions operate on the system of "WHY YOU NOT HAVE MONEY?". Like, because?

Also, everything is too expensive. My building just hit us with the maximum rent increase allowable by law. Because in January, that gets nerfed by the Governor.
 
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« Reply #269 on: September 30, 2019, 08:14:50 PM »
8ully, I find it comical that someone used an arbitrary yardstick to determine your IQ.  Those tests are basically a joke.  In my experience, there's so many different kinds of intelligence that it's not possible to devise a test that adequately measures the odd varieties that might present themselves in a single individual.  I haven't found you particularly lacking from what you post on here.

smokes, I share your enthusiasm for the tedium of poring over technical manuals in order to qualify for some kind of professional license.  Even if you like the work, the tasks of memorization and spewing out the data for tests are far from fun.  Yeah.  There's plenty of ways to get in to trouble over taxes.  So far, they've not taxed the air, but one thing you'll enjoy is the "soda tax" on carbonated beverages here so as to discourage young people from drinking sugary soft drinks.  I get pissed off because they tax unflavored seltzer:  i.e. carbonated tap water without any additives.  It seems an overreach to me, but that's the least of our troubles.
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