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    Blood Sugar
    Sascha Rothchild

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    “I could just kill you right now!” It’s something we’ve all thought at one time or another. But Ruby has actually acted on it. Three times, to be exact.

    Though she may be a murderer, Ruby is not a sociopath. She is an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice. She’s felt empathy and sympathy. She’s had long-lasting friendships and relationships, and has a husband, Jason, whom she adores. But the homicide detectives at Miami Beach PD are not convinced...
     
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    I really enjoyed the book. And the one I just posted seems to be as good.
     
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    Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
    Stuart Russell

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    A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines

    In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable.
     
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    i see the conflict between those who wield AI and those on the receiving end.
     
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    just finished a clockwork orange. i never understood the title.
    what a whacko book, seems like a lot of 60's and 70's stuff must have been drug fueled :p
     
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    For whom the bell tolls
    Not bad, best Hemingway I’ve read yet
     
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    A pallet cleanser - and with knowledge of this chain that is as unexpected as seeing a 'Double-Double' lying by itself on an NYC sidewalk.....

    ON DECK....
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    People who are trapped behind the Tinsel Curtain should give it a look!
     
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    Skimmed a bit, semi-autobiographical, very vivid/detailed descriptions. And, definitely from another era: I'm paraphrasing, but in one bit he's talking about "my negro", or some expression similar, when he was loosely managing a boxer. Shudder...
     
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    I'm skimming through a personal finance book, Killing Sacred Cows. I say skimming because while the underlying advice and economics seem pretty good, it's floating in a lot of filler. Very annoyed by the low information density of the text. I don't read many self-help books, maybe this is normal?

    The real news is that I bought myself a Kindle. Even though I travel a lot for work, I've been lugging books (even hardcovers!) everywhere I go. Well, I finally had enough and sprung for an e-reader. I like how light it is and the screen is much better suited to long reading sessions than either my phone or laptop.

    I do wish the night backlighting were a warmer color, but overall I'm very satisfied with the thing. I've already got it hooked up to my library cards, looking forward to really flexing this thing.
     
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    it is interesting how language and intentions have changed over time, and especially since the age of political correctness.
    it is hard to read a lot of older novels, especially when you consider that a great many people still think that way, and sometimes speak it out loud.
    it wasn't that long ago when harry reid called barack obama a 'clean negro'. and then of course you get the apology, and 'it's how i was raised and we all talked like that'
    what are they really thinking? we'll never know.

    i just finished the book, and don't remember that line. they do speak of darker spaniards as negros's, and perhaps to them it was no different than calling someone black today
     
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    the girl with the pearl earring, pretty good.
     
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    the girl with the pearl earring, pretty good.
     
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    Finally read it through, The Sun Also Rises. Started catching on about halfway through. Can’t improve on the back cover summaries; well worth the read.
     
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    best book i've read in a long time:

    "all the light you cannot see". best to watch the netflix mini series first if you're going to do both, imo.
     
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    okay, this one is a blockbuster. maybe everyone knew it but me. 'uncle toms cabin'.

    perhaps the best book i've ever read. to think it was written in 1852
     
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    Recently finished.
    I'll probably re-read this soon.
    A pretty good LOC (probably ROC in this forum) non-theists insider's guide
    About as simplified as Israel can get in a smallish not-a-tombe.
     
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    The Rocking Chair Prophet
    by Matthew Kelly

    From the Forward:
    "Listening to that voice is the difference between happiness and misery, wonderful memories and heartrending regrets, The Rocking Chair Prophet is a transformational story about reclaiming that voice and the unmitigated joy that comes from following it."

    "After an unspeakable tragedy devastates his life, Daniel, a thirty-three-year-old suburban man, disappears into the mountains. Years later, he reemerges filled with uncommon wisdom and other extraordinary gifts."

    On love;
    "Is he a kind person? Does she have a kind heart? Two kind people will always have a better relationship than two inconsiderate people. All relationships come down to kindness in the end."

    A little slow but worth the read, for me.
     
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    Definitely NOT recommended unless you've ever listened to a radar trying to find you. ;)
    STILL I found it to be an interesting diversion.
     
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    Palate cleanser.
    One of the interesting things about the grey ghosts that were salvaged from the muck in Pearl Harbor is that they made pretty good fire support platforms for our US Marines.

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    On Deck.
     
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    Got finished reading Do Androids dream of electric sheep not too long ago. Was a good read.