Category Archives: Reviews

Albion’s Seed

I first saw reference to David Hacket Fischer’s Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America in a post on DailyKos by Dana Houle that made reference to some of the maps that I had made of the Democratic primary election … Continue reading

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

I just finished reading the book by Mike Brown that shares its name with this blog post, so I thought I’d post a short review here. The book is essentially an account of the set of discoveries that Mike Brown … Continue reading

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand has been cited as a major influence on American libertarianism and many libertarians, such as Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute have attributed their initial interest in libertarianism to reading her books.  In order to get a better … Continue reading

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I’m switching to Bing Maps

A couple of days ago, Long Zheng, an Australian tech blogger who focuses on Microsoft, posted a rant entited “Bing Maps looked ugly before, now looks like s***” about a recent update to Bing Maps that changed the color scheme … Continue reading

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ got some attention when a man heckled Pullman over the offensiveness of the book’s title and Pullman came back with a principled defense of freedom of speech and attack on … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts on Google Wave

I recently snagged a Google Wave account and have begun to experiment with it.  I haven’t gotten any invites to distribute, so there isn’t really anyone I know on it, which means that I can’t really test it much yet, … Continue reading

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HD View and Photosynth

via InsideMicrosoft articles Microsoft has been busy developing two different web browser photo-viewing plugins by the names of HD View and Photosynth.  The current builds of both these projects are compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox.  Both of these projects, though are currently in … Continue reading

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Google Earth’s Sky mode

Today, Google released a Sky mode in Google Earth, which allows navigation of the celestial orb similar to the navigation of the Earth that Earth mode gives. This is likely related to the deal that Google signed with NASA last … Continue reading

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A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Well, I just finished the last Harry Potter book, and so it is time to post my review of the book. I will start off with a short summary of my feelings about the book in general and then move … Continue reading

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Safari 3 for Windows beta

Apple’s Safari 3 Public Beta download page proudly touts Safari as “The world’s best browser. Now on Windows, too.” I decided to proceed with the download to evaluate whether or not Safari could really be called the world’s best browser. … Continue reading

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