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26th-Jan-2010 12:01 pm(no subject)
Check this out: The Debtor Debt Collectors Hate To Call http://bit.ly/dc4aUF
26th-Jan-2010 08:01 am(no subject)
Check this out: Did the WHO Exaggerate the H1N1 Flu Pandemic's Danger? - TIME http://bit.ly/4TVs9e
25th-Jan-2010 10:16 pm(no subject)
From the GReader twitter: New today: Create a custom feed in Reader to track changes on pages that don't provide feeds. http://bit.ly/6n5MFJ

Sounds like a great way to track page changes for new versions and other infrequent updates.
24th-Jan-2010 08:26 pm(no subject)
Rollin' with the Pantech Matrix Pro for a bit. Dash 3G, TP2, & G1 sittin' in the Windows Mobile-branded device bag (1 great piece of swag)
21st-Jan-2010 10:48 pm(no subject)
Downstairs Neighbors Fighting Again... either that or having a stomping-screaming-slamming contest to which Karey & I were not invited.
20th-Jan-2010 01:26 pm(no subject)
This AutocompleteMe is just horrible... and strangely snicker-inducing http://ping.fm/q9TAm
19th-Jan-2010 12:32 pm(no subject)
Check this out: The Easiest, Cleverest Way to Download Any YouTube Video [Btw] http://bit.ly/73XBps
19th-Jan-2010 10:46 am(no subject)
Scanning the to-do list for things I can knock off before lunch. "Post meaningless status update" strangely absent.
15th-Jan-2010 11:21 pm(no subject)
Cleaning my closet: Could anyone use a Toshiba Satellite L305 in great condition (my Win 7 testing laptop). Send me an offer ;-)
(My Original Blog Post: http://ping.fm/fuG1T)
Title: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Started: 11/30/09
Finished:  1/15/10
More Information:
Jon's Summary: If you ever decide to read a book on Abe Lincoln, you should probably read this one. Why? Well because about halfway through the book I realized that it read more like fiction than history. You really feel connected to historical figures that died over a hundred years ago due to Goodwin's writing style. And even though you know that the book will come to an abrupt stop on April 15, 1865, you still hope things may turn out differently!

Read this book mostly over 3 weeks, as I didn't get much reading in over the holiday. It goes surprisingly fast as you want to know what will happen next. For me, someone who did extremely well in US History, it was a great refresher course for material I hadn't studied in 10 years. It also gives some interesting insight into 19th century relationships, including the lost relationship type known as "intimate platonic male friendship". While I'm fairly close to a few of my male friends, I don't think I would ever write to them about how I "longed to feel their love"!

More than anything else the book underscores the benefits of rational thought over emotional even under pressure. Many times Lincoln could have succumbed to petty emotional decision making regarding subordinates, however he always gave himself time to refocus -- in many cases writing letters he never sent due to his rashness of tone within them.

Great read.
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