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u/freakscene · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I second the reading idea! Ask your history or science teachers for suggestions of accessible books. I'm going to list some that I found interesting or want to read, and add more as I think of them.

A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson. Title explains it all. It is very beginner friendly, and has some very entertaining stories. Bryson is very heavy on the history and it's rather long but you should definitely make every effort to finish it.

Lies my teacher told me

The greatest stories never told (This is a whole series, there are books on Presidents, science, and war as well).

There's a series by Edward Rutherfurd that tells history stories that are loosely based on fact. There are books on London and ancient England, Ireland, Russia, and one on New York

I read this book a while ago and loved it- Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk It's about a monk who was imprisoned for 30 years by the Chinese.

The Grapes of Wrath.

Les Misérables. I linked to the unabridged one on purpose. It's SO WORTH IT. One of my favorite books of all time, and there's a lot of French history in it. It's also the first book that made me bawl at the end.

You'll also want the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Federalist Papers.

I'm not sure what you have covered in history, but you'll definitely want to find stuff on all the major wars, slavery, the Bubonic Plague, the French Revolution, & ancient Greek and Roman history.

As for science, find these two if you have any interest in how the brain works (and they're pretty approachable).
Phantoms in the brain
The man who mistook his wife for a hat

Alex and Me The story of a scientist and the incredibly intelligent parrot she studied.

For a background in evolution, you could go with The ancestor's tale

A biography of Marie Curie

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston is a quick and easy read, and very heavy on the adventure. You'll also want to read his other book The Hot Zone about Ebola. Absolutely fascinating, I couldn't put this one down.

The Devil's Teeth About sharks and the scientists who study them. What's not to like?

u/narwal_bot · 1 pointr/IAmA

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Question (BigRedHair):

> First - wow. You're pretty damn lucky to be alive - and I was so glad you were wearing a helmet!
> Did you recognize your ex-step mother when she came in? Did you know that the people visiting were family/friends?
> I may have missed this, but how long is this guy's jail sentence?
>

Answer (PRTetu):

> I think he got six months.
>
> I recognized my ex-stepmother, but that didn't change the fact that it felt like my first memory. I don't remember anyone else visiting besides my dad's wife who came to grab me when I was released.



Question (chiro_throw):

> Please take your own medical care seriously: http://www.skepdic.com/chiro.html
>
> Chiropractic services are not based on science. At worst they can leave dead, or paralyzed for life. Don't take my word for it; educate yourself on any treatment you are looking to or currently receiving.
>
> Rather than read the link above, which is quite lengthy - I will admit, wikipedia has a good section on the risk-benift of chiro here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropractic#Risk-benefit

Answer (PRTetu):

> What is the alternative?



Question (qazplu33):

> >The second time, I had to take the stand and testify against him. I once again refused to look at the evidence photos and was asked things like what I thought his punishment should be.
>
> What did you say? I'm not here to criticise anything you say, I'm just curious what you thought. I know I'd want to do... illegal things to him, especially after he half-assed his apology. What a dick.

Answer (PRTetu):

> There was a lot I really wanted to say. He should be castrated without anesthesia so as not to continue to pollute the gene pool and in a very painful way. He should pay me every cent he ever makes. His children should be taken away. He should have to spend all six months of his sentence in solitary confinement with the nyan cat looping on a small speaker barely audibly. I should get to hit him on my bicycle with his truck.
>
> What I ended up saying was that he should never drive again and probably spend some time in jail.



Question (jwolf227):

> The driver did turn himself in an hour later. His thoughts were probably oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck I just killed a guy. And often when you get in that highly panicked mindset, the first thing you think is to return to routine, something familiar. He probably went home, calmed down, and realized he needed to account for what he had done.

Answer (PRTetu):

> From the biking blog I linked:
>
> "In a sign of the sheer stupidity demonstrated by some drivers — especially those foolish enough to flee the scene of a collision — Travers called police to report he may have been in a collision, after apparently seeing the story on the news. But swore he wasn’t the one who hit the cyclist.
>
> Needless to say, police investigators found evidence connecting him to the crime. Which they may never have found if Travers hadn’t attempted to craft a case of implausible deniability."



