I traveled 16 nations in 2018

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The Innovators by Walter Isaacson (2014)

Yet another great Isaacson book. I recommend it to one and all.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Isaacson begins the adventure with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s.

He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

One of his key themes is that innovation comes from collaboration, not just the few great names we know.

He tries to provide background on how people like Turing made their breakthroughs.

It’s dense. I might just read it again in order to better follow the flow of technology.

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

I’m not sure I can recommend this 2010 novel.

It’s well written, but something is odd. It doesn’t reflect any kind of Steve Martin humour.

The book by follows the New York art world climb of Lacey Yeager, a beautiful and dislikable young woman.

Too ambitious. Too much an opportunist.

The only reason to read this book would be to learn about the NY art scene.

NY Times review 

Justified – season 1

Love it.

A Western set in modern times.

It reminds me a bit of Firefly.

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The series … based on Elmore Leonard‘s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and his short story “Fire in the Hole”.

Its main character is Raylan Givens, a deputy U.S. Marshal. Timothy Olyphant portrays Givens, a tough federal lawman, enforcing his own brand of justice in his Kentucky hometown. … 

TV Guide critic Matt Roush:

“The show is grounded in Olyphant’s low-key but high-impact star-making performance, the work of a confident and cunning leading man who’s always good company …”

The rest of the cast is consistently good too.

It’s 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s set in rural Kentucky and takes every opportunity to make fun of white, trailer trash rednecks.

All that said, I’m quitting now. Too much glorification of gun violence.

cordless vacuum cleaner for Christmas

I gave my parents a  Makita 18V LXT Vacuum Cleaner.

It works well for small, fast clean-ups.

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You need clean it frequently.

3 Ah is the best battery.

If you don’t already have a Makita battery or charger, the whole set-up will cost about C$200.

Thanks Markos and Keith for the idea.

my visit to Morocco’s BLUE TOWN

If you’ve been to Chefchaouen, Morocco you’ve never forgotten the experience.

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… noted for its buildings in shades of blue. Chefchaouen is situated just inland from Tangier …

The beauty of Chefchaouen’s mountainous surroundings are enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina (old town). …

I did go hiking up into the hills above town, surprised to be wandering past huge marijuana fields.

I got caught by nightfall on the way down. Herders had to direct me in the dark to find the trail.

More of my photos.