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(2024-05-22 17:39:40)
OnereasonforNetscapetogoIPO,accordingtothebookTheNewNewThing,was thatJimClark,theSiliconValleyanarchicposterchildoftheneweconomy, neededtocashouthissharesforasailboat.BuiltbyDutchmasters,the vesselwashugeandposhanduniqueinthatitwasoutfittedwiththerequisite hardwareandsoftwaretobecompletelycontrolledbycomputers.Atleastthat wasthegoal.Andsothestoryunfurled. Lewishasaflair.Hedoe...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-05-15 14:30:21)
Iwonderedifmypoorperformanceonthejiu-jitsumatstartingearlyMaywasapreludetosomethingbutonTueMay7,anarm-barwentwronginsparringandIdecidedtotakeafewdaysoff.TimhadsufferredallergyforweeksbutannouncedthathegotsickonWed.Thursdayevening,Ifeltasorethroatandmildchills.IsentTimtoschoolearlyFridayforhisAPHistorytestandspenttherestofthemorningdrinkingcoffeeandreadingthelast70pagesofAHundredYearsOfSolitudenear...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-05-11 14:33:24)
Afterhearingaboutitforsolong,Ihavefinallyreadthemasterpieceof GabrielGarcíaMárquez.In416pages,OneHundredYearsofSolitudefeltlike somecondensedChinesemult-generationsaga(IthoughtofOrdinaryWorldwhichI listenedtoalongtimeago). TheBuendiafamilywasamongthefoundersofMacondo,autopiantownin Columbia.Thepatriarch,JoséArcadioBuendia,befriendedMelthegypsy,who leftvol...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-05-05 16:20:02)
IttookBillhalfofthe400-pagebooktoadapttoFaulkner'sstyle,trudging through50pagesaday,amasochisticrecord. Theauthorseemedtoloathethedotandthequestionorexclamationmarkand fondofreplacingthemwiththeparentheses,thesemicolon,andthehyphen.Often, onesentencefillsaparagraph,aprowessthewriterobviouslyblissedoutin withnoregardtothemiseryofthereader. Thetext,riddenwithparenth...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-05-01 10:54:08)
1.Accept Thefour-dayaweekroutinehassuitedmewell.Igrappletwodaysandtakea break.OftenIfeelIcoulddomore,sometimesIfeelIcouldtakeanotherday off,butIchoosetosticktotheplan.Themusclesandjointshurtmoreorless everynightbutbynoon,Iwouldhaverecovered.Thehardestistogetupand rightawaydosunsalutationsandtoe-to-the-barabcurls.Before40,Icould neverimaginesuchalife--dailypainsfromtraining--asIst...[閱讀全文]
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Asthetitlesuggests,theauthorreadthestaggeringOEDbacktobackoverone yearbecausefirst,itwasthere,andsecond,helovedit. Hethenchronicledthisexperiencein26chapters,eachconsistingofastory followedbyalistofwordsstartingwiththesamecharacterthathegleaned fromthedictionary.Shea'sobsessionwithwordsseepsthroughoutthe223 pages. ThesecondtimeIpickedupthebookwasattheendof2019...[閱讀全文]
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Inthesummerof2005,PresidentBushreadabook,"TheGreatInfluenza:TheStoryoftheDeadliestPandemicinHistory,"JohnBarry'saccountofthe1918Spanishflu,andorderedanationalplantofightapandemic.Twodoctors,RichardandCarter,fromtheteamstudiedthefluwithmodelsandintroducedtheideaofusingsocialdistancing(whichunbeknownsttothemwasananthropologyterm)tocontainavirus.Theymadetheplanandpublishedtheirfindingsb...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-04-20 19:26:41)
"Her(TaylorSwift's)newalbumwassocorny!"rantedthe17-year-oldasthey weretakingtheirafter-mealwalk."Youcanloveasongforitslyrics,its melody,oritsvibematchingyourmood.Ilikeherearlyworksbut,man,two hoursandfifteenminutesofcliches!"Hewasgripingaboutthe"TheTortured PoetsDepartment,"whichevenBillnoticedearlierwhiletheywereeatingin frontoftheTV. "...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-04-19 18:55:07)
Thehardcovercopyof"ForWhomTheBellTolls"fromalibrarysale hadsatontheshelfmanyyearsbeforeIpickedituplastweek.Thishas beenmywaywiththeclassics:Itryandgiveuponlytocomebacktothemlater withrenewedinterest.Sothere'shopethatImightfinallygettoShakespeare. Itsaysaboutmyself,Iguess,andmightalsotypifiesakindofprogress. RobertJordan,aSpanishprofessorattheUniversityofMontana,too...[閱讀全文]
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(2024-04-13 22:50:32)
IpickedupthisbookwhenIborrowed"WarTrash"byHaJinatMenloPark library.Ienjoyedthelatterinthefollowingdaysbuthavesincebeenreading "CrazyRichAsians"onandoff.I'vegonethroughthefirstandlastfew chaptersandlearnedthetragediesofAstrid'sandNick'smarriages,whichdo notsurpriseme. TheauthordoesagreatjobpicturingthelivesoftherichAsiansasitinvoked aphysicalres...[閱讀全文]
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