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About craigmaas

I do a little web design work and support a couple web sites and blogs. My primary focus is lighting and energy consulting where I use a number of computer tools to help my customer find ways of saving money and improving their work environment. See my web site for more information: www.effectiveconcepts.net

Brilliant by Jane Brox

We take lighting for granted. By the time you finish Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light you won’t. The book starts in a cave where we meet our ancestors, huddled over a flame. We learn what it took to keep … Continue reading

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Under The Big Black Sun by Tom DeSavia

There was only one good punk back from L.A. in 1980 and that was ‘X’. Unfortunately, this book is not about them. It’s not about any band. Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk is about … Continue reading

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Lisa And Lottie by Erich Kastner

One of the first movies I remember seeing was “The Parent Trap” (Disney 1961). It must have made a strong impression because I still enjoy it to this day. I was watched it last year and noticed something, it was … Continue reading

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The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters The book is called The Frackers for a reason. It’s not about the science of Fracking, it’s not about the politics, it’s not about energy policy or environmental policy, … Continue reading

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Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13; co-written by Jeffrey Kruger. This book was re-released as “Apollo 13” in 1995 as a tie-in to the movie. By the time Jim Lovell retired from NASA he had more time in … Continue reading

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Impossible Things by Connie Willis

Impossible Things: 11 Science Fiction Short Stories A quirky and lighthearted collection of short stories from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (1986-1992). I’ve always enjoyed Willis’ writing and it was fun to reread these stories in one collection. Her stories … Continue reading

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Endurance by Scott Kelly

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery has alternating chapters on Kelly’s path to NASA and Kelly’s time on the International Space Station. The writing was good and I found the book very interesting. Kelly grew up distracted … Continue reading

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