I research, consult, and write about open dataproject managementnew mediastandardsmobile technology, and collaboration. I’m working with BaleFire Global and Socrata on implementing open data portals and with Michael Kaplan PMP on SoftPMO project management support services. Click or tap my picture for my contact information. 


BOOK REVIEWS

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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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Monday
May052014

Tim Wu’s MASTER SWITCH: THE RISE AND FALL OF INFORMATION EMPIRES

The lessons of history (telephone, telegraph, FM radio, networks, cable TV, etc.) and how companies with the complicity of government try to shut off competition are incredibly important given current battles to save net neutrality.

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Sunday
Mar162014

Richard Foreman's SWORD OF EMPIRE: PRAETORIAN

SWORD OF EMPIRE: PRAETORIAN is a fast and entertaining read.

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Monday
Mar032014

Alan de Queiroz' THE MONKEY's VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE

Ultimately science is about the data. Even the strongest “schools of thought” crumble at data’s doorstep.

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Boris Chertok's ROCKETS AND PEOPLE VOLUME 3: HOT DAYS OF THE COLD WAR 

I can’t help but wonder when reading about these exciting times what it might have been like had the U.S. and Soviet Union cooperated in space exploration earlier on. Would the combined resources have resulted in greater joint accomplishments like a moon base or a landing on Mars? Or was the competition and secrecy effective in pushing both sides ahead?

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Monday
Feb172014

Richard P. Feynman's SURELY YOU MUST BE JOKING, MR. FEYNMAN!

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Shelby Foote’s THE CIVIL WAR, A NARRATIVE: FORT SUMTER TO PERRYVILLE

This book is the perfect antidote for anyone who seriously believes that politics back then was any different from today. Lincoln faced incredible dissension and disagreement within his own party and his own cabinet. This makes Gates’ recent revelations about his relationship with the Obama Administration pale by comparison.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Garry Wills' LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG: THE WORDS THAT REMADE AMERICA

I’m especially fond of history books that not only explain events but help the reader understand the people involved and how they and events were impacted by history, culture, personal relationships, and where appropriate, by technology

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Monday
Nov182013

Martin Vaughn-James' THE CAGE

But mysteriously there’s enough recognizable and even semi-linear as narrative here to keep a halfway intelligent or imaginative person interested all the way through.

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