I research, consult, and write about open dataproject managementnew mediastandardsmobile technology, and collaboration. Occasionally I review books and movies.


BOOK REVIEWS

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Monday
Aug242015

Stephen King’s THE STAND

Reading the extended edition of Stephen King’s massive novel THE STAND was a reminder of why I never took up reading his books when I was younger: his writing style was flat and uninspiring. Now that I’m older I’ve returned to reading his books and recognize his mastery of two very important fiction elements:

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Sunday
Aug092015

Mori Juzo's THE MIRACULOUS TORPEDO SQUADRON

Translated by Nicholas Voge from the original Japanese, this memoir tells the story of one Japanese naval pilot from the time he earns his wings to his combat experience in China, Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Guadalcanal.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Curtis Peebles' PROBING THE SKY

This book is pretty dry reading. There’s very little in the way of human interest or personal relationships on display here. That’s okay since, if you read between the lines, you can pretty much imagine the real world of terror and sweat Bridgeman, Crossfield, and the others had to deal with on a regular basis in order to “bring home the data” on the primitive data recorders of the day.

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Tuesday
May192015

Nigel Walpole's VOODOO WARRIORS: THE STORY OF THE MCDONNELL VOODOO FAST-JETS

Initially developed as a high-speed escort fighter for long-range SAC bombers, the 1,000 mph+ Voodoo was eventually adapted as a high altitude interceptor, as nuclear weapons delivery platform, and as a photographic reconnaissance platform.

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Thursday
Apr022015

James Holland's DAM BUSTERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE INVENTORS AND AIRMEN WHO LED THE DEVASTATING RAID TO SMASH THE GERMAN DAMS IN 1943

Yes, the raid contributed significantly to the Allies war effort. Hopefully, too, people today who only connect with war via video games will occasionally pick up and read a book like this.

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Saturday
Mar142015

Felipe Fernández-Armesto’s OUR AMERICA: A HISPANIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

I have to believe that the resulting “blended” view of where we came from will be a natural outgrowth of the increasing diversity of U.S. society. For some that will only happen when the current generation of white traditionalists dies off and is replaced. I hope we don’t have to wait that long. Books like this certainly help!

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Sunday
Mar082015

Hugh Harkins’ USAF JET POWERED FIGHTERS XP 59 – XF 85

Perhaps the best that we can say is that there was a lot of experimentation but the means of organizing and controlling technology did not advance as rapidly as the technologies themselves.

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Monday
Feb232015

Robert Harris' CONSPIRATA

Much of the novel portrays events, conspiracies, and betrayals that, in ancient Rome at least, could never be overcome by “trying to do the right thing.”

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Tuesday
Jan062015

Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN

This novel shows better than most what it’s like to “work the problem” and how it pays be creative, smart, disciplined, and brave

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Monday
Dec082014

David McCullough’s THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS

As I’ve always enjoyed detailed stories about challenging engineering and construction projects (atomic bomb, hydroge bomb, skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc.) this book fit my interests like a glove. I just wish we could send McCullough back in time to tell us how the Pyramids were really built!

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