Firemen on the jobWhen I was growing up, my Dad was the chief of our local volunteer fire department. In 1st grade, we made a visit to the fire department, and then as grade school classes do, followed up with hand-written thank you notes. My folks saved the collection that my class donated, and recently gifted them to me. I took a little time this weekend and scanned the whole works.

Sadly, I must admit, my handwriting has possibly gotten worse since 1st grade.

The files are about 22MB each, so they’ll take a little while to download.

Notes from Miss Rudolph’s class (mine)

Notes from Mrs. Zmina’s class

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Review: The Circle

November 18, 2013

The Circle
The Circle by Dave Eggers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is really a great and timely book. I think it demonstrates the best of fiction, science fiction especially, in that it posits a believable scenario that asks us to think about the world we live in from a different viewpoint. While we see millions of people adopting social media tools fairly rapidly, I think very few average users give much thought to what happens when a great amount of data is aggregated. It may not mean much to post a photo of myself at the beach, but cross-referenced with my home address and purchasing habits, it can provide interesting data for a burglar.

The Circle takes this to the semi-obvious extreme of a world where a company (ahem, not Google and not Facebook) has assembled all this data and added real-time access. Some have criticized the book for being too simplistic, for setting up straw-man arguments, and I would agree that this is somewhat true. However, I would say that keeps the book accessible to those just looking for a good read, while the issues opened are of incredible depth for those who wish to plumb further.

Definitely a recommended read, especially if you’re a social media user!



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Links for 11/07/2013

November 6, 2013

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November 5, 2013

Diagrams Working on a PowerPoint? Now you can buy diagrams and art from the folks who created Al Gore’s Incovenient Truth presentation. tags: powerpoint blog Autodesk 123D – Free 3D Modeling Software, 3D Models, DIY Projects, Personal Fabrication Tools Free 3D modeling and design software. The ultra-cool part of this is that once you have […]

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Review: All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

September 23, 2013

All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a phenomenal telling of the story of the financial crisis. It’s not a short read, but as the authors point out, it wasn’t a simple crisis. There are a lot of players […]

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Farewell to a Friend

September 8, 2013

The Belmont High class of ’86 lost its first classmate this week, one of our best. Curt Novinski was visiting friends over Labor Day weekend when he began to feel ill. A visit to the hospital led to emergency brain surgery for a brain bleed, and he never recovered from surgery. As is the case […]

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

August 4, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another great read from one of my favorite authors. It’s been several years since Neil Gaiman has written an adult novel. This one, clearly prompted by a trip home for his own father’s funeral, is the story of […]

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Review: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

July 2, 2013

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a must-read for, well, everyone. Brown has done some incredibly thorough research to help us all understand some very difficult issues – shame and vulnerability. Tough […]

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Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert

February 14, 2013

Prairie Silence: A Memoir by Melanie Hoffert My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really loved this book! Author Melanie Hoffert grew up in a small town in North Dakota. She realized at an early age that she was gay, but kept this fact hidden from her family and community for many years. Like so […]

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Buh-bye Instagram!

December 20, 2012

I just exported all my Instagram photos and deleted my account. I urge you to do the same. You can use http://web2.instaport.me/ to export your pics. Facebook has shown repeatedly that they will keep pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior to attempt to secure a profit. Instagram (now owned by FB) thankfully backed off their […]

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