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Review: Warby Parker

One thing I did early in 2018 was get new glasses. My prescription was more than overdue, and I was definitely noticing the change, both in sharpness while trying to take pictures and eye fatigue while reading. I probably shouldn’t have waited that long, but for...
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William Neill, Photographer: A Retrospective

William Neill, Photographer Buy on Amazon I grew up visiting Yosemite National Park on a regular basis, and so that location is a favorite of mine, and as a landscape photographer, it's iconic scenery is of great interest to me. I've done my share of photography...
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Grunt Buy on Amazon In Grunt, Mary Roach takes a different look at our modern military through an investigation through the kind of research being done on how to keep soldiers alive. The enemies they’re fighting aren’t the ones you’re thinking of, either: it’s heat...
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Storm Front (A Dresden Mystery) by Jim Butcher

Storm Front Buy on Amazon His name is Harry Dresden. He is a wizard. No, seriously. You can look him up in the phone book. He finds things. And people. And occasionally helps out the police on murders when certain things can’t be easily explained. No love potions,...
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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway Buy on Amazon In Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire wants you to imagine. Imagine that Alice in Wonderland wasn’t a children’s story, but actually happened. Imagine that the Egyptian Halls of the Dead weren’t a myth, but an actual place....
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Buy on Amazon I've finally finished Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Having worked at Apple through much of the time covered in the book, I was curious how my view of the time and events matched up with this -- the official -- version, and to try to...

Bay Area Restaurants

This week I wanted to give a quick shout out to two local restaurants I've really taken a liking to. A friend of mine has a sort of hobby -- he likes to discover the restaurants his favorite chefs go to when they take a night off from their own kitchens. It's an...

Old Friends

Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind Buy on Amazon Michael Moorcock: Eternal Champion Buy on Amazon I think most of us go through periods were we do relatively little reading, and so you fall behind on books and authors you like. As I've been moving back into a period...

John Scalzi

There aren't many authors in the SF field where I can claim both of these statements are true: I have read every one of their published novels. I make sure I grab and read their books as soon as they are published. John Scalzi is one of those authors; in fact, the...

The Challenge of a Healthy Diet

Gary Taubes, who is a Science Writer for the NY Times, has a piece out called Is Sugar Toxic? (hat tip Daring Fireball for linking to it) Why We Get Fat Buy on Amazon At first glance, the title sounds a bit hyperbolic, but don't let that stop you. Taubes has been...

recent reads

While blogging has been light, I've been spending more time away from the computer and catching up some some reading. Herewith a few of the highlights... Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) Buy on Amazon Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) Buy on Amazon...

Rising Tide

Rising Tide: The Untold Story Of The Russian Submarines That Fought The Cold War Buy on Amazon New submarine book: Rising Tide, the Untold Story of the Russian Submarines that Fought the Cold War by Gary Weir and Walter Boyne. Weir is a historian at the US Naval...

A few submarine books

Sort of a three dot lounge from my collection of submarine military history books.... I'm not sure where my interest in submarine operations came from. In high school, one of my post-graduation options I considered (and quickly rejected) was submarine ops. A...