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Book meme.. Tagged by sanjubaba

  • May. 20th, 2005 at 5:09 AM
Over Stand
Okay, so I edited the meme around a bit! Heh! Kill me! Oh, and I'm sorry, but I refuse to call names, if anyone feels the urge to pick this up and pull it along, the 5th point is in the end, outside of the main meme!

1) Total number of books owned?

Ummm.... Can't say exactly, I stopped counting after one thousand.... Should be running in the 1.6-1.8 K gradient as of now.... Not too sure though....

2)The last book I bought?
Michael Chrichton - "State of Fear"

3) The last book I read?
Isaac Asimov - "Robots of Dawn" (6'th re-read! Someone, lend me a book.... I'm re-reading my favourites, I'll run into the not-so-great ones and then, I'll be desperate for new material!)

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me?
Isaac Asimov - (The Entire Foundation Saga/Series)
[This man, to me, is the greatest Science-Fiction legend to have ever lived. He's known as the Grandfather of SF, and in my opinion, he definitely deserves the title. The abstract beauty with which he brings an entirely new galaxy of detail into believable reality is astounding, to say the least. In me, he's found a rigid fan and follower. He had more insight into human psychology and behavior than anyone in this field ever did before him, or has come so far after him.]

AE van Vogt - "Voyage of the Space Beagle"
[Van Vogt coined the word "nexialism" in this book, and the elaborately ease with which he brings the story to flow forward and backward like it was merely a coaxial stream is riveting. The first time I read this book, I was only eight years old. Today, when I read the book, I don't feel bored, I am always struck with a sense of wonder at his ability to entertain!]

Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Edward Hutchings - "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
[Ah! Feynman.... Now this is one seriously great man! He won the Nobel Prize for his work in Physics. The famous 'Feynman Drawings' made nuclear physics a whole lot more entertaining, but at the same time, a whole lot more under control.... This book about his personal life, as disassociated from physics as possible, is a brilliant insight into a wonderful, beautiful, loving mind. If only he was still alive, I'm sure, we'd have a lot to learn from him, as we still do, past his stay on Earth.]

Gary Zukav - "The Dancing Wu Li Masters"
[Here's a kiddie walk through the world that is, and the word that we believe it is.... This book does'nt tell you what you need to know or what you should know, instead, it tells you what you know.... Fascinating, it grabs you by the scruff and shows you those tiny little corners you never dreamed you'd go alone.... Brilliant!]

John L. Casti - "Paradigms Lost"
[Casti writes this book in a style that's unmistakably shocking to the normal reader. He debates various questions and brings in a huge list of scientific greats to fight each side of the motion. In the end, he does'nt tell you what is true or false, He merely lets you decide for yourself, the motion you wish to support. Truly insightful!]

Nelle Harper Lee - "To Kill a Mocking Bird"
[One of the first and few American Classics, For those of you who've read this book, and I'm sure most of you have, I need not say more than just "Childhood, I miss it!"]

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their LJs.(If you've already done it, please leave a link to that entry)
Disclaimer: I'm doing a little JavaScript mouseover() testing. It just might work.... :o)

//Update: Nope, LJ ruthlessly stripped it all off! Kewl! *gags!*


teemus wrote:
May. 19th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer: I'm doing a little JavaScript mouseover() testing. It just might work.... :o)
Ha ha. If LJ allowed JavaScript, I'd be running Google ads. :P
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, you can bring google ads into LJ. :) It's a pretty simple workaround doing that. You'll have to get a part of the processing done on your own server.... Not difficult at all! :o) We'll talk about it at the meet, I'm sure we're in for some fun! :o)
sanjubaba wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
I like Asimov although I've never been able to get my hands on the full Foundation Series so I didn't read the ones i did get. I really liked the Ugly Little Boy though.

Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman is an absolutely brilliant book. I giggled through out it and continued giggling after it as well.

And I wont even start with To Kill a Mocking Bird. And I'll totally try to read the others as well. :)

angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
If you have'nt read his other books, you're missing a LOT!!

