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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
I'm still sort of processing this book a week later. All the status updates I posted are notes I wrote on paper while I was reading, alas I ran out of ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
As with Nothing to Envy, I should have written this review right after reading the book. It was fantastic, and I'd like to read it again. Great histor ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
Travel as a Political Act
I first starting watching Steves's show when I was in college, and though we often made fun of his extreme dorkiness, I've always appreciated his enth ...more
Apr 03, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
I love food science stuff: two things I miss very much from having actual TV is Good Eats and America's Test Kitchen, both of which get into why thing ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
Some things that I bookmarked while reading:

"the core function of finance is financial intermediation -- moving money from a place where it is current
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
A semi-chronological narrative of life along the Mississippi River, primarily before the Civil War, when the river valley was still part of the fronti ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Responsive Web Design
A very short book; I think it took me an hour or so to read all the way through. brings together all the threads of the Responsive Web Design ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
I happened to run across this book at the library having forgotten that it was in my "to-read" list. I'm SO glad I did, and given a certain pair of so ...more
Sep 23, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
"To summarize: the fundamental problem is that Americans no longer have the purchasing power to buy what the US economy is capable of producing. The r ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet
A much heftier read than I was expecting, honestly. Other reviews describe the first third as being the most science-detail-heavy, but I found the who ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
For the Win
I read this one entirely online. (Yay for the Readability bookmarklet.) Found it immediately engrossing, loved the characters -- like Little Brother, ...more
May 20, 2010
May 24, 2010
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Read this for a writing course I took at work (The Evergreen State College) over the summer. Glad I got a chance to enjoy it. Great artistic technique ...more
Aug 2013
Jan 09, 2014
James Buchanan (The American Presidents, #15)
I picked this up after reading a blog entry that claimed that Bush couldn't be called the worst president ever as long as there was Buchanan.

And I th
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
A tremendous book, covering a vast scope and intimate detail at the same time. I'd been meaning to read this for a while, but then in a Metafilter thr ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Feb 17, 2012
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death, #0.1)
Picked it up on a bit of a whim because I wanted something to read on a hot day, it was in the new books section at the library, and I'd heard the nam ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)
Excellent entertaining fantasy. Five different narrative voices, and yet all of them were clear and distinct; great interesting characters all around. ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
Solid overview of a really fascinating topic. I learned quite a bit about the evolution of thinking about northwest quakes (and to some extent, earthq ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Good Calories, Bad Calories
One of those "everything you know about [n] is wrong" books. I had no idea the science around nutrition was so incredibly sketchy.

I'm trying hard to r
Jun 2008
Jun 13, 2008
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
An exploration of the psychology of traffic, mostly in the US, but with some travels abroad (particularly to the UK, the Netherlands, India and China) ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters
I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. Maybe it's better read a couple at a time over the course of a few months. (Like a website, ev ...more
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
This Is Not a Game (Dagmar, #1)
I've never been into fiction about ARGs (alternative reality games) or indeed the games themselves. I blame Michael Douglas, my least favorite actor e ...more
Jul 14, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
Primarily the story of how the tornado warning system came to be, including the author's participation as a TV weather guy and then founder of a priva ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
I really enjoyed most of this book. It gives a different perspective on large sweeps of American history, but in a way that's immediately intuitive fo ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
My tongue-in-cheek instinct is to say that I'm posting spoilers, but not really: acupuncture might work for nausea & pain; homeopathy is BS; chiro ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting
I bought this at Half-Price Books several years ago and promptly stuck it in the back of a closet. Found it again two weekends ago and figured it was ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 05, 2011
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
Fascinating overview of health insurance systems around the world...Reid uses the treatment of his shoulder as a trope for seeking care in several dif ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America
People like to get f'd up...and Americans even more so. (I read a book once, a long time ago, that asserted that the Inuit (?) were the only people wh ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
Incredibly overwhelming for such a short book. He covers the emergence of the "National Security State" in the late 40s/early 50s, starting with the m ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich
I'm still working on what I think about this. Oddly enough, it's become bound up in my head with my thoughts about Facebook. (In short, just because i ...more
May 12, 2010
May 10, 2010
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
An examination of (primarily English) science from Joseph Banks to Charles Darwin -- using the round-the-world voyages of each as bookends, follows th ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
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