Whatcha reading redux.

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HTRN
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by HTRN » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:48 pm

308Mike wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 3:09 am
One of the Amazon.com pages shows the books being sold at hundreds of dollars ($723.35 & FREE Shipping + $0.00 estimated tax Used - Good), so I picked up 2 copies - one to keep, one to sell later when the price goes up. FYI - Scott is no dummy, he's quite smart, so I'm not surprised he self-published his own book, and so far, it's an entertaining read!! :lol: :D :lol: :) :D :lol: :shock: 8-) :lol:
You dont understand about high priced used books on Amazon, do you? It has nothing to do with Market price, and everything to do with 1 button buying, and fumble fingered amzon shoppers.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Netpackrat » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:46 am

Just finished Three Books of Known Space, and started reading Creative Anchoring by Fatty Goodlander. Yeah, somebody wrote a 360 page book about ground tackle, and the philosophy/use thereof. It is actually pretty interesting so far.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Langenator » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm

Fiction:

The Complete Hammer's Slammers, vol 2 by David Drake

Non-fiction:

The Pity of War: Explaining WWI by Niall Ferguson

(Of note - I'm still waiting for To Keep and Bear Arms by Joyce Lee Malcolm and A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by Williamson Murray to be returned to the university library.)
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by HTRN » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:43 pm

Did they ever release a full anthology of Laumers Bolo books?
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Windy Wilson » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:46 am

Langenator wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm
Non-fiction:
The Pity of War: Explaining WWI by Niall Ferguson
I've read another book by Niall Ferguson on counterfactual history. I'll put this on the list, too.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by toad » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:12 pm

Just got through reading "Money Ball" on kindle , https://www.amazon.com/Moneyball-Art-Wi ... B000RH0C8G
Anyway it reads like a bunch of short magazine articles stiched together.
Two things that I take away are the owners of baseball teams ARE as stupid as I always thought they were and that the 5 games the World Series are not enough to sort out the teams from random luck. :lol:
Actually the typical baseball writers and baseball owners strike as similar to those in the Main Stream Media and the Washington D. C. crowd. They regard themselves as experts and authorities but they really don't have that much expertise or experience with reality.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Langenator » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:36 pm

toad wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Two things that I take away are the owners of baseball teams ARE as stupid as I always thought they were and that the 5 games the World Series are not enough to sort out the teams from random luck.
So, what if the World Series was extended to 7 games? 8-)
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by toad » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:14 am

IIRC, the theses was that you'd need to extend out to ten games to kill off randomness. I don't know how you would schedule that though ?

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Langenator » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:18 am

Did he use the 2014 World Series as an example? I think that would be a great one.

KC was probably the better team...but Madison Bumgarner was by far the best pitcher, and SF started him 2 games, and he pitched 5 innings in relief in Game 7, which the Giants won. They won just 1 of the 4 games that Bumgarner wasn't involved in, but it was enough, since they won all 3 games in which Bumgarner pitched.

Extend that series to 9 games (which the WS used to be, long ago) and KC probably wins.
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