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  • CalvinAndHoboCalvinAndHobo IowaPosts: 1,351 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2019
    The Millionaires - Brad Meltzer
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Going to have to read this series again. I read it 35 years ago and really enjoyed it.

    Doris Lessing at 100: roving time and space

    On the centenary of the Nobel laureate’s birth, Patrick French explores her science-infused series Canopus in Argos.
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02992-9
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    reading about these critters on the web this morning

    Natures Greatest Killing Machines The Harpy Eagle
  • ShawnOLShawnOL Near BostonPosts: 1,217 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Those talons make me shudder.  Jeez.
  • YaksterYakster La Zona State of Mind when I haven't forgotten the coffee filtersPosts: 10,198 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

                  Join me on the vHerf or try the iOS vHerf Link for iPhones -Chris
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Haven't read that one, let us know what you think about it. Pynchon is one of my favorites. "A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now." one of the great opening lines.
  • YaksterYakster La Zona State of Mind when I haven't forgotten the coffee filtersPosts: 10,198 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Will do, Edward. I've enjoyed the Pynchon that I've been able to finish. I started Mason & Dixon, paired with a Crowned Heads Mason Dixon cigar, but put the book down and haven't finished it. Maybe someday.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

                  Join me on the vHerf or try the iOS vHerf Link for iPhones -Chris
  • MartelMartel Somewhere in PAPosts: 3,304 ✭✭✭✭
    Pynchon is weird.  My kind of weird.

    V. and The Crying of Lot 49 are fantastic; though I've never read Gravity's Rainbow.

    Try David Foster Wallace next.  He's like Pynchon on steroids for Gen X.
    Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

    I like Oliva and Quesada (including Regius) a lot.  I will smoke anything, though.
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    never too old to learn more about ants:
    https://antwiki.org/wiki/Welcome_to_AntWiki
  • First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 1,938 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Walking Shadow  by Robert Parker 1994. Spencer and Hawk do it again. I picked this up along with two boxes of books at our library's book sale. $2 a big box.
    The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.
  • tabakotabako Washington StatePosts: 365 ✭✭✭
    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, for the second time. Great book!
  • YaksterYakster La Zona State of Mind when I haven't forgotten the coffee filtersPosts: 10,198 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    not yet, but as soon as it is published:

    Desert Navigator: The Journey of an Ant Hardcover – February 4, 2020

    by Rüdiger Wehner (Author)

    review here:
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03956-9
    and from Amazon:

    "Through a lively and lucid narrative, Desert Navigator offers a firsthand look at the extraordinary navigational skills of these charismatic desert dwellers and the experiments that revealed how they strategize and solve complex problems. Wehner and his team discovered that these insect navigators use visual cues in the sky that humans are unable to see, the Earth’s magnetic field, wind direction, a step counter, and panoramic “snapshots” of landmarks, among other resources. The ants combine all of this information to steer an optimal course. At any given time during their long journey, they know exactly where to go. It is no wonder these nimble and versatile creatures have become models in the study of animal navigation.

    "Desert Navigator brings to light the marvelous capacity and complexity found in these remarkable insects and shows us how mini brains can solve mega tasks."

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