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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
really liked it
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
Responsive Web Design
it was amazing
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
Travel as a Political Act
it was amazing
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
really liked it
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
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
it was amazing
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
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
really liked it
"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
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
really liked it
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
Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet
liked it
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
Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game & the Race for Empire in Central Asia (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Book)
liked it
I'm vacillating whether to go with 2 or 3 stars -- parts of this book were fantastic, great narrative, crazy crazy characters in a vast story. Maybe t ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
it was amazing
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
Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
really liked it
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 Future of the Internet and How to Stop It
really liked it
I want to read this again (probably online), to reabsorb some of the lessons and get a sense of whether I have any part to play in the landscape as it ...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America
it was amazing
A lovely review of the life of a (relatively) obscure scientist/philosopher, and the times when science, politics, and religion were much more interco ...more
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828
really liked it
Fascinating stuff...once again I find myself musing that perhaps we should've just let the South go.
Sep 30, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
really liked it
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
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
liked it
The author makes a pretty good case that slavery in the southern US didn't really end until lots of gruesome detail about the laws and pract ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich
liked it
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
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
liked it
I've been torn between giving this 1 or 2 stars, or 4 stars, so 3 it is. The good parts are fascinating, and I think potentially very useful to me in ...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
For the Win
really liked it
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
Small-Batch Baking
really liked it
Only made 3 recipes: apple oatmeal muffins, brownies, chocolate pound cake. But they were all very good. Very nice to have recipes for very small amou ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 18, 2011
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death, #0.1)
really liked it
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
Sea of Poppies
it was amazing
I chose "fantasy" as one of the tags because to me in some ways it has the feel of a fantasy novel, not least because I often had to glide over chunks ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
liked it
I wanted this to be better than it was. Great anecdotes, but essentially all anecdote, and very much fixated on Victorian England. Which I suppose mak ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Oct 11, 2010
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
really liked it
Saw the PBS show about this last week, then happened to spot the ebook while looking in the library for airplane reading. Glad I checked it out. Fasci ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2011
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
it was amazing
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
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
liked it
I read this book because of The Big Sort: I wanted to open-mindedly read something from a very different viewpoint from my own.

I found McClellan's wr
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America
liked it
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
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
it was amazing
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
James Buchanan
really liked it
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
Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)
really liked it
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
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