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  1. When it comes to pop-science I like books that use the science or technical subject as the framing for a larger story, whilst still giving you good info on the subject. There's two I can think of off the top of my head that stood out to me. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I think this one's quite famous due to an HBO movie now? The story of the origin of Hela cells which are apparently of inestimable importance to research in medicine and cellular biology, and also the story of the woman they came from and the fortunes of her family. Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins. The autobiography of the Apollo 11 command module pilot. He's got a very easy to read writing style, with a dry wit and some moments of real poignancy. His description of the solitude of being alone in the command module on the far side of the moon whilst Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface creates some amazing frisson.
  2. OK, so it's not current but it is fairly recent; you really can't go wrong with Peep Show.
  3. Rope Burns by FX Toole is an amazing short story collection with boxing as the central theme. The movie Million Dollar Baby was based on one of the stories. I love Toole's writing style; it's quite simple and minimalist without being bland. He can really turn a phrase without using unnecessary words. "With his shoes in his hand, but without his soul, he moved quietly down the rear stairs and was gone, his eyes as dry as a burning leaf." For non fiction, By The Sword by Richard Cohen is a really interesting and fairly in-depth look at the history of fencing. He looks into historical swordsmanship from a lot of cultures before bringing it forward into the development of modern sport fencing. Very interesting read.
  4. To be fair the Saturn V only flew what, thirteen times? Sure it never failed but that's not a great sample size. And it's not like the Apollo programme as a whole was particularly safe.
  5. I haven't contributed much to this thread but it's my favourite one to read because, like you say, it always cheers me up. Can't take the sky from me.
  6. Where the fuck is his chin? On a totally separate note, here's a little levity amongst tragedy:
  7. I do like me some Bushmills.
  8. Man, I don't get how people's routines can be so rigid that an hour's difference twice a year is worth getting upset about. My normal sleep patterns can vary by four hours on any given night anyway.
  9. Picked up a bottle of Laphroaig 10 for £25 the other day which I'm pretty happy about. Laphroaig is definitely my go-to for good quality, affordable whisky at the moment. Haven't had much exposure to bourbon, though I've enjoyed most of what I've tried. Makers Mark is probably my favourite out of what I've actually had a chance to drink. I think I've had Rye a few times as well? Can't really remember to be honest. I think it was Crown Royal.
  10. Again, being charitable, I think what he's trying to say is that whilst consent is always required by both parties, a man's consent is generally assumed to already exist. If you subscribe to the view that men must take the proactive role in the vast majority of cases, then if a man doesn't consent then he simply doesn't approach in the first place, and therefore the interaction for which consent would be required doesn't take place at all. Under this paradigm men give consent by asking for sex, and women then choose to give or withold their own consent by answering. Not a view I personally subscribe to, by the way.
  11. Eh, if I'm being extremely charitable I see it more as him saying that whilst men and women don't have any real difference in sexual appetite, society as a whole still expects men to be more proactive about it in general. I'd say that this is kinda true? But it's as much a product of demonisation of female sexuality as it about expectations placed on men.
  12. Carpenter Brut - Paradise Warfare
  13. Damn, that sucks. Injury sucks. I had foot issues for years as well. This probably won't sound very motivating, but what worked for me was backing off from the particular activities that were exacerbating the pain, but I accept that isn't really a solution if that activity is something you're particularly passionate about. Hang in there.
  14. Nice one, it really is a good feeling isn't it. I haven't posted here in a while. I'm finding that I have no problem working out regularly at the moment, but I'm not sticking to any particular routine. For example, I was supposed to do a free weight strength session today at lunch. Got changed and found I just couldn't be arsed with waiting for a free squat rack, loading up the bar, warm-up sets etc. So I just picked up a kettlebell and did a conditioning session instead. Or last week when I had a run planned out but bailed at the last mintued and did a skipping circuit instead. On the one hand, at least I'm doing some work rather than dropping sessions completely. But without the consistency I'm not really making any regular improvements. I think that part of the problem is that I don't really know what my goals are at the moment, and it's difficult to work towards something that you have yet to define.
  15. Yeah, I think we're on the same page. It's not cool to be an emotional vampire. And there's definitely a huge difference between someone who is genuinely comfortable just dealing with their own emotions in their own way in their own time, and someone who relies utterly on the support of one person whilst also claiming not to need it and mocking others who do.