Question (I_LOVE_ASPARTAME):

> I was attacked in my neighborhood before and don't remember anything from that day and two days before. My body is probably doing me a favor by blocking everything out, but it has been crazy hard dealing with the curiosity of trying to bring the memory forward. i've now come to terms with it and let my defenses shut it out. Yay ptsd

Answer (PRTetu):

> lol yaaaayyyy.



Question (whodafukisethanembry):

> Do you see yourself, someday, returning to biking as a means of transportation?

Answer (PRTetu):

> To this point, I had thought absolutely not. There are some exceptions, but absolutely not on public streets with vehicle access. At least not anytime soon.



Question (jewcebox95):

> I remember hearing about this on the news, I live in Dena. Glad you're doing better and hope everything turns out alright.

Answer (PRTetu):

> Thank you for that.



Question (iheartfirefly):

> Be healthy, physically and mentally. Do good things for yourself. I had some head trauma after an accident a few years ago and the first 18 months was hard...I couldn't remember words, anxiety was BAD, lots of hermit-y stuff but it got easier as I settled into the meds and started living how I envisioned my life (even tho it wasn't comfortable to do.) Good luck, don't be a hero and suffer through the pain - talk to people about it, get help, let your friends be friends, ya know?

Answer (PRTetu):

> Good advice. Thank you.



Question (badluckgod13):

> Holy shit man this sucks. I live right off of foothill boulevard in la Canada I'm so sorry this happened.

Answer (PRTetu):

> I went to LCHS. My father teaches there/coaches golf.



Question (P1h3r1e3d13):

> You may be interested in Phantoms in the Brain. It covers some of that weird, mind-body disconnect stuff.

Answer (PRTetu):

> I will definitely check that out.



Question (yummyfrenchfry):

> glad your ok my friend unfortunately was killed on thursday - http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=8736771

Answer (PRTetu):

> It breaks my heart every time I read another one of those.
>
> The "Why me?" question as to why I was either hit or survived is kinda out of my head now, but it does come up when I see something like that.
>
> Stay strong.



Question (cukabara7047):

> I was struck by a driver last fall who left me with some pretty bad hand injuries, (as my right arm went through his left headlight) but nothing too lasting. He sped off the second I hit the ground, too, but unfortunately there were no witnesses so there were no repercussions.
> Glad to hear your feelin better man, stay safe out there

Answer (PRTetu):

> Glad to hear you weren't more seriously injured.
>
> Thanks for the positive vibes.



Question (GimmieMore):

> It went from bad to worse... But there were a lot of factors involved...
>
> She actually ended up threatening me with violence for very minimal reasons... regularly.
>
> Head injuries are a bitch.

Answer (PRTetu):

> I'm assuming the relationship ended not long after the accident?



Question (antisocialmedic):

> Yeesh. I am sorry to hear that happened to you my friend. Here is hoping to a fast and thorough recovery!
>
> Also, do you find the road rash to be as awful as I do? I got hit by a car and dragged for a bit when I was a kid, no broken bones but a ton of road rash. It was pretty awful. I can't imagine having to go through what you did.

Answer (PRTetu):

> To be honest, the road rash wasn't as bad as the joint pain and rampant bruising.
>
> Had it just been road rash, I'm sure it would've sucked pretty hard itself. I had some (slight understatement) experience with road rashes as a young care-free skateboarder.



Question (Juliet2yourRomeo):

> Did you have a Significant other at the time of the accident? If so did the dynamic of the relationship change? Have any of your relationships changed in regards to u feeling like a totally new person? Do u have new interests than before ? Haha sorry for the million questions but this is interesting and I'm very glad you survived and I wish you the best in your recovery :)

Answer (PRTetu):

> I did not have a significant other and wasn't dating anyone... that I can recall.
>
> I can't really speak to how much relationships have changed as I can't really remember what they were like before. I'm sure if I got a couple friends to hop on here, they could be a little more insightful as far as that goes. As far as the interests, just being interested in social activity is definitely new and not having any interest in MMO's is also a polar shift. I also have an affinity for old movies from the 40s-60s now which I can't ever recall having a remote interest in.



