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Recommended Weekend Reading

Start with a pint or so of John D. MacDonald‘s Travis McGee, mix in a quarter-cup of Clive Cussler‘s Dirk Pitt and you just might end up with a refreshing drink of Doc Ford. Well, you or I might not, but thankfully Randy Wayne White did. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some cheap MacDonald […]

Accidents and Emergence

I had barely started Steven Johnson‘s 2001 book Emergence last night – indeed I was still in the first two dozen or so pages – when the TV show my wife was watching caught my ear. The Screen Actors Guild awards show was showing clips from Crash and giving a short description of it’s premise. […]

The Dark Tower and Beyond

A few weeks back I read a Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, based on the recommendation of a friend and commented that it was a “fascinating story.” Big understatement. When Bryant recommended The Dark Tower series, I joked that he’d be to blame if I couldn’t sleep for a week. I meant that I’d be too […]

Recommendations That Ended Well

We may have our differences of opinion but Dave‘s still the Blogfather, having gotten many of us – including me – interested in weblogging with his writing, his offer of EditThisPage, the development of Radio and his enthusiasm in general. His writing also inspired me to give the Grateful Dead a listen. I’d heard of […]

Johnson on Video Games

“What is the current reigning technological paradigm — combined with both market and public-sector forces — doing to our minds?” Steven Johnson, who I heard interviewed on the radio this afternoon, tackles that in a book that I’m very much looking forward to reading: Everything Bad Is Good for You. I wrote a paper back […]

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