“If a homeless man froze to death on the steps of a church, what would it change?” That’s the question being asked by my friend Allen in his new book, Shaken Awake. Allen uses real-life events that many of us here in the Atlanta area experienced just ten months ago to tell a tragic tale, […]
I just heard that some people read the last page (or chapter) of a book before beginning it. Is that something you do, and if so, why?
I see that many people have visited this site for a list of James Lee Burke’s novels about Dave Robicheaux, Lousiana detective. He’s written more since I compiled that list, so I just updated it with four additional novels for you. Mr. Burke has written other novels as well, about other characters. I’ve not (yet) […]
I was fortunate to spend two days last week with some very smart people as my company hosted a completely non-company-specific, non-tool-specific, non-technology-speicfic peer conference; twelve people in a room discussing the craft and profession of software testing, what changes we see happening and would like to see, and how we might be able to […]
It’s not often that I post book recommendations here, but here goes one. If you’re a child of the 80’s; if you ever walked into the arcade, dropped a coin in the slot in the slot let the “real world” fade away for a few hours; if you can quote lines — just a few […]
An addition to my previous post, about using highlighted text on the Kindle. Amazon’s Kindle preferences page, https://kindle.amazon.com/home/preferences can also be used to enable automatic sharing on Twitter and Facebook.
Buying electronic books for the Kindle, and in conjunction the Kindle app on various devices – PC, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, etc. – has just become much more useful for me. Among the nice features of the Kindle software is the ability to hilight blocks of text and to take notes. This is hardly […]
I just finished reading Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, by Annie Jacobsen. [Amazon] Lots of previously-unknown history. It’s a good book, even if there aren’t enough aliens.
In my own defense, I can point out that I have also written heartwarming books where people return from the dead. Usually to eat the living, it’s true, but surely that is a quibble — a miracle is a miracle.” — Stephen King, in his article ‘A History of Violence’
This past week, I read Practices of an Agile Developer, not because I’m currently employed as a developer, nor because my employer uses them, but because I believe the guidelines are good ones to be practiced no matter what the profession. Check out some readers’ notes, then invest some time in the book yourself, especially […]