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Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise)
Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise)
Price: $16.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical perspective on the making (and the drama) of open standards, February 7, 2015
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If you haven't already, go read the free "OSI: The Internet That Wasn't" article in IEEE Spectrum (just search for the name), as it'll give you a great preview of what you'll find in this book.

The book provides a fascinating historical look (1900+) at how, and why, the various standards organizations came to be, what drove them, and where they've succeeded and failed. Andrew Russell has clearly done his homework: the book is very well researched and provides plenty of historical vignettes and stories - a great read. And there are lots of stories to tell since standardization is very much a political process that is dominated by colorful personalities.

Curious to understand how the internet as we know it today came to be? What did David Clark really mean when he (now famously) said "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." Who were the players, what were the disputes about, and why and how did we arrive at the current architecture? Well, then you've found your book. Great read.


Hipster Business Models: How to make a living in the modern world
Hipster Business Models: How to make a living in the modern world
Price: $6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational entrepreneurship stories, February 7, 2015
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A collection of fun and educational entrepreneurship stories, ranging all the way from roaming around the country in a mini bus and doing odd jobs, to tinkering on a toy design that will go on to sell in the millions (and then some). The takeaway? Success and personal fulfillment can be found at scales, and you don't need to build a multi-million sales machine to be "successful".

One nitpick: I think the choice of "hipster" in the title is a misnomer. The book is entrepreneurship 101, but told through a collection of somewhat unconventional stories, which is exactly what makes it stand out. Great read.


The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love
The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love
Price: $10.67

5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful framework for evaluating your relationships, both past and present., February 7, 2015
Finally, a book that takes a scientific approach to the age old question of how to find, and what to look for, for a "happily every after". The first half of the book explains where we typically go wrong (e.g. overvaluing physical attraction), and why we need to rethink our criteria -- e.g. imagine you could have three wishes, what should you wish for in your partner? The second half of the book covers the supporting research and provides both answers and practical advice for the questions introduced at the beginning: personality types and traits to look for, what makes a couple successful, and what drives people apart.

To be clear, there is no exact formula, and the book does not make any such claims, but by the end of the book you will have a helpful framework for evaluating your own relationships, both past and present. Great read.


Details Men's Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You
Details Men's Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You
by Daniel Peres
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.83
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully put together but incomplete on its own..., February 7, 2015
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Beautifully put together with lots of great illustrations; covers all the important pieces in your wardrobe; provides useful context for how to put together a particular look. That said, the book lacks overall narrative to help the reader figure out how to build their wardrobe: where to start, what is a good fit, what are the guiding principles for combining the pieces.

In short, a good reference to page through, but you'll probably want to pick up another book or two to cover its weak spots - e.g. check out "Dress Like a Man".


Dress Like a Man: A Style Guide for Practical Men Wanting to Improve Their Professional Personal Appearance
Dress Like a Man: A Style Guide for Practical Men Wanting to Improve Their Professional Personal Appearance
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, to the point, timeless advice., February 7, 2015
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To the point, practical, and timeless advice for upgrading your style. There are lots of books that deliver a lot of pretty pictures, but little in terms of practical advice, and others that provide a lot of fashion-talk, but little in terms of how and where to get started. This book finds the happy middle: practical, actionable, and it will make you both look and feel more confident about how you dress. Bonus: check out authors blog and YouTube videos for more great related content.


Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers
Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for fashionistas, designers, and entrepreneurs alike., January 18, 2015
What makes a fashion brand? Yes, the clothes, but also the media and the marketing, managing which is becoming a key part of the success formula. So, it should be of no surprise that the celebrities, few of whom have any claim to being fashion designers, are leveraging their brand and publicity to launch new fashion ventures... Teri Agins provides a great overview of the history and the evolution of this space, covering all the major celebrities who have ventured into their space and documenting their successes and failures. A great read for fashionistas, designers, and entrepreneurs alike.


The Consolations of Philosophy (Vintage International)
The Consolations of Philosophy (Vintage International)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable, practical, and an enlightening read., January 18, 2015
Perhaps one of the best, approachable, and imminently practical introductions to Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche. The book captures their key ideas and presents them in a conversational and modern context that is both easy to understand, as well as apply to our everyday life.


#GIRLBOSS
#GIRLBOSS
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspirational read... for guys and girls alike., January 18, 2015
This review is from: #GIRLBOSS (Kindle Edition)
Fun and inspirational story sprinkled with lots of great business tips and advice that's equally applicable to your personal and business lives: you don't need an MBA, or decades of experience... sometimes an optimistic mix of ignorance and dedication can take you even further, that is, assuming you're willing to learn along the way! Yes, the book is targeted at "girls", but everything Sophia covers is equally applicable to guys as well -- if you're hesitating, don't let that get in the way.


Targeted: How Technology is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers
Targeted: How Technology is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers
Price: $13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical narrative of the industry, but falls short on the technical bits., January 2, 2015
Need a "plain English" explanation and the history behind all the technical jargon in the advertising space? Then this is probably the book you're looking for. The main strength of the book is that it provides a great historical narrative that tracks the evolution of the space: you'll start with the simplest model (cost per thousand impressions, aka CPM), learn about rise of cost-per-click (CPC), migration towards dynamic pricing for ad inventory and audience selection, and arrive at our current destination with real-time bidding (RTB) platforms, ad exchanges, and demand/supply-side platforms. If you're looking to understand what each one of those does, and why they exist, then this is the book.

That said, while the book excels at providing the overall industry narrative, I do have to knock it down to four stars because many technical bits are, well, lacking... e.g. the HTML4 vs. HTML5 discussion in particular is plain wrong and misinformed. Overall though, still a great read.


The War of Art
The War of Art
Price: $7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Advice that everyone needs to be reminded of every so often., December 20, 2014
This review is from: The War of Art (Kindle Edition)
"Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us just show up and get to work" - Chuck Close.

Chuck nailed it and Pressfield provides the extended tour of how to overcome the everyday resistance: procrastination, self-doubt, and rationalization. You can't wait for the muse; most days you simply need to show up and put in the hours; big things are accomplished in small steps; and the right day to start is today. Great practical advice that everyone needs to be reminded of every so often.


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