Mastering Python, 2nd Edition -> Big & Beneficial

Mastering Python, Second Edition by Rick van Hatten aims to help you “write powerful and efficient code using the full range of Python’s capabilities.” It’s a big book, some 680 pages in print form, and well written. And it does indeed delve into Python’s “full range.” Even so, a few reviewers have commented that they … Continue reading Mastering Python, 2nd Edition -> Big & Beneficial

Paying Your Way to ‘Free’ Shipping

#bookreview The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese London, UK: Pluto Press, 2020 ISBN-13: 978-0-7453-4148-4  In an unironic collection of essays spanning globalization, labor movements, gender studies, and economics, Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese have delivered a masterpiece of sociological text on the truth behind the curtain … Continue reading Paying Your Way to ‘Free’ Shipping

The Great Resignation. Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Yes, Americans need to work, and businesses of all sizes now claim they are desperate to hire. So why are we quitting jobs, refusing employment offers we supposedly “can’t refuse,” resisting orders to return to previous workplaces, and generally just mad as hell at those who employ us or beg to hire us? A few … Continue reading The Great Resignation. Why Is Anyone Surprised?

The Ship That Refused to Die

Remembering DD-431 – #bookreview #USNavy #history Maine writer James Sullivan grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, hearing World War II stories from his great-uncle, Frank Gallagher, an Army veteran. One memorable tale included the time Gallagher, a medic, managed to sneak away from his camp and climb aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer anchored off Italy to … Continue reading The Ship That Refused to Die

‘What? Haskell??? Eddie Haskell?’

Actually, no. This is not a post about that snarky kid named Eddie Haskell on the mid-20th-century TV sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.” (But I did watch “the Beave” and “Eddie” back then on a black-and-white television set with a rabbit-ears antenna.) The topic this time is Haskell, the not-so-popular software development language named for … Continue reading ‘What? Haskell??? Eddie Haskell?’

Celebrating a Man of Many Lives

The Many Lives of Andrew Young  Ernie Suggs NewSouth Books, ISBN: 978-1-58838-474-4  U.S. Ambassador Andrew J. Young’s high-profile career in public service is not quickly nor easily summed up. Nonetheless, The Many Lives of Andrew Young, by Atlanta writer Ernie Suggs, has delivered an important, celebratory touchstone while preparations are underway to celebrate Andrew Young’s 90th … Continue reading Celebrating a Man of Many Lives

Going for It–with Go

Mastering Go, 3rd Edition Mihalis Tsoukalous Packt Publishing, 978-180107-931-0 By Si Dunn To be honest, I’m not a great software developer. Actually, I retired from software development and software technical writing back in 2009, when the languages du jour–at least where I worked–were assembler and C, with a smattering of Erlang, and a relational database … Continue reading Going for It–with Go

New from Jimmy Santiago Baca: ‘no enemies’ Celebrates ‘Ordinary’ Lives, Nature, and Those Who Speak Truth to Wealth and Power

NO ENEMIES: POEMS Jimmy Santiago Baca Arte Público Press ISBN: 978-1-55885-927-2 Many people shy away from reading poetry, out of fear they won’t understand the imagery and rhythms squeezed into the verses and phrases. Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poems are both clear and powerful. His new collection, no enemies, takes on most of the key issues … Continue reading New from Jimmy Santiago Baca: ‘no enemies’ Celebrates ‘Ordinary’ Lives, Nature, and Those Who Speak Truth to Wealth and Power

Review Update: ‘Greenlights’ by Matthew McConaughey

Back in October, 2020, I mentioned Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey’s memoir that celebrates his 50 years on Planet Earth, his quests for Hollywood success, his family, and the life lessons he has learned along the way. I wondered then if I would be able to get a review copy and write about it here … Continue reading Review Update: ‘Greenlights’ by Matthew McConaughey

East of Texas, West of Hell

Rod Davis’s New Addition to his ‘Jack Prine’ Private Investigator Series Offers Plenty of Action, Gunplay, and Southern Geography Labels can be attached to this new novel, the second book in Rod Davis’s “Jack Prine” private investigator series. For example, you might call it “Southern noir” or perhaps “grit lit.” Whatever. I call it “good … Continue reading East of Texas, West of Hell