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Tonight on GeekNights it's the book club discussing Carl Sagan's Cosmos. The next book club selection is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. In the news we discuss FIFA World Cup 2010.
Where the hell did Mr. Period come from?
Where the hell did Mr. Period come from?He hasn't logged in for some time now. We borrowed his account to make these posts out of laziness and convenience.
Wouldn't it be more effort to log out of either one of your accounts, find a dead moderator's login info, log into it, and use that instead?
There were some other points I was going to make, but I can't remember them now.
That's ok. I just finished reading it not more than a couple weeks ago and can't remember which scientist discovered what.
Forget Bill Bryson's book, the one you should really read isWho Discovered What When.
Geeknights 20100617 - Book Club: Carl Sagan's CosmosExtended Show Notes - Total Run Time 00:53:34 Time | Notes---------+----------------------------------------------------------00:00:00 | Intro00:00:26 | News and Chit-chat | - What to do about vuvuzelas... | - Scott plays with his bag (of fancy M&Ms) | - Discussion of snack foods and how nasty Combos are | - Vuvuzelas at golf matches/rounds/whatever you call a game of golf | - Putt-putt mini-golf | - Vuvuzelas in other inappropriate contexts | - Stealth vuvuzelas | - Flashmobs (with vuvuzelas!) | - Anyone can play a vuvuzela! (No they can't!!) (Yes they can!!!)00:11:13 | - World Cup matches | - Morality of using pirate video streams | - World Cup commentary | - Soccer team dynamics00:17:01 | Things of the Day | - Rym - Vuvuzela Downfall parody | - Vuvuzela jokes in general | - Vuvuzela video games | - FIFA 2011 should have a vuvuzela volume slider | - Scott - The Case of the Poopy Nintendo | - Methods of stopping vuvuzela players00:21:34 | Meta Moment | - ConnectiCon 2010 is July 9-11 | - NerdNYC Recess is this weekend, June 19 | - Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | - More upcoming stuff in the city will be discussed in the future00:28:11 | Main Topic | - Book Club: Cosmos by Carl Sagan | - Great value for the dollar - explains history and science both | - Tells the story of the universe in a non-boring way | - Understandable by everyone | - Full of things everyone should know about science | - Astronomy was a huge pasttime for previous eras | - An excellent refresher of science you may have learned earlier | - The book makes you think about the structure of the universe | - Could our universe be a black hole? | - Discussion on the expansion of the universe | - Discussion of near-lightspeed travel | - The book doesn't just present the information... | - ...it gives you a path to draw your own conclusions. | - The TV show is similar to the book but not an exact copy | - Discussion of historical scientists | - Mention of "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson | - Discussion of how we don't know if what we're doing today is wrong, science-wise | - Cosmos should be required reading for middle-school and above science classes | - The book is written from an "Check this out - isn't this awesome?" standpoint | - The big bang happened... (*** OMG SPOILERS!!!!!! ***) | - Most of the book is old, definitively proven science | - The TV show presents updates to some of the info in the book00:52:35 | Outro
These show notes, on the right pages, will bring in the google juice!
I could change every instance of the word "the" to penis, and it would take less effort than the typing of this very post.
I have a vuvuzela app for my android phone.
Locke LamoraIt's simple and fun so far. The writing style is very utilitarian, and doesn't stand out, though. This book carries itself almost entirely on the events as they occured (or were perceived), rather than the manner in which they are described.
This is precisely why I had some hope that we would be able to get more people to actually read it.
I can't remember exactly if this was the episode in which you joked about having a soccer game with a locked Vuvuzela volume meter but I saw this...
Oddly I just finished "A Short History of Nearly Everything" last week and thoroughly enjoyed it! If you liked "Cosmos" check it out.