Category: Books

“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

In architecting a new system, all the important mistakes are made in the first day. — Spinrad (1998) This book is destined to be a classic in American political literature. As has been reported already, the authors — Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes — made an early arrangement with dozens of sources inside and outside […]

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Whither this blog?

Whither this blog?

| January 8, 2013 | Reply

OK, so I was (and am still) dismayed by the outcome of the elections, and all that has happened during the two months since has done little to alleviate my concern. Given that plenty of other blogs continue to fight the political fight, I am taking a hiatus from that fight myself. Except, of course, […]

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New series at bfwa.com: “Readings in Software Engineering”

New series at bfwa.com: “Readings in Software Engineering”

| May 21, 2012 | Reply

Over at bfwa.com, I’ve started a new series of posts that will present brief reviews of and excerpts from my library of software engineering and IT project management texts. Here’s the introduction to the series; and here’s the first post, covering Jerry Weinberg’s The Psychology of Computer Programming.  ..bruce..

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Robert Parker, RIP

Robert Parker, RIP

| January 19, 2010 | Reply

One of my favorite modern authors, Robert B. Parker, died at home, literally while writing his next Spenser novel. I have read the whole Spenser series several times over the years and buy each new one as soon as it comes out in paperback. I wonder if he has tucked away in his files a […]

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<i>Atlas Shrugged</i>: a brief review w/spoilers

Atlas Shrugged: a brief review w/spoilers

| April 17, 2009 | 8 Replies

“Mr. Rearden,” said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, “if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling, but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater […]

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Monday in the dark

Monday in the dark

| March 30, 2009 | Reply

OVERNIGHT LINKS ITEM: Hey! Al Gore and I both celebrated Earth Hour with our lights on! We’re buds now! As for Kentucky, heck, they celebrated a whole Earth Week not long ago! ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism alert: Obama tells GM CEO to hit the road. For firms and organizations still considering taking government money, there’s a […]

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Thursday’s child . . .

Thursday’s child . . .

| March 19, 2009 | Reply

AFTERNOON UPDATES: ITEM: NASA Scientist and Moonbat Warmist James Hansen says that “The democratic process doesn’t quite seem to be working” with regards to climate change and is calling for protests and direct action (Wikipedia: “Direct action can include nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action […]

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Thursday throes

Thursday throes

| March 12, 2009 | Reply

We aim to please (most mostly we aim to hit) . . . MID-MORNING UPDATE: The FBI raids the office of the DC Chief Technology Officer, who is (or was) Vivek Kundra, who is now the new CTO for the Obama Administration. However, it appears that the focus is not on Kundra, but on two […]

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Bibliophibians!

Bibliophibians!

| September 13, 2008 | 2 Replies

Great word: “bibliophibians”. Swap the genders of the two people in the Wondermark strip below, and you’ll capture the essence of many conversations that Sandra and I have had over the years (click on the strip to go to the full-sized original): The difference being, of course, that Sandra and I started out together with […]

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Writing a new online column

Writing a new online column

| June 5, 2008 | Reply

I’ve been hired by Ziff Davis Enterprises to write a weekly column on IT Management for the online version of Baseline.  The column itself will be based on materials I’m writing for my (forthcoming) book, Surviving Complexity. My first column is up:  “Lies, Damned Lies, and Metrics (Part I)”; here’s the opening paragraph: When Capers […]

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