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Book Review: The Art of Project Management

I’ve been working professionally as a software engineer for several years and I learned more in the first 100 pages of this book than from my years of experience in the industry. Scott Berkun provides examples from real world experiences so you don’t have to make the same mistakes to learn what you should and shouldn’t do. The topic of ... Read More »

I Am What I Ate…and I’m frightened

I started reading this book several weeks ago and I had a hard time getting into it. Cosby chronicles his encounter with a 30% clogged artery and begins a meandering discussion about food and health. The prose is annoyingly repetitive and he doesn’t provide any particularly useful or extraordinary information regarding his health or how to improve yours. Lest you ... Read More »

Worst Movies Ever

It may not be at the top of the bottom list, but my #1 worst movie, Battlefield Earth, got more votes for the worst movie of all time than any other on IMBD’s Bottom 100 list. It’s nice to know my bad movie radar agrees with over twelve thousand other people. I’m curious to see some of the movies in ... Read More »

A new way to get DVDs

I thought about signing up for Netflix but decided I didn’t want enough movies to warrant the price. Now there’s a new service called Peerflix with a different model. Instead of borrowing, you trade, and you can keep them as long as you want. There are three steps to using the service: 1. Create a list of movies you want, ... Read More »

Marc Cohn on The Prince & Me

The Prince & Me was a quaint movie. It wasn’t particularly profound nor did it cause you to take a new look at the world around you, but it was entertaining. I especially liked the music and during the movie I thought I recognized a familiar raspy voice singing. I found out that not one, but two of the songs ... Read More »

Marc Cohn – One Safe Place

When I tell people I’m a fan of Marc Cohn, they usually say they’ve never heard of him. Then I explain that he sang “Walking in Memphis” and a glimmer of recognition appears on their face as they say, “Oh, I know that song.” Well, Cohn is at it again after his longest break yet. His fourth album will be ... Read More »

40 greatest US bands today

The Guardian made a list of the top 40 US bands out of all those that currently perform. I won’t spoil it for you, but I have never even heard of their number one pick (though they sound like they could use a lifetime supply of chap stick…). Am I just out of the cool new music loop or is ... Read More »

redesign of the dollar bill?

If Randy Wright and his students have their way, the next time someone asks you about the US Constitution (I’m sure it happens all the time), you will be able to find the answer in your wallet. Wright, a middle school teacher in Ashland Virginia, is working with his students to pass the Liberty Bill Act. The purpose of the ... Read More »

Glass Harp / Hourglass

I had no idea what I was in for when I popped Hourglass into my stereo, but that’s how I wanted it. I wanted my first listening experience to be untarnished by the opinions of others. Remember, I knew nothing about the band before listening to them. The first song gave me the impression that they were a young band ... Read More »