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The Magnificent Riverboat

On my trip downRiver, I finished The Magnificent Riverboat, the next book in the Riverworld series.  This volume covered the story of Samuel Clemens and his building of an electric riverboat to travel upRiver to the source of the river.  … Continue reading

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The Demon Spirit

I’ve been trying to work through my assembly backlog lately, and while doing so, I decided to  listen to R. A. Salvatore’s The Demon Spirit – the second book in the Demonwars Trilogy.  This was a good experience, and gave … Continue reading

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To Your Scattered Bodies Go

I recently finished the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer.  I haven’t read much in the way of Farmer before this, but I really enjoyed The Dungeon (inspired and edited by Farmer), and now … Continue reading

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Crucial Conversations

Every year, I try to read something that’s a little more leadership focused so that I can continue to hone my supervisory skills.  This year, I read Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, which … Continue reading

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Mallworld

I recently finished reading the Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Mallworld by S. P. Somtow, and I’m very happy I picked up this book.  I may sum it up by saying it’s like Idiocracy mashed up with a parody of 1980s consumerism … Continue reading

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Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Systems

As part of my resolution to read some Numerical Analysis stuff this year, I read C. T. Kelly’s Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Systems.  I can say with certainty, that on the surface I underestimated this book.  I expected … Continue reading

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On the Reliability of Newton’s Method

I recently re-read my thesis, “On the Reliability of Newton’s Method in the Presence of Singularity” as a way to get back into thinking about numerical analysis.  On the one hand, it was interesting reading something that I wrote seven … Continue reading

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Children of the Lens

(or The Boskonian War is over.) I’ve now completed Children of the Lens, and I must admit to really enjoying the ride.  This book focuses on Kimball and Clarissa Kinnison’s five children, one boy and two pairs of twin girls, … Continue reading

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Second Stage Lensmen

So, if you’ve read any post on my blog with “Lens” in the title over the last year, you know what this one is about – I recently finished Second Stage Lensmen by E. E. “Doc” Smith.   Though the title … Continue reading

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The Demon Awakens

A long while back, I saw The Demonwars series by R. A. Salvatore on audio book on the Humble Book Bundle.  Now, I really like this series, so I picked it up even though I already own a copy of … Continue reading

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