The Ugly Little Boy was written in conjunction with Silverberg or Goldenberg or some guy like that. He's entirely different in the foundation series. If you get your hands on 'Caves of Steel', start from there, it's a good place to start with his series.... :)

Feynman, the best! :) Always tickles me into happiness.... :)

As for 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', as I said in my post, I need'nt say more. lol!
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - May. 20th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, totally awesome! :o)

I think I for one, would like some tea with it. :o)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - May. 20th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Heh! I love my tea without added condiments. :o)
alexli wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
Nicholas has the whole volume of Isaac Asimov.
I read too some of the stuff in it. Kewl ;)

what is to Kill a mocking bird about?

do you read lovecraft?
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Isaac Asimov is my mentor and role model perhaps, I don't know what to call him, he's my inspiration as far as writing goes.... :)

I'm not really into Lovecraft, though I have read some random picks of his....

"To Kill a Mocking Bird" is an American Classic.... It's about an episode in America, during the time when slavery was still very popular. A black man is taken in for trial for a crime that he did'nt even commit. Finally, to save the face of the White judicial system and the people handling it, he is given the death sentence.... It's a sad story, but brings it all through through the eyes of a child....

Awesome, touching, and it brings back many memories from our own childhoods.... The way we used to look at the world as children, the world that we saw, it all comes rushing back.... :)

You should read it sometime.... You in particular would enjoy it immensely. :o)

alexli wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yes I thought too, that you would be a great fan of Asimov.
Weird that you are not really into lovecraft.

Maybe it is too sad for me right now. On the other hand maybe I should not protect myself...
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hehe, you know me well. :o)

Yeah, Lovecraft somehow seems a bit too depressed. Not that I am not depressed myself, I'm a pretty depressed guy.... But at the end of a day with Lovecraft, I feel like my depression has become worse.

Yes, he writes some pretty good stuff, and it's beautiful in a sense.... But it's like an excess weight. I do read some of his stuff on occasion, but it's rare.... I'm hiding from my own depression, and I know it. I think that's why I try to avoid him as much as I can. :)

On the other hand maybe I should not protect myself...
Yes, I'll agree with that. Drowning ones mind in sadness is good for no one.... And if there's one thing that we should avoid, it's protecting our selves.... Sometimes, I do that at times, and I know it's not good for me. Yet, I make a mess of my mind.... :)

You've pulled me out of it before, and so have a few others, but every once in a while, I slip and fall again, and till one of you comes by and pulls me out, I forget about myself....
tigereyed_hash wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say I have not read enough Asimov. *hides*

I have extensively perused Clarke though... the Space Odyssey series...

You have read Hitchhiker's, right? That's another sci-fi rolling-on-the-floor-laughing treat. :D

*dusts off old copy of To Kill... and starts to read at the rec*
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's nothing to be ashamed of. There are countless authors out there whom I have'nt read, let alone enough of their books.... :o) We're only human....

I've read quite a good load of Clarke, but at the end of the day, he's not really as intellectually stimulating and riveting as Asimov is.... Perhaps it's just perception, but in truth, majority of the Asimovians are really converts from Clark followers. :) Once you begin to understand the way in which Asimov works, you're on a whole new level.... :o)

Hitchhikers Guide, yes, but for some reason, it lacks the reality that you'd expect from the real world. There's a marked difference between writing a good book, and writing a good book that's believable to the extent that you become a part of a whole new world/universe.... Still, It's a good book and I'd definitely get around to reading it again.. :) It's been too long since I last read it. And here's the shocker: I don't have a copy of that book in my collection. :o)

subtle_blues wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
There's a marked difference between writing a good book, and writing a good book that's believable to the extent that you become a part of a whole new world/universe

I like that! for once I didn't have to strain myself to undersatnd what u said!

The only book in your collection I've read is "to kill a mocking bird". It's strange what "good" books can do to you, how for atleast those few hours u r with the book they lift you off to a "neverland!". Simply awesome.. The others I'm yet to lay hands on.. will most certainly do :)

I am not an avid reader but I could suggest one more book to that list of yours which I've read recently "one flew over the cuckoo's nest" by Ken Kesey. Don't know if you are one for such books. But tis worth the read! maybe u've read it already!
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
for once I didn't have to strain myself to undersatnd what u said!

Now that's getting too far ahead. :oP
I don't write in too cryptic a manner.... :) And I have'nt changed one bit (I'm sure!) I think you're just begining to understand my lingo better. lol!

