15 use cases comparing e-books to traditional books: an illustrated list

I’ve now been reading e-books for more than 2-1/2 years. For the 37 years prior to that, I read paper books exclusively. For a while now, I’ve been meaning to compare the two forms of book in some reasonable and understandable way, but I was hard pressed to come up with a format for such […]

Goodreads, LibraryThing and my official reading list

I’ve gotten an unusual number of friend requests on Goodreads recently and so I thought I’d take a moment to clarify a few things about my various book and reading lists in the social networks arena. Yes, I am on Goodreads, and the list of books that I have read can be found there. I […]

Protected: Baseline

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Life on Mars

I’ve been enjoying Life on Mars on ABC.  I may have mentioned somewhere that I was puzzled by a few things–like why Sam doesn’t "prove" he’s from the future by making a specific prediction.  But it seems that, for now, the writers are avoiding the issue.  Nevertheless, I enjoy the show.  One thing I really like about the […]

Roll out the barrel

What’s on tap today: Produce massive list of reports for 3 PM meeting Adding logging to the Visitor application Try, try try to finish up Rainbows End Read part one of Rob Sawyer’s "Wake" in ANALOG Read Paul Levinson’s story in ANALOG Begin work on week 4 assignment for the writer’s workshop Take suits to […]

My highest rated authors

Since I’m talking about books so much this morning, I figured I post something I’ve been meaning to look at for some time now: my highest rated authors. The data comes from my reading lists, which I have kept since January 1, 1996. In order to generate the following data, I filtered it for fiction […]

10 places to eat before you die

I came across this list today. Of the ten places, I’ve only eaten at one of them,Cantler’s near Annapolis, Maryland. I did eat in Naples, Italy, but never tried the pizza. Why isn’t In-n-Out on the list?

Issues resolved with Goodreads

I finally got my reading list fixed on Goodreads. My profile is available here.

Protected: Washingtonian’s “Great Places to Work”

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If you were stuck on a desert island…

…for twenty years and all you had for entertainment were the complete works of ten authors, who would those authors be. (I came across this interesting question on

Back to basics!

Back in January 1996, I had a simple goal of reading 1 book per week, or 52 books a year. It’s funny how simple things evolve. Not long after I set my goal, I decided I needed a way to capture the list of books that I read. I started, naturally enough, using an Excel […]

Top 10 albums for writing code

Today is a code-writing day at work. There is also construction going on outside the building and there is intermittent bone-jarring noise that has already developed into a headache. Headaches are rare for me so you get the idea. I was about to put on my iPod to block out the sound when it occurred […]