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                          Books on Kennedy's Assassination

                          I was five years old when JFK was assassinated. JFK is the first president I remember and his death was a shock to me. Even at that young age, I wasn't immune to the magic of the Kennedys—maybe I could relate to him because he had children around my age. I had one of those calendars with all the presidents around the edges hanging up in my room. I remember drawing Johnson in after Kennedy was killed. I recently read four books that all bear on the Kennedy assassination. I didn't necessarily set out to study this, but I
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                          The Live Web - Cover

                          I got the final proof on the cover for my upcoming book The Live Web today. I think it turned out nicely and I'm excited to see the book itself.
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                          Reading: Longitude by Dava Sobel

                          A while back Craig Burton recommended Dava Sobel's book Longitude to me. The book is a fascinating and easy to read tale of the problem of finding longitude and how a self-educated clock maker named John Harrison finally succeeded in building not one, but four time pieces with sufficient accuracy. Like any good story, there are twists and turns in the plot--even an antihero. Sobel brings the history to life. I found myself picking up the book any chance I got to find out what would happen next.
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                          Things Every Programmer Should Know

                          This week on the Technometria Podcast, I interview Kevlin Henney, the editor of the book 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. I really enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the conversation with Kevlin. One of the things that struck me is that there's so much wisdom here that we just don't teach people. Rather, we expect them to pick it up as they go along. I heartily recommend the book (and the podcast) to beginning programmers and old-hands alike. The book's Web page has copies of the contributions that made it into the book and also the one's
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                          What Would Google Do: The Slideshow

                          Here's a slideshow that does a nice job of summarizing Jeff Jarvis' book What Would Google Do? The book is worth reading, but this presentation hits the high points.
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                          Ike: An American Hero

                          I just finished reading Ike: An American Hero, Michael Korda's biography of Eisenhower. I'm a sucker for biographies, particularly US Presidents and I'd not read one of Ike before, although I'd had Steve Ambrose's two-volumn set on my list for a while. I saw this a few weeks ago while I was in DC and picked it up. I wasn't disappointed. Korda delivers a book that tells a great tale by focusing on what made Ike and made him great rather than getting lost in details that most readers won't care about. I came away with a newfound appreciation
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                          Spook Country

                          I just finished Spook Country, William Gibson's latest novel. The book is a mystery, set in a world that could be today or the near future. Geolocative art is bigger than you might find to be the case today, but that's about it. I liked Pattern Recognition quite a bit, but I think Spook Country is head and shoulders above it as a story. Gibson's writing is what I enjoy the most. It's rare that I read a book that I find myself going back and rereading sentences or paragraphs just to savor the language. Gibson's sentences can be
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                          Twelve Byzantine Rulers Podcast

                          Justinian by Meister von San Vitale(click to enlarge) I few weeks ago, I wrote a review of the book Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe. Darryl Rosin left a comment asking if I'd listened to the 12 Byzantine Rulers podcast by Lars Brownworth. I hadn't then, but I went out that day and downloaded it to my iPhone. I've been listening to it over the last few weeks and really enjoyed it. Lars has a great presentation style and makes the material accessible and interesting. If western history in the first eight centuries AD has always
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                          Reading Books on the iPhone

                          Tim O'Reilly points to a review of the iPhone for book reading by Peter Meyers. The conclusion: I took a look at three different kinds of content: a book from O'Reilly's Safari online reading library, a Web site whose layout appeared especially readable on the iPhone, and a PDF. The verdict? iPhone-friendly Web sites are the clear winner. Safari books take second place and are readable for about 10 pages or so at time. PDFs are as lame as ever on the small screen. Pictures, comments, and some suggestions after the jump. From Missing Manual GadgetsReferenced Fri Jul 20
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                          Conquering Gotham