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u/EmpathyMonster · 8 pointsr/IAmA

Good luck with it, man. I've only had a handful of lucid dreams that lasted more than 10 seconds or so. They're a pretty amazing experience, and I imagine they could be useful if you could really develop your lucid dreaming skills, but it takes a pretty dedicated effort to get good at it.
This book is like the bible of lucid dreaming, and here's a pretty good forum that you can learn a lot from.

u/iamcornholio · 3 pointsr/IAmA

Thanks.

>At what point do you think you have a problem with porn? And fapping?

After reading "No More Mr Nice Guy" this book was spot on in describing me as a person and I simply knew that it was right when I read in it about sexual problems guys like me have.

>Do you think that those problems are the reason why you are virgin?

You mean fapping/porn/alcohol? Partially yes, but I think my social anxiety/retardedness are much more of a problem. This is why I mentioned therapy, I still have a long way to go and I won't be able to do it alone.

>Do you think that with all of those things out of your life you'll be more successful at getting your sexual needs met in a more healthy manner?

I hope so, I simply think that those were steps I needed to make if I ever want to be happy. If you're interested this post talks about this in more depth, point 1) is especially relevant I think.

>What is your opinion on those things in moderation? Do you think you are capable of enjoying them in moderation?

Alcohol - no way, I am a son of an alcoholic. Porn - the post I mentioned above should clarify this. Masturbation - yep, I intend to go back to fapping this week and continue to do it once or maybe twice a week in a healthy manner.

u/MondoHawkins · 1 pointr/IAmA

I don't know that I'd have enough to say on the topic to justify an AMA but I can tell you some books that I've found beneficial to my personal growth. Most aren't specific to self-hypnosis, learning that mostly came as a byproduct of my training, but they all contributed to my philosophies and daily practice (which I should mention is VERY informal for the most part).

I'd say the most important thing is to first learn what hypnosis really is because all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely guides a person into the state. For that I'd recommend, The Professional Hypnotism Manual by John Kappas.

As I said in my earlier post, a lot of what I personally do is very informally based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). CBT, in a nutshell, functions on the premise that changing your thoughts changes your behaviors. The best book I can think of for a lay person on that topic is Feeling Good By David M. Burns MD

Finally, I'd highly recommend learning the "Mental Bank" concept. There is a 2hr video on the subject and I'd suggest grabbing the book as well. (Interesting side note: They filmed that video the day I took the class on the Mental Bank. So, I'm somewhere in that crowd, though I'm not saying where. ;))

u/unbibium · 4 pointsr/IAmA

Your thesis seems to be that the voice is chemical, and therefore a feeling and not a thought, and therefore it controls your behavior directly.

However, thoughts, in turn, control feelings, and this can be demonstrated easily. Ever read something that made you happy or angry or sad? I'm pretty sure you can't transmit psychotropic medicines through the Internet. It's because your brain decoded the words into thoughts, and those thoughts triggered an emotional response, possibly by inspiring another train of thought.

And you can change your thinking habits over time. The best way is to write down what the "voices" are saying, so they can't hide from scrutiny. Then pick out the distortions in each of them, and write down a rational rebuttal that you can actually believe. This is pretty much the entire basis of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which Drs. David Burns and Albert Ellis have written about. According to them, you just have to do it once a day, and after enough time, your thinking habits change. Paperbacks tl;dr? Then read about it on about.com.

Good luck; I hope these tools are useful.

u/jimgreer · 3 pointsr/IAmA

When you design a multiplayer game, you're trying to design incentives and rules to channel players' competitive energy and aggression into an experience that's fun and fair for everyone. That's true of a community-based site as well.

Back in the 90s me and my friend and CounterPAC cofounder, Zack Booth Simpson, were working on a game called Netstorm. At that time John McCain and Russ Feingold were just starting their campaign finance reform effort. We got to thinking - it's great that they're doing that, but there's a paradox in the government trying to regulate itself. The guys with money are always going to react faster than the legislators and regulators.

