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OldGrayBob

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    BS Physics & Comp Sci, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    Cross Plains, Wisconsin - West of Madison
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    Objectivism<br>Science Fiction-Fantasy - mainly Heinlein and Stephen King<br>Woodworking<br>Irish music<br>Tin Whistle mainly in the keys of C, D, F and low-D<br>Weight Lifting - a great exercise for the nearly senior citizen<br>Java - both the stuff from Starbucks and the stuff from Sun
  1. I highly suggest that a critically thinking person get a hold of a copy of the book "State of Fear", not for the novel - which I find interesting, but for the bibliography. I found that the few of the references that I have checked so far to be very informative. I am looking forward to checking more of the references.
  2. I would like an unbiased review of the book How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter . The liberal press seems to hate it like poison, which may be a good thing! Thanks in advance.
  3. My three favorites Young Frankenstein Mel Brook's best - what more can you say! We Were Soldiers When I first saw this movie, the memories came rushing back, I swear that I could smell the Army paint and feel the roughness of starched uniforms. In Country The final part at the Vietnam Memorial for me is the most moving part of any movie that I have ever seen. I have known too many whose names are on that wall.
  4. What difference will it make. If Kerry is elected, he probably will run away after 4 months like he did in Vietnam. Then we will have an ex-trial lawyer, Edwards, in charge. Brrrr...
  5. I am a book nut! These are my favorites in which I have them both in text and on audio CD (via Audible.com). I know that they all do not fall into the Objectivist mold, but one reads for pleasure too! A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has always been a pleasurable read. 'Tis, by Frank McCourt A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt Anthem by Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub Convergence by Charles Sheffield Divergence by Charles Sheffield Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
  6. Just from a personal, selfish point of view, as a Vietnam era veteran, Kerry's claim at the end that he serverd honorably made my blood boil. The Swift Boat Veterans will soon get a contribution from me. Try as I might, I am sorry but I cannot be rational on this issue, too many memories!
  7. Personally, from my point of view, Nikola Tesla has them both beat.
  8. In a trip through a local office supply store, my wife looked at some of the school supply lists that teachers at various local schools have posted. One that caught her attention was for a second grade class in Madison, Wisconsin. The list was topped with 4 boxes of crayons, 16 crayons per box, followed by multiple sets of other items. At the end of the list was the message that stated that unused supplies would not be returned to the students. The reason for this is that all supplies will be kept in common by the teacher and distributed to the students when they use them. This insures fa
  9. From the general tone of Kerry's speech, he did not seem very bright, he seemed to be repeating things he did not understand. BTW, If you want another reason not to vote for Kerry, check out http://www.swiftvets.com/index.php?topic=SwiftPhoto.
  10. I see a problem with the whole discussion and that is the definition of what is 'love.' I am currently married and have been for the past 36 years to the same person. After all this time I do not know a good definition for love. Love seems to change from hour to hour, day to day, and year to year. Did 'love at first sight' happen to me and my wife, it might have, but I cannot honestly say it did.
  11. Lazarus Long, the main character in Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love and other novels seems to be quite an Objectivist. Following are a few quotes from the book, enjoy: One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word. -Lazarus Long Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. -Lazarus Long History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. -Lazarus
  12. Thanks for the reviews of I, Robot. I grew up reading Asimov back when I, Robot was new science fiction! I just reread a month ago, and the memories of the initial enjoyment came back. I was afraid what Hollywood might do to it, (like it did to Starship Troopers). Thanks again, I think I will avoid the movie.
  13. I have the same fear. The Fountainhead is more that a novel, it is a statement. Ayn Rand was the architect of that statement. Can you just imagine some Hollywood second-handers modifying it!
  14. My hat is off to you if you can watch more than 3 minutes of the Democratic Convention. My stomach is not that strong. Instead I relistened to the last hour of The Fountainhead that I have (unabridged) on CD. One point, only PBS was carrying it on broadcast. Either it is political alignment or just lack of anything interesting to show, I am not sure.
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