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Entries from May 2011

Jack Finney : 3 by Finney

30 May 2011 · No Comments

This omnibus collection of 3 short novels is a case where a current re-reading failed to live up to the expectations set by the first time I encountered the book.
The Woodrow Wilson Dime is an expansion/re-working of the short story “The Coin Collector” (featured in I Love Galesburg in the Springtime). I think it’s [...]

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Tags: #-title · f-author · fantasy

Greg Conti : Googling Security – How Much Does Google Know About You?

30 May 2011 · No Comments

I can’t remember where I saw Googling Security reviewed*, but the review made a strong impression. It exposed at least a couple of the provocative tidbits in the book, like that even if you personally refuse to use Google’s Gmail service on privacy grounds, as soon as a friend sends you a message with Gmail, [...]

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Tags: business · c-author · g-title · science

Pat Benatar : Between a Heart and a Rock Place

29 May 2011 · No Comments

Reading Between a Heart and a Rock Place was a lot of fun. It was definitely a read-a-lot-of-excerpts-to-my-wonderful-and-tolerant-wife book. Benatar’s career trajectory is kinda unusual in rock’n’roll, given that it doesn’t involve a trip to rehab (or its conspicuous lack). It’s sadly more typical in that one defining characteristic of that career is ongoing disputes [...]

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Tags: autobiography · b-author · b-title · c-author · rock

Steven Levy: In the Plex

21 May 2011 · No Comments

Not long ago I was struck by just how unprecedentedly dependent I am on Google technologies: they power my phone and my e-book reader; they support the bulk of my browsing and email. My wife and I used Google docs and maps extensively in buying our home and planning our wedding. I use Google’s calendar [...]

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Tags: business · history · i-title · l-author