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On Useless Infrastructure

One of the more common labels that is attached to infrastructure that is built in remote areas is that it is useless and wasteful. Most people happen to live close to others and benefit from the infrastructure that tends to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Big & Awesome Bridges Of Portland & Vancouver

Big & Awesome Bridges Of Portland & Vancouver: A Book For Young Readers And Their Teachers, by Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman I’m kind of glad this book exists, and it certainly was fun to read, but I can’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Engineers Of Victory

Engineers Of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide In The Second World War, by Paul Kennedy This book is not only a history of World War II of a sort, but it is also the sort of book … Continue reading

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They Like Control

We live in a world where the obvious solution to problems of trust and security is to increase control at the cost of hindering the ability of other people to do things that they need to do. Most notably, at … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfect Treehouse

The Perfect Treehouse: From Site Selection To Design & Construction, by Django Kroner What is it that makes a treehouse perfect?  The author of this book has lived in treehouses and clearly is writing for and to people who similarly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ways Of The World

Ways Of The World:  A History Of The World’s Roads And Of The Vehicles That Used Them, by M.G. Lay I must admit that this is quite a remarkable and excellent book, not least because it provides a solid engineering … Continue reading

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Book Review: Castles

Castles:  Their History And Evolution In Medieval Britain, by Marc Morris For a long time I have been deeply interested in castles and had the dream of having one of my own. This book does a good job at pointing … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Design Of Everyday Things

The Design Of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who has serious problems with doors.  In the course of my life I have far too frequently ended up walking into … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Engineer Is Human (2)

To Engineer Is Human:  The Role Of Failure In Successful Design, by Henry Petroski There is in this particular book a sense of the dynamic nature of engineering and the sort of tension that exists between a desire for safety … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, by Simon Winchester I must admit that when I started reading this book I was not very familiar with what the author meant about precision engineering.  To be sure, it is … Continue reading

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