Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Top 10 SF Novels

Wired has an article on the reader’s choice for top 10 SF novels: Dune by Frank Herbert TIE: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card TIE: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Foundation by Isaac Asimov 1984 by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Neuromancer by William Gibson Starship Troopers by Robert […]

Recently Read

I’m going to try to keep track of the books I’ve read here, as it might be of interest to others. I have a lot of catching up to do so I think I’ll just stick to the books I actually liked, as opposed to the dreck that I’ve wished to hurl across the room. […]

Things I Wish

I’m a bit behind on my reading — to say nothing of posting. But one thing I have to state is that the new Kindle Paperwhite is awesome. I just wish Amazon would allow me to ship my books back to them so I could get electronic versions of them and thereby start clearing out […]

Are Publishers Insane?

I love reading books. My house is littered with thousands of them. And to me the Kindle is a godsend in that I can have, in my hand, thousands of books and read whatever I feel like whenever and wherever I want. I can travel with the Kindle and ensure that if I’m not in […]


I’ve been looking at the Kindle. I installed the Kindle app on my iPad and must say I’m impressed. But maybe not in the way a lot of people see it. Instead of something that allows me to lug lots of books around instead I see it as the means to an end. At the […]

Asylum Seekers
Asylum Seekers

One book I constantly reference is Alan Cooper’s The Inmates Are Running the Asylum. It is an excellent book explaining the difference between what a techie sees are how software should function versus what a normal person sees and wishes software would do. It all boils down to the difference of putting the onus on […]

The Fattening of America
The Fattening of America

I recently finished The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. It was primarily of interest to me because, like many people, I’ve struggled with weight gain. And following the so-called “Food Pyramid” has only exacerbated the condition. So it was eye opening to read Dr. […]

Good Enough to be Great
Good Enough to be Great

I’ve just revisited Good to Great by Jim Collins again thinking about how it ties back to startups. Although the reviews are all over the map I do wonder how many reviewers have tried to start a company or work at a mediocre firm with people that just don’t care? After reading the book I […]


I pointed out the great video explaining what truly motivates people before. The book just goes into more details, highlighting research and what it takes to truly motivate people. The irony of much of the book is that the answer to how to motivate is simply “Get out of the way.” Throw in some trust […]

The Venture Cafe
The Venture Cafe

I’m catching up on posting on a slew of excellent books I’ve read recently. One such book is The Venture Cafe by Teresa Esser. It documents the road taken by a series of high-tech entrepreneurs in the Boston area. The book was an easy read and, after having started and run a VC funded start-up […]

On Design

I’m quickly reading through Brooks’ latest tome, The Design of Design. As usual, Brooks is straight up and to the point explaining his views on design and why it’s a solo or, at most, a 2-person task. This makes sense to me, but I tend to be biased. The implementation is a team effort, but […]

Coders at Work

I recently finished reading Coders at Work by Peter Seibel. You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or on online at places like Chapters or Amazon. You can read Peter’s blog here, also well worth visiting. I found it a great read, though there are a number of typos, format errors, and […]

The Management Myth

I’m reading Matthew Stewart’s The Management Myth. It’s an excellent book and I recommend it highly. Although I hope to write a bit of a review once I’m through the book, this post, however, concerns a quote from his book that just struck me on a number of levels. Strategy makes sense as a project […]

Dilbert 2.0: The Book

Just picked up a copy of Dilbert 2.0, the book. It’s awesome with one small flaw: it’s not all of the Dilberts of the past 20 years. However, Scott Adams includes on a CD all of the past 20 years of Dilbert — well, up to mid-May 2008. The tome is beautiful and well worth […]


Just read Chris Anderson’s Free online via his online blog. You can get it in a variety of formats if you read through recent entries there, including an audio format. Note that the book is available for free but not if you’re outside the US. The audio book is free regardless, it seems. It’s an […]

Book Review: Geeks Bearing Gifts

I’m re-reading a book by Ted Nelson, the guy who created the notion of hypertext back in 67, and fully documented it. You can read about his creation, called Xanadu, on Wikipedia. His new book is more of a rant about the computer industry. It’s a telling book. First for the oddities of the book. […]

An addition to my entrepreneur book shelf

How To Get Rich It may not look like a book on entrepreneurship and you may never have heard of Felix Dennis, but trust me this book is definitely on entrepreneurship and you’ve used Mr. Dennis’ products. He founded Dennis Publishing which publishes such titles as MacUser, Computer Shopper, Maxim, and a slew of others […]

New Gladwell Title

I’ve been reading the reviews of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Outliers. I’ve read his other books and enjoyed them. They’re light reading and provide some quick and insightful information on a variety of topics I wouldn’t have the time to discover on my own via a literature search. It’s not that I’m not interested in […]

Juggler of Worlds

Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have done it again with Juggler of Worlds. Although the book is more an amalgamation of various pieces from Niven’s repertoire the tapestry within which those stories are superimposed is most excellent and better fill in the Known Space history many of us have come to know and love. […]

Shirky and Overload

This is truly an amazing talk. It explains logically why we see so much crap and why Sturgeon’s Law seems to be the only one we experience day to day. Shirky’s always good for one of those “Duh” forehead slaps. This is another case in point. In terms of spam, and I believe this for […]

Arthur C. Clarke Passes

Arthur C. Clarke passed away today at the age of 90. It was one of his stories that first introduced me to science fiction back in the 70s. The story was History Lesson. Once I’d read that I started hunting for everything by Arthur C. Clarke and was never once disappointed. It lead me to […]

St. Augustine

One of my favourite ancient writers is St. Augustine. I’ve been slowly reading through City of God. It’s a hard read, especially as the language is not something I’m used to reading. But the man’s intellect simply shines through. And since I always wanted to finish the book I’ll push myself to finish. For those […]

Juggler of Worlds…
Juggler of Worlds…

Fleet of Worlds was simply awesome. Finally, after many years, a book worthy of Ringworld and The Ringworld Engineers. And now here’s another Ringworld book! This is set 200 years before Ringworld was discovered, which I assume is 200 years before the Puppeteers find Ringworld but after the Pak have long gone from the scene. […]


I love Paul Graham’s comment on Dan Weinreb’s Why Did Symbolics Fail? article. Complexity has driven me nuts for years. I don’t comprehend why everything has to be so complex. It’s as if there’s a secret cabal someplace that figures it has to be hard, it’s computers. Thank God for Steve Jobs and his ability […]

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