Talon of the Silver Hawk

I have not read any of Feist's work since maybe just after college. Ironically, I did get one of his books in high school and put it down. Prince of the Blood seemed weighted on events completely off my radar. I ended up reading two other trilogies to get the background I needed for Prince.

So, Talon seems of the same caliber. I recall enough of the worldly background to keep me going in this book. However, I kind of wish I didn't need to remember more to truly enjoy this book.

Still, the book flows and has enough good writing to keep me engaged. Guess I better go get books 2 and 3.

Why is it book stores don't often carry all the books in a series? I am not about to order a book from a store and have to go there when I can more easily order it myself for less and have it come to me.

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Physics for Eight Year Olds

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Hawking to write children’s book:

Physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter are to write a science book for children which will be “a bit like Harry Potter”, but without the magic.

Too bad I don’t have any children to which to read such a book. My favorite college volunteer experience was spending a couple hours a week working with Second graders for a “Human Growth and Development” class. I sensed the teacher’s hesitation at covering the Solar System and stepped in to help her.

The students seemed to enjoy it more than I did. 🙂

We need books like this. At the pace of science and engineering, introductions to these principles need to be introduced at younger and younger ages. My brother tackled Algebra at this age. So I can see many children finding such a book interesting.


Why, oh why, doesn’t Adobe include the highlighter tool in Acrobat Reader? I understand the intent of the tool. For the person creating the document to highlight the important parts.

Perhaps though the people reading the document would like to highlight the important parts. For an off-computer example, students highlight parts of text books. So instead, I will have to copy the important parts to text file. This means I will probably use the text writer instead of Acrobat and only go to the PDF when I cannot find what I need.

BTW, in the remote chance someone from Adobe reads this (hey, it could happen), add the Notes tool to Acrobat Reader too!

PROJECT: Mess Up My Cube

A number of people have remarked that my cube is too clean. So… Here is a list of things people can get me to help messy up my cube:

Plus there are computer books.

Getting To Why

Ultimately motivational books are to get one to understand why we do any particular thing. I ran across this Zachman framework and a thought popped in my head. Its the misunderstandings of what, how, where, who, and when that cause us to not even get to why. Motivational books are about focus on the why and ignore everything else at details.

Back in the fall, I wanted to know whether or not she wanted to go to San Diego for my cousin’s vow renewal. She wanted to know the what, how, who, and when as though they would change the why (she has memory problems so the same questions came up over and over). My point was all that other stuff is immaterial. Other people would take care of all that as long as she decided yea or nay. Ultimately, I wrote down the answers to all the questions and just pointed to the same answer every time she brought it back up. She started to realize I had already answered everything and was waiting on the answer of “Yes, I want to go” or “No, I don’t”.

She answered yes in the end.

TM for Sysadmins

This is on my wishlist in case anyone wants to buy it for me. Moving away gift, birth day, etc. 🙂

Amazon.com: Time Management for System Administrators: Books: Thomas Limoncelli

Time is a precious commodity, especially if you’re a system administrator. No other job pulls people in so many directions at once. Users interrupt you constantly with requests, preventing you from getting anything done. Your managers want you to get long-term projects done but flood you with requests for quick-fixes that prevent you from ever getting to those long-term projects. But the pressure is on you to produce and it only increases with time. What do you do?

The answer is time management. And not just any time management theory–you want Time Management for System Administrators, to be exact. With keen insights into the challenges you face as a sys admin, bestselling author Thomas Limoncelli has put together a collection of tips and techniques that will help you cultivate the time management skills you need to flourish as a system administrator.

Time Management for System Administrators understands that an Sys Admin often has competing goals: the concurrent responsibilities of working on large projects and taking care of a user’s needs. That’s why it focuses on strategies that help you work through daily tasks, yet still allow you to handle critical situations that inevitably arise.

I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr

Boondocks did an episode on Martin Luther King, Jr. It inspired me to Google MLK. Much of this is a poignant reminder of how far and not far enough the both America and the world have come. We are not living the dream.


I Have A Dream

Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY 1968

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Books of 2005


  • A Feast for Crows
  • How We Believe
  • The One Kingdom
  • The Elegant Universe
  • Origin of Species
  • The Hidden Face of God
  • A Treasury of Great American Scandals
  • The Arabian Nights
  • Common Sense
  • The Dream of Reason
  • Democracy Matters
  • Public Enemy #2
  • Utopia
  • Everything Bad Is Good For You
  • The Coming Age of Conan


  • On the Shoulder of Giants
  • The Scorpio Illusion
  • Gypsy Folktales


  • Science Friction
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos
  • The Isle of Battle
  • It Is Easier Than You Think

To Start in 2006

  • The Conquering Sword of Conan
  • Ever Since Darwin
  • Exam Cram: Oracle 9i Fundamentals

Time Traveler Convention

Sent this to some people at work last week for laughs.

We need you to help PUBLICIZE the event so that future time travelers will know about the convention and attend. This web page is insufficient; in less than a year it will be taken down when I graduate, and futhermore, the World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently. We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention. This convention can never be forgotten! We need publicity in MAJOR outlets, not just Internet news. Think New York Times, Washington Post, books, that sort of thing. If you have any strings, please pull them.
The Time Traveler Convention – May 7, 2005