I’m a big fan of David Weber’s work, both his series (Honor Harrington, Empire of Man) and his standalone stories. I also really enjoy his Safehold books, about a human colony struggling to recover after being set up in scientific and technological stasis by its founders. They wanted to ensure
Today I went to a 150th anniversary celebration for the local Masonic lodge. While San Carlos, where the lodge resides, hasn’t been around that long, the lodge itself traces back to one which was founded in San Mateo in 1863, moved to Redwood City sometime around the early 1900s and
Mysteries told from the perspective of a detective’s dog. Sounds weird, but it not only works, the stories are fun to read. That’s the Chet and Bernie series, authored by Spencer Quinn. Quinn has a knack for getting inside the head of Chet, the canine component of the detective team.
We saw The King’s Speech last night, and boy was it a wonderful movie! I didn’t know that George VI had a lifelong stuttering problem, which he fought to overcome when he unexpectedly became king. The screenplay was excellent and the performances were marvelous, Colin Firth’s in particular. There’s a
I just finished a good book, “Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View”, by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If you’re curious about the way the Supreme Court fits within the overall framework of a functioning democracy, and would like insight into the approaches justices use to decide cases, it’s
Years ago I had the pleasure of working with a wonderfully good-humored, droll, witty Brit geologist named Michael Welland. He ran the strategic planning group of Atlantic Richfield’s international division while I was in charge of the financial planning and budgeting team. We came from very different backgrounds, but hit