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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

HTML5 Graphing And Data Visualization Cookbook by Ben Fhala

HTML5 Graphing And Data Visualization Cookbook I don’t have any projects requiring graphing active web pages, and don’t foresee any future projects, but the topic is interesting to me, so I got this free book from the publisher and read … Continue reading

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After Nature by W.G. Sebald

After Nature is a collection of three long poems, about three men: Matthias Grunewald (German Renaissance painter), Georg Steller, (scientist and Arctic explorer) and W.G. Sebald (the author). I read the book twice in a row. Not because the book … Continue reading

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But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past Klosterman asks the question, what will our present look like in the future. Namely what science, literature, music, TV, sports, etc. will standout. Is it … Continue reading

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The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell

The Tunnels: Escapes Under The Berlin Wall And The Historic Films The JFK White House Tried To Kill An interesting look at a small piece of the Cold War. One thing I didn’t know: Kennedy was in favor of the … Continue reading

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The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide To The World’s Most Consequential Trivia is a pretty cool book. It would make a good gift. A classic table-top-book. One you can pick up and pick a random page. It’s visually appealing and … Continue reading

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The Revolt Against The Masses by Fred Siegel

The Revolt Against The Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined The Middle Class A short history of the Democratic Party in the 20th and now 21st Century. How it was taken over my Progressives and Marxists, and the literary underpinnings of … Continue reading

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The Hatred Of Poetry by Ben Lerner

The theme of The Hatred of Poetry is: poetry inevitably disappoints by not living up to the writer’s and/or the reader’s expectation of Poetry’s ideal. This rings true with me. More so as a reader. We can’t read the writer’s … Continue reading

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