Monday, September 28, 2009

Stuff I Have Found Interesting Last Week

9 Ways Marketing Weasels Will Try to Manipulate You

People sure are a funny bunch.

Rich, Black, Flunking

Fascinating story about a researcher's conclusions and the negative reaction it caused.

Where The Buffalo Roamed

I find this interesting. For those to lazy to read the farthest you can get from a McDonalds in the contetental US is 107 miles and can be found in South Dakota.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Review of "Traitor to His Class"

Subtitled "The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt" by H.W. Brands.

I long book (over 800 pages) about the president who served the longest (just over 12 years). The book was well written and gave great insight into FDR and how he was a master politician with a view of expansive government control. If you want to know why we have such a large government know all one needs is to read this book. He envisioned government in ways presidents before him never had. He was definitely a master politician and served us well during WWII, but his legacy is felt every paycheck deduction.

I would only recommend this book to people who are serious about history as 800 pages about a single man can be daunting. I had a hard time finishing it. I don't blame the author, but my attention span. I got a little sick of FDR somewhere around page 650.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Stuff I Have Found Interesting Last Week

Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage

This is fascinating. 67 petabytes (that's 1,000 terabytes) for under $8K! A knowledgeable engineer responds - Sun engineer responds to the Backblaze "Petabytes on a budget" design

Things Every Programmer Should Know - Edited Contributions

Lots of little articles that have something important to say.

Economics in One Lesson

A book in HTML form that drills some holes into what you hear on news programs about the economy.