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The Revenge of Analog

Posted on 12/06/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

The Revenge of Analog book cover

In The Revenge of Analog author David Sax surveys a variety of businesses that were supposed to be dead by now.

  • Vinyl records? Sales are growing. They aren’t going to become a major force in music distribution, but it’s a significant niche with real businesses creating real jobs …

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Chesapeake Requiem

Posted on 11/26/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

Chesapeake Requiem book cover

Chesapeake Requiem is a portrait of the insular community that has lived on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay for 200+ years. If you live in the eastern third of the US and have ever enjoyed a soft-shell crab you can thank the Watermen of Tangier for that crab.

Written …

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The Nickel Boys

Posted on 11/16/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

The Nickel Boys book cover

Colson Whitehead's previous book, 2016's Underground Railroad, won a Pulitzer. The Nickel Boys might be a better book. The story follows Elwood, an African-American teenager in early 60s Tallahassee FL that dreams of going to college and living a life Dr. Martin Luther King would be proud of. That plan …

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Some thoughts on 1619

Posted on 11/03/2019 in misc • Tagged with History

I finished up the 1619 podcast yesterday, which is a companion to the 1619 feature from the NYT. I can't recommend this podcast series enough. It's only 5 podcasts, about 30 minutes each. A couple of things I learned, or in some cases maybe had reinforced.

  1. At it's peak, slaves …

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Dobie Mountain Hike

Posted on 11/03/2019 in misc • Tagged with Hikes, Virginia

With a forecast of 59 F and blue skies on Saturday there was no way I was sitting around the house all day. It was a crisp 35 F when I started on the trail at 10:15 AM.

Selfie on Appalachian Trail

Overlook to the east about a mile into the hike. There …

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AirFaceLyft All Suck - A Rant

Posted on 11/01/2019 in misc • Tagged with Technology

It's been a while since I posted a 2006 blog style rant. It's probably full of 2006 blog style typos too. Enjoy.

Facebook: Do I even need to go here?

Google: Dropped the “Do No Evil” schtick years ago.

Apple: Uses Chinese prison labor to make $1000 status symbols

AirBnB …

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