Category: Reviews

YA Book Review: Air


AIR, by Ryan Gattis, is one of the best books I’ve read all year. Grey is a guy who loves to get air – to ride his bicycle as fast as possible before taking off of a ramp or other stable structure and doing flips or other risky stunts. He doesn’t do this to be […]


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It’s only been a short time, but I am already loving this VerioSync monitor and Reveal app. There is no getting away from the fact that I’m not doing what I need to. Why? Because the app has the key data right there, in color, on the screen of my phone. For me, it’s perfect because […]

Quantum What?

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My mission as a science writer is to make the complex simple. It frustrates me when I encounter well-educated people who insist there is no simple way to explain x, y, or z. Having written an entire book about applied fluid dynamics for laypeople, I also frankly find this hard to believe. SO – one ongoing project of […]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil #1

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I’ve just finished listening to “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of OliveOil” by Tom Mueller. Mueller lives in Italy and writes for The New Yorker, among others. His book is an exhaustive tome on the history, virtues, and adulteration of olive oil. I’ve been interested in this topic for about three years. Ever since […]

Peterson Field Guide App

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> There’s a Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds app from Wildtonesthat’s compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. There are over 180 birds – far more types than we get in our yard – so chances are excellent you’ll be able to identify the feathered creatures passing their time in your […]

INTERVIEW: David Williams – Stories in Stone

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Hey!  Here’s my interview with David Williams, author of Stories in Stone.  It’s a fantastic book – full of interesting stories about the stone used in the cities of the US.  For the techno-geek, there are plenty of details about the technology used to acquire and transport the stone.  In keeping with my interests in […]

Stories in Stone Blog Tour!

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I recently read an excellent book – Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology by David B. Williams.  In his book, Williams takes an in-depth, historical look at stone and stone-faced buildings in cities around the US.  Given that I’ve been searching out fossils in stone buildings with my kids for years, this book was […]

What Does It Mean To Be Lucky?

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I’ve never been a believer in luck – good, bad, or otherwise – so it came as a surprise to me when a woman who had just played a card game with my then three-year-old asked if he was a lucky child. I didn’t have an answer so she went on to explain he’d lost […]


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Have you checked out UniGalactic yet? The premier issue of this space travel-related brainchild of Konstantin Zuyev will be published on May 29 and include work by yours truly. The magazine promises to deliver the latest in space travel, tourism, and exploration news and research to its subscribers via the web and in print. It […]

Is Luck Really All About Luck?

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I’ve been reading a very interesting book about luck.   Yes.  Luck.  The Luck Factor is written by Dr. Richard Wiseman, a man who, by luck, was misdirected in the library as a kid.  When he found himself in the magic section, he glanced through some books and as a result followed a winding path […]


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When I picture something portable, I picture something I can easily carry. Maybe even something I can clip to my belt or dangle from a lanyard around my neck. I think that’s why I have trouble with the concept of iPod-as-portable. How portable can it be if it requires an add-on for every function and […]