Excerpt from "What I've Been Reading - Eating the Dinosaur": "Eating the Dinosaur, however, is different. It still follows the same patterns as Kloster...moreExcerpt from "What I've Been Reading - Eating the Dinosaur": "Eating the Dinosaur, however, is different. It still follows the same patterns as Klosterman's first essay collection, but it's done in a way that's both researched and filled with wisdom. These are no longer the essays of a college pop culture argument, but an almost Gladwell-ian look at the parts of pop culture that shape us.
It boils down to this: where Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs was a drunken romp through irrelevancy, Eating the Dinosaur is a buzzed discussion during after-work drinks.
Klosterman seems more grown up, is what I'm trying to get at. Thankfully. Because he's better served that way." (less)
An important book on testing and usability that's chock full of real-world examples. That being said, I found myself skimming some of the sections tha...moreAn important book on testing and usability that's chock full of real-world examples. That being said, I found myself skimming some of the sections that have been covered in depth by other experts. Three stars only because I was never really engaged.(less)
"...Reading and literature are as much a part of my personality as try-too-hard sarcasm; my upbringing was framed by bookshelves, my preferences dictated by others' words. And everything I loved about books peaked over two year's worth of Steinbeck - I read The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden and Tortilla Flat and Travels With Charley and fell in love with Salinas and Steinbeck and everything he stood for: great literature, themes and message that struck at the heart of human emotion.
The Red Pony, a novella from the early days of Steinbeck's canon, fits under all three categories - great literature, great themes and a great message; a quick overview of the life cycle as viewed through the eyes of a young farm boy.
But, let's be honest - I could gush about Steinbeck for hours, using as many fancy words as I could think of, filling my sentences with adjectives until they buckled under the strain. I won't - you're welcome - except to say The Red Pony, unlike Tortilla Flat and The Pearl (which are admittedly superior works) captures Steinbeck's tendency toward realism and human suffering better than any of his other short works."(less)
"In Gladwell’s book, the most successful people aren’t lucky – they’re privileged. At least, they’re privileged in that they found themselves with opportunities that gave them a slight advantage over others.
Bill Gates received lucky chances in learning computers that others did not – and he took advantage of them. Hockey players born in an early part of the year take advantage of being the oldest in an age (and, therefore, bigger and stronger) and, in the major leagues, this is shown by a higher number of early-year birthdates.
But it’s not just the advantages. It’s the time spent as well. You don’t just get something because you lucked into some opportunities. You also need to work hard at it. Asians can read numbers faster (due to the words they use in their language), but it’s a culture of hard work that makes them better at math. Hockey players who are born earlier in the year are more often moved up into advanced classes, but they still have to practice harder when they get to that level."(less)