“The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”

One of the more (if not most) known part of Carl Sagan’s book ‘The Demon-Haunted World’ is undoubtedly his so called ‘Baloney Detection Kit’. The entire book is great, and well worth the read, but this part stood out to me, as it offers some real practical tools. What’s in the kit? Tools for skeptical thinking. What skeptical thinking boils… Read more →

‘Live a Good Life’

The following quote is found all over the internet: “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are… Read more →

OSNAPZ command AutoCAD

The OSNAPZ command comes in so handy at times. Sometimes when you are trying to snap from an object/point that has a Z-coordinate, the Z-coordinate can mess things up, especially when you are working in a 2D drawing and you don’t care for the Z-coordinate. For instance, you overlaid a 3D model over a plan drawing, snapping to that model… Read more →

‘Lawrence in Arabia’

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars T.E. Lawrence remains an illusive figure to most people. Most people (including myself) have first learned of him through the 1962 movie by David Lean. This book is certainly about T.E. Lawrence, but will cover far… Read more →

Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’

Common Sense by Thomas Paine My rating: 4 of 5 stars There isn’t a single (good) book about the American Revolution in existence, that doesn’t mention Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ in some way or another. And rightfully so, as the effects of this pamphlet were great. Historian John Ferling, in his book ‘Almost a Miracle’ wrote the following: “His [Thomas… Read more →

Book review: ‘Becoming Eichmann’

Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a “Desk Murderer” by David Cesarani My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent book about what moved Adolf Eichmann to act like he did. The author starts with the story of Eichmann’s life and rise within the Nazi party and SS and SD organizations, and his role therein. At the end… Read more →