Category Archives: Books

Gratitude (Aug. 30 – Sep. 5)

Helping my wife buy exercise equipment and make space for it. Unpacking and/or removing several boxes left from our move Preparing to donate some of the things we unpacked Drafting an important letter Working with a colleague on a puzzle … Continue reading

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Review of Farewell to the Master

Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates My rating: 3 of 5 stars As with many readers, I read this story because it is the basis of one of my favorite movies, the original The Day The Earth Stood Still. … Continue reading

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Reading Goals for 2017

Some of my friends read dozens of books each year. I will be lucky to reach one dozen.  Last year, I had a long list I wanted to read, and I finished 7 of them. I don’t want my book … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Jan. 11-17)

Getting our environmental chamber moved into the lab The equipment that allows four men to move a 700 lb. box with only their muscles Interview with a potential new graduate student in my lab Lunch with a colleague and friend … Continue reading

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Review of Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department by United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wish I could simply quote the entire report for this review since it is so important to understanding … Continue reading

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Books of 2016: A Review

At the start of 2016, I had a list of 18 books I wanted to read during the year. I added 2 more during the year for a total of 20. Of these, I finished 7. Some of the rest, … Continue reading

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Homemade Marshmallows! (Part 3)

Batch  7 (Apr. 9-10): This was the first batch for which I used the Cooking for Engineers recipe. This is close to twice the size of the previous batches and also calls for the syrup to be heated to 250℉. … Continue reading

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Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first learned of this book through my friend, who also happens to be named Jackie. Since this is a book of poetry, I’m not sure whether listening … Continue reading

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Homemade Marshmallows! (Part 1)

Yes, you can make marshmallows at home! Last year, I found the book Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever in the library. I was surprised to learn that one can make homemade marshmallows. Of course, I had to try. I have discovered that homemade … Continue reading

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Review of The Wounded Sky

Wow. This is an amazing book; it demonstrates the fun and depth that good science fiction writing can achieve. It had profundity, depth, and wonder encapsulated in a Star Trek novel. I finished it in about three days, part of which was … Continue reading

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