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Old 11-27-2021, 04:39 PM   #2056
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Why Knot? Is on sale again:

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highly recommended as one of the few knot books which doesn't have egregious errors (insofar as I could tell when reading and tieing things).
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Old 11-27-2021, 05:31 PM   #2057
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Note that Steinbeck is in the public domain if you are lucky enough to live in or visit Canada or the few other countries with reasonable copyright laws. However this title is pretty obscure, and neither Faded Page nor PG Canada had it when I looked.
I got a Delphi collection of his works about two years ago and The Harvest Gypsies is included in there.
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:42 AM   #2058
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens, is free at Kindle.

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Old 11-29-2021, 12:34 PM   #2059
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I noticed a few other free titles from Harper imprints, including

Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science, by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson (Amazon US).

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In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using fascinating cases from his career to take readers into the real world of C.S.I.
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Old 12-10-2021, 11:07 AM   #2060
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The Habit of Being, the letters of Flannery O’Connor, one of the greatest of American Southern writers, is on sale for $2.99. Kobo also, but I’ll only give the smile link:

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Old 12-16-2021, 04:10 PM   #2061
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On my shortlist of prose stylists I most admire and enjoy is the wonderful Peg Bracken. Good news for fellow fans and fans-to-be, her seminal I Hate to Cook Book is on sale for $1.99. While I think comparisons are invidious, I’d compare her to P.G. Wodehouse. Seriously. And no, it’s not about the recipes, although it’s a fascinating view of how we ate, at least in the USA hinterlands, in 1960. Highly recommended. Obviously.

https://smile.amazon.com/Hate-Cook-B...dp/B003JTHXIG/
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Old 12-16-2021, 06:26 PM   #2062
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Thanks Issa — Peg Bracken caught my attention. I’m doing more cooking now, so simple but pleasing recipes sounds just right!
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Old 12-16-2021, 06:33 PM   #2063
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On my shortlist of prose stylists I most admire and enjoy is the wonderful Peg Bracken. Good news for fellow fans and fans-to-be, her seminal I Hate to Cook Book is on sale for $1.99. While I think comparisons are invidious, I’d compare her to P.G. Wodehouse. Seriously. And no, it’s not about the recipes, although it’s a fascinating view of how we ate, at least in the USA hinterlands, in 1960. Highly recommended. Obviously.

https://smile.amazon.com/Hate-Cook-B...dp/B003JTHXIG/
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Old 12-16-2021, 06:57 PM   #2064
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Thanks Issa — Peg Bracken caught my attention. I’m doing more cooking now, so simple but pleasing recipes sounds just right!
You might find that the recipes need a scootch more seasoning! The other unsettling aspect is how very small the portion sizes are. Sigh. But it passes the first rule of cookbooks - it’s just a really good read.

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Just finished Weapons of Math Destruction bu Cathy O'Neil. Highly recommended. Mathematical background not required.
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Yes, I enjoyed that too (read it about 18 months ago). It probably should become required reading for software developers.
Also see:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapon...th_Destruction

And today it is on sale on amazon.com for $2.99
https://www.amazon.com//dp/B019B6VCLO/

The author has a PhD in Mathematics and worked as data scientist at a hedge fund until realizing that algoritms are being weaponized, and thus has the competence and inside knowledge to write on the subject.
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Old 12-20-2021, 12:58 PM   #2066
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My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin is on sale today at amazon.com for $1.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009U9SABS/

I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it.
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Old 12-20-2021, 01:55 PM   #2067
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algoritms are being weaponized...
I have seen this statement before (with an "h"!! ), but I don't know what it means.

Can you please give us an example of what a weaponized algorithm does, and its creator's intention?

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Can you please give us an example of what a weaponized algorithm does, and its creator's intention?
I have replied in a thread in the Lounge.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=343826
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Old 12-26-2021, 11:03 AM   #2069
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The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple is down to $1.99 at Kindle; still $9.99 at Google and $13.59 at Kobo.

I figure the subtitle gives the gist. I’ve read other books by Dalrymple which I’ve enjoyed and this has been a wishlist item for me.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07W952J1F/
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Another by William Dalrymple ``, plus Anita Armand:

Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond is only 69¢ at Kindle ($9.99 at Google). This one wasn’t wishlist, but at that price I’m sold.

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