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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

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 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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To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert

To Preserve: Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: #3 and of the three books this was the weakest. I kept asking myself why I was reading this series. I doubt Isaac Asimov would recognize Susan Calvin, I know I didn’t. In order … Continue reading

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Last Mile by David Baldacci

Last Mile: Amos Decker #2 Amos Decker has a perfect memory, resulting from a sports injury; now he never forgets anything. As Decker investigates this crime, he remembers every seemingly insignificant fact. The FBI uses Decker to help investigate unsolved … Continue reading

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The Song Machine by John Seabrook

The Song Machine : Inside The Hit Factory I love music, especially from the 1965-1995 era; mostly Rock but also R&B and Pop. So what happened to Popular music in the last 20+ years. This book explains it all.. the … Continue reading

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Nix is Hill’s first book, but he’s been writing for some time and it shows. The book is engrossing but with lots of weird tangents that slowly weave themselves into a single theme. There are times the novel seems … Continue reading

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Pitching My Way Through World War II by Joy & Rosanne Bliss

Pitching My Way Through World War II: Letters Home To North Dakota; co-written with G. L. Dybwad. Private First Class Vernon E. Ellingson was just a Midwest boy who was drafted into WWII. Growing up in Grand Forks, ND his … Continue reading

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