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Book Reviews: Dead Sea Scrolls, Google, Freemasonry

I finished reading several potentially interesting books during our recent family vacation trip to Vashon Island, WA:

I really have to recommend the Fields book on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  It is very well documented and historically interesting - plus it has some great pictures.  Part of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display in San Diego (through December 2007) which is the main reason I picked up the book.

The Google book is also recommended for those interested in technology, Internet history, and business & organizational ideas.  I personally only had a minor understanding of the history, technologies, and personalities related to Google so I found this book very interesting.

The Freemasonry book was entertaining but nothing spectacular.  I enjoyed it because my father and his father were Masons, and I learned a lot about what they probably went through.  The background history was interesting and I enjoyed the humor of the author.


Suggestions On Having A Better Social Event Experience

Guy Kawasaki has a good list of items from Susan RoAnne to consider before you go out to a 'smoozing event'. 

I like the item '#2 Prepare For The Event' a lot.  I've had a very good recent experience doing something similar a couple of months back.

Another suggestion is to listen to Manager-Tool's podcast entitled "How to Politely Become Part of a Group." 

I have also used the recommendations in this podcast to have an overall better social experience where previously I would have felt out of place.

Good Geek Birthday Presents

I got some great birthday presents today (Thanks family!):

The Logitech Wireless Music System has been un-boxed but not installed.  Not sure how it will work with Vista.  Hopefully I'll have time to play with it tomorrow

The MindManager 7 upgrade is great.  I was in the Beta program and find it a great improvement over version 6, and more in-line with the Windows version minus the Microsoft Office integration.

The QuietPoint headphones are excellent.  They might be better than the Bose QuietComfort 2s I use to have before they were stolen. I've only used them around the office and in the jury waiting room today.  They worked great.  No airflight test yet. Maybe by the end of the month I can comment on that experience.