That made us wonder whether you could have a private organization that would be on the "good guy" side. We had various ideas, but no time or money to make it happen.

Now I do have the money, and I stepped back from Kongregate to make the time.

> Also as a British reader - where can I find more info on PACs and the American political system?

I love this essay Lessig wrote last month: https://medium.com/@lessig/whats-so-bad-about-a-superpac-c7cbcf617b58.

His book is great too: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446576433/

u/7figures · 7 pointsr/IAmA
  1. Yes, it is possible, but it is very hard. You will not have access to the leverage that an established firm is able to employ. It takes money to make money.
  2. See one of my other posts - I had a sub 3.5 GPA, Math and Econ. Comp Sci will get you in the door if you are a talented programmer. Personal trading experience is not terribly impressive to prospective employers in this field.
  3. The best book on trading that I have read is Trading and Exchanges by Larry Harris. It won't tell you how to make money, but it is a good introduction to trading. A must-read for anyone interested in the field.
u/seeker135 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Don't set an agenda for your emotions. FYI, depression is an indicator of infidelity. Truth. My father and I are proof of this. As soon as I quit drinking, and especially after I started anti-depressants, the urge left entirely.

Stay with your therapy, but pick up this book. Recommended to me by my therapist, it changed my life for the better, and fairly quickly. It sounds like it may be just what you need in these circumstances. Good luck.

u/bmobula · 72 pointsr/IAmA

We seem to be programmed in our culture - perhaps by western religious and philosophical traditions - to accept dualism, which is the notion that mind and body are separate. However, several centuries of scientific progress have demonstrated more or less incontrovertibly the material basis of consciousness, thought, emotion, memory, and personality.

You ARE your brain. That is all there is to it.

What is particularly fascinating is how individual parts of the brain can be altered (i.e. damaged) with the result that parts of you are altered.

Oliver Sacks has several fascinating books that discuss case studies of neurological deficit, written for a popular audience, and they are each wonderful. Here are two of them:

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Mistook-His-Wife/dp/0684853949

http://www.amazon.com/Anthropologist-Mars-Seven-Paradoxical-Tales/dp/0679756973/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319305698&sr=1-1

u/Moxie1 · 1 pointr/IAmA

Glad to hear of the improvement. Some of these afflictions fade of their own, due to changing biochemistry, others can be affected by attitude, as you seem to have done. Please allow me to suggest reading this book. Check out the reviews, see if it sounds like something that could help you.

I am a congenital anxiety sufferer, and know the Hell that anxiety in all its forms can cause. Best of luck, keep smiling. It'll make everyone wonder what you've been up to. ;-)

u/ozzie7876 · 1 pointr/IAmA

Hello! It looks like this post is somewhat active so I'll ask my question here. I've been looking for a vacuum to replace our $50 Eureka and am currently eyeing a couple of different Miele vacuums on Amazon.

Miele S2121 Delphi

Miele S2121 Capri

I currently have enough credit to cover either of the vacuums, and want to make the best purchase I can. Any other specific models I should be considering? Our apartment has medium carpet, hardwood floors, and concrete, with the potential for pets in the future.

Also, is there any downside to buying a Miele on Amazon instead of with a local dealer?

EDIT: I've been combing through your comments on other questions, and have been looking more specifically at s6 and s8 models. S6 is probably more within my reach. Model recommendations?

u/theak · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Nope. Not until you find consistent work. A lot of it is paying out of your own pocket or borrowing from friends and family. But the more you do, the more experience you'll have and the better you'll be at doing it for a living. While I don't really care for him as a director, I respect him as a filmmaker, I'd recommend you read robert rodriguez's book for inspiration: http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-without-Crew-23-Year-Old-Filmmaker/dp/0452271878

u/gronke · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Well, here's the rub about film. Making movies is just like being in a band or doing art. You actually don't need to go to school to do it, especially college. In fact, the money you'd spend on college is much better spent purchasing a nice camera and some editing software and maybe flying to LA.

