Category: Good Reads

Cooking with Simon Monk – Raspberry Pi Cookbook

It’s been too long since I messed with the Raspberry Pi. It started with Hacktoberfest a few months ago, then we had a baby, and then I got it in my head to write a Chrome extension and… life happened. So I picked up a copy of Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk to jump-start things again. I assumed it’d have “recipes” for some cool projects,...

Book Review: Getting Things Done, Part 1

I always have this feeling that there’s tons of “stuff” to do – some that needs to get done and a lot I want to get done. There’s stuff I meant to do years ago that I still kind of intend to do, maybe, someday. I’ve tried to tame it over the years, to gain some sort of mastery over it all, but in every case my need-to-do’s, want-to-do’s and might-do-someday’s all end up as “amorphous blobs of undoability” (a phrase from GTD).

With all that in mind, I’ve finally started reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, something else I’ve intended to do for some time but never got around to. I just finished part 1, and jotted down some thoughts and quotes that really resonated with me…

Charles Townes, The Laser, and Fostering Curiosity

When I hear about a discovery or invention, it sometimes seems inevitable that the people involved should’ve ended up where they were, doing what they did, as if they were handed the situation or the whole thing were preordained. At the very least, I don’t give much thought to what in their lives led them to that eventual point of discovery. I...

Review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook, by Jeff Martins and Richard Banks

I was recently offered a complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook. This was timely, since I focus primarily on the Microsoft stack and use Visual Studio 2012 daily, and our team at work is considering upgrading soon. Before you read further, note that this book is neither an in-depth guide to Visual Studio for someone who’s never used it...