Bookpile: January 2010

The Italian Renaissance – This is a sweeping overview of the time period written for older kids that Kevin picked up before we left for Italy. I was too busy in 1695 Japan to get to it before we left, so skimmed through it after returning. It wasn’t an exciting…

Non-killer forms kill me

Ugh. I hate forms. And a bad form is like a bad first date. It’s the ultimate in crappy customer service. Nothing like a badly composed form to make you feel a company doesn’t respect your time and wants to trip you up so they have a legitimate reason to…

Quick thoughts after the GOP Texas gubernatorial debate

Perry is a twit. But you knew that. Hutchison is a politician. But you likely knew that too. Medina is a surprise. And a sign with what’s wrong with only including the leading candidates in debates. While Perry and Hutchison spent most of their time attacking each other, Medina actually…

Is an audio book “reading”?

Question raised by a professional contact who is trying to do nothing (except XBOX 360) that requires physical media. So no buying music CDs, no buying movie DVDs, no buying printed books. Now, no comment from me on his quest. More power to him. But … is it reading if…

Bookpile: December 2009

The Assassin’s Touch – Yes, I should have been reading something set in ancient Rome since we were heading to Italy, but instead, I was back in 1695 Japan with Sano Ichiro. After the country almost came to civil war in the last book, Sano finds himself promoted to the…