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  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,529 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @webmost said:

    @Wylaff said:
    I finished Timeline by Michael Crichton last night. It started out solid, but I found myself getting lost with medieval french names by the end. I started Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I'm about a hundred pages in. It's decent. a quick read, but if your not used to English (British) writing it is significantly drier than it's american counterparts.

    Horatio Hornblower is so much better than Jack Aubrey it's not even close. Try that series. Start with Beat to Quarters.

    Totally agree. Hornblower rocks. Jack Aubrey can get tiring. If anyone wants to check it out though let me know. either series. If it’s ok with @CalvinAndHobo for me to pass them on.

  • CalvinAndHoboCalvinAndHobo IowaPosts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Rhamlin said:

    @webmost said:

    @Wylaff said:
    I finished Timeline by Michael Crichton last night. It started out solid, but I found myself getting lost with medieval french names by the end. I started Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I'm about a hundred pages in. It's decent. a quick read, but if your not used to English (British) writing it is significantly drier than it's american counterparts.

    Horatio Hornblower is so much better than Jack Aubrey it's not even close. Try that series. Start with Beat to Quarters.

    Totally agree. Hornblower rocks. Jack Aubrey can get tiring. If anyone wants to check it out though let me know. either series. If it’s ok with @CalvinAndHobo for me to pass them on.

    Here's the link. You'll have to find the series in order via another source and use control f to find the title you're looking for, but they're all there. And I'd be fine if @Rhamlin wanted to pass them on as long as the whole series stays together. When books are out of circulation it can be frustrating to try and find one that's missing in the middle of a series.

    http://gutenberg.ca/index.html#h2completecatalogue

  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,529 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Wylaff said:

    @webmost said:

    @Wylaff said:
    I finished Timeline by Michael Crichton last night. It started out solid, but I found myself getting lost with medieval french names by the end. I started Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I'm about a hundred pages in. It's decent. a quick read, but if your not used to English (British) writing it is significantly drier than it's american counterparts.

    Horatio Hornblower is so much better than Jack Aubrey it's not even close. Try that series. Start with Beat to Quarters.

    I'll look for it next time I'm at the book store. Thanks.

    @Wylaff said:

    @webmost said:

    @Wylaff said:
    I finished Timeline by Michael Crichton last night. It started out solid, but I found myself getting lost with medieval french names by the end. I started Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I'm about a hundred pages in. It's decent. a quick read, but if your not used to English (British) writing it is significantly drier than it's american counterparts.

    Horatio Hornblower is so much better than Jack Aubrey it's not even close. Try that series. Start with Beat to Quarters.

    I'll look for it next time I'm at the book store. Thanks.

    Let me know if you want the Jack Aubrey books?
    I kinda want to hold onto the Hornblower. I plan on putting up a nice shelf to display them in the lounge.

  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,328 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The copmplete Hornblower series as one word doc hee:

    https://archive.org/details/HoratioHornblowerCompleteNovelsByC.sForester

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  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2020/07/11/is-planet-9-actually-a-primordial-black-hole/#5e4da0994d80

    "That is, a hypothetical primordial black hole (PBH) with a horizon size no larger than a grapefruit, and with a mass 5 to 10 times that of Earth."

  • TheKrakenTheKraken MassachusettsPosts: 234 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte. Not the most thrilling but very useful. Ready to get back to The Stormbringer Archive if Brian Sanderson would finally finished. Already given up on Patrick Rothfuss finishing The Kingkiller Chronicles

  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "The Chase" by Clive Cussler.

  • First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 2,034 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "The Shape Shifter" Tony Hillerman

    The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.
  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Devil's Gate" by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    reading about glacier bears in southern Alaska

  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Persuader" by Lee Child

  • WylaffWylaff Reno, NVPosts: 4,800 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve been listening to Garth Mix’s Old Kingdom trilogy. It’s narrated by Tim Curry and very enjoyable.

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  • First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 2,034 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Red Metal by Mark Greaney

    The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.
  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wrath of Poseidon" by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell.

