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I was trying to find something good to read after finishing all of the Ender’s Game books (the original four) and decided to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, again. Haven’t read it in probably 10 years. Next book will probably be Brandon Sanderson’s new book, “Steelheart.”
Skotnicki’s “Auburn’s Unclaimed National Championships”.
The more I think about, the more in favor I am of adding them to our list. The Auburn football program, the tradition that is Auburn Football and the players and coaches who participated are done a disservice by not being recognized for their ultimate achievements. IMHO
I have about 500 readings of “What Makes a Rainbow?” Cute book.
AU Eminent Scholar Dr. James Barth’s “The Rise and Fall of U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets” was the last “adult” book I took a run at. Truth be told my life doesn’t lend itself to much in the way of leisurely pursuits such as reading a legit book like you cats devour with regularity. I do well to keep up with the Op-Ed page of the WSJ and catch their videos @ lunch in my office.
Speaking of leisure, we needed this bye in the worst way. Time for introspection, self-correction and a little mending. We needed each.
Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity is a pretty good read. Germs, Guns, and Steal is fantastic! If you want to understand why some areas of the world accumulate wealth and power and others have not it gives a biological, geological, anthropological, and sociological account. Spoiler: It comes down to resources, weather, and population density.
Comics: The Dark Knight Returns is one of the best graphic novels of our time. If you have failed to read it you can not consider yourself a comic book fan, even if you are a Marvel Fanboy.
Books outside my field I consider pleasure reading. It really relaxes the brain to get away from the journal articles and textbooks every now and again.
I’m picking Ole Miss… I think they have a decent shot…. also note I have only given that pick 1 point…
Currently I’m reading ‘This Machine Kills Secrets’ which is about cryptography, wikileaks, and secrecy in general. I’m also reading ‘Talent is Overrated’ which for those who don’t want to invest the time in reading it can be summed in with part of the Auburn Creed: “I believe in work, hard work”.
AuburnFish, what did you think about The $1000 Genome? My background is engineering rather than medical science so most of the articles I read about it are for the layman. But I’ve been playing around with ‘quantified self’ and have enjoyed some improvements in my life. Seems like everyone being able to have their genome sequenced would be the ultimate in self quantification, especially if we start to understand more than the small percentage we currently do. Is a accurate (or accurate enough) sequencing really doable at $1000 or even $100 in the near future?
Greetings on this cloudy day in Memphis. I am here to update your pick’em… This week I’m choosing to use the dreaded asterisk for those who have the tainted reputation of picking against the Auburn Tigers.
1. RRPitBull (I should note this person holds the top spot even with picking Auburn, kudos)
3. Ralphie Wiggum*****
4. Sperncer Lee ***** (To shame sir… to shame)
9. mark paden
p.s. Why did Hugh Freeze not even try a fieldgoal? Seriously… He better not learn from his mistakes!
The shame is noted. Asterisk is accepted. BTW did you notice how well so many of our group did picking this week?!! Man ya’ll lit this thing on fire! No fewer than 9 pickers racked up 51 or more points…I think 3 brushed up against perfection (54 points – including Mr. Asterisk) and one 55 (I think that was RRPitBull). Hats off to you folks! And War Eagle….let’s get those Akbars!!!
For the purposes of “Pick Em” I’ll pick even uat and against my beloved Tigers b/c I pick with my head and not my heart. uat v. Ole Siss was super easy b/c Ole Siss was outmanned. They got a lot of good press but they still need a couple of really good recruiting classes to be a serious contender.
This book blew my mind: Hidden In Plain Sight: The simple link between relativity and quantum mechanics – Andrew Thomas. This book offered some interesting insights – Worldwide Effects of Nuclear War: Some Perspectives. This one is currently being read – Babylonian Laws- The Oldest Code of Laws in the World. I tend to read some weird shtuff…
Feeling good about next week, and I believe that Spencer is correct in stating that we needed a week off to do some rehabilitating and reflecting. Love how we kept fighting against LSU, and I love how this team is representing Auburn. Still got some tough roads to hoe, but this will be a great season! War Eagle!!!
MCT I will accept the proposed ban unconditionally. That is completely fair and in line with common sentiment of the Auburner Family. :)
But it should be noted in all my 45 years I have only gotten in 2 fist fights (really one if you don’t count the one where I chased the kid and he ran up a tree…BTW I didn’t start that fight)…and that was in 2nd grade when I had my AU jacket on walking home from school, minding my own business and these 2 4th graders came up in their UA gear giving me every Auburn based smear they could think of – I kept walking…not even looking at them. They drone on and on about me, my jacket, my shoes, blah, blah, blah. Then one of them said, “Well Auburn’s muscles are made of mashed potatoes!” I said “That’s IT!” Books hit the ground and I started wailing on them. Fortunately for all of us a neighbor lady drove up in a station wagon, scolded all of us and told us to go home. Since this was the mid 70′s in suburban Montgomery we did what any adult told us to do and we picked up our stuff and headed straight to our respective houses. I never saw those boys again…somewhere in north AL or Mobile perhaps there’s a couple of Harvey Updyke admirers that can tell this same story…but from a different perspective. :)
So having lived through the worst times in the AU/UA rivalry and actually faught on AU’s behalf – not to mention calling Auburn home since 2008 and having an MBA from there, I’ve got plenty of Auburn cred………..but you can bet the mortgage I’ll pick against my Tigers if I think they’ll lose. ;)
So no trivia tidbits from me from 11/30 til 12/30. :)
And now for something completely different…here’s the lead proponent of the “three yards and a cloud of dust” football with a mind boggling display of awkwardness…Good Lord how does someone do this? (and he was worried about people getting hurt from HUNH offense…he bit it just walking on slick pavement)
Have you all seen the Book of Manning on ESPN? A really good special. Archie was a special person and good family man it seems. The show highlights Archie in the ’71 Gator bowl (link attached)…what a game that was. Sully got MVP but very entertaining…anyway, suggest you watch it on ESPN…a feel good story with his other son having health issues and had to give up football.
Sorry for the late response, I have been in the mountains camping/fishing. I enjoyed the $1,000 genome. The author actually came and spoke at our biotech institute. The whole goal is to have sequencing of the genome down to ~$1,000 (or cheaper) which is practically there now. However, the data analysis for such a large volume of data and just the lack of understanding of a lot of the genes involved in disease isn’t there. So, while you may be able to get your genome, we’re not exactly sure what to do with it yet. The future holds promise with things such as personalized medicine and more direct targeted cancer treatment.