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Book Review: Chaos Monkeys – Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

March 15, 2019 Leave a comment

This is a book of two tales.  The first one, the adventure of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-buccaneer’s no-holds-barred battle to survive and cash out, was  fascinating.   The second, about life as a Facebook corporate drone…not so much.  The Zuckerberg brand of palace intrigue is, really, not so unique and special in the annals of American Corporate Manifest Destiny. I have to say, though, that the author’s Afterward—an update written after Antonio’s “departure” from Facebook and the original publication of Chaos Monkeys—is a great essay on current events involving the social media giant.  (4 of 5 stars for the first half; 3 of 5 stars for the second half; 5 of 5 stars for the update)

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Book Review: A Man with One of Those Faces

March 8, 2019 Leave a comment

It was as if I opened a Carl Hiaasen novel and fell through a space-time continuum portal to the Emerald Isle where Skink & Company all suddenly have an Irish brogue. As an aficionado of wacky Florida misadventures since Tourist Season, this was a good thing—a very good thing. Parts 2, 3 & 4 of the Dublin Trilogy are definitely in my reading queue. (5 of 5 Stars)

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Mantis

March 5, 2019 Leave a comment

Literary Remains

Gazing at his own reflection,
contemplating the depth
of his camouflage…

he counts his moments,
not months —
before sunrise
when birds will feast.

© Literary Remains

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Book Review: Orphan X, A Novel

March 1, 2019 Leave a comment

Decent premise. Fast-paced story. All the necessary accouterments for a top-shelf high tech thriller. Orphan X is definitely not a bad book, but…I did not walk away craving more. Perhaps the plot was just a bit overcooked and the characters a tad on the raw and unseasoned side, for my taste. (3 of 5 Stars)

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Animals Cannot Be Blue

February 23, 2019 Leave a comment

ScienceSwitch

Animals can produce broad spectrum of color pigments, but not blue. Why is that?

Via – National Geographic

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Book Review: An American Saga – Juan Trippe and His Pan Am Empire

February 15, 2019 Leave a comment

This biography was such a long read, it felt like passage on the Pan Am China Clipper. But the story of Juan Trippe was worth the ride. Here is a man whose career in aviation spanned the years between the World War I rag wing Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” to being instrumental in the development of the Boeing 747 as the launch customer. An American Saga is a fascinating read on the commercialization of airplanes, so often overshadowed by war stories. (4 of 5 Stars)
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Book Review: Fate Fell Short

February 1, 2019 Leave a comment

Threading together songs with flash fiction riffs and verse in a collection of improvisational literary jazz is a great concept. It gets to the heart of the osmosis of music into our memories. This Petri dish experiment was definitely a success. The one problem I had with this book:  it was too short.  I wanted more. (5 of 5 Stars)

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