2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Forever War

If you like your science fiction techno action with a healthy dose of Vietnam-era nihilistic futility, The Forever War is the book for you. Originally published in 1974, it tells the story of a man, conscripted into a future Earth army, who is sent to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to fight a mysterious alien enemy. Thing is, since More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – What If?

You know that web comic XKCD? It’s funny. And the guy who writes it, one Randall Munroe, is a pretty bright dude. So bright, in fact that people have taken to asking him all kinds of crazy sciency-physics-type questions just so they can hear his answers, which are serious, but only in a cartoon kind of way. Munroe has collected More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Art of Smart Football

Do you lie awake at night wondering what the difference is between the “veer” and the “inverted veer”? Do you try to memorize the details of the Don Coryell pass route tree for no good reason? Do you often find yourself trying to work the term “mesh point” into everyday conversation? Well, friend, I have a book for you! The More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project is the latest book from Michael Lewis, the author of lots and lots of good and very successful books like Moneyball and The Big Short. He’s set a pretty high bar, but it’s safe to say that his latest is not his best effort. The Undoing Project tells the tale of two Israeli psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, their More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Icons of Evolution

Book review number one this year is for Icons of Evolution, by Jonathan Wells. In this surprisingly readable book, the author walks you through several of the examples that are commonly used as proof of Darwinian evolution (the titular “icons of evolution”) and explains how they may not exactly cut the mustard, scientifically speaking. It turns out that biology textbooks More …

Things We Could Do Better in 2017

As a compliment to my “Best of 2016” post, I thought about doing a “Worst of 2016” post. But then I decided that my web server probably doesn’t have enough storage space for a post that enormous. Also, “Worst of” anything is kind of a downer, and who wants that going into the promise of a new year? Instead, I More …