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Tuesday Media Roundup #43

Books: I’ve been avoiding books this year because I’m supposed to be reading War & Peace. I still haven’t picked that up again since the first attempt, but it’s in my backpack to start tomorrow. That being said, I get “Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook” as a gift and I read that. It has cast […]


Impact of fiction vs non-fiction

This is probably obvious to most people but as I was making a list of 15 books with the most impact on me the other day and while I was making the list I noticed that most of the books I was listing were fiction. That seemed odd to me since most of the books […]


Catching up on reading

Usually I tend to read non-fiction. This year has been mostly about catching up on the fiction so here’s what I’ve had going on since September. Other The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery – Based against the background of one family with a very rare prion disease the book goes over the history […]


Catching up on books – Star Wars

Star Wars: Alliance by Timothy Zahn – Timothy Zahn, as usual, serves up an exciting Star Wars novel with pacing similar to the original trilogy. It’s also rare to get a novel set in the original trilogy era so that’s another bonus. Star Wars – Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn – This […]


Catching up on books – Jewish books

Why the Jews? – The Reason for Antisemitism by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin – I’d been asked “Why the Jews?” a number of times over the years and I would answer something like: “Because they saw the Jews as controlling the banks,” or pulling the strings or doing something else to make things miserable […]


Catching up on books – Politics and History

Political Numeracy by Michael Meyerson is an attempt to show the mathmatical underpinnings in the Constitution. A few of the examples hold true but most of them end up being things like illustrations of mathmatical principles in court decisions or other laws. That can still be interesting and most of the time it is, but […]


The Presidents edited by Michael Beschloss

I just finished reading this collection of small presidential biographies and seeing the changes over time in this was is very interesting. The styles of campaigning changing from you announcing your candidacy and the party campaigning for the candidate compared to today where the candidate has a lot of work cut out for them. The […]


Sandworms of Dune musings

Finally I’ve read the end of the Dune series, and unlike “Hunters of Dune”, I thought it was pretty good! The feel of it, the characters, the story, all feel like Frank Herbert and so I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this is the bulk of where his final outline and notes ended up. Hunters […]


Star Wars: Legacy of the Force – Tempest

I just finished this book last night. Troy Denning knows how to tell an engaging story and is good at getting into the emotional state of Star Wars characters. Which really makes the endings land well. This one is no exception and now I’m really looking forward to what happens next. I don’t think the […]


Tuesday Media Roundup #16

Mo was nice enough to take me to see Alpha Dog just so we could watch Justin Timberlake in his first movie. The movie itself was entertaining and Justin Timberlake is decent on the screen but he comes across too nice to be a gangster. You leave the movie wishing you could hang out with […]

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