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I just finished Brad Matson’s Titanic’s Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler). This well-researched book is about a theory that explains the rapidity of the sinking of the Titanic. The book goes into great detail of the construction of the Titanic and her sister ships the Olympic and […]

I’m a huge fan of National Public Radio and our local affiliate, Nevada Public Radio (KNPR). I really like their in-depth reporting of news in which stories are often lengthy and go into great detail. I find their news reporting to be generally quite balanced and neutral. NPR’s main morning and evening news programs give […]

Over the holiday weekend, I read an excellent book by Mary Roach called Bonk — The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. This very entertaining and often hilarious book explores the physiology of sex and the people daring enough to research sex. It turns out, sex researchers are generally not perverts. The author’s willingness to […]

Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died today at age 69. Like many geeky boys, I was a huge fan of the game during grade school and junior high school. I didn’t play a lot but I owned most of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons books published in the 1980s and constantly read […]

Rob, Karin, and Aiden came over for some swimming this afternoon and Karin showed up already about halfway through the new Harry Potter book. They had ordered it from Amazon but last night Rob went out to the new Wal-Mart in Pahrump and waited about 45 minutes in line to get a copy. Their Amazon […]

Hot Wife and I managed to take in a movie this weekend and we both really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Of course, we have the final book on order and we are both looking forward to how the series ends. I started the series in 2003 and found this article […]

John Tierney wrote an excellent article in the New York Times about the centennial of the birth of famed environmental writer Rachel Carlson. Carlson’s Silent Spring, written in 1962, grossly over estimated the dangers of DDT. Tierney argues that the legacy of the book is that millions of people are afraid of minute doses of […]

Back in the 1990s, I voraciously read Tom Clancy’s political thrillers. I enjoyed Clancy’s technical details on military activities and espionage. I also read similar authors such as Dale Brown and and Stephen Coontz. However, after reading Rainbow Six in which the enemy was a group of “radical environmentalists” I realized that Clancy’s strong political […]

Two major characters will die in the upcoming Harry Potter book. Who will they be? Place your bets and check the odds.