I really like in depth articles about a variety of topics. Unfortunately I don't find un-posted articles frequently, so I won't share too often. I study transportation, but I find a wide variety of topics interesting to read about. I also tend to believe that too many disagreements are a result of miscommunication (see following quotes).
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. - Walt Whitman
I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
- Franz Kafka
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No clue if it was part of the documentary - sorry!
What motivated me to think about this is to figure out what, if any, responsibility I have to better the world. Was it Voltaire who said that we are guilty of the good that we did not do? It's a very demanding worldview that I'm not sure I agree with, but I get pulled both ways and the only conclusion I've reached is to not think about it and try to be a good (ish) person.
I got it from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, which I really enjoyed as a (moderate) runner. I like to think that people who don't run would like it as well, but I can't really say.
I enjoyed some Umphrey's McGee today - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml5FxpirGwg
I don't think the article was particularly well written, but as someone who improvises for a hobby, this type of research is pretty fascinating.
I think I skimmed every book assigned to me in high school, which covers a few from the board's list. I didn't take any english classes in college, but I did manage to read some major books during those years somehow.
I'll have to give it another look, though I have to say I'm not one to slog through anything.
Definitely sounds interesting. I can definitely see it being something awesome of way over my head - Catch-22 felt that way, but it could have been my age when I read it, back when I was in high school. I don't think I've read anything that would be qualified as cyberpunk, but enjoy the elements mentioned and intelligent manners, so I'll have to look into it.
I've never tried Don Quixote, but I'm familiar with the story from The Man of La Mancha, so it's been on my radar before. A little random, but "quixotic" has to be one of my favorite words, for its uniqueness, its pronunciation, and its derivation.