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Roman o Korini
Roman o Korini
par Miljenko Jergovic
Edition : Broché

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lijepa nesvakidašnja ljubavna priča, 14 juillet 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Roman o Korini (Broché)
Ja sam dugogodišnji ljubitelj proze Miljenka Jergovića. On u svom radu uspjeva ujediniti iznimno dobar spisateljski stil sa svojim posebnim darom uvida u ljudske motivacije i intimu njihovih najdubljih stremljenja. Njegove kratke priče su dosegle skoro savršenstvo tog književnog žanra. Romani, mada također ispunjeni istim elementima kao i priče, neretko imaju problema održavanja osječaja narativne cijelovitosti i adekatnog završetka. No ovaj kraći roman je, djelom zbog svoje duljine, iznimka tom trendu.

«Roman o Korini» je, po meni, jedno od najljepših i najboljih od Jergovićevih dijela. Iako ga sam naslov naziva romanom, ovo je ipak kraća novela ispletena iz nekoliko epizodnih događaja. Sedamdeset tiskanih stranica pruža nam zaokružen uvid u život jedne nesvakidašnje ljubav i obitelji. Stjecaj životnih i društvenih okolnosti zbližio je dvoje ljudi koji su se usprkos njihovoj golemoj generacijskoj razlici našli i osnovali obitelj. Njihovoj ljubavi, i životnoj sreči, veliki je povezni čimbenik i jedna obična sivobijela mačka – Corazon, Kori, iliti Korina. Ona je svjedok njihovih svakodnevnih zbivanja i tihi suputnik u životu. Kroz njezine oči, ili bolje reči kroz njezine doživljaje, Jergović fokusira svijetlo na neke duboke ljudske osječaje.

Ovo je jako lijepa priča, majstorski ispričana, koja se lako može pročitati u jednom sjedenju. Iskreno je preporučavam svim ljubiteljima suvremene književnosti.


Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog
Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog
par Thord Daniel Hedengren
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 36,96

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Smashing Book, 1 juin 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Broché)
I have been a WordPress user for a few years. I have installed my own version of this free open source blogging software on my website, and have used it to run one of my blogs and another technical site. Blogging software has by now become very sophisticated, and I really enjoy all the features and extensions that WordPress has to offer. I also enjoy the community of developers that has sprung up around WordPress and its extensions.

About ten years ago I had launched a website that aggregates and makes available abstracts from the online scientific article repositories. I developed that site pretty much from scratch, relying heavily on PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. It was a labor of love, but it took up a lot of my time. As I become busier with my regular work over the years, that site fell in disuse, and I had eventually stopped maintaining it. I had always wanted to go back to it, but I knew all along that I would need a much more streamlined way of maintaining it. Right now I am in the process of transitioning that site to the WordPress platform, and for that purpose a book like “Smashing WordPress” is a great resource.

So far I have only glanced though the book, mostly using the chapters that are directly relevant to my project. Those chapters, as well as several introductory chapters that I’ve read, have all met or exceeded my expectations. The book is very clear, precise and well written. The content is up to date as of this writing, and all of it is very informative and useful.

The book is not exactly meant as an introduction to WordPress or content management in general. There are many useful hands-on examples throughout the book, but those are meant to be used mostly as support for the main points. All code examples are available freely on the book’s website. As someone who has already done a lot of behind-the-scenes tweaking of both blogging and content management software, this book was right at the level that I wanted it to be for me.

The book is printed on nice paper, it’s well designed, and filled with numerous color graphics and screenshots. Those are generally big enough to be useful, but you might have to do a bit of squinting here and there.

This is a really good technical book and an invaluable resource to anyone wishing to use WordPress as a platform for their advanced website. Highly recommended.


Growth Curve Modeling: Theory and Applications
Growth Curve Modeling: Theory and Applications
par Michael J. Panik
Edition : Relié
Prix : EUR 102,59

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pedagogical and Informative, 31 mai 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Growth Curve Modeling: Theory and Applications (Relié)
“Growth Curve Modeling” is a branch of statistical analysis that deals with time series data from which it tries to extrapolate the long-term trends. This is right now a very active area of interest, both theoretically and practically. The applications of this analysis can be found in finance, biology, and even search engine optimization.

