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Elvermere
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Icon 5 posted November 25, 2005 04:28      Profile for Elvermere     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Let me prefix the next questions by saying....I'm looking for some stuff to keep me entertained. So I'm going to try sucking your brains (not literally, and no spungo, not any other part) to try and keep me entertained.

1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?

Just throw the answers out there people.....it isn't going to matter if someone else HAS read/seen/heard it. And of course, feel free to justify your recommendations! [Big Grin]

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spungo
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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 04:48      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?

'Whatever' by Michel Houellebecq (highly presumptuous - please excuse me. )

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?


Buffalo '66, with Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci.

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?

Is there an audio-book version of the 'Joy of Linux'?

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?


Anything by the 'Dresden Dolls' [Smile]

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skylar
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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 06:06      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quoting Spungo:
Anything by the 'Dresden Dolls'
[Applause] ... ah, they're great. A friend of mine told me he knew this great "Brechtian Punk Cabaret" band, about a year back. I've been hooked ever since.

quoting Elvermere:
1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?
'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt; 'Eleanor Rigby' by Douglas Coupland; 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' by Dave Eggers

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?
In My Father's Den

...skipping questions 3 and 4, because I have no clue... sorry...

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spungo
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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 06:26      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
quoting Spungo:
Anything by the 'Dresden Dolls'
[Applause] ... ah, they're great. A friend of mine told me he knew this great "Brechtian Punk Cabaret" band, about a year back. I've been hooked ever since.

The alive version of 'Coin-Operated Boy' be one of me fave songlets in me puff, like. I mean to go gigwise with much verve next time they us shorewards thusly go... thus, as such. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 07:04      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Elvermere:
Let me prefix the next questions by saying....I'm looking for some stuff to keep me entertained. So I'm going to try sucking your brains (not literally, and no spungo, not any other part) to try and keep me entertained.

1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?

The age of spiritual machines by dr ray kurzweil.


2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?

American Pop.

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?

Fuck podcasts.

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 07:08      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ok, I don't know if these are really hidden gems or if everyone already know about them, but here are my suggestion.

Books: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet. Hilarious.
On a more serious tone the ¯A serie by Van Vogt may not be as well known as Asimov's Foundation, but just as good.

Movies:
A lesser-known work of Jim Henson is The Dark Crystal. Not as entertaining as Labyrinth, but still worth watching, if only because it is a Jim Henson work.
I don't know how many of you know about it, but I consider "The Thirteenth Floor" to be one of the best SF movie - so much bigger on the brain factor as the story takes precedence over the special effects. And it is well acted too!

I'll stop here. My other favorites are probably too well known to need mentioning.

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 08:45      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?
Hmm... well, I know at least one other person here has read this, but it's not on the geek reading list, and it's great: The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving.

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?
Anyone here seen Koyaanisqatsi? It's amazing, and beautiful.

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?
Diggnation (diggnation.com) and Systm (systm.org)

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?
For entertainment value, Tiki Bar TV is a fantastic, light-hearted comdy show. If you were looking for audio only, Infected (revision3.com) looks promising. And of course, there's Rocketboom.

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 09:19      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here? I wait for the movie [Razz] But I'll recommend "Teany Book: Stories, Food, Romance, Cartoons and, of Course, Tea "

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?
"It" Starring Clara Bow, NOT the Steven King one (though a good one)
(Stereo, I saw a test screening of the dark crystal before it was released, got to do a Q&A afterwards about what we liked and didn't like.)

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?
"This week in tech"

"KFI The Tech Guy" (much of it covers basic stuff, but you'll learn something new every time)

4) What other podcasts do you recommend
"Projekt Podkast" (get past the cheesy intro and you'll be in for a treat of great music and interviews from Projekt artists done by a fan of Projekt Records).

"Open Source Sex" (adults only!).

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1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?
'The Secrets of Dr Taverner' by Dion Fortune, although I can't comment on the likelihood of other GCers having read it [Smile]

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?
'The Shipping Forecast' - with the same comment as is Q1

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?
I don't 'do' podcasts [Razz]

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?
See Q3

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1) What book would you recommend reading, which is unlikely to have been read by anyone else here?

The Coyote series by Allen Steele. You can read the short story that started the series here.

2) What movie would you recommend seeing, which is unlikely to have been watched by anyone else here?

Waking Ned Devine.

3) What podcast do you recommend from a geeks point of view?

Evil Genius Chronicles is good sometimes.

4) What other podcasts do you recommend?

I'd say OSS, but Bibo already did.

If you like stupid, offensive humor that doesn't require thought, The Dawn and Drew Show (tasteless and for adults only, so I'm not linking it here) can be fun to listen to. Who knew Beavis and Butthead had real life, married equivalents?

Head Up Your Ass Headlines is good for a laugh most weekdays.

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