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Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir

  A standard joke going around is that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to be a rocket scientist these days. Judging from this fascinating book on the troubles aboard Mir that is true. The Russians and Americans both come across as confused. The Americans don't know why they are on Mir and the Russians are keeping it going for pride and jobs. A fascinating study of the psychology of old bureaucracies who's glory days are well behind them.

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Clark County Public Library

The Clark County Nevada Public Library offers a free book hold system. The entire catalog for all the library branches is on line. When I read a review of a new book I search the catalog and put it on hold. It is brought to my local branch at no charge. A very good deal.

New York City Subway

Photo5 7-11-98 2_21 PMOK, people are going to think I'm nuts but I like the New York City Subway. They have done a lot of work to clean it up and they reciently introduced an unlimited weekly pass for only $17. Considering that the pass works in the subway and on the buses, it is probably the best public transit deal in the U.S. I've taken the subway around New York and found it fast and reliable. Sure there is always the chance of crime but as more and more normal people ride the subway the less likely that criminals will feel safe to commit crimes.



The Truman Show

I liked the Truman Show very much. It is the story of Genesis. In the end, Truman rejects paradise and chooses knowledge. I think Laura Linney was particularly good as the stressed out actress playing Truman's wife.



rentOf the Broadway musicals I've seen I liked two best, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Rent. Only Rent is still playing. I stood in line for the few $20 seats they sell at the theatre every day. When I arrived at the line the others said I was too late, the line was already too long for the number of tickets available. I am a gambler and decided to bet a little time versus a cheap ticket. When the person in front of me, a local addict, wandered off in search of her favorite chemical I was in. The ladies behind me had a hard choice as they could only get one ticket for the five of them.

The show is about artistic AIDS infected losers from Alphabet City in the East Village. After seeing Rent I wanted to cash in an live "La Vie Bohem" but that would mean leaving the middle class work hard all your life in an office and then die track I have gotten so good at.


Too Much is Never Enough
Morris Lapidus

enoughI liked this autobiography by the architect of the Eden Roc Hotel. He admits his career is a combination of talent and taking full advantage of lucky breaks that came his way.

He also admits, in a hilarious passage, how he went nuts during a discussion over fees with a client and had to be restrained. I bet a lot of architects wish they could take a wack at a client.


The agents of the Secret Police have discovered the Emperor's current list of favorite motion pictures, books and  musical recordings. To thwart potential blackmail schemes based on this information it is published below.



  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Monty Python and the Holly Grail
  3. Water
  4. Citizen Kane
  5. Dr. Strangelove
  6. The Truman Show
  7. How To Succeed at Business Without Really Trying
  8. Brazil
  9. Network
  10. Lawrence of Arabia
  11. The Big Clock
  12. Bugsy
  13. Requium for a Dream



  1. Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand
  2. Dune
    Frank Herbert
  3. Ringworld
  4. City of Golden Shadow -
    River of Blue Fire
    Mountain of Black Glass
    Tad Williams
  5. Sky Coyote
    Kage Baker
  6. Ender's Game
  7. The Reality Disfunction Series
  8. Semi-Numerical Algorithims - Knuth
  9. Red Storm Rising
    Tom Clancy
  10. Dragonfly: NASA and the Chrisis Abord Mir
    Bryan Burrough



  1. Rent
    Broadway Cast Album
  2. Chess 
    London Cast Album
  3. Flood
    They Mighnt Be Giants
  4. Fever
    Kyle Minogue
  5. The Capitol Years
    Dean Martin
  6. Best of
    Petula Clark
  7. Stunt
    Bare Naked Ladies
  8. Live Through This
  9. She's So Unusual
    Cyndi Lauper
  10. Parallel Lines
    Goodby Yellow Brick Road
    Elton John

Favorite Hotels

Hotel Boulderado

 Boulder, Colorado

Courtyard Mariott

 Woburn, Massachusetts

Eden Roc

 Miami Beach, Florida