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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2198 on: May 25, 2020, 06:14:04 PM »
One of my MSU acquaintances bought a boat and asked for MSU related name suggestions.  I said "Sloop John L", which only a narrow window of people who like 60s music and mid 2000s MSU football will get

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2199 on: May 25, 2020, 07:52:08 PM »
One of my MSU acquaintances bought a boat and asked for MSU related name suggestions.  I said "Sloop John L", which only a narrow window of people who like 60s music and mid 2000s MSU football will get
It's gonna sink. 

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2200 on: May 25, 2020, 08:18:19 PM »
I just finished Stephen Ambrose's book about the transcontinental railroad.  Interesting, but I would have liked more detail about the construction and less about the principals involved.  It was a major change in transportation obviously in this country.
I read that book--Nothing Like It in the World, yes?--about 15 years ago.  As I was going through it, I had the sense that I was reading things more than once, as if it had not been well-edited.  I think there was a lot of sloppiness about his latter books, between slipshod research and slipshod citing of research that others had done.
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2201 on: May 25, 2020, 08:19:19 PM »
One of my MSU acquaintances bought a boat and asked for MSU related name suggestions.  I said "Sloop John L", which only a narrow window of people who like 60s music and mid 2000s MSU football will get
I get it.
But does "John L" bring back good memories or bad ones?
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2202 on: May 25, 2020, 08:25:48 PM »
How about Saban's Stepstone?
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2203 on: May 25, 2020, 09:02:24 PM »
I read that book--Nothing Like It in the World, yes?--about 15 years ago.  As I was going through it, I had the sense that I was reading things more than once, as if it had not been well-edited.  I think there was a lot of sloppiness about his latter books, between slipshod research and slipshod citing of research that others had done.
Yeah, it was poorly edited, and had some mistakes, like how Lee found McClennan's orders before Sharpsburg, I read the twice to check it.

My least favorite book of his.  I skipped a fair bit of it.

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2204 on: May 26, 2020, 01:21:33 AM »
If I hadn't been interested in railroading I don't think I would have finished it.
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2205 on: May 26, 2020, 07:22:28 AM »
I paused a few times.  I got out maps on my iPad to help follow along the various impediments.  His other books are better written IMHO.

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2206 on: May 26, 2020, 01:42:28 PM »
I saw Ambrose host a discussion with Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut on YouTube awhile back.

Heller said that he never met anyone in the USAAF that he didn't respect, and I wondered why then he wrote Catch-22 which makes the entire lot of them look like morons.

Vonnegut told the usual falsehoods about Dresden.

Ambrose didn't correct either one of them
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2208 on: May 27, 2020, 01:32:29 PM »
I saw Ambrose host a discussion with Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut on YouTube awhile back.

Heller said that he never met anyone in the USAAF that he didn't respect, and I wondered why then he wrote Catch-22 which makes the entire lot of them look like morons.

Vonnegut told the usual falsehoods about Dresden.

Ambrose didn't correct either one of them
Hell of a book, though. 

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2209 on: May 27, 2020, 04:14:10 PM »

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2210 on: May 27, 2020, 04:17:48 PM »
Launch abort has started due to weather, they will not launch for a few more days.  This was a hard time launch.

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2211 on: May 27, 2020, 05:06:00 PM »
Launch abort has started due to weather, they will not launch for a few more days.  This was a hard time launch.
my understanding is that they were under a tornado warning

now that woulda been neat
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