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Posted by somnabulist (Member # 2403) on January 04, 2004, 14:37:
 
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...
 
Posted by SpikeSpiegel (Member # 1452) on January 04, 2004, 15:02:
 
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
 
Posted by Jace Raven (Member # 2444) on January 04, 2004, 20:56:
 
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.
 
Posted by Alan! (Member # 1261) on January 05, 2004, 01:30:
 
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!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on January 05, 2004, 06:18:
 
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.
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on January 05, 2004, 06:32:
 
I just came from a hiking trip in the smoky mountains. My mind was certainly blown [Smile]
 
Posted by BellaDonna (Member # 2123) on January 06, 2004, 05:43:
 
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.
 
Posted by Orpheus (Member # 2397) on January 06, 2004, 08:51:
 
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]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on January 06, 2004, 09:07:
 
I paid to get my mind blown the last time I went to Amsterdam - good thing the chick didn't swallow. [Smile]
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on January 06, 2004, 12:14:
 
So how exactly did she blow your mind spungo? Did it involve crawling under your desk? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Jace Raven (Member # 2444) on January 06, 2004, 12:25:
 
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.
 
Posted by addiew (Member # 2140) on January 12, 2004, 22:59:
 
fight club blew my mind (book and movie)

LOTR

my WGS class I took last term

Coldplay

traveling the world
 
Posted by SpikeSpiegel (Member # 1452) on January 13, 2004, 03:33:
 
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
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on January 13, 2004, 04:07:
 
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]
 
Posted by cheezi git (Member # 1598) on January 13, 2004, 06:45:
 
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
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on January 13, 2004, 07:23:
 
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]
 
Posted by cheezi git (Member # 1598) on January 13, 2004, 07:30:
 
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")
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on January 13, 2004, 07:31:
 
Oh, you mean a 'wafty crank'?
 
Posted by cheezi git (Member # 1598) on January 13, 2004, 07:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Oh, you mean a 'wafty crank'?

exactly [Big Grin]
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on February 23, 2004, 13:09:
 
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]
 
Posted by SpikeSpiegel (Member # 1452) on February 23, 2004, 19:23:
 
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
 
Posted by aberrantgeek (Member # 2336) on May 01, 2004, 06:24:
 
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.
 
Posted by Chesty (Member # 2460) on May 01, 2004, 11:04:
 
Just rented beach cottages and condos to over 600 College students- Mind completely gone. as are some of my windows, a few tables etc...
 
Posted by supergoo (Member # 2280) on May 01, 2004, 20:33:
 
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.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on May 01, 2004, 20:48:
 
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] .
 
Posted by Flashfire (Member # 2616) on May 01, 2004, 23:58:
 
While I haven't read The DaVinci Code, I have been reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, which is kind of about the same thing, I guess -- signal vs. noise, codes, and crypto. I find it just this side of completely mind-blowing: books like that make me really wish I was better at math.

I haven't yet read any of the Baroque Cycle, mainly because I like his sci-fi, so I'm kind of leery about a different genre...although Cryptonomicon isn't really sci-fi, and I like it, so maybe I'll give 'em a chance later. Once they come out in paperback, and a poor geek like me can afford them... [Smile]
 
Posted by Tut-an-Geek (Member # 1234) on May 02, 2004, 06:17:
 
Cryptonomicon was really good! Try Quicksilver next, it's really good too!
 
Posted by greycat (Member # 945) on May 03, 2004, 06:12:
 
I've got a copy of Quicksilver from the library; haven't started it yet. It's next.

I don't think this one's likely to be published in paperback any time soon. It's physically enormous.
 
Posted by Flashfire (Member # 2616) on May 03, 2004, 12:40:
 
quote:
Originally posted by greycat:
I don't think this one's likely to be published in paperback any time soon. It's physically enormous.

So was Cryptonomicon, which is why it took me so long to get around to reading it -- I admit, I was intimidated by the size. [Big Grin]

However, I did find the slightly more portable, 10 lb. trade paperback version, so I'm hoping Quicksilver will be published like that soon. I can wait -- I've got a few other things on my reading list I need to get around to, and summer is not the best time to read intellectually challenging stories. For me, at least.
 


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