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[11 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

"The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward."

I’m currently reading this book by Dava Sobel about Longitude (you know those lines that run around the earth from north to south).
Back in the …

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[27 Nov 2006 | No Comment | ]

Whilst stuck in LAX yesterday I picked up a copy of Richard Feynman’s final book: "What Do You Care What Other People Think?".
I bought this copy for retail of $13.95 but Amazon has it for $11.16. Of course I knew this by checking the price on my BlackBerry using Baebo’s Amazon search interface [LINK]. (which you can learn how to build in my upcoming book [LINK].
It’s such an easy read. I went through the first 100 pages like butter. Feynman and I would share the same line of thinking …

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[25 Jul 2005 | No Comment | ]

A quick bloggy blog: I’m currently reading “Be Dangerous on Rock Guitar”. Not a bad book, considering I’ve never had any lessons this is the sort of thing that gives me just enough theory without turning me off entirely.
Folks laud over The Guitar Grimoire series and they are an excellent and complete resource but for my purposes they’re just too much.
The latest DVDs I’ve watched are The Godfather II which in my opinion is better than the first one. It also features Joe Spinell as Willy Cicci. You’d never …

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[14 Feb 2005 | One Comment | ]

Last night the Grammys awarded a lifetime achievement award to Led Zeppelin. Kathy Griffin(?) floundered in her interview of John Paul Jones on the red carpet. I was slightly embarrassed for her as she clearly had no inkling as to who she was talking to. She quickly moved on to interview the lesser band: “Blind Boys from Alabama”(?).
The actual presentation of the award took a total of 30secs during which none of the band actually made it on stage. It was a real joke to think more time was …

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[9 Jan 2005 | One Comment | ]

I’m currently reading this “Think and Grow Rich” book by Napolean Hill. It was written way back in the early 1900s by Napolean Hill who has since been credited with being the founder of the study of success.
The book is small, relatively short and not that bad a read. Some of the language is a little “dated” but that’s ok. Overall it’s a good read, covering mostly power of positive thinking type topics and outlining different ways to conduct introspection and self discovery. This book is also one of …

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[21 Oct 2004 | No Comment | ]

Currently reading Origins by Degrassi and Goldsmith. This is a book about the origins of the universe basically since the big bang until today. You may have spotted the PBS special by the same name. The book goes into much more detail than the TV show which helps fill in some of the blanks. So far it’s a good read for a non-physicist. I’m about mid-way through, learning all about gravity, dark matter and Einsteins’ equations. Overall I’d give it a thumbs up if you’re looking for a relatively (pardon …

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[17 Jun 2004 | 2 Comments | ]

Currently reading Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All. Mr Feynman won the nobel prize in 1965 for Physics. This book contains 3 “cross-over” lectures given in 1963. The sub-title of the book is “Thoughts of a citizen scientist” and indeed the ideas presented whilst thought-provoking are startling in their simplicity.
I have only read the first lecture but thus far but I’m already excited about this author and his writings. These lectures address science, philosophy, religeon, politics, curiosity, imagination and tie all these ideas together well.
In lecture one, Feynman …

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[23 Mar 2004 | No Comment | ]

Currently reading “Winning Chess Openings” by Bill Robertie
One of the better chess books I’ve read which explains the psychological intent behind the moves rather than the more mechanical positional threat. It’s a quick read and definitely opened my eyes a few times. I now know how utterly useless I am at chess.
Robertie is a pretty well recognized figure in the chess world from what I can see and claims “chess has allowed me to travel the world”.

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[17 Jan 2004 | No Comment | ]

Currently reading A Baby Owners Manual in anticipation of the new arrival. Personally I think they take the whole “baby is a computer” thing a little too far but there is some good information in there.
Should be any day now.

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[2 Dec 2003 | No Comment | ]

I’m currently reading After The Trade Is Made and
MCSD Training Guide (C#).
Listening to
Hail to the Thief by Radiohead
The Soul Cages by Sting
Harvest by Neil Young