Only "To Kill...."? Strange, That's ofcourse expected, but nothing else? Shocking. Those are mostly very well known books. Even for the intellectually unsound! :o) Still, My suggestion would be that you see if you can get a hold of some of these books and take a peek at them. :)

Nope, never read "one flew over the cuckoo's nest", That's not my style. But still, I might just pick it up at the library or something on my next visit after my internship. :o) Thanks for the suggestion, I might as well try it out.

subtle_blues wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
on a totally irrelevant note...
why aren't u using the other user pic of yours.. I really like that one.. I think it has one finger pointing to your face..
tis so lively it's not even you,:) Shamelessly I adore that picture very much!
pity u don't use it anymore!
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
If you look closely here, you'll see that the pic in question is disabled....

That's teh reason I don't use it.

subtle_blues wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
u should ...
use it I mean...

Nighty Nite..
angiasaa wrote:
May. 20th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's disabled I mean!! :-o
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - May. 23rd, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
May. 23rd, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: panicing
Hi Ada,
There is no reason for any panic as I see it, to enter into the equation. I understand the need to maintain a distance between H and yourself, but that is merely a natural remnant from some times and moments from the past.

Ignoring it all will bring no solution or any productive angle on the situation. That, I'm sure is obvious and therefore, this comment of yours. The thing to be done though, is to remain calm, a worried mind will serve no other purpose than to mess up the situation further. Worry never accomplished wonders.

Initial contact should be restricted and slow. Don't rush anything.... With time, chances of recovery are very likely, but don't expect everything to become fine and okay.... That might not happen. What will happen through all this, is that the situation will become agreeable and you will begin to take it for what it is rather than react with unfortunate consequences.

The solution is simple, take it slow, accept things as they happen.... Don't break contact and don't try to avoid anything. That does not mean that you should go out of your way to embrace the new situation, it just means that you should'nt fear the change. It is natural, and you can learn to accept it if you give it a favorable amount of time to allow gestation.

I would like to talk to you regarding this more interactively. Perhaps on Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger or ICQ. I'm usually available on Yahoo! during the evenings and at night..

Take care of yourself, and do stay in touch....
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - May. 25th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
May. 26th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You.
I have no choice Ada, if you never existed, I would'nt have done the things I've managed to do with my life so far. I've done things people can only dream of, I've learned so much, I've changed.... If anything, I owe you.

The support and the faith is built into this friendship, I can't imagine our friendship without it.

The best thing about friends is that you can share your thoughts with them. and you don't have to worry about what they think.... Whatever I say, I know you'll still be my friend, and no matter what you say, I'm sure nothing could scare me away. :) That's what friendship is all about I guess....

Sometimes, just telling you about whats bothering me is good enough to make me feel better, even if you can't help me with my problem, I feel a lot better. And I value that.

Yes, you mentioned a reduction in the meds, though I don't remember you telling me that it was halved. That's a good thing. :) It means you're able to do without them.

Peace, F.F.E.A.E. and Kaydeeyoh!

P.S.: I don't know very much, but what I do know, I'm honest about it. It's easier for me to perceive a future state of yours because I know you well. Also, I find that it is just as important for me to know, as it is for you....
(Anonymous) wrote:
May. 25th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
just wondering...
i was just wondering how you were... this is amanda from SC. hope you are well...
angiasaa wrote:
May. 25th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: just wondering...
Hi Amanda,
It's been ages! I'm doing okai. Kinda tied down with enough work to make me consider (in a serious way) suicide.... Apart from the desperate urges to vault myself between buildings like Spiderman goes about doing, I guess I'm doing okai. The whole world's closing in on me....

I hope the monsoons start on time this year. It's getting hotter than a hell-hole out here! You could fry eggs on the sidewalk!!

How about you? How've you been, how's the weather? And the usual wazzups....?

(Anonymous) wrote:
May. 31st, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
in SC
not much has changed here... hot one day, rainy the next...
the usual spring/summer in SC.
im glad to hear you are doing well. as you probably know, me and nikhil no longer speak... and i rather you keep this post private...
if you speak with him... tell him i said happy bday... i know its not until the 5th... but i know he won't answer my call... thanks jim
angiasaa wrote:
May. 31st, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: in SC
Yes, I'm aware of that fact.... :-|

As requested, I've privatized this comment, and shall convey your message.

I don't get to talk to him much these days, we have very odd timings....
I'll see if I can leave him an offliner or something....