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Old 02-28-2020, 10:11 AM
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The Holy Thief - Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery)
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Clan Of The Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
I read that one a long time ago, and thought it was very interesting. i continued on with a few others in that series (world?) and lost interest. I've been thinking about going back to the Clan and seeing if I still think it is good.
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We had an RPA demo today, and some of the bots were business related, but some were just cool (one could post Happy Birthday to all of your facebook friends on their birthday).

Immediately thought about a goodreads bot that would add books to your goodreads if you just sent it the ISBN.

Does anyone know of a bot that does this?
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:25 PM
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Death in the Air -- Kate Winkler Dawson

it's about a serial killer who operated during the Great Smog in London in 1952. He was able to hide his murders as the smog was outright killing people, too
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:44 PM
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I finished Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again and thought it was really good.

I checked out Sunset Beach next.
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I started and finished Victor LaValle's 'The Ballad of Black Tom' yesterday evening in one sitting (I wasn't intending to do so). It's a retelling of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Horror at Red Hook" (which is notoriously racist).
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The Master and Margarita (audiobook)

I have really gotten into Russian literature (in translation)
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Picked up Susan Vreeland's What Love Sees. Way better than I expected. Novel is based on the true story of a privileged New England woman who went blind in her early teens (in the 1930s). Was one of the first to get a seeing eye dog. Somewhat smothered by a protective family, and looking for independence, she married a struggling rancher in rural California who also went blind in High School in a sports accident. Never had done housework or cooking or anything like that, and ends up a ranch wife, trying to learn it all, and blind to boot in a era where assistance for the disabled was fairly minimal. And had four kids.

The book was based on extensive interviews with Jean and her family, and illustrated with family photos. It's quite unsentimental and absorbing.
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Finished The Obelisk Gate (book 2 of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy) and started The Stone Sky (book 3).
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Reading Bill Bryson's (historian) book about the body. Lots of dumb little amazing facts about how the body sure has a lot of ____ or does a lot ___. Also lots of short bios of the various scientists and doctors that helped or screwed modern science.

One of the side-points when you talk about the history of medicine is the incredible degree to which people love pseudoscience. Until the 1800's or so, all medicine was quackery. And well into the 20th century we were letting doctors shove a icepick through kids eyes to calm them down.

Mostly it just makes me wonder how utterly shit most of our "best-practices" are in fields that can't perform double-blinds (eg. business management, parenting, pedagogy, economics)
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