Book Info Title: The Caledonian Gambit Author: Dan Moren ISBN: 9781940456843 Pages: 312 Summary A sole survivor of a battle is cut off for five years. When his captors rejoin the galaxy he turns out to be the brother of a terrorist/freedom-fighter on his home war. He occasionally figures out who is playing him as a pawn and muddles his way through the cloak and dagger intrigue. One one side is a seasoned intelligence operator on the other his brother, the local FBI makes an appearance.
Book Info Title: Vicious Author: V.E. Schwab ISBN: 9781250160263 Pages: 397 Summary The first book in a new series from the author of Shades of Magic. The book flits back and forth through time to tell the story of “Extra Ordinary” people. The main character starts as a troubled privileged college student and devolves into a revenge romp. He picks up various strays along the way who are just as interesting characters.
Book Info Title: The Woman Who Smashed Codes Author: Jason Fagone ISBN: 9780062430489 Pages: 341 Summary A partial biography of Elizebeth Friedman a cryptographer during the first and second world wars. Often overshadowed by her husband who was one of the founders of the NSA this book details an amazing life and accomplishments. She worked for a rich eccentric looking for secrets in Shakespeare which gave her the skills to crack real codes.
Book Info Title: Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures Author: Roma Agrawal ISBN: 9781635570229 Pages: 275 Summary A survey of different building and engineering techniques. Multiple concepts are explained in simple terms, interspersed with anecdotes and pictures. Thoughts It is fun to read a book written by someone passionate about the subject. The energy of the author comes out on the page in a way that makes the book a pleasure to read.
Book Info Title: The Calculating Stars Author: Mary Robinette Kowal ISBN: 9780765378385 Pages: 421 Summary An alternate post WWII history where an extinction level meteor wipes out Washington DC and most of the US government. The main character is a “computer”, a women who calculates mathematical problems for engineers in the fledgling space program. Elma is a Jew from the south, was a WASP during the war and has dreams of becoming an astronaut.
After missing my reading goal last year I attempted to set a more realistic goal this year of 40 books. Considering I read 45 books last year I thought hitting 40 would be easy. I completed the challenge just under the wire finishing book number 40 with two days to spare. I hit a similar wall this year in the November time frame, although I don’t have the excuse of being tripped up by a Brandon Sanderson tome.
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to read. Much to my Mom’s annoyance I had a started book in every room of the house. But at some point I developed the habit of re-reading the same books over and over. If I found myself bored I would grab a random pulp fiction book, open to a random page and start reading. I wanted to do better and start attacking the growing list of books on my reading wish list.
My college days coincided with the rise of linux. I loved Having a “server” operating system at my fingertips and having access to a shell has been part of my workflow for almost two decades. When I graduated from college I needed to replace my school shell account with something else. I wanted my own website and mail using a custom domain. Many of the service providers we now take for granted were years from existence.
One year ago I resolved to begin producing on the internet. So I started an Instagram account to chronicle my attempts at making cocktails. Now one year and 83 cocktails later I've grown my bar and my skills. But being a nerd I also had to pull some stats.. I've made 83 different cocktailsThe most commonly used ingredient in Lemon Juice (31)The most commonly used alcohol ingredient is Gin (23)I've used 33 unique ingredients not including bittersThe smallest cocktail had three ingredientsThe largest cocktail had eight ingredientsI've sourced the most cocktails from Cocktail Virgin Blog (23) with Common Man Cocktails coming in second (13)I owe much of my inspiration to those two sources.
I remember watching a documentary (or maybe it was Pushing Tin) about air traffic controllers who passed around small pieces of paper with flight information. As an aircraft would transition from approach to ground control to departure the triangles would be passed from person to person. Last night my team moved 27 critical pieces of equipment that run our entire business. It took us countless hours of prep and five hours of execution. We needed a way to keep the entire company informed of our progress, coordinate three different teams and make sure our bosses had enough information to keep off our backs.