Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rework by Fried and Hansson

While possibly useful for those with a small business, this book doesn't offer much to others. It is short pieces of unconventional advice, kind of like a self-help book for business people. Regardless, it's a quick read.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dune by Frank Herbert

I finally got around to this classic and I understand why it was so popular. Yes, it would have been better to read it in my youth, but I still found it entertaining and the story/characters were pretty solid. Classic Sci-fi indeed. I even got a few cultural references that had not made sense previously.

Suspended In Language : Niels Bohr's Life, Discoveries, And The Century He Shaped by Ottaviani & Purvis (and others)

An interesting and endearing exploration of the life of the great Niels Bohr in the format of a black and white graphic novel. I have always known more about Einstein or Feynman, so I was happy to come across this work as it provided another perspective.  I usually enjoy reading about the developments in logic, physics, and philosophy in the 1920s and 1930s and this work was no different.
I highly recommend this for most science types, as well as for anyone who wants to learn about a towering figure that helped us understand the world (and parts of his perspectives probably influence how you see the world, too).

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan

This entertaining book takes you through the creation and development of Super Mario, Nintendo, and (broadly) video games over the past several decades. Anyone with an interest in video games or technological trends will enjoy it. Heck, anyone who has fond memories of fighting Bowser and wants a look behind the screen should check it out.
The book was also the impetus for me wondering: how many times has Super Mario died?