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Mathematics 1001: Absolutely Everything That Matters in Mathematics in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations
Checked this out of the library and flipped through it. Seriously considering purchasing a copy so I can read it cover to cover and then just to have...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
The Game : Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
This was the most entertaining thing I've read in awhile, I could hardly put it down.

That said, I'm just going to plagiarize Amar's reveiew:

This book...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
Hgiyiyi (Hgjhjh, Hjhk)
While the use of a restricted alphabet may bring to mind the avant-guard delight of Ella Minnow Pea, I found this ham handed effort to be stifling and...more
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Dec 20, 2010
The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs
I've always been aware of some of the DARPA history just from being aware of the beginnings of the ARPANET (now known as the Internet) and I knew they...more
Feb 10, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
Where Mathematics Come From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being
I consider this book to be essential reading for anyone attempting to seriously understand Mathematics. In fact this book or should probably be requir...more
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Nov 08, 2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
I don't read a lot of fiction and when I do I want the quality level of Don DeLillo, Dave Eggers or Marshall Moore. David Mitchell was unknown to me b...more
Nov 07, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
I could hardly put this book down. It's a must read for anyone who has both a personal interest in the ocean and also an interest in scientific explor...more
Dec 04, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
The Dervish House
McDonald fabricates a fascinating tale that is as audacious as Brasyl but much more coherent. The story, set in Istanbul in 2027, is even more exotic,...more
Feb 15, 2011
Dec 03, 2010
The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
I take a near-future Peak Oil scenario as a serious possibility. This book makes an excellent analogy that likens our multi-generational ride on the w...more
Nov 12, 2008
Nov 02, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
This book has led to such disappointment, starting with the book itself and then ending with the TV series.

There is the moderate entertainment value a...more
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Please, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission
I once volunteered as an extra in a photo shoot with the model on the cover, Mischa. I'm a fan of hers, and I always liked the stuff from the old nerv...more
Aug 19, 2012
Dec 15, 2011
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Enjoyable and accessible book that ranges between moderately deep discussions of neural anatomy to musical theory analysis and tidbits of personal int...more
Dec 25, 2013
Feb 23, 2012
Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Series in Affective Science)
As a non-neuroscientist lacking any formal academic background in chemistry or biology, this was a difficult book due to the technical depth involved....more
Sep 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
This is a wild, ambitious novel that focuses on two of my favorite things: Brasil and Quantum Physics. I would like to give it 4 stars because I enjoy...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories
This book goes over a lot of recent phenomena of which I was moderately aware, so it was nice to get some details, but overall I didn't get as much ou...more
Apr 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information
If you want a coffee table book on data visualization that is heavy on aesthetics and philosophical noodling, but light on practical value, then this...more
Jan 08, 2013
Oct 19, 2012
The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High
This is, perhaps surprisingly to some, a sober and sophisticated cooking book. Given the quasi-legal status, medicinal quality and mostly unknown culi...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs
Pretty much what the title says. An actual expert scientific investigation of alcohol/drugs and drug policy without a bunch of misleading morality-bas...more
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Nov 24, 2013
The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy
Fairly comprehensive overview, and I actually enjoyed the dry style. In fact I found it annoying whenever some editorializing creeped in. Hardly anyth...more
Sep 11, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Shadow Elite: The New Agents of Power and Influence Who Are Undermining Government, Free Enterprise, and Democracy
I found this book to be unfortunately written in a style that was boring me to tears. I think she has an interesting story to tell, but she is not a g...more
May 04, 2010
May 04, 2010
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
I wasn't too intrigued by this at first. It seemed obviously heading down the familiar "avoid carbs, eat green leafy vegetables" road. It turned out t...more
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Despite being over 15 years old by the time I read it, it holds up well compared to more recent books covering similar ground. This is a testament of...more
Mar 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
I'm a little embarrassed to have reached this age in life and not known much about how the world's financial system really works. This book did a good...more
Jul 30, 2010
May 03, 2010
The Shakuhachi: A Manual For Learning
This is a fairly complete, if brief, overview of the basics of shakuhachi playing, musical notation, history and what techniques are involved in perfo...more
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Sep 07, 2010
Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
At the beginning of this book I was constantly trying to figure out how much of it was bullshit. I figured between zero and thirty percent. By the end...more
Jan 17, 2013
Sep 24, 2012
In Praise of Shadows
Imagine Andy Rooney of 60 minutes as a 1933 Japanese man lamenting the loss of traditional identity, but more eloquent and with the meandering deep fo...more
Jan 09, 2013
Dec 20, 2012
The Post-American World
The title could easily cause this book to be misconstrued as a work of pessimism. In fact, this is the most optimistic book I've read about America's...more
Apr 26, 2010
Nov 18, 2008
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
A political issue book that does that rare thing: admits a problem is complicated and eschews bumper sticker solutions for well reasoned and well rese...more
Aug 15, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Point Omega
Not as powerful as Falling Man, but a beautiful story. I thought it was very David Lynch and I'm glad it was so short because I think I'm going to rer...more
May 07, 2010
May 04, 2010
Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
This book may have been quite interesting when it was first published in 2000 (as of this writing this goodreads page erroneously lists it as original...more
Feb 15, 2012
Jan 25, 2012