December 2012


I’ve seen Joseph Tainter’s “The Collapse of Complex Societies” recommended in a few different places. Jared Diamond’s book might be one of them, the guest-posts of Captain David Ryan aka “Tony Comstock” for James Fallows at the Atlantic might be another. The sidebar of John Robb’s “Global Guerrillas” blog is the only one I remember with certainty. It’s a not a very long book, and you can get the gist of it from Tainter’s wikipedia page. (more…)

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A couple weeks back Dominic Preston emailed me about this, but I’ve been busy and my internet connection has been too sporadic to deal well with streaming video. I assumed others would remark on this, but I haven’t read anyone else do so yet.

Apologies for the infrequent posts as of late. There’s a book review I should be writing, but the quarterly schedule of a university library takes the pressure of. And conversely, the hold someone placed on a book I had due today at a public library means I have to start a new book without finishing the old one.