O’Reilly, the publisher of excellent tech guides and MAKE magazine, has just put out their latest guide: Cooking for Geeks Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. It’s now on my wishlist.
I had the good pleasure of being invited by the Provost of the University to a Tea, honoring Jan & Dan Longone and celebrating their donation of material to the culinary archive at the Clements. The archive is now called the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, or JBLCA as Jan refers to it. It really [...]
I’m reading Peak by Chip Conley and came across the following quote that I’m moved to post, not because it is inspiring, though the book is, but because it’s gross. And that’s fun! He came from the University of Georgia seven years ago because he believed Genentech could help him answer a burning question: What [...]
An interesting update from the Google blog about their Google Book Search program. They’ve settled a law suit with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers (AAP) and are moving forward on their plan to scan a vast number of books. Access to the books comes in a couple of different, confusing flavors but [...]
Tom Root lent me an uncopyedited not-for-sale manuscript of Daniel Suarez’s (aka Leinard Zeraus) Daemon. Techno thrillers are generally disappointing. Anyone who has seen Swordfish or Antitrust will understand. And by the second page of Daemon, I was already cringing on my couch. The writing is oh so painfully self-conscious. He uses brand names to [...]
Eli over at the aadl uncovered this gem of a recipe from the Ann Arbor Cookbook, 1904: ”The following is all I know about cooking squirrels. First catch your squirrel. Skin him, etc. Parboil in a little water in a kettle, add salt, pepper, and enough butter to fry it brown. Then eat. If the animal [...]
Ran across this on Cool Tools yesterday – a free, downloadable PDF Physics manual written with skill and humor. And at 1500 pages, thorough. How do objects and images move? How can animals move? What is motion? How does a rainbow form? Is levitation possible? Do time machines exist? What does ‘quantum’ mean? What is [...]
We’ve had some issues agreeing on our next book to read so today in our weekly meeting we set some rules to guide us on choosing the next books. topic should be related to our work ideally <500 pages should not need a dictionary on hand to read the book 1 book per quarter should [...]
Russell Simmons, known as a hip-hop media mogul, has written a book, “Do You!”, that focuses on Laws that he has discovered in his life that “access the power in you to achieve happiness and success.” We’re talking one of those books that goes through and illustrates basic laws of the universe with personal stories [...]
As readers will know from past posts, the IT team took a trip to NYC a few months ago and were fortunate to be able to dine at Union Square Cafe, one of the restaurants started by Danny Meyer. It was a wonderful experience. I have just finished reading his book, Setting the Table, and [...]
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