Category Archives: Books

Technical books are great, but make time to read for yourself.

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Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects, Jared Richardson, William Gwaltney. A short book and an extremely quick read. The book is a set of tips for practical improvements software development teams can make to their project execution. … Continue reading

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Hey Ranger! : True Tales of Humor & Misadventure from America’s National Parks, by Jim Burnett. A quick and humorous read about the crazy things that happen to park rangers. The author’s sense of humour is pretty corny but entertaining. … Continue reading

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, by Bill Bryson. One of his earlier works. Not as funny as his others but still good, particularly if you’ve ever travelled to Europe. South: The Endurance Expedition, by Ernest Shackleton. The author’s … Continue reading

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Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842, by Nathaniel Philbrick.This is the story of America’s first trans-oceanic expedition. The story is very interesting but I felt like the book really wallowed too much into the … Continue reading

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The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd, Richard Zacks. A very good, very engaging read about a man you only think you know something about. The Long Way, Bernard Moitessier. A quintessential sailing story. It’s the story of … Continue reading

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Billy Collins rules

I’m not much for poetry but Billy Collins read Litany on Prairie Home Companion this past Sunday and I thought it was awesome.

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Read a couple of good sailing-related books recently. Both are very quick reads and very interesting. The first is To Harness the Wind, by Leo Block. It is a history of the development of the sail. It really covers more … Continue reading

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Cocoon texts

I opened up Java & XML recently because it had some references to Cocoon. The Cocoon examples are pre 2.0, so instead I worked through some of the XML-RPC chapters which were good. I’d recommend working through the whole book to anyone who’s … Continue reading

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Steve Earle Bio

Finished Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle, by Lauren St. John, a couple of weekends ago. Man, I knew the guy had had some hard times (just listen to his lyrics) but this gives new meaning … Continue reading

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Read a couple of books over the break. Life of Pi by Yann Martel is outstanding. It is the best fiction I’ve read in a long, long time. It originally piqued my interest because of its lost-at-sea theme (check out … Continue reading

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