                          Last month, I heard an interview on the Diane Rehm Show with Jill Jonnes about her book Conquering Gotham. The book tells the story of the Pennsylvania Railroads effort to bring rail service into Manhattan. The effort combined financial, engineering, and political challenges. The ultimate result was the construction of tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers as well as the monumental Pennsylvania Station. I enjoyed this book on several levels. First, I enjoy reading about railroads. Another great book I'd recommend is the Nothing Like it in the World by Stephen Ambrose about the building of the transcontinental
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                          My Media Consumption Diet

                          Ian Forrester tagged me on a meme to share my media consumption diet. So here's my diet: Web: I'm on the Web all the time. Even more now that I've got an iPhone. I typically have a dozen tabs open on my browser from various things I'm looking at on any given day. I used to have over 100 feeds on my news reader (NetNewsWire or Google Reader depending on my mood), but I've whittled that down to around 40 by getting rid of things I hardly ever read in detail. I used to use Firefox exclusively, but swung
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                          Justinian's Flea

                          A few weeks ago I was walking through Borders and saw Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe. This, frankly, is the kind of book I can't resist. I was expecting a book about a period of history I'm largely unfamiliar with (the early Byzantium era) with a twist. I wasn't disappointed. Rosen tell's the story of the Emperor Justinian, the world that came before him, the world that came after, and the importance of the bubonic plague in shaping the course of Europe. The book combines a detailed look at history with a respectable understanding of
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                          When Bricks Meet Online: Stale Inventory

                          I love bookstores. I love browsing, exploring new things, even just the variety of the covers interests me. I'd hate to see them go away. Consequently, I try to buy from local bookstores whenever possible. The problem is the word "possible." Just today, I ran into something I find all too often--especially with technical books. This morning I was in a bookstore and found a book I was interested in \t The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Knowing the Photoshop CS3 just came out, I checked the publish date and saw it was 2003. Suspicious,
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                          William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

                          A while back, during a recording for the Technometria podcast, Matt Asay mentioned he was reading a biography of William James. I'm not sure what intrigued me about what he said, but right after the broadcast I ordered a copy. It took me a while for it to get to the top of my reading list, but it finally did and I read it during my trip to Banff for WWW2007. William James was one of the members of the polymath James family, his brother was the famous novelist Henry James and his sister Alice was famous for her
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                          Everything Is Miscellaneous

                          Dave Weinberger's new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, is out. I saw it in the bookstore at the airport in Calgary, but Canadian book prices are outrageous. It's like booksellers fixed the exchange rate years ago and haven't taken changes since then into account. It was $35 CAN. Yikes. So, I just ordered in from Amazon. Only regret is I won't have it for my trip next week.
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                          Launching Book IT!

                          We've launched a new series at IT Conversations: Book IT!, a series of interviews with authors about their books. The series will ultimately have multiple hosts, but our first host is Jeff Parks, an information architect. His first interview, with Mike Moran is on search engine marketing. I enjoyed it very much. Jeff has a good style. I'm looking for one more host for this series. I can't promise you any renumeration, but you'll get a certain amount of exposure and some free books. We do most of the hard stuff: you need to be able to produce high
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                          Identity Crisis Book Forum

                          Jim Harper will be conducting a book forum on Thursday January 18 at 12pm EST at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. on his excellent book Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood. The event will be streamed if you can't make it to Washington by Thursday. After Jim speaks, there will be comments from, and discussion with, James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Jay Stanley of the ACLU. Jim spoke here in Utah last year and I recorded the talk and placed it on IT Conversations where it continues to attract listeners
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                          Digital Identity and a Pint

                          Stephanie Kesler sent me a link to Isaac Szymanczyk's blog showing a picture of my book. Cheers, Isaac!
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                          Learning CSS

                          A friend of mine is learning CSS. Like me, his standard MO when learning something new is to just look at the source and start playing around until you get it right. Mostly that works for CSS, but I found that there were some subtle points that I didn't just pick up and having a book helped. Here were two I found very useful: The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter) by Dave Shea and Molly E. Holzschlag, based on the CSS Zen Garden, was not necessarily useful for learning CSS (although
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