This textbook is a very good introduction to the growth curve modeling. It is written on an upper undergraduate or introductory graduate level. The book is, in my estimate, moderately mathematically intensive. You should definitely be familiar with calculus and several other sophisticated mathematical techniques. However, this is not a “theorem and proof” kind of mathematical book. The aim is to provide the student with the applicable mathematical derivations that can be implemented in the real world problems. Most of the chapters deal with the mathematical derivations of the key concepts, but two of the chapters are more applied.

The textbook relies on SAS programming language, which is sort of indicative of the kind of audience at which it’s aimed. SAS is a proprietary statistical programming language, and it’s commonly used in academic, economics and research environments. However, this is not a programming-heavy textbook and the SAS code examples are used primarily to illustrate the main points in the book.

The book is very well written and it is fairly pedagogical. It can be used as a very good course textbook, a self-paced learning manual, or a general reference on this topic.


Popping the Higher Education Bubble: How to Navigate the Impending Student Loan Crisis
Popping the Higher Education Bubble: How to Navigate the Impending Student Loan Crisis
par Mike Fishbein
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 7,66

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Look at the Higher Education Bubble, 26 avril 2014
The higher education has been in the state of crisis for quite some time. There are many aspects of this crisis – from the ever-lower quality of instruction to the explosion of the non-educational aspects of college experience. However, perhaps the most salient features of this crisis are the exponential growth of in the price of college and the accompanying mounting student debt. As of this writing the total student debt in the US has passed 1.2 trillion dollars, with no signs of it abating.

The “Popping the Higher Education Bubble” primarily focuses on the economic and financial aspects of the said bubble. The book presents a fairly clear picture of this bubble, and tries to analyze it using some basic tools and ideas from the economic theory. This analysis seems insightful and more or less accurate as far as it goes. Fishbein has clearly thought a lot about this problem, and in this book he’s provided a lot of fairly persuasive arguments.

However, when it comes to the actual popping of this bubble, Fishbein’s analysis leaves a lot to be desired. There are a lot of very eminent people who believe that the bubble is real, that it will pop, and that this will happen sooner rather than later. The really big question is how exactly will this happen. As the president of Stanford University has remarked a couple of years ago: “We all know that a tsunami is coming, but we don’t know how will it break.” This is indeed a very hard question, and I was hoping to get at least some answers from this book. Unfortunately the answers provided here are either too vague or too poorly backed by evidence. Fishbein provides a lot of interesting ideas, some of which were entirely new to me, but he never really delves deeply into trying to elaborate on them and provide concrete evidence for them.

Another unfortunate aspect of this book is that it is very roughly edited, in terms of both the content and the writing. At times the poor editing really got into the way of following the arguments. If I were not so interested in the topic I probably wouldn’t have finished reading this book. I really hope that Fishbein invests into professional editing in his future publishing efforts. He’s got a lot of important and interesting things to say, and he deserves to be heard by the widest possible audience.


The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
par Ben Horowitz
Edition : Relié
Prix : EUR 23,61

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must Read for All Entreprenuers, 23 avril 2014
Ben Horowitz is a very well known name in the Silicone Valley circles. A veteran of tech industry and a very successful entrepreneur, Horowitz is a cofounder of Andreesen-Horowitz, one of the most dynamic and successful high-tech venture capital firms. Those credentials, impressive as they are, would not in-and-of themselves distinguished Horowitz in the place that is teeming with incredibly talented and incredibly successful individuals. What really makes Horowitz one of the most admired figures in the world of high-tech startups are his unique willingness and ability to share the hard-earned insights from his experiences with others who are embarking upon the same path of building a successful company. For many years Horowitz has shared many of those insights via his blog. In “The Hard Thing About The Hard Things” he’s distilled some of those insights into an engaging and extremely informative book.

Writing a blog may seem like a great way of accumulating enough material for a book: you write when the fancy strikes you, you don’t have any writing deadlines to deal with, you don’t have to worry about the stricture of the written material, you get immediate and ongoing feedback from your readers which can help you correct and refine your ideas, etc. However, from my experience, most blogs that have been turned into books tend to be a failure. The fragmentary and disjoined nature of blog writing is at odds with the clear and unified structure that we’ve come to expect from books. Horowitz manages to overcome that barrier, