Monthly Archives: March 2011

Weed: Good Plant or Bad Plant?

Spring is here.  It’s time to start getting the yard ready for warm weather. At the local library, I found The Book of WEEDS How to deal with plants that behave badly by Ken Thompson. Once I realized that the author of … Continue reading

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What if the president had a chief engineer in his cabinet?

A few weeks ago, Tom Silvestri of Richmond Times Dispatch commented on the current economic situation while reviewing a book called Make It In America: The Case for Re-inventing the Economy by Andrew Liveris, an engineer and CEO of Dow … Continue reading

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Why didn’t someone tell me Arkady Renko is back?

Released in late 2010 Three Stations is the seventh book of the Arkady Renko novels by Martin Cruz Smith.  Setting all the technical and business reading aside, this common reader is reading Three Stations this week. In Smith’s first novel, … Continue reading

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Chop Suey is not just for dinner anymore.

While attending a book signing last week, I had the good fortune to tour Chop Suey Books in Carytown.  I asked Andrew Blossom, the store manager, how Chop Suey Books got its name.  “Our first store in Carytown was located … Continue reading

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Find out what a smart phone and the telegraph have in common.

If you like history and technological evolution, you will enjoy this book about the invention of the telegraph. The Victorian Internet (Walker&Company 1997) written by Tom Standage, a science and technology writer for New York Times, Wired and other publications, … Continue reading

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