  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-020-02082-1/index.html

    Pluto’s dark side spills its secrets — including hints of a hidden ocean
    Images of the dwarf planet’s far side are revealing possible signs of liquid water, mysterious shards of ice and new theories for the frigid world’s birth.

  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "The Simple Truth" by David Baldacci.

  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Antioxidants Gone Bad: When the Microbiome Promotes Cancer
    https://www.genengnews.com/news/antioxidants-gone-bad-when-the-microbiome-promotes-cancer/

  • First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 2,034 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dead Eye by Mark Greaney The Gray Man series.

    The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    fascinating article about the structure of phages

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17505-w

  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 12,430 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Too dense for me right now, Edward.

    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Credible Threat" by J. A. Jance.

  • BullSquatchBullSquatch Troutman, NCPosts: 135 ✭✭✭

    i am really going to show my age here, but i recently found the entire series of Harry Potter that i read when i was in grade school and i am going to dive back in for a revisit. Great series. Make your jokes. LOL

  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 12,430 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well, I remember that I'd have my oldest daughter read Harry Potter to me at night and I'd always fall asleep while she was reading.

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  • BullSquatchBullSquatch Troutman, NCPosts: 135 ✭✭✭
    edited August 3

    It's a great series of books

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  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hmm, I blame self-medication, pot and "the munchies":
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200803092125.htm
    Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning

    Posted: 03 Aug 2020 06:21 AM PDT

    In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 5,385 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @silvermouse said:
    hmm, I blame self-medication, pot and "the munchies":
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200803092125.htm
    Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning

    Posted: 03 Aug 2020 06:21 AM PDT

    In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

    Think maybe Television, Sedentary lifestyle, and the advent of the internet might have something to do with it, as well? Plus the fact that the Public School system started getting seriously dumbed-down in the 60's? Because the politicians figured out that they'd over-educated the general masses since they no longer wanted to go to foreign lands and die for the profitability of American Corporations?

    Just some thoughts.

    From an aging boomer.

    Probably just nonsense.

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  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 4

    from one aging boomer to another, nope, not nonsense.

  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 9,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mapping gene flow between ancient hominins through demography-aware inference of the ancestral recombination graph

    full paper here:
    https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1008895

    Abstract
    The sequencing of Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes has yielded many new insights about interbreeding events between extinct hominins and the ancestors of modern humans. While much attention has been paid to the relatively recent gene flow from Neanderthals and Denisovans into modern humans, other instances of introgression leave more subtle genomic evidence and have received less attention. Here, we present a major extension of the ARGweaver algorithm, called ARGweaver-D, which can infer local genetic relationships under a user-defined demographic model that includes population splits and migration events. This Bayesian algorithm probabilistically samples ancestral recombination graphs (ARGs) that specify not only tree topologies and branch lengths along the genome, but also indicate migrant lineages. The sampled ARGs can therefore be parsed to produce probabilities of introgression along the genome. We show that this method is well powered to detect the archaic migration into modern humans, even with only a few samples. We then show that the method can also detect introgressed regions stemming from older migration events, or from unsampled populations. We apply it to human, Neanderthal, and Denisovan genomes, looking for signatures of older proposed migration events, including ancient humans into Neanderthal, and unknown archaic hominins into Denisovans. We identify 3% of the Neanderthal genome that is putatively introgressed from ancient humans, and estimate that the gene flow occurred between 200-300kya. We find no convincing evidence that negative selection acted against these regions. Finally, we predict that 1% of the Denisovan genome was introgressed from an unsequenced, but highly diverged, archaic hominin ancestor. About 15% of these “super-archaic” regions—comprising at least about 4Mb—were, in turn, introgressed into modern humans and continue to exist in the genomes of people alive today.

  • CalvinAndHoboCalvinAndHobo IowaPosts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @First_Warrior said:
    Dead Eye by Mark Greaney The Gray Man series.

    Is this series good/worth reading? Compared to others in it's genre? It's on my list but I keep finding other stuff to jump it.

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