Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Commissar Smersh, Aug 18, 2012.
That's a lot of copies of Shades of Grey...
is that by sales or by count?
Does that take the price of text books into consideration?
Myself, I don't have time to sit and read much. I'm too busy doing life as a hands-on learner/DIY'r.
The most I read anymore, is instruction on how to accomplish a task with my own two hands.
More likely Twilight and The Hunger Games.
I'm not saying that the government should track what books people read, but personally I would like to have a list of all adults that bought the Twilight books. It would make it so much easier to identify people I want nothing to do with.
Fuck yeah! In elementary school we had a rating system where you would win a certain amount of points by the type of book you read. The top scorers would win candy, library passes ( to excuse you from class so you could go read in peace) and free books. Because of the Redwall books, Tolkien and Hemingway I placed in the top 5 every quarter.
I still read 2-3 books a month on my kindle. Right now I'm reading http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Vice-American-Reporter-Police/dp/0307378799 . Highly recommend it.
Not that we would march them off to camps or anything...
Reminds me of Who to Unfriend on Facebook.
My elementary school had something like Coleman's, however due to severe dyslexia, I couldn't read until half way through the second grade. All the way through first, and the first half of second, people who sat next to me would tell me what our work said. My interest in that program was slim if not nil... However things have changed since then, and I'm just about finished with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Bahaha! Thanks for helping me weed out some fools.
Woo hoo! There's hope for the future of reading (and maybe some $$ for ol' Sparky). I've loved reading and writing since preschool, probably because my mom read to me constantly. I demanded it. English was my strongest subject in school so it seemed logical to me to major in it in college, specifically Creative Writing.
It's been a while since I've sat down and read a novel though. The last thing I read was Crash by J.G. Ballard. I fancy myself a short story writer, so most of my reading comes from short story anthologies. The stories are just as engrossing as a novel, and even though you can get through a story in a sitting, it still sits with you long after you read it. Try some Joyce Carol Oates and see what I mean.
I thought that was more for middle aged ladies?
gen x checking in
Indeed! You can lump it together with Twilight though. Shades of Grey began as erotic Twilight fanfiction, but the writing in both is atrocious.
Hooked on Phonics worked for me.
Seriously... i took Rockin Phonics (http://www.rockinphonics.com/) because I was a pretty shitty reader as a kid. Changed my life. Got a near perfect in the reading/writing portion of the SATs because of it.
Sorry bro, you're a Millennial. MSP's age group are Gen Xers.
My problem is when I see text, there is a chance that what I see is "delbmuj yletelpmoc ro ,nwod edispu ,sdrawkcab ,detrevni si taht txet modnaR"; Sometimes my brain will even black out words and sentences (I.E. I don't even see the word/sentence on paper until I re read it 5-6 times). I tried Hooked on Phonics, Bob books, etc, etc. Finally one day something in my brain clicked and I could finally read perfectly. I had the knowledge to read and what everything in the text meant, but my brain couldn't translate the information until it clicked.
Since then, I have done exercises (similar to speed reading) to prevent it from popping up as much, but sometimes I still struggle. To this day there are certain letters I can't read in their lowercase form: b and d for instance, look exactly the same to me, and I have to use the context of the word to discern which letter they are using.
Ever try transparent, coloured sheets laid over white pages?
Yep, those help a lot when I'm reading textbooks or physical books... But unfortunately so much of our information is provided over electronic screens now days, that I've had to learn to read without it. I keep a ruler on my desk and will sometimes hold the ruler up to my monitor and separate out the sentence I'm reading from the one below it if I'm having issues reading.
I find highlighting helps on blocks of texts, mess with your system preferences to get a colour that works best for you. Alternately learning the invert colour shortcuts can help, especially when you get tired, plus it has the added bonus of freaking out whoever sees your computer.
i read it was from the 60's to early 80's with no specific dates.
oh well, i dont wanna be a fucking millennial, gen y whatever the fuk. gen x sounds better
There are fonts for dyslexia that make reading easier. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-font-helps-dyslexics-read
That's pretty cool, actually!
But, for 70 bucks for the word processing version, and 99 euro ($121) a year for the web plug-in version, I can't justify that expense for easier reading on a computer.
May be true but they have a lot of catching up to do. The baby boomers are still probably at least 20 years ahead.
Where did you go to school?
Anyone know of any good chess books or preferablly chess movies?
Not sure if it's really what you're looking for but I read Gary Kasparov's book How Life Imitates Chess and found in to be philosophically insightful and generally practical too. The book is marketed towards the business crowd but I found it applicable to just about anything. The principles that went into his chess playing DO translate to other things.
I dunno... you'd read it much like you'd read The Art of War. I know that's a bit of cliche nowadays, the kind of book a douch-bag sales manager might quote to his troops, but it still resonates so what can you do?
It was Kasparov's appearance on an episode of Real Time that really made me stop and take notice. He's a very good speaker, he means what he says, and he's well informed. You just get that sense. Not unlike listening to Ron Paul. A breath of fresh air.
Oh, that was just a random link from google.. I assumed it was the same as this one I saw on Reddit which is only $9.99. http://www.pixelscript.net/gilldyslexic/
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