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Miami Psychic: Confessions of a Confidante by Regina Milbourne
Miami Psychic: Confessions of a Confidante

foabbot, August 2, 2009

This was a very entertaining read. I realize that Gypsy fortune tellers have a reputation. The author lays that reputation out and claims it, not making excuses. Gypsies have a culture. She alludes to various aspects of that culture while telling her story; this sets her story apart from other psychic memoirs.
'Medium', the television show, was inspired by a real-life psychic who consults with the television producers and writers. This Miami psychic is a whole different brand of medium, tainted a bit by the aura of Gypsy scam and con practices - but intriguing and I think genuine, nonetheless. A medium is a medium is a medium!
You will appreciate Miami in a new way when you read this book.
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Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert Laszlo Barabasi
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life

foabbot, February 28, 2007

This is a fascinating book. The author is a professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. He writes very well, with a style that makes this book a page-turner. In the Introduction, he gives the example of a brilliant networking guru named Saul, whom we know by his Roman name, Paul, whose life mission was to persecute Christians until he converted to Christianity and became its best salesman. This is not a business text but it should be. It's not a book for math nerds either, although they will appreciate it. The author's goal is to get you to think about networks. Networks have properties and understanding those properties is a challenge. Random network theory is one way. Networks will dominate the new century, says the author. The very fact that I am typing this on the Internet attests to the fact that billions of trivial interactions are going to connect someone with something (the reader with my ideas about this book, then the buyer with the seller of this book, etc.). The threat of terrorism is discussed - and in a way that you usually don't think about it . You will think and rethink this book for a long time - as history unfolds around you.
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Functions Modeling Change 2ND Edition Text Only by Eric Connally
Functions Modeling Change 2ND Edition Text Only

foabbot, February 28, 2007

We used this text in a precalculus class that I recently finished. This book covers a lot of material so success using this book will depend on the teacher. There were some people who thought it was an unwieldy text; there are plenty of review exercises that would be worth spending the time but you would benefit most if you could see how they were done to arrive at the correct answers. In the introduction, the authors say that: 1)many problems are open-ended, meaning there is more than one correct approach to solving them 2)there are few examples in the text that are exactly like the homework problems 3) they recommend group work and discussions.
I can tell you there are not enough hours in the classroom to make group discussions and team efforts at problem-solving work. I am taking a class now that uses team efforts to solve problems and it works (sort of, and success is uneven) because most of the problem-solving is done, graded and recorded by a computer program.
We did try to work in groups using this precalculus text. However, as I said, speeding along to try to cover the necessary material (in order to take calculus), there just isn't enough time.
What the authors did say was true: if you put in a solid effort, you will get a real understanding of functions. I used several other texts to supplement this text (I found trigonometry to be especially difficult but that is just me) and studied my a** off. I did well in the course and will probably refer to this book in the future.
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