Honey Money
I found some interesting facts but the overall thesis was poorly justified. Basically, Hakim has a framework and wants to fit the world into this fram ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur, #2)
It always feels like failure to abandon a book, no matter how much I rationalise it to myself. What's even worse with The Fractal Prince is that I lov ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
My god, I am totally immune to the Philosophy of Mind. In both this, and "Who Am I? And If So, How Many?", I dropped out after a promising start once ...more
May 27, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
Oscar Wilde: foppish aesthete. Limp-wristed intelligence with prepared wit, language so ethereal that it's like being smothered in a bed of marshmallo ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
Sometimes fascinating insight into the history of tax shelters, ruined in my eyes by the author's style which that of an incensed early 1980s Greenpea ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
Your Money: The Missing Manual
This is a guide to personal finance (getting out of debt, budgeting, managing big purchases, taxes, etc.). The author started a blog where he talked a ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
The World Without Us
What would happen to the earth in the decades, centuries, millennia after mankind vanishes? What will our cities, farms, zoos, DMZs, look like without ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Competing Against Time
It took me a surprising time to realize this was from 1990! I was reading it for the general business principles, and we still hold up Japanese agile ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
There's a lot of bollocks claimed about "innate mental differences" between men and women, which Cordelia Fine does a good job of breaking down. She i ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream
I bought Mark Cuban's "How To Win At The Sport of Business" and Amazon upsold me on this because Cuban wrote the intro. It promised "how innovation wi ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
The first quarter of my copy is bristling with plastic highlight stickies. The diaries frequently light up with descriptions of the people and of the ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
I remember the moment when I realized, at age 18, that I'd led a very fortunate life. Confronted with the need to do my own laundry, I reassessed my t ...more
May 28, 2011
May 29, 2011
How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World
This allegedly humorous "short history of modern delusions" is, as many other reviewers have said, a tedious rant. Yes, Presidents hired witchdoctors. ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
An excellent glimpse into the people, buildings, and subculture of Internet network engineering. The author works hard, and at times succeeds, but I f ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate
Recommended by Cory Doctorow. I abandoned this for more exciting material: I was fascinated by the conundrum of signalling in the criminal world, but ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2013
Hostile Shores: Catastrophic Events in Prehistoric New Zealand and Their Impact on Maori Coastal Communities
I've never struggled so hard over assigning stars in a review! The content here is top-notch, as the author is a geologist/academic who really knows h ...more
May 03, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
The Essays of Montaigne. Done Into English by John Florio, Anno 1603. Edited with an Introd. by George Saintsbury
How do you rate a book like this? For historical importance: 5. For modern readability: much less. Montaigne's problems as a writer are acknowledged e ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Wer bin ich – und wenn ja, wie viele?
Begins with an excellent summary of neuroscience history, but lost me when it ventured into philosophy. I need to HTFU and grow some interest here, bu ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
Channel Sales and Management (Businessman101.com)
The knowledge might be useful, but it is expressed so staggeringly tediously painfully dully that I'm abandoning it to search for someone else with th ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA
A great take on science. Lewontin sees it participating in a dance: society on one side, science on the other. They're shaped for each other, they mov ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
I've abandoned this because I'm insufficiently moved by the prose, plot, or characters to continue. I enjoyed Longfellow's iambic pentameter, snickere ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 23, 2011
Caine's Law (The Acts of Caine, #4)
Why do I persist? The first two books were brilliant and, literally, changed my life. The philosophy in the second book was just what I needed to help ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Building Social Web Applications: Establishing Community at the Heart of Your Site
I hate to say this, because I know and like both the author and the editor, but this book is difficult to read. The author has indulgent explanations ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All
Tiresome too-brief stories that puff the successful and tell you nothing you can use about how they made it. The only remarkable thing for me was the ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation
I'm interested in learning more about lean manufacturing and what it might look like for software, but dear god it's like poking your nose into a chur ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
The Mermaid's Madness (Princess, #2)
I had high hopes for a funny retake on the fairy tale princesses with magic, martial arts, and more. Unfortunately, the author serves no surprises eit ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Bleeding Edge
Abandoned after fifty pages because, as much as this seemed like it would be the perfect story (dotcom bubble!) for me and it was funny ... just could ...more
Nov 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Ancient Celts
I needed more context and orientation than this provided for the history, but I think I can dip in and out for trivia. Not bad, but not what I was aft ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2010
The Battle of Marathon
It turns out that I wasn't as interested in the details of this classic Greek battle as I thought I was.
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody
The blog was funny, but the book ran out of steam fast. I read this long ago, just adding my rating now.
Mar 2010
Oct 31, 2011
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