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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
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...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 10, 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
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
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
Fun Home
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...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
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
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
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Dec 01, 2008
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
The Children's Blizzard
When I checked this out, I thought it was about the winter described in the Laura Engalls Wilder book "The Long Winter" -- it's the same region, but a...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
The Case for Big Government
I'm just going to quote Obama's speech of Feb 24 2009:

"History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation ha...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
Excellent book -- uses the far east trip of (at the time Secretary of War) Taft and Teddy Roosevelt's daughter Alice as a structure to talk about Amer...more
Mar 03, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism
Book is divided into two parts: the history of Christian Zionism from the Reformation in England to 1948, and a survey of modern American Christian Zi...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World
Excellent wide-ranging history of uranium. Less about the science -- and C notes that some of the science is over-simplified -- than about its meaning...more
Jun 05, 2009
May 31, 2009
The Best 30-minute Recipe: A Best Recipe Classic (Best Recipe Series)
Picked up at the friends of the library book sale; I paid $2 extra for it because all I had was a 5, but it's worth every penny.

I'm not really "done"...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
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