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  •  Little girls and dinosaurs... (2+ / 0-)
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    MT Spaces, Youffraita

    My little girl LOVED dinosaurs when she was young.  When it got hot, and we had no air conditioning, we would pile into the car and go to the library and just loiter pointlessly for hours.  It was easy to amuse her.  I would put her in a corner near us with a pile of dinosaur picture books, not all of them designed for children, and then get out of her way.

    When I was a kid, my dad was convinced I was going to be the engineer in the family.  (Actually, it kind of worked out that way, but not by design).  Came the day, probably about sixth grade, when I was fascinated with science fiction, and my dad asked me what I wanted to do for a living when I grew up.  I told him I wanted to be a writer.

    Oh, the expression on his face!  I hadn't realized until that moment that perhaps being a writer wasn't manly.  He had this tight blank look of disappointment.  It was as if I'd said I wanted to blow sailors when I grew up.

    Oh well.  

    •  Dumbo...this is a reply (1+ / 0-)
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      to your previous comment.

      If you're interested in Newton's weird experiments, you might well enjoy the novel Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson.  I thought the first half was pretty dull...but it was all about Newton & the Royal Society & stupid experiments (along with scientific ones).

      The second half of the book, and the two subsequent volumes, are terrific reads.

      But if you can read Newton without killing yourself from boredom, you'll like the first half of Quicksilver, I think.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 11:17:50 PM PST

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      •  NO SUICIDES (0+ / 0-)

        Look, if I can survive attempting to read Pamela....

      •  Already read it! (0+ / 0-)

        The whole trilogy and LOVED it.

        It gets better as it goes along, as the quirky and sometimes funny relationship between Half-cocked Jack (so named because he only has half a cock, the result of a syphilis cure gone wrong) and the former harem girl, whose name I can't remember, who becomes a powerful French courtesan in the Sun King's court after he rescues her.

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