Robert Rodriguez has a famous book about how he managed to do just that.

The most important thing is networking, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time. You'll need to be in Hollywood, rubbing elbows with studio people and getting part-time gigs as PAs on films. Eventually you'll produce your own movie, and with any luck it can get entered into shows and people will start noticing you.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/IAmA

Check out Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. I'm fairly certain there is a chapter on the topic. Real world practice is considered one of the major productive benefits of lucid dreaming. That book is the most vital, and should have a fair amount of information in there that isn't commonly discussed. Just reading about it and engaging your mind with the subject can only help.

u/irregodless · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I recommend you read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

They go over this in the first chapter. Fascinating and surprisingly entertaining book.

u/The_Serious_Account · 1 pointr/IAmA

I'm not a professional. However, in my opinion you have textbook case of severe depression. Have a look at /r/Depression. Not that there's any easy help, but most people find solace in realizing they're not alone.

I'd highly recommend Feeling Good by David Burns. It also includes a scale for depression and I'm guessing you're scoring high. (Feeling worthless, motivating yourself to do anything is hard, sucidal...). You can cough, cough find it as a pdf on the internet if you're not able to get your hands on a physical copy.

Do me, and yourself, a favor and read the book. You have little to lose and much to gain. There are ways of dealing with this.

This goes without saying, but obiviously, anyone with sucidal thoughts should seek professional help immediately and not simply rely on a book.

u/Geewiz83 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I bought a Miele S2121 Capri Canister Vacuum Cleaner almost 4 years ago (Amazon link) and think it's pretty great!


However, it has an incredibly strong smell whenever I turn it on - I'm assuming it's the motor. I've tried replacing the bag and filter on it, but get the same smell, and it lingers in whatever room I'm vacuuming for quite a while. Any suggestions on what to clean or if there is something to replace that I'm not thinking about?

u/Irielle · 2 pointsr/IAmA

This is very common, and I was super disappointed when this would happen to me. One solution that might work is closing your eyes and spinning in place... sometimes you end up in a different setting, and otherwise it seems to take your mind off of getting too excited/distracted.

I really recommend Stephen LaBerge's book, there are a variety of techniques to help induce them and heaps of interesting studies into lucid dreaming.

u/Capolan · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I know a lot about psychopathy and such, have taken the HARE assessment - and have my own mental issues.

I usually call bullshit almost immediately on these because generally they are bullshit. for some reason it is "in" to be a psychopath right now, which is sick as someone who has known true diagnosed people with psychopathy could tell you (me included in that)

I've read through the OP posts and I'm fairly convinced that there is definately some strong psychopathic elements here, shallow affect, manipulation and lies, an understanding of morality but a wanton disregard for its rules, culture and customs, violence of a directed nature, etc.

OP: here's the obvious ones -- 1. did he play with fire? 2. wet the bed 3. multilate or cause purposeful intentional undo harm to animals?

OP - you are going to have a problem getting a proper diagnosis as a fully functioning psychopath is clever enough to side-step most tests as they see fit. They "act" the part they need to at the time to best fit the situation, the ultimate cameleon you could say.

You would need to go to a therapist that is a specialist, that understands how to treat psychopathy and anti-social disorders.

Here's the interesting thing OP -- if untreated your brother sounds adjusted enough to understand how games are played and how to get what he wants and needs out of whatever "system" he is placed into. With this said - he probably could become a very successful "X" - i.e. whatever he wants to be. It is estimated that many high level executives particularly in the finance realm have risen to their ranks in part because of psychopathic tendencies.

Remember, sociopath and psychopath are thrown about loosely -- not all of them "murder" in actuality. Some make a killing in the stock market, some transfer the "kill" to closing the deal, etc.

Check out "Snakes in Suits - When psychopaths go to work"

Also - I Highly recommend Robert Hare's "Without Conscience"

u/made1eine · 1 pointr/IAmA

for people interested in everyday life in NK: I just read a fantastic book by an American journalist following the lives of (I think) 6 defectors while also providing some good historical and cultural background.

