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“Dark Skies” by Tiffany Francis-Baker.

Environmentalist author writes about her experiences traveling around the UK and Europe exploring under dark skies. Not strictly Astro oriented, but a good read IMO. A bit maudlin in places, but not too syrupy.
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I'm reading 3 non science items at the moment

1) continuing a long term retraversal of Shakespeare. i always find the remedies slow going.
2) almost done rereading the major bits of Dostoevsky
3) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Democracies_Die
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notFritzArgelander wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:26 pm I'm reading 3 non science items at the moment

1) continuing a long term retraversal of Shakespeare. i always find the remedies slow going.
2) almost done rereading the major bits of Dostoevsky
3) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Democracies_Die
"remedies" is an autocorrect foe "comedies", of course.
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Currently reading three books off-and-on:

1. "A Desolation Called Peace" by Arkady Martine. Second in the Teixcalaan series. First in the series won the Hugo award in 2020.
2. "Fabric of the Game" History of NHL uniforms and team names, etc.
3. "Now Taking the Field" - the best players at each position for each MLB team

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Shabadoo wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:31 pm Egyptian Grammar
Being an Introduction to the study of heiroglyphs
By Sir Alan Gardiner,
Published 1927
Dude is a pioneer in translating Egyptian heiroglyphs.

I’m on lesson # 4.
Great. I used that book in my first year of Egyptian at Berkeley.

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I also highly recommend the "Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache" by Adolf Erman and Hermann Grapow though you will need to read German.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%B6rt ... en_Sprache

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Ohh....I forgot, I am also listening to "A Bad Day at the Vulture Club" the most recent of the Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation mystery series by Vaseem Khan. I usually only listen while I am mowing the lawn though, hence the forgetting!

They are fun books.
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Well, I finished Dostoevsky. Put down Brothers Karamazov last week. As a philosophical novel it poses the interesting problem, "If G-d is responsible for everything that happens, is there no sin?"

This is a long term problem. Folks who become fanatics and subscribe to the first part, behave badly in acting out the second part. Antinomian behavior becomes the norm they espouse. Acts can only happen that are permitted by the supreme authority and so anything goes. It's rather contemporary, a fit precursor to the 21st century.

So this is setting me off on a little quest. Dostoevsky's context is particularly religious and though I've read many things that were formative of his spiritual milieu it hasn't been systematic. A book was recommended to me that systematically presents (or reconstructs from secondary sources) all of the literature that formed Dostoevsky's received tradition. So one long slog leads to another.....

https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Nicene-New-T ... 8&qid=&sr=

I've finished about 10% of the 54 texts included and am getting fascinating insights into the turbulent early years of this tradition. The tensions in the early community are fascinating and explain much of the later course of history, the how and why some parts of the early tradition were pruned.

The sources include the canonical texts as well as manuscript material from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library.
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"Caesar's Commentaries"

I had to read this after reading Robert Harris' three book historical series on Cicero. "Imperium" , Conspirata", and "Dictator". Harris uses Tiro, Cicero's slave and amanuensis to tell the story.
Tiro apparently invented a short hand method whereby he could take verbatim notes as fast as one could speak. This shorthand was still being used in the 6th century. Tiro's actual biography was lost but is refered to by 1st century historians.

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"Sky Vistas" by Crossen and Rhemann. Has some beautiful deep sky photography.
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Sci-Fi fans you must read The Expanse Series.
8 books so far, 500+ pages each, great story.
Kills lots time if you are retired.
Liked it so much gonna read thru a 2and time.
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Jones wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:08 pm Sci-Fi fans you must read The Expanse Series.
8 books so far, 500+ pages each, great story.
Kills lots time if you are retired.

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