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My Book fetish

11.09.2004

babblingdweeb

Is better then no fetish at all

So I have been reading like mad lately. I’ll either read for 2 hours at a time, 4 days a week or I’ll read for 6-8 hours in a sitting. Apparently my old style of opening a book and putting it down and having to reread the beginning all over again is really turning into an “old style”.

I am about 2/3rds of the way through The Code Book – so far so good. It’s a historical account of codes and ciphers throughout history (Egypt to present day [1997]), the roles they played and the players in creating and breaking them. While the section on WWII and the Enigma was great and full of information on the earliest computers as well as one of the most crucial points in history of war and cryptography; I had trouble following it at times with the various German names making my head spin when I was trying to keep track.

Hopefully I’ll finish before the week is out and I can give a little more in-depth review!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Charles W. Eliot

Current Book(s):

  • The Code Book; By: Simon Singh
  • A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition; By: Stephen Hawking

Recently finished book(s):

  • Questions from Earth, Answers from Heaven; By: Char Margolis
  • The Da Vinci Code; By: Dan Brown
  • The Dilbert Principle; By: Scott Adams
  • The Dilbert Future; By: Scott Adams
  • Negotiate with Feng Shui: Enhance You Skills in Diplomacy, Business and Relationships; By: Jose Armilla
  • Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World; By: Bruce Schneier
  • Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, Revised; By: Katie Hafner
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People; By: Stephen R. Covey
  • It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life; By Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins

Recently Purchased book(s):

(Today’s post would be a waste if I didn’t say thanks to a friend for giving me a gift certificate to Amazon…which helped me purchase almost all of the books listed here. THANK YOU!)

  • The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America’s Most Secret Agency; By: James Bamford
  • Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency; By: James Bamford
  • Digital Fortress; By: Dan Brown
  • Deception Point; By: Dan Brown
  • Cryptanalysis a Study of Ciphers and Their Solutions; By: H. F. Gaines
  • Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing (Test Your Code Breaking Skills); By: Martin Gardner
  • Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage; By: Clifford Stoll
  • The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy, V. 3); By: William Irwin
  • Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present; By: Karen Haber
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