E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Everything Else > The Off-Topic > General Off-Topic

General Off-Topic
Everything not about BMWs. Posts must be "primetime" safe and in good taste. You must be logged in to see sub-forums.
Click here to browse all new posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #381
brew
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 339
My Ride: Sequoia X5 MR2 G20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goughie View Post
Just picked up a few new reads for the Kindle:

Floating Gold - a book about ambergris - it's bloody fascinating so far!
The Strangest Man - a biography of Paul Dirac - I've had my eye on this one for a while.
Barbarians at the Gate - the fall of RJR Nabisco - more US corporate downfalls.
Barbarians at the gate isn't about the fall of RJR - it's about the leveraged buy out of RJR at the peak of the LBO craze in the late 80's. I read it a long, long time ago - but IIRC, KKR bought it for $22Billion - and there was a real question whether banks in the US could actually scrape together that much cash all at once. Decent book . .. mostly about RJR execs drinking and acting like aholes and junior investment bankers running through the streets trying to submit bids before deadline.
brew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #382
brew
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 339
My Ride: Sequoia X5 MR2 G20
My father in law loves reading fantasy books and cheeseball spy thriller books. Around Christmas last year there was a used bookstore going out of business nearby and all their books were on sale. I bought like 40 action thriller books - 30 of which were these cheesy (but cool) series called "the Executioner". One man a-team type stuff. I put them all in a box with a giant jar of pepperoni sticks and a half gallon of rum and gave it to him for Christmas. He was thrilled.

He just returned the box (minus the pepperoni and rum), having read all of the books - so now I've just started reading through a sh1t ton of cheeseball action.

I read so much for work that I need something mindless on my down time.

brew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #383
bimmerfan08
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Williamsburg VA
Posts: 4,887
My Ride: Phoenix Yellow M3
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xcelratr View Post
"They". Again with this idea that white people are a singular organism with a single will.

Individuals make choices and take actions. Sometimes their race informs their choices and actions, sometimes it does not.
bimmerfan08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #384
Fergo
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: ATL, Georgia
Posts: 487
My Ride: S52 E30(dead)08 135i
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven747 View Post
v10 was awesome new m5 is just fast dosent have a soul just 2 easy to make hp turbos
Fergo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #385
stapler12345
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,556
My Ride: Sakhir Orange M6
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Penguin Koolaid View Post
I've never heard of a woman wanting more than she actually deserved. Never.
stapler12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 10:10 AM   #386
bimmerfan08
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Williamsburg VA
Posts: 4,887
My Ride: Phoenix Yellow M3


__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xcelratr View Post
"They". Again with this idea that white people are a singular organism with a single will.

Individuals make choices and take actions. Sometimes their race informs their choices and actions, sometimes it does not.
bimmerfan08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 10:15 AM   #387
TJ710
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 653
My Ride: 2002 325i
Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis. It's a pretty disturbing and eerie novel about a freshman in College returning home for christmas break in 1980's LA. The cocaine, sex, partying, money and vast emptiness of everyone's lives.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
5 Speed. 3.46 Diff. Shark. Koni. H&R
TJ710 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 11:56 AM   #388
Goughie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Over the pond...
Posts: 562
My Ride: 330d Sport Touring
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goughie View Post
Just picked up a few new reads for the Kindle:

Floating Gold - a book about ambergris - it's bloody fascinating so far!
The Strangest Man - a biography of Paul Dirac - I've had my eye on this one for a while.
Barbarians at the Gate - the fall of RJR Nabisco - more US corporate downfalls.
Floating Gold was interesting, but not mind blowing. Who knew that sperm whale vomit was so important to the perfume industry!
The Strangest man started out great, but TBH I'm struggling a bit with some of the physics now the book is moving into Dirac's productive phase. Have put it down for a bit and may struggle to pick things up when I dip back in.
Not started on Barbarians at the Gate yet, because I'm reading Christopher Hitchen's autobiography, Hitch-22 (and loving it! )

Quote:
Originally Posted by TJ710 View Post
Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis. It's a pretty disturbing and eerie novel about a freshman in College returning home for christmas break in 1980's LA. The cocaine, sex, partying, money and vast emptiness of everyone's lives.
I have a hard on for the writing of BEE. None of my friends like his work, but (ominously for me perhaps) understand why I like it!
__________________
http://i38.tinypic.com/oif03r.png
Sig is a BlownE30M3 production!

