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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Saw Cool Hand Luke on the plane the other day. Good film, but a little dated I'd say. I appreciated it much more after reading Ebert's great review of the film, which made me understand the context more, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as classics like The Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, Planet of the Apes and others from around the same time I can remember. Paul Newman is great though and it's very evocative of its setting.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    You know, I'm glad someone else shares that opinion. Seeing all the love for BSC in the Abercrombie thread always baffles me. It's the only First Law book I did not enjoy and it certainly pales in comparison to The Heroes, Red Country, and Last Argument of Kings.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Finished the latest Poldark episode. Don't know why the old thread isn't active anymore, it's still as gorgeous as ever and George has been deliciously evil as always It's only a few episodes of 20 minutes Slot in one of them during a lost moment and you'll be going through the rest of it ASAP
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Just finished Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. Never seen it before and I have to admit it was quite good. A bit too whimsical for my taste, but it was enjoyable. Good actors, nice music and I liked the way it was shot. It could have been shorter though, it wandered a bit too much.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    You should Welcome to our little cult of Derry lovers! We grow stronger every day Unfortunately not, I think a lot of people still aren't willing to give it a chance. I can't blame them, because the synopsis at first glance isn't something that would appeal to me either, but damn it, it's gold!
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Just came back from Hobbs & Shaw... The phrase 'gloriously dumb' was invented for this film. I enjoyed it, but my God is it stupid. It might be the dumbest film that I have ever seen (and that includes The Room, Samurai Cop & Troll 2), bit of dick move of them to spoil GoT in the end credit sequence (luckily I was warned, so I left the theatre in time). I do wonder how they'll take the series onwards from this... I read somewhere (it might be here, might be elsewhere) a comment along the line of 'they have to go to space if they keep on upping the ante like this.' Whatever happened to Point Break with cars? Recently also saw two other films. One was Support your local gunslinger, which is almost as dumb as Hobbs & Shaw but not as fun. Can't believe I finished it to be very honest, would not recommend it. Luckily, the other film more than made up for it. I finally saw Billy Wilder's The Apartment. It's rightly known as a classic and I would recommend it to everyone. Great acting performances all around, crackling dialogue and a genuinely exciting plot. Good to know that I can still bump into genuinely great movies from time to time.
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    Developing Intellectual Range

    I have already checked a few videos from that channel out. It's really interesting, thanks for sharing Maarsen I do hope to find a channel of similar quality that also tackles a few problems that are a little less advanced, as I feel that I'm pretty far behind on that front. Math was never my favourite subject in school, I have to admit, but I'm guessing you're right about laying some mathematical groundwork first if I want to finish this little project of mine. I wish more people were interested. I used EDx once before and I was quite pleased. The difficulty is maintaining your attention to courses that are outside of your own expertise. It's fun to follow if it's a topic that aligns with your natural interests, but not if its something you have to exert yourself for. I enrolled into two courses and the one that was a more logical extension of my previous studies was great and I finished it, the other more faraway attempt wasn't as successful. On top of that, you indeed also have the disadvantages of high bandwidth requirements and the fact that you're again stuck in front of a laptop. I might return back to MOOCs though, as they at least also offer some beginning courses and a sound teaching methodology. I have heard some good things about skillshare and I like EdX, I'm just not that excited about the prospect of having to pay for any of it. Some of my favourite historical youtube channels rely quite a lot on these, but when I checked out older versions that are now free to stream I was struck by how horrendously static they were. All the lectures look deeply unhappy to be there Qualitative analogy is right up my alley to be honest. I'm not trying to change careers, just build up a general understanding to leverage in my current career and find some intellectual enjoyment If you could give me some pointers I'd appreciate it. A few months ago I read Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and that's the kind of book that I would like to see more off. If someone wrote like a Seven Brief Lessons on [insert name of hard science here] for every field I'd be terribly happy. I'll check those out! Yeah agreed, but attempts like this thread are already a start
  8. This thread finds it origin in a first-world problem I am currently experiencing. I have recently started a new job which involves a lot of international travel. Now, I have worked and studied abroad before, but that was always for longer periods of time. I now find myself going from hotel to hotel, which is not ideal for the development of a local social life or doing a lot of touristy stuff. I must admit that I'm getting quite bored already. As a way of fighting the boredom, I hope to pick up my reading a bit. As part of that endeavor, I recently read Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein and the conclusions contained within said book confirmed some of my suspicions about what the best way to succeed in the modern working world is. I have therefore decided that I would like to broaden my knowledge base. For me, that clearly means learning more about the exact sciences, as I do not have a significant background in those disciplines. The difficulty however, lies in finding the appropriate sources, which is not always easy for an outsider. I guess there must be other board members facing the same problem, perhaps not always with the exact sciences but also with other disciplines, so it seemed like a good idea to use the hive mind of the boards to help develop new skills. Specifically for my own objectives, I would like to ask posters with a background or passion for the exact sciences to recommend some books, news outlets, MOOCS, Podcasts or whatever else they can think of that would help someone with a clear interest in learning to increase their knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology and so on. If others are looking for sources on other subjects, feel free to post in this thread as well. Together I am sure we can compile some nice lists!
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I normally don't post in this thread, as the decreasing number of books I have been able to read over the years is starting to depress me. Yesterday however, I read a book called Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. It was written by David Epstein and I was really impressed by it. Range reminded me a lot of Daniel Kahneman's work, although its narrower focus and Epstein's journalistic style makes his book more easily readable I would say. I have been slowly digesting the book's content today and probably will make a sort of inspired by thread in general chatter, but I also wanted to just get the word out about this excellent work. Now that I'm here, I can also list what I read over the past three months. I might have forgotten some of the lesser stuff, but from the top of my mind that list would include: Seneca the Younger's De Constantia Sapientis Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Various authors' Bradt's travel guides for both Zambia and Rwanda (big love for Bradt) Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Purity of Blood Stefan Zweig's Chess story John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River Scholastique Mukasonga's Our Lady of the Nile Hiro Arikawa's The Travelling Cat Chronicles Michelle Obama's Becoming In general I'd say I was very lucky with the above list. Relatively few books that were just good, while most were outstanding. My policy of more rigorously checking reviews and abandoning books that I'm not getting attached to is paying dividends. Currently also working through Vasily Grossman's Stalingrad, Yuval Noah Harris' 21st Lessons for the 21st century and How to Keep your Cool by James Romm. All three seem to be shaping up rather nicely. I'm particularly impressed by Grossman. I had never read anything of his before, but I'm definitely reading Life and Fate as well if the quality of Stalingrad remains this high.
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    Trailer Thread VI

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    Ranking Tarantino

    Hey de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum and all that jazz. I find few films as mesmerizing as Uma Thurman's bride meeting with Bill's surrogate Mexican father
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    Ranking Tarantino

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    Ranking Tarantino

    Another western most likely, although the second volume of Kill Bill was pretty much a spaghetti western anyways, so a third one along the same lines would also be mightily fun.
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    Trailer Thread VI

    This thread is up to a good start, two really excellent trailers to kick it off with!
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    The Boys (Amazon)

    Ha, I like that one