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somnabulist
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Icon 14 posted January 04, 2004 14:37      Profile for somnabulist   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am reading the new Dan Brown novel, The Da Vinci code. I am about 40 pages into it, and it is amazing. He writes wonderfully, everytime you learn something new, he mentions something else thats interesting, and you have to read on, its intense. You also learn a lot of crazy facts and such. I highly reccommend it to anyone, its magnificent.

Anyone else read it?

edit: this is my first of his novels, and im gonna get more...

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not quite new, almost a year old, but its a great book, its been mentioned before on the forums, as usual im too lazy to provide a link, his other books arent as interesting in my opinion other than Angels and Demons which also is about Robert Langdon. my rabbi had a fascinating discussion about The Davinci Code on Christmas morning

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i just got the book friday and im going to start reading it for an analysis i have due in two weeks. from what i have heard, it is an outstanding book.
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i think i will.

on topic though, yes my mind has been blown recently.

dave matthews - live at central park

this was recorded september 27th 2003, and released on double dvd by december 2003. that alone is pretty impressive, but nowhere near as impressive as the concert. holy hell!

dmb central park: amazon link
$~29 from jb's (au)

Also, the Robbie Williams new dvd at knebworth, just for the crowd shot where they all take a photo at once. that's about 350_000 camera flashes: huge!

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quote:
Originally posted by Alan!:
i think i will.

on topic though, yes my mind has been blown recently.

dave matthews - live at central park

this was recorded september 27th 2003, and released on double dvd by december 2003. that alone is pretty impressive, but nowhere near as impressive as the concert. holy hell!

dmb central park: amazon link
$~29 from jb's (au)

Also, the Robbie Williams new dvd at knebworth, just for the crowd shot where they all take a photo at once. that's about 350_000 camera flashes: huge!

Great set indeed! Not sure about the price conversion, and I don't really feel like looking it up, but it was ~US$14.99 when I got it not too long ago.

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Icon 10 posted January 05, 2004 06:32      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just came from a hiking trip in the smoky mountains. My mind was certainly blown [Smile]

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somnabulist: After you finish The DaVinci Code go back and read Angels and Demons (if you haven't read it already). It was Dan Brown's first book involving Robert Langdon. Personally, I think it's better than The DaVinci Code, and probably the best of his book, though I did enjoy Digital Fortress which deals with cryptology.

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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2004 08:51      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by MTB Babe:
I just came from a hiking trip in the smoky mountains. My mind was certainly blown [Smile]

ooooh *jealous* [Smile]

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I paid to get my mind blown the last time I went to Amsterdam - good thing the chick didn't swallow. [Smile]

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Icon 11 posted January 06, 2004 12:14      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So how exactly did she blow your mind spungo? Did it involve crawling under your desk? [Big Grin]

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In an attempt to divert the path of the meandering topic: im at chapter 15 and the refrence to the Da Vince painting, in my opinion, has a little too much of a relavence to the story line and the secrecy of his life and the way that the novel is going.

On a side note: i recoginized the progression in the message (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21) but i had no idea what it meant untill the cryptographer had explained anything, i thought that they were going to introduce Proccaisio ( or however you spell his name) as being related to the plot.

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fight club blew my mind (book and movie)

LOTR

my WGS class I took last term

Coldplay

traveling the world

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quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
In an attempt to divert the path of the meandering topic:

dont do that for your own safety. let the topic flow as it wants

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quote:
Originally posted by MTB Babe:
So how exactly did she blow your mind spungo? Did it involve crawling under your desk? [Big Grin]

No, all I had to do was wear a condom on my head, for some reason... gave me tremendous ear-ache the next day. [ohwell]

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i've just completed a project using the data analysis add-in on excel. it was pretty amazing using the multi regression analysis bit to build a model of how the crime rate is dependant on lots of different variables. wish this had been around 15 years ago when i actually studied it at college. would've made it so much more interesting and relevant, rather than just loads of dry theory
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Icon 1 posted January 13, 2004 07:23      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
wish this had been around 15 years ago when i actually studied it at college.

Yeah, right - the only thing you studied at college was big, hard, upright...

...and had "Armitage Shanks" written on it. You had a class just about every night, didn't you? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
wish this had been around 15 years ago when i actually studied it at college.

Yeah, right - the only thing you studied at college was big, hard, upright...

...and had "Armitage Shanks" written on it. You had a class just about every night, didn't you? [Wink]

not sure if you're alluding to the fact that i had the occasional beer, or that i was an eager participant in that martial art "hand-to-gland combat" (as in "everytime i saw her, i had to have a good armitage")

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Icon 1 posted January 13, 2004 07:31      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh, you mean a 'wafty crank'?

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Oh, you mean a 'wafty crank'?

exactly [Big Grin]

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OK I'm halfway through Da Vinci Code and it ROCKS!!!!
I'm DEFINITELY reading it a second time, DEFINITELY researching the claims it makes, and you all should DEFINITELY read it!!!!
Has anyone done any research on the topics discussed in this book? [Eek!] [Big Grin] [Smile]

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my rabbi did a seminar on many of the topics that were presented in the book on Christmas morning, it was quite good, the stuff about Mary Magdelene has no conclusive historical evidence that isnt biased but the stuff about pagan symbolism in Christianity is all correct, Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion both exist. as Gabe from Penny-Arcade said "I was running to my computer every 5 minutes to check to see if this shit was real". my local barnes and noble brought out a lot of old and new books relating to the Davinci code this summer, i read through about 2 and a half before my mind drifted to the New Jedi Order books

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Yeah I read it, I didn't it was an ok book. People are always coming into my work (restaurant) talking about it. "oh its so real" etc. etc. I am currently write in the middle of the second book of the Baroque Cycle "The Confusion" by neil stephenson. Hella good. And God's Debris that is an awesome book, blew my mind when I read it. But I lent it out and now it is somewhere in new york.

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Just rented beach cottages and condos to over 600 College students- Mind completely gone. as are some of my windows, a few tables etc...
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I haven't read the da Vinci code but I've been told that it deals with the number phi (1.618...).
I'm reading a book called The Golden Ratio which is pretty fascinating...

Then again my family thought that this was pretty interesting.

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I just finished watching "Kill Bill" (v.1) for a second time - that's a bit of a mind-blower...fun to see as well [Smile] .

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