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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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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Sunday
Aug312014

Todd Tucker's COLLAPSE DEPTH

COLLAPSE DEPTH is one of the first thrillers I’ve read in a long time.

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Tuesday
Aug262014

Richard Foreman’s SWORD OF EMPIRE: CENTURION

The SWORD OF EMPIRE series of short novels follows the exploits of centurion Gaius Oppius Maximus, chief military troubleshooter to emperor Marcus Aurelius.

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Monday
Aug252014

Robert Harris’ IMPERIUM

What’s amazing about this novel is that so much is based on fact.

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Tuesday
Jul082014

Andrew Karam’s RIG SHIP FOR ULTRA QUIET

Karam tells about the last voyage of the 28-year-old Thresher class PLUNGER submarine assigned to spy on a Northern Pacific Soviet naval base in the closing days of the Cold War.

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Tuesday
May272014

Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace’s CREATIVITY INC.: OVERCOMING THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE INSPIRATION

This “management of creativity” is a fascinating topic since it touches on so many things. In Catmull’s own case the journey started with personal interests in animation, Disney, and engineering. This led to Lucasfilms, groundbreaking animation software, and Steve Jobs’ buying Pixar. That led to Toy Story and the rest is history.

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