Last year was my lowest year in ten years for amount of books read. To be honest, I was working through textbooks and FreeCodeCamp
learning to code, which took away from my reading time. Still, there were a lot of interesting books on this year’s list!
29.) Re-read GIS for Dummies – Michael N. DeMers
Now THIS is what you call a technical!!
A Technical is, per Wikipedia, ” light improvised fighting vehicles, typically a civilian or military non-combat vehicle, modified to provide an offensive capability similar to a military gun truck. It is usually an open-backed civilian pickup truck or four-wheel drive vehicle mounting a machine gun, light anti-aircraft gun, anti-tank weapon, or other support weapon.”
DELARAM, Afghanistan–Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a patrol in western Afghanistan. (ANA photo by Sergeant Fathe Noori)
Monday is May Day and the Russians will hold their traditional parade in Red Square – which, by the way, is not so named because of communism. Here is a picture of some Spetsnaz (Russian Special Ops soldiers) in the snow.
In the course of the surprise combat readiness inspection units of the separate Airborne Spacial Task Force brigade is providing tactical assault and blocking the Severomorsk-3 airfield (Severomorsk, Murmansk region)
Happy Military Saturday, everyone! See you Monday!
Who needs a parachute, anyway? trains in helicopter insertion off the coast of Okinawa.
I’m a little late on this one – Usually I put it up in January, but never late than never!
It seems like I read less this year than in previous years, but a lot of what I was doing was working through coding exercises. Also, we moved in the middle of the year, and a whole lot of bad stuff happened too. At one point I was working two jobs. So, life happening plus less time to read combined with working through coding textbooks meant this year was anemic when it came to books. Still, I hope you find some value in the list below. There are books on history, international affairs, religion, mathematics, epidemiology, and of course, many fiction books.
11.) There Will Be War Volume 1 (Castalia House ebook version) – Jerry Pournelle, Editor
15.) Men of War: There Will Be War Volume II (Castalia House ebook version) – Jerry Pournelle, Editor
17.) The Art of War: A History of Military Strategy (Castalia House ebook version) – Martin van Creveld
21.) There Will Be War: Volume III Blood and Iron (Castalia House ebook version) – Jerry Pournelle, Editor
34.) There Will Be War Volume IV: Day of the Tyrant (Castalia House ebook version) – Jerry Pournelle, Editor
I have struggled with this blog over the years. In order to have a really good blog, you need a focus area, and I didn’t really have one. I started just blogging general stuff about my life here in Pittsburgh
, did some fiction
, then switched to book reviews
. Lately, it’s been pretty much lists of books I have read.
In any case, my friend has been blogging about her experiences in training her horse
(and herself) for international dressage and eventing competitions. It’s giving me the itch to blog again.
But that brings me right back to the first point – what to blog about?
Lately I’ve been working on picking up an associate’s degree in software development (to add to my already over-degreed self with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and my MBA). I’m doing this to make myself more employable, but also because…it interests me and I enjoy it.
I recently read David Kilcullen’s book Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
. It’s a fascinating book. Kilcullen basically notes that the future will be urban, coastal, and networked. Urbanization continues apace with more than half of the world’s population living in cities, and most of those cities on the coasts. With technology – especially mobile phones – more and more of them are becoming connected. This has huge implications for the future – and Kilcullen notes the effect it will have on warfare. We got a taste of this in Somalia back in the 90s (See: Black Hawk Down
) and with the raid on Mumbai in the 00
So what, you ask, does that have to do with computer programming? Well, the short answer is, Smart Cities
and Big Data
. And the long answer will have to wait for the next blog post…