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Book Reviews: A Glenn Curtiss Hat Trick

August 18th, 2017 No comments

The Curtiss Aviation Book on Amazon.com

Like Orville Wright’s book on aviation, this is flying history directly from one of the guys who made it happen.  Very readable and understandable, even though it was written in 1912, less than 10 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, it also presents a prescient view of where the new technology was headed. A must read for any airplane nut like me. (4 of 5 Stars)

Hero of the Air on Amazon

While the Wright Brothers certainly deserve the laurels for being “first in flight,” Glenn Curtiss was one of the real movers and shakers behind taking aviation from an invention to an industry — and all the while fighting the Wright Brother’s war on him over their patents.  A comprehensive and even-handed biography of a sometimes over-looked American pioneer.  (4 of 5 Stars)

Glenn H. Curtiss, Aviation Pioneer on Amazon

After reading a biography of Curtiss, as well as his own thoughts on aviation, seeing his life and his works captured extensively in photographs was the Pièce de résistance.  One of the perks with studying modern history. (5 of 5 Stars)

 

 

 

When Rebels Become Oppressors

August 15th, 2017 No comments

“Terror is nothing else than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible.”
Maximilien de Robespierre

“Political power grows out of the barrel of the gun…”
Mao Zedong

When does the “information grid” become a utility like the power grid?

If Google, GoDaddy, Twitter and Facebook were in charge of electricity instead of speech, they would be turning off power to your home and/or business if they don’t like your views, beliefs, associations, history or maybe even your President.  No one would tolerate the resulting chaos.

Regrettably, it seems almost inevitable that Silicon Valley’s information racketeering is going to lead to some kind of government regulation. They would do well to remember that censors, like shoes, come in both left and right.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Book Review: Snatched

July 14th, 2017 No comments

A good mystery with plenty of twists, off-beat characters and a comic undertone. It felt, at times, like watching a classic Three Stooges hallway scene with Larry, Moe and Curly popping in and out of doors. More Janet Evanovich than Coen Brothers, but still a fun read. (4 of 5 Stars)

Snatched on Amazon.com

 

 

Categories: What I've Read

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

June 23rd, 2017 No comments

I cracked open The Sun Also Rises again on a whim, after listening to a podcast about the story behind Hemingway’s writing of the classic. I kinda wish I hadn’t. If this band of un-merry drinkers were Millennials instead of the “Lost Generation,” I’d no doubt find their Facebook pages insufferable. Some stones are meant to be unturned and some old favorites not to be reread. (2 of 5 Stars)

The Sun Also Rises on Amazon.com

 

 

Categories: What I've Read

Book Review: Jesse Garon

June 16th, 2017 No comments

Great premise for a mystery — searching for Elvis’s twin brother, instead of The King. (Spoiler alert: no 7-Elevens in Kalamazoo, Michigan figure in this story.) I liked the main character, Phil Allman, but, frankly, “Cinderella Story” endings ain’t really a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich for me, but, hey, I’m not a fascist or an antifa. Since there are no half stars, I rounded up.  (4 of 5 Stars)

Jesse Garon on Amazon.com

 

 

Categories: What I've Read
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