Book reviews for November 2016

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

5/5

Far future space pirates. Awesome.

 

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra

3/5

The overall message is good - focus on making your users actually awesome rather than you looking awesome with some concrete strategies to find out what that is and how to get there. A central theme is removing barriers to effective usage. The product here is a book. It was hell to read on my phone. Now if the graphics were large and central to the message and couldn't be done other than in some weird non-standard way I might forgive this. But all I needed to on every page was zoom in to get rid of the needless massive borders. That's all it took. Hundreds of times. So I'd recommend this if you still like paper books or are some sort of tablet toting throwback but on phone? No.

 

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El Capitan

Recount

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recount

I'm on a donation spree. This time to the Jill Stein recount effort. I believe that this will change the outcome of the election as much as I believe that there are real questions about vaccines and autism. But this is clearly making Trump mad. And the madder he gets the sooner he is likely to get himself impeached. Why not help out?

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National Popular Vote

Updated on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

National Popular Vote

I just donated to the National Popular Vote campaign. The idea is that if enough states pass enabling legislation they will all throw their electoral college votes behind the popular vote winner. Electoral college neatly short-circuited without any constitutional amendment needed. California is already signed up for this. You can check your state here.

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Banana Slug

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunrise

Sunrise

Inverted tiny planet rendering of an unusually red sunrise in San Francisco.

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Trees at Lands End

Trees at Lands End

Rain falling through trees at Lands End, San Francisco (Golden Gate National Recreation Area).

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Multi-plane Camera

Multi-plane Camera at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Photo of a multi-plane camera at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

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News: We Need to Raise Taxes for Shareholders and Cut Them for Companies

West Portal Halloween

Wawona street trick or treat long exposure

Long exposure of trick or treating on Wawona street in West Portal, San Francisco.

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