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bothwell

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Aug 2019

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    It'd be nice if we could just have nice things, but it is 2019, so we can't.

    Edit: except for BRP! That's a nice thing we can have!

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    Fuck's sake, ta 😬

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    I know this isn't really the point, but the thread had 10 pages last night, at 25 posts a page. Each of the 49 people who had donated would only have had to check in to look at new posts like 5 times in total to get the thread views to 10k ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Plus I'm pretty sure that with this solid gold popcorn we're all looking for updates every 15 minutes anyway, right?

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    RIP Rowhan, condolences to all of you who knew him well :(

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    If you take two kittens instead of one, they'll play with each other instead of harassing poor Freddie 24/7. Kittens need a lot of playtime.

    She looks gorgeous!

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    Also read Catch-22 as a teenager and really liked it. Have been thinking about giving it a re-read to see if it feels any different now.

    I wonder if it's a bit like The Catcher in the Rye? A lot of people read it as a teenager and really empathise with Holden and think the book is incredible, but then they try re-reading it in middle age and realise that Holden is a dick and they can't relate to him, the story, or who they were at all anymore. And if you didn't read it as a teenager you go straight to the "omg this guy is a dick!" stage without collecting the idealistic teenager baggage first.

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    Bugger. If you'd come up with this idea a week earlier I'd have been able to put up a big list of cycling books, but they've already gone to the charity shop. Good idea though! Will need to blow through my to-read pile at some point and add what I've got.

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    I don't know the book you're talking about, but there clearly is some kind of a market segment for shit that exists only so that its consumers can feel that they're being clever when engaging with it.

    Yeah, you've nailed it, that's exactly what this book is. I don't mean to suggest that the Blackmore book in particular is a stream of bigoted statements, because it's not - it's mostly just sophistry dressed up in the language of evolutionary science and genetics.

    I felt much better after my tipsy rant in this thread and I might even feel brave enough to delete this awful little pamphlet from my kindle later, thanks to the encouragement of you all!

    Since you mentioned Alain de Botton, I read his How to Think More About Sex a while back and it was quite the eye-opening experience. He was trying to build a philosophical theory about the nature of human love and desire, but instead he just splurted out all his own weird middle class fetishes and fantasies as illustrative of the human condition, bless him.

    I mean, that said, I do like a bit of poseur-reading. Which is probably why I keep ending up reading these horrible fucking books all the time.

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    I know right

    I feel actively angry every time I pick it up. She says in one chapter that most gay people are really bisexual! I'm coming up to the chapter on religion that she's been saving up to the end. It's going to be balls-to-the-wall bigotry, no doubt.

    She wrote a long, wounded blog post on Dawkins' website complaining about how when she gave a lecture about religion, some Muslim blokes quietly got up and left when she put up a slide mocking Muslims. Coz, you know, they were censoring her freeze peach by leaving, because that's what fundamentalists do.

    God, I should just stop reading this and move on to something that hasn't been written for and by terrible people, shouldn't I.

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    I'm reading "The Meme Machine" by Susan Blackmore. Fuck my tits, what a pile of garbage. It came strongly recommended by an individual for whom my respect is evacuating with every sentence.

    I could probably get over the fact it's based on some idea that twat Dawkins had in the 70s, and the fact that she quotes that other twat Pinker on every other page, if only she had the least bit of rigour in her ideas. It's all flat statements of fact like "no other animal except homo sapiens is capable of imitation", and just as I'm about to eat my own face off in rage at her demonstrable bollocks, she'll devote an entire chapter to "well, yes, i know that actually there are all sorts of other creatures that are capable of imitation, but that doesn't count!".

    Jammed with fucking woo and nonsense. It's basically a shit philosophy book masquerading as "Science". Get fucked. It's only 288 pages but it feels like I've been reading it forever.

    Onto Lowboy by John Wray after this heap of shit. I hope it cheers me up.

    I do need to read The Martian. Dammit read it years ago and recommended it, but I never got round to it. I could have been reading that instead of the Blackmore book! Fuck's sake, I've wasted a week of my life on this!

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