"The protection of views purely on religious grounds cannot be justified. It is not only an irrational idea, but it is also divisive, capricious and arbitrary" - Lord Justice Laws, UK 29/04/2010

Last edited by Goughie; 03-01-2014 at 11:58 AM.
Goughie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 12:11 PM   #389
ImPulSe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NYC & Long Island
Posts: 751
My Ride: Bentley GT
ImPulSe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 09:16 PM   #390
TruckDaddy
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The []_[] Miami
Posts: 6
My Ride: 1991 Kenworth T600
Starting it this week...
__________________

Say what again. Say What AGAIN! I DARE YA, I DOUBLE DARE YA MOTHAFCUKA! SAY WHAT ONE MORE GOD DAMN TIME!
Quote:
Originally Posted by enter
It's a social thing guys get over it. My mom said in Chinese culture the longer your hair down there is the higher class you are, and my mom is one of the classiest ladies i know.
TruckDaddy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 10:11 PM   #391
bellasophie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: london
Posts: 0
My Ride: ferrari
Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex ferguson's "Managing my life"
bellasophie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 10:23 PM   #392
saace7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: dirty south
Posts: 420
My Ride: 04' 330i ZHP
Doctor Seuss red fish blue fish

Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________

Mi pequena diabla

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjpgolf1 View Post
BMW does not make a "super car". They make some super cars, but not a "super car".

Last edited by saace7; 03-01-2014 at 10:23 PM.
saace7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2014, 11:10 PM   #393
Fergo
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: ATL, Georgia
Posts: 487
My Ride: S52 E30(dead)08 135i
L4yer cake
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven747 View Post
v10 was awesome new m5 is just fast dosent have a soul just 2 easy to make hp turbos
Fergo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2014, 10:50 PM   #394
TJ710
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 653
My Ride: 2002 325i
Dog On It.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
5 Speed. 3.46 Diff. Shark. Koni. H&R
TJ710 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 05:04 PM   #395
Goughie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Over the pond...
Posts: 562
My Ride: 330d Sport Touring
Pushed the button on a few more Kindle books today including biographies of both Sir Edward Grey and Saladin, a biography of the city of Jerusalem (from antiquity to today), a history of Mossad, a history of the British campaign in the Sudan and a travel guide for Oman. Got a long ass holiday coming up and wanted to ensure I had enough interesting reads.
__________________
http://i38.tinypic.com/oif03r.png
Sig is a BlownE30M3 production!

"The protection of views purely on religious grounds cannot be justified. It is not only an irrational idea, but it is also divisive, capricious and arbitrary" - Lord Justice Laws, UK 29/04/2010

Last edited by Goughie; 03-09-2014 at 05:05 PM.
Goughie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 05:22 PM   #396
Darkside213
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pomona, CA
Posts: 3,349
My Ride: 04 TSX daily, 01 M3
Send a message via AIM to Darkside213
Love anything crusades. Let me know how that saladin book is
__________________
"We live in the grey."
Vouch for: nitro3421
Vouches from: nitro3421


Darkside213 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 05:54 PM   #397
Raymond42262
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 456
My Ride: Is German
I recently found this book...it's pretty unique.


Codex Seraphinianus


A man spent three years writing the book and illustrating it. The pics are surreal and it would make a good sci fi / fantasy movie.

This explains it better than I can........
------------
Published in 1981, the book is essentially an encyclopedia of a mysterious world, complete with a plethora of flora and fauna which are depicted by very detailed, incredibly strange and abstract images. Perhaps even more bizarre is the language in which the book is written. It is a completely made-up language and has yet to be deciphered, although it does appear to have some sort of organizational syntax because characters are reused together in different combinations and there seems to be some degree of grammatical structure. But before you start thinking there might be some secret to crack, author Luigi Serafini has said (at least according to the book's Wikipedia page) that there is no such secret:

"In a talk at the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles held on 11 May 2009, Serafini stated that there is no meaning hidden behind the script of the Codex, which is asemic; that his own experience in writing it was closely similar to automatic writing; and that what he wanted his alphabet to convey to the reader is the sensation that children feel in front of books they cannot yet understand, although they see that their writing does make sense for grown-ups.[12]"


It's worth a look...........the author has an amazing imagination.........

----------------
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/0...seraphinianus/


http://www.scribd.com/doc/140108762/Codex-Seraphinianus
__________________
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for."....Joseph Addison
--------------------
Raymond42262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:05 PM   #398
cowmoo32
drunken science
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 5,529
My Ride: Trek 1.2
Haven't had a chance to get too deep because I'm still reading The Intelligent Investor but I'm excited about this one
__________________

flickher

What's this about a brownie in motion?
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 08:01 PM   #399
IFX
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Very South
Posts: 1,342
My Ride: AW //M
are you into investing, or just curious about it?^
__________________
photobucket.com/albums/zz253/amgm3/DSC00399-1.jpg[/IMG]
IFX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 09:00 PM   #400
cowmoo32
drunken science
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 5,529
My Ride: Trek 1.2
If I was better at math I would go into quantitative finance, but I'm not, so I just read as much as I can.
__________________

flickher

What's this about a brownie in motion?
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use