Monthly Archives: July 2016

Book review: Nova’s Fire Wars

I got  Nova’s “Fire Wars” video as part of my study of fire science.  It is a great complement to the many books and magazine article.  To actually see the flames and the firefighters at work, and hearing them speak … Continue reading

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Book review: Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Hardcover – June 28, 2016 by Antonio Garcia Martinez   The author describes himself as a disenchanted idealist who turned cynical. I suggest that it takes a smart person to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire

Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire September 1, 1992 by Norman Maclean  This is a multidimensional story.  It is the story of the sixteen-man crew that in 1949 fought a wildfire at Mann Gulch, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Investing in Nature: Case Studies of Land Conservation in Collaboration with Business

Investing in Nature: Case Studies of Land Conservation in Collaboration with Business Dec 22, 2005 by William Ginn “Investing in Nature” was published in 2005, i.e. more than ten years ago. It is useful to remember that, since some of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy Apr 19, 2016 by Robert H. Frank Read enough of these sorts of books and the ideas start to mash together.   In fact, they often use some of the same … Continue reading

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Nature at Manassas

More from Manassas – Civil War battlefields are almost always located on places with interesting ecology. Makes sense. They are places that were farms, fields or forests in the 1860s and they still are today. We know more of the … Continue reading

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Manassas

I was supposed to pick up Alex in Woodstock at 630, which would have meant leaving home into rush hour traffic, so I got out a little early and stopped off at Manassas battlefield on the way. The Yankees tended … Continue reading

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Alex back from Qatar

Alex is back from his deployment in Qatar and I went to pick him up in Woodstock. It was not a very big event, but it very moving to see all the families waiting for their soldier to come home. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

Markets everywhere, July 17, 2016 By John Matel This review is from: Who Gets What _ and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design (Paperback) Everybody who thinks about it clearly knows that markets are the best way … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Landscape Painted by Fire

A delightful book, fun to read, but also lots of really good information about longleaf pine ecosystems. By John Matel on July 10, 2016 Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase The longleaf pine ecosystem may be the most diverse in North America … Continue reading

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