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An interesting tidbit about the second link: the actor there is the son of David Crystal, who wrote the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

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Reading Maximum City, following Zompist's recommendation.


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Bismarck is out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... i0A8gTsawu

This AMV is super nostalgic for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAr-J6B1bNA

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I am no longer reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

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AlphaGo Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXlM99xPQC8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QprlFINq9co (https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero- ... g-scratch/ https://www.nature.com/articles/nature2 ... TUgZAUMnRQ)

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You can also decide never to take something up again because it's not top priority, though. There are some lovely books about math that we have right here in my house and that fascinate me, but I'm not a mathematician so I'll probably never finish reading any of them given that I also have plenty of language books I'd rather read first.


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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... -8xoqZns6i

Does anyone know of really good recorded campaigns?

Edit: Finished. Since they mentioned Patrick Rothfuss plays DnD, moving on to one of those: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 4DCuyjVKSl

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I've watched The Force Awakens and I must say I enjoyed it. (And it was probably the first SW movie I watched and enjoyed.)

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I'm not reading it now anymore, but I've recently finished The One Device by Brian Merchant, a non-fiction book that is strictly speaking about the iPhone, but has enough parts that apply to all modern smartphones that I found it interesting although I use Android myself.

Edit: I should probably note that the book is not some kind of user guide or manual or something like that; it's partly about the technological history involved and partly about the required manufacturing processes.


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Not that long ago I read The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, about the development of the Data General Eclipse MV/8000 and everything that went into it.

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I saw Lucy. It was astonishing. How could a great director produce such a totally rubbish film? Was he on drugs? Has he joined a brainwashing cult? What?

I do have to give him credit for the moments where he appeared to be saying 'fuck you' to the audience - like the ending, which is just some shots emphasising how weird everything is, and then the film randomly ends in the middle of a scene.

But the "I don't care if you think my film is good!" thing works better when the film isn't total trash.

I mean, it's baffling how anyone at any stage of this could have thought that any of this was a good idea. Was a dare?

Or did anything genuinely think the key to making a good film was:
- hire a really good actress and then create a plot reason for her to show no expressions at all for the last 9/10ths of the film
- spend most of the running time on 'chases' and 'fights' where the protagonist was explicitly made clear to never be in any danger whatsoever and didn't even have to bother fighting
- have no clear narrative arc
- have a plot that was unrelated to the themes in any way, and that didn't even make sense
- spend half the rest of the running time on incredibly shallow and cliché cod-philosophy lectures
- spend the other half on science infodumps about science that made absolutely no sense, to the point where everyone in the audience knew it

It really does feel like performance art, where he's intentionally making his film as bad as possible, "ironically".

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