Archives for December, 2009

A year of books

I did this last year and the year before and it seemed like an interesting and maybe even useful thing to continue this year. Trends in my reading this year? An increase in books on social media and a bit down in terms of science and fantastic fiction. A lot of that has to do…

A nice quote from Rick Salutin’s most recent Globe and Mail column, In praise of words, not books, which I actually read in a print edition of the newspaper this morning. Yes, we get two daily print newspapers, The Globe and The Toronto Star. My teenaged sons read them too. Anyways, the point Salutin is…

During my winter blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from September 24, 2007. This post follows up on my initial 2007 post which I reposted yesterday. It’s worth noting that the blog has…

During my winter blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from September 24, 2007. It’s my initial thoughts about the blog I’ve been using to post my IL session notes. It’s worth noting that…

Now here’s a question: What do you leave by the fireplace on Christmas Eve for a great old one to snack on? Probably your neighbours’ kids. Anyways, Tor.com has posted an amusingly creepy Christmas story by Charles Stross, Overtime. It’s certainly not every treacly Christmas story that has a passage like this one, describing the…

Not surprisingly, a very fine list from the AIP’s Physicsworld website: The Physics of Rugby by Trevor Davis First Principles: The Crazy Business of Doing Serious Science by Howard Burton Oliver Heaviside: Maverick Mastermind of Electricity by Basil Mahon Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb by Jim…

A nice list from a bunch of categories from the Washington Post, although some of items in the the science section seem strangely unscientific: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes The…

Best Science Books 2009: Salon

One of the five non-fiction books chosen by Salon was a science book. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

Every year The Allman Brothers Band hold court at New York’s Beacon Theatre for an extended run and 2009 was a very special year for them as it was the 20th anniversary of the event. And being a jam band, they celebrated with a wide array of guests each night. Perhaps most notable were two…

Best Science Books 2009: Inside Tech

A nice list of technology/business books: Googled: The End of the World as we Know it by Ken Auletta Inside Larry & Sergey’s Brain by Richard L. Brandt The Twitter Book by Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein The Accidental Billionares: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich…

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