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No more ‘Chinese friends’

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

The news today is that Amazon are banning ‘incentivised reviews’. What that means is that you can’t accept anything in return for reviewing a product, not even a free or discounted product. It has always been the case that you can’t accept payment in return for writing a review, and especially not for writing a […]

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A Man Called Ove

May 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life

I recently read a book with the slightly underwhelming title of A Man Called Ove by a new author, Fredrick Backman which is by a long way the best book I have read so far this year, and with hindsight the title is exactly right. It is out in hardback (and probably e-book format) in […]

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Alice in Zombieland

August 20th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Another book I finished this month: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. It is due to be published in October. I leapt in and started reading this just on the strength of the title, being a bit of a zombie fan, so I didn’t notice that this is a book aimed at the teen market […]

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Soccernomics

August 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Yet another recently finished book – it has been a good month for reading. This one is Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. Here is what I wrote about it:

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Thihnking Fast and Slow

August 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Another book I recently finished is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It is another one of those books that occupies the intersection of psychology and economics, so if you liked Nudge, Freakonomics, The Wisdom of Crowds, Predictably Irrational, The Black Swan or any of the other many similar books you will probably love […]

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The Prankster

August 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

This week I finished reading The Prankster by James Polster. It was an advance proof copy, but the book is on sale now – I read it all in a day but had to wait until I finished a couple of much more substantial books before I could start it. The most notable thing about […]

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Apocalypse Cow

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

I just finished reading Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. It was another advance proof copy (and we all now how much I love reading advance proof copies) from Amazon’s Vine programme. For a change this is one I probably would have bought if I had seen it on sale: how could I resist such a […]

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The Righteous Mind

May 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Life, Politics

I recently finished reading a book by Jonathan Haidt called The Righteous Mind -Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion and thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was uncomfortable reading at times as it challenged and chipped away at some of my core beliefs. It has the potential to be a life-changing book. […]

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Briefs Encountered

March 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Another book I read this month is Briefs Encountered by Julian Clary, also from Amazon’s Vine programme. Yes he is as camp as the Millets website but he writes very readable book. I thought that Devil in Disguise was good, but this is even better. Let’s hope he continues dipping his pen into the inkwell […]

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The Technologists

March 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

I recently finished reading The Technologists by Matthew Pearl, another book from Amazon’s Vine programme. It is a hefty 480-page hardback, but thankfully it is a good old-fashioned ripping yarn and reading it was more a pleasure than a struggle. Here is what I wrote about it.

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