It's called Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. Highly recommended.

u/ErnDizzy · 1 pointr/IAmA

Whoops

The Capri has a "Turbo Plus" powerhead, is that an air powered - like the dyson Animal? The Delphi does have an electric powerhead.

Capri

Delphi

Thanks again :)

u/LucidOneironaut · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Great AMA. I suggest that anyone who would like to do this begin here: http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-World-Dreaming-Stephen-Laberge/dp/034537410X

I believe that anyone can lucid dream, just follow the book's guidance. It tells you everything you need to know.

u/apmihal · 2 pointsr/IAmA

In the mean time you can read the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks He talks about a lot of very interesting case studies and several of them have to do with people who have a severed corpus callosum.

Also on his wikipedia page there is a picture of him wearing a shirt that says "WELCOME SQUID OVERLORDS" so you know he's good.

u/3210123 · 196 pointsr/IAmA

Even better, there's a $2700 one, from everyone's favourite, AudioQuest. Better still, it has some add-on ethernet thing if you ever want to...I don't know, host a LAN party with your bluray player or something? *has no clue*

u/ironchefpython · 9 pointsr/IAmA

> I really try not to think of the ways that would make masturbation possible

Oh, come on... you can't give up that easy. If it were my vajayjay, I would be totally trying to think of ways to McGuyver that baby into overdrive. Start with an industrial timer plug it into an extension cable with a switch then plug in a Hitachi Magic Wand, use some strategically positioned body pillows to get comfortable placement, then flip the switch and hang on for the ride of your life.

----

(Why yes, everything is an engineering problem to me, why do you ask?)

u/FockerCRNA · -1 pointsr/IAmA

I have two books for you to read:

Influence: Science and Practice

Republic Lost

They both lay out very good reasons for why downplaying the potential sway that dinners, parties, or other favors have on your behavior is not a good idea.

u/keck314 · 5 pointsr/IAmA

Yeah, parent is entirely untrue. In fact, many of their TVs are Chinese and Japanese, which are then modified by the telecommunications bureau to only receive government stations. As you might expect, hacking them back to full functionality is a time-honored pastime.

This book describes the phenomenon, and is generally excellent. It even describes what happened when an NKer got their hands on a copy of 1984!

u/mejalx · 10 pointsr/IAmA

Do you have any finance/trading experience? I think one of the best introductory books is: Trading and Exchanges

On the technical side, you can check out one of the many open source projects and go from there. If you'll be more specific on what you want to learn and what you want to do, I could elaborate.

u/FelixLeiter · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Read this. I'm in the process of writing a feature-length script now, and hopefully producing it and making it with a friend of mine.

u/biglost · 1 pointr/IAmA

I have to recommend this book, Nothing to Envy to anyone interested in the human side of North Korea. Daily life from Northern North Korea, not the showcase city of Pyongyang. I just finished it earlier this season, real page turner and its pretty understanding and sympathetic but also sensible, you really get emotionally invested in the characters.

u/mordred · 4 pointsr/IAmA

Dude, please. Read. This. Book. No More Mr. Nice Guy

u/xines · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Have you read the book Stiff'- Curious Lives of Human Cadavers?
One of favorite reads and authors in the past few years.

u/svanobanano · 1 pointr/IAmA

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick goes into this quite a bit, as well as just general life in the DPRK, if you're interested at all.

u/wickintheair · 1 pointr/IAmA

I don't think visiting a country who has a differing foreign policy is really comparable to visiting a country where an oppressive dictator has kept 23 million brainwashed people in utter poverty and starvation. Whatever money you spend in North Korea goes to those in power, and they certainly aren't using that money to feed their people. No, it's more like Hennessy and cigarettes.

Furthermore, anyone who suggests that the official tour that everyone who visits NK goes on is in any way a full and accurate depiction of day to day life in North Korea is kidding themselves. That tour is carefully crafted to only show what the propaganda arm of NK wants. You have two tour guides who are carefully selected from party loyalists, you're not allowed to leave their sight, you're not allowed to talk with anyone else, you're not allowed to take pictures they don't like. I'm not quite sure how you would bring a "glimpse of hope" to an average North Korean if you're not allowed to interact with them in any way.

If you're interested in learning about day to day life in NK, I would recommend reading North of the DMZ by Andrei Lankov, who studied in North Korea in the 80's, or Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, who interviewed many defectors about their experiences in NK.

Tourism isn't going to do much for the average North Korean. For a start, I'd place my money on soap operas smuggled in from South Korea and pirate radio stations.

u/PComotose · 4 pointsr/IAmA

> never smelled a dead body

In fact, I'm reading this right now. Yes, there's a description of the body breakdown and the, uh, aromas generated.

u/minipump · 1 pointr/IAmA

You might want to check out Stephen Laberges book on lucid dreaming for inspiration/technical stuff. It's very interesting to read.

u/civildefense · 8 pointsr/IAmA

have you ever read stiff by Mary Roach? its quite good.

u/HighFrequencyTrader · 7 pointsr/IAmA

The problem is that there really isn't a great way besides talking to people in the industry since it changes so often and sometimes even the exchange doesn't understand some of its nuances. The best book I can recommend is Trading and Exchanges

u/neffered · 3 pointsr/IAmA

'Snakes In Suits' is another interesting book along similar lines.

u/tempstairs · 1 pointr/IAmA

There's a really well written book too that recounts the stories of a few escapees. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea https://www.amazon.com/dp/0385523912/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_DdgHxbTCXMMA6

u/CM_Secondary_Account · 1 pointr/IAmA

He is featured in the book "Outliers: The Story of Success." The author discusses some of the factors that probably played into his non-success.

http://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017922

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 8 pointsr/IAmA

You may be interested in Phantoms in the Brain. It covers some of that weird, mind-body disconnect stuff.

u/Bulls729 · 1 pointr/IAmA

Check page 23 of AudioQuests retail book, they sell a $13,500 cable.

I remember posting this about 10 months ago here a different cable from the same company, the BB link is dead but had hilarious reviews.

And here is one you can buy now for $2,695

u/Herak · 1 pointr/IAmA

http://www.amazon.com/Vibratex-HV-250R-Hitachi-Magic-Massager/dp/B00005M1WE

I believe that is the recommended route from r/sex to all these type of posts.

u/grotgrot · 1 pointr/IAmA

That would actually be a high frequency trader. Traders buying and selling help provide liquidity - ie the ability of others to buy and sell as they want. There are many books about how markets and trading actually work. My favourite is Trading and Exchanges.

Your snide comment is mainly a distaste for what is known as front running. It is illegal.

u/bigger_than_jesus · 1 pointr/IAmA

Have you read Outliers? I think you'll find you're not alone.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Here are some links for the product in the above comment for different countries:

Link: Snakes in Suits

u/MostCriticalGuy · 1 pointr/IAmA

That is a title of a great book by the way.

u/storyofitall · 0 pointsr/IAmA

I don't think he said that he "worked himself into a higher tax bracket". Some folks get their money from their families. Oh, and read Outliers.

u/having_said_that · 2 pointsr/IAmA

What did you think of this book? Specifically the claim concerning russians sending mutants over to spook the Americans?

u/kickstand · 1 pointr/IAmA

Annie Jacobsen has probably gotten as close as anybody.

u/theethicalslut · 3 pointsr/IAmA

I'm sorry. There is this book I could recommend...

u/Meccarilla · 1 pointr/IAmA

Are you familiar with the novel, Escape from Camp 14? It was a very moving read. The subject of it, Shin Dog-hyuk, also worked for a similar human rights organization after he escaped the prison camp.

u/CaryGrantLives · 1 pointr/IAmA

I know I missed the AMA, but if you are an aspiring filmmaker, a cinephile, or even just perpetually broke, you absolutely must read Rebel Without a Crew, R.R's origin story of sorts, which follows the making of Desperado on an impressively minute shoestring budget.



He was 23 at the time. As a 23 year old man who has made a lot of mistakes and has no idea what he's doing in life, this book is one of the few inexhaustible sources of hope I have.

u/hibryd · 3 pointsr/IAmA

I read in Stiff that plastic surgeons practice on cadavers. Is that more or less gross than working on a live person?

u/case-o-nuts · 1 pointr/IAmA

Have you read Lawrence Lessig's thoughts on how money corrupts congress?

If so, do you agree that this sort of lobbying and corruption is a problem?

If so, is there anything that you can do, and what is it?

(Entire book here, and a Google talk about it here)

u/zerrt · 5 pointsr/IAmA

For number 3, here are some good books that will go a long way to answering this question:

Nothing to Envy (stories of ordinary citizens who eventually fled)
http://www.amazon.ca/Nothing-Envy-Ordinary-Lives-North/dp/0385523912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383083638&sr=8-1&keywords=nothing+to+envy

Escape from Camp 14 (this one is about a prisoner camp inmate who escaped)

http://www.amazon.ca/Escape-Camp-14-Remarkable-Odyssey/dp/0670023329/ref=pd_sim_b_2


The short answer is that many people are starting to (illegally) cross between the border of North Korea and China to trade, as well as escaping permanently. There are smuggling businesses that you can hire to get you or a loved one out. If you have the money, this will involve a fake passport and even a plane flight all the way to South Korea. If you are poor, the trip is much more harrowing and dangerous.

The amount of people defecting seems to be growing by quite a bit each year.

u/velatine · 1 pointr/IAmA

> the individuals had character flaws that combined with their position of authority and access to information, allowed them to do some pretty big WTFs.

I'm sorry you had to deal with all that damage.

I can't even imagine the levels of stress and frustration that you experienced.

"position of authority and access to information" that sounds like dismal system design.

I'm familiar with SoD (Segregation of Duties) which is intended in business to design a system with appropriate risk management and dispersion of authority to prevent theft and collusion. For example, different people in charge of custody of assets, authorization and recording.

The system structure changes results.

> Discussing an open investigation with everyone who will listen, that's not what is supposed to happen. Charging an individual with no evidence of a crime, and only pieced together "maybes" is not supposed to happen, not on the level of the charges they brought forth.

If there was no channel for recourse, then there was nothing to prevent abuse.

> A good person is not good 24/7, and a bad person is not bad 24/7.

I don't disagree with this. This has been demonstrated in psychology experiments, too.

But there is a qualitative difference in motivation between the 2 molds (neuro-typical and sociopath/antisocial personality disorder).

I am not a psychology professional. But a good book is by expert Robert Hare Snakes in Suits

I'm not against "low empathy" per se-- people can believe what they want to believe-- I'm into cruelty prevention.

edit: maybe it seems ironic that I said "cruelty prevention" in a hacker thread, but taken at face value krage28's story is more foolish than malicious.

u/remotelove · 1 pointr/IAmA

Lets clear up the misinterpretation first:

  1. HDMI protocols have a degree of error correction and detection, not the cable. I would never suggest that the cable did. If I had to bracket anything it would have been [the signal, HDMI protocol]. When physical faults begin to occur, ECC (or some variant) can correct for the occasional bit or two going missing.

  2. Crap cables, ie: the $1 cables that you are talking about generally do not cause problems. Cable faults cause the problem. Cheap cables generally have more faults than more expensive ones, assuming that the manufacturer is not simply over-charging for a data cable. (NOTE: We start to get into a durability and construction issues, which I reference as a fault)

  3. I was not arguing that cables never fail, and know nothing about Monster propaganda.

    I have been down this argument path before, and suggest that you learn about the protocols that are used in sending data, not analog signals. It is really is interesting stuff.

    Edit: We are discussing two interdependent layers of transport. While this does not directly translate, the OSI model is a good reference. Physical faults cause issues with the protocols, and when the protocols start rejecting data, then we have visible errors that the user can see.

    Edit 2: What I term as complete bull-shit: http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Digital-Ethernet-Connection-meters/product-reviews/B003CT2A6I