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Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Yuval Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind was known to me for a while as a book of interest, but I hadn’t given it a serious look. I generally avoid the droning, long and tedious history books in favor for more recent and topical themes. After finishing The Disaster Artist, I was looking for my next read, and Sapiens was staring me face to face at an airport bookstore. Now that I’ve finished, I’ll offer some of my thoughts.

Solitary Boat in Portrush

Solitary Boat in Portrush

I found this boat in Portrush, Northern Ireland. At a population of 6,454 (2011), this small town hosts university students or tourists, depending on the season. I met with a few fishermen who decided to forgo the boats and cast straight off the coast for mackerel to little success (at the time). 

Havana Cabling

Havana Cabling

Cuba is so incredibly diverse when you look at it from outside, but even inside there are stories to be told. I ducked into one of the buildings as I walked by to take a look and I found this wonderful layered spaghetti of cables. Perhaps more interesting is how aged and weathered everything looks.  

Icelandic Turf House

Icelandic Turf House

In Iceland, these innovative houses were constructed because of the climate and lack of resources. The innovative style of building is better insulated from the elements. I had known about these types of building, but came accross so few of them on my trip, until I saw this one. For inquiries about printing this or any of my photographs, please email photos@cwl.cc.

Short Book Review: The Disaster Artist

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So, what is it? It’s a book about a friendship that spans 15 years between two unlikely people (one of them the author). I too had a friendship that very closely parallels this story. Amazing how us humans have these constant repeating patterns. The subject of the story is Tommy Wiseau, who would go on to create perhaps the worst movie ever to be recorded in The Room. I haven’t seen the movie and I know it sucks.

Petal Archway

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This is one of the many beautifully manicured parks in the Azores. These small areas appear to be what families visit when taking breaks (evidenced by the BBQs), but also parks that are lovingly taken care of all year long. These parks can be found all over the coastal highway.

Azores Coastline View

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Wow, It’s been a while since I’ve posted a photograph. Too long. So let me fix that. Here’s one from my short trip in January to the beautiful islands of Azores. While here, I rented a car; and damn wasn’t that the best possible move. The island has lots of hills and mountainous areas that give you just insane views of the rocky coastline below.

The incredible story of a spurned IT consultant

Unhappy IT Worker

The unusual story of Jim Kubicek, an IT consultant and business owner in Cumming, Georgia captured my attention recently. Due to a disagreement with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce having unpaid bills, Jim’s company KIT cut off its services. What followed was the local Sheriff charging Jim with “theft by extortion”, “computer theft”, and “computer trespass”. All of these felonies could conceivably see Jim spending 45 years in jail. Incredibly, this is a small town with a population of 5,613, so I’d expect people like Jim are known to a large number of people in his local area. This is becoming a far-too-common cautionary tale we can learn from.

The Formula, Paper Reading, and Arrival

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While reading The Formula, by Luke Dormhel, a treatise on the many ways computer (and other scientists) have attempted to quantify and algorithmically understand the world, I was struck by this idea of our past present and future. What kind of future are we looking at when humans are replaced by robots and even laws are being handled by artificial intelligence? The answer is, I don’t know, but it got me thinking.

One Year of Newsletters: Lessons Learned

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Last year I had an idea: Create a really, really high quality newsletter. Reading technology related news is a daily and rigorous ritual for me, so why not take that effort and synthesize it into a curated list of “What to Read“? Many others are doing this, of course, but I felt the value for readers was to get it from your trusted technical advisor (I manage technology for a number of small and medium sized businesses). For many years this voracious appetite for news and information was only for myself, but I knew it was time to change that. Time to share this with the world.