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Saturday, November 23, 2002


You Are a Suspect
By William Safire

Is this what we can expect from the Homeland Denfense Bill? Are we all now suspects? What does this do to the psyche of your average citizen?

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Career Column

Career-Op: Playing Well With Others
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine
With more and more companies reducing high-tech staff, the use of consultants continues to grow. This has led to an interesting, if somewhat disconcerting, reality where you must work closely with other high-tech consultants, almost as if you were all employees of the company. Unfortunately, this can lead to situations where you might find yourself stepping on each other's toes, with few methods of resolving conflicts when they arise.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

What I'm Reading

Yet another week of eclectic books. Now, mind, you, I do not finish all these books in one week. I am a serial reader...one chapter here, another chapter there and repeat. It may take me 3-4 weeks to finish a book if it is dense, or a day, if it draws me through it.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

[Audio Book]

I had been meaning to read this book for a long time when some other book or magazine reminded me. A quick trip to the library and I started it tonight. This one has a definite chance of being a quick read. The first chapter has pulled me in already.

Dirt Under My Nails: An American Farmer and her changing land

I am always attracted to books about farmers, farms and life on the land. I lived the live while growing up and harbor a sentimental longing for it. As with many modern books about farming, though, this one has an undercurrent about the possible loss of the farms and farmland throughout the country and the world.

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Life Decisions

Don't we all want to make better decisions in our lives. I shall see if this book is any help.

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and....

This book is sure to cure you of any belief that you are addicted to books. The people profiled here are obsessed and down-right criminal in their love, or lust, for books.

Ultimate Lego Book

As my son grows older we get into Lego more and more. This book addresses all things Lego, including the history of the company, the development of the products and the theme parks.

Lego Crazy Action Contraptions: A Lego...

This book, which comes with a small selection of special Lego parts, is a great way to move beyond simple square structures and into the realm of working devices. We have already built the rubberband-powered car, the candy dispenser and the tightwalk-walking vehicle. Even better, there are even more projects to build. Highly Recommended.

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food

This is more than a collection of recipes, like Nigella Lawson's first book. This is a collection of methods, tools, ideas, hints and recipes.

Handmade Prints

I have always been intrigued with artistic printmaking and this book is an excellent resource. It covers everything from using rubber erasers and potatoes up to wood cuts, lino cuts and more. IF you are similarly inclinde, this book can have you up and working in your studio (wherever and whatever it might be) in moments.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, one conversation at a time

[CD] [Audio Tape]

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants,...

This book is the reason you can look to the left and see which web sites have linked to my site recently. A unique discussion of how intelligence "emerges" spontaneously.

Sunday, November 17, 2002


Ok, this just sounds cool. A whole exhibit dedicated to showing kids (and adults) some of the "secrets" behind art. I am adding this my calendar. Perhaps we can set a group date to visit. -- Douglas

From the web site...

LACMA announces unprecedented collaboration with major Los Angeles Art schools

Students And Faculty Artists Create Unique Installations For Visitors Of All Ages At LACMA

MAKING Opens November 24, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- An unprecedented collaboration between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and five major art schools in Los Angeles has produced the next LACMALab exhibition in LACMA's Boone Children's Gallery. Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA have assembled teams of students and faculty artists and designers to create participatory installations that investigate the process of making art. A team of students and faculty from the University of Southern California Museum Studies Program will provide a unique analysis of the "making" of MAKING, which will be presented to the public throughout the exhibition. Internationally noted Los Angeles architecture firm Frederick Fisher and Partners has designed the overall space. Presented free to the public, MAKING will be on view November 24, 2002, through September 1, 2003.