Bay Bridge, Old And New

Bay Bridge, Old And New

Book reviews for June 2014

Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics by Brian Clifton

Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics by Brian Clifton

4/5

Very helpful book, but a generation out of date. Does not cover universal analytics or the new user ID collection but is a great foundation as long as you know this. I'll buy the next edition when/if it becomes available.

 

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Summer Solstice 2014

Summer Solstice 2014

It's the start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter if you live south of the equator or in San Francisco. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

Party Limits

Party Limits

What if as well as Term Limits we had Party Limits - the same political party cannot win more than three or four times in a row?

Representative Alan Lowenthal has introduced the Let the People Draw the Lines Act which would seek to prevent gerrymandering by taking redistricting out of the hands of the politicians for the states that haven't done this already (California, Arizona, Washington and Idaho have independent commissions).

This is a good idea, but I'd go further. Let's introduce Term Limits where we don't already have them and then add Party Limits. The same politician can only hold on to their seat for two to three terms and additionally the same party can't hold the seat for more than three to four terms. We break up any kind of political monopoly and reduce the incentive to rig the system to keep the same incumbent in power.

We'd probably get more political diversity as well as fewer career politicians. It's a better solution to daisyworld.

Book reviews for May 2014

The Quarry by Iain Banks

The Quarry by Iain Banks

4/5

This was a hard book to start because it's so sad to know that there will never be another Iain [M] Banks novel. I fell in love with his work after picking up The Wasp Factory with some birthday money in Guildford. I had (and loaned and lost) one signed book, Feersum Endjinn, which was the only really awful one. The Quarry was short, better than I thought it would be, not as good as his best. He'll be missed.

 

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From Alta Plaza Park

From Alta Plaza Park

Coyote

Coyote

Coyote on Lovers' Lane in The Presidio.

Sun

Sun

Book reviews for April 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

5/5

Took a while to start because The Secret History is one of my favorite books and I was pretty disappointed by The Little Friend - I can't really even remember it. The Goldfinch on the other hand will stick with me for a long time. It's a book where you inhabit someone else's life so deeply that it's disorienting to finish. Outstanding.

 

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Elsie Street, west slope of Bernal Heights

Elsie Street, west slope of Bernal Heights

If you only buy one house in Bernal Heights this month it should be 94 Elsie Street on the west slope of the hill (I'm not biased, just happened to have lived there for nearly ten years!)

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Dolphins at Fort Funston

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