…And We’re Back.

Sorry for the incredibly long delay. Between flying, driving, holidays, and snow, I haven’t had much time to post or write much.

I have, however, had plenty of time to catch up on some reading. I finally finished Military Orientalism, and while it seems a bit rushed towards the end, it’s an excellent, insightful analysis that is well worth your time. I’ll have a review up shortly.

Rounding off an excellent Christmas, I received a ton of books for both the holiday and my recent birthday (which I’d otherwise prefer not to think about). The plane ride was enough time to finish Michael Crichton’s new posthumous Pirate Latitudes, which was a great, quick read.  Yesterday I was still on a fiction kick, so I finally got around to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama. It’s even better than I had imagined, and my only regret is that I’d put it off for so long.

Currently, I’m in the middle of John Robb’s Brave New War (it’s about time, no?) and Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible.

Other books that I now own and am waiting to dive into:

Marcus Aurelius – The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of the Meditations

Allan Dulles – The Craft of Intelligence

Alistair Horne – The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916

Theodore Roosevelt – The Naval War of 1812

Russell Weigley – The American Way of War

Here’s some food for thought (before an absurdly huge links collection tomorrow): Ray Kurzweil declares solar power on the verge of providing 100% of human energy needs. One more benefit of solar? It’s decentralized and “safe from disaster and sabotage.” No more Iraqi pipelines?