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Visual bookmorph

The front page of BookMorph isn’t that much to look at, but it links to “visual bookmorph” pages that are a small experiment, the covers of the top 100 books Amazon has in different categories. I need to get around to some interactive visual sorting – I had a proof of concept a couple of [...]

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Another great book by Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Goes through time and around the world and looks at how societies build up and how most inevitably collapse. My favorite chapter was on Easter Island – I think of it as a barren landscape w/ cool statues, but as the [...]

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

I recently read Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything and it was a good, quick, fun, intriguing read. Each chapter goes over an interesting “economic” analysis of a non-traditional area for such analysis. The most controversial chapter looks at the reason for a dip in crime in the 90′s, and [...]

Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan

It has been years since I’ve read any biographies or autobiographies, but on the same trip to London recently I read iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business in one direction and Chronicles, vol 1 by Bob Dylan in the other direction. These books couldn’t be more different: iCon [...]

Guns, Germs, and Steel

I recently read Guns, Germs, and Steel and it was great. He talks about the development of mankind from thousands of years ago, and the effect geography and luck had on human development. One classic great section was covering the period around the year 1300 when something like 20 Spainards were taking over the Inca [...]

iCon: Steve Jobs The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

On my recent trip to London I read “iCon: Steve Jobs The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business”. It was a nice fun read – I haven’t read any other books on Steve Jobs, nor have I followed his career too closely, and unfortunately I’ve never owned a Mac either . Assuming the [...]

On Intelligence the Book and Jeff Hawkins starts a company

Jeff Hawkins, of Palm Pilot fame, has started a new company based on the ideas in his book and named it Numenta. The book is well done and honest – he makes some predictions about how the brain works, and says that if his predictions are right, then certain discoveries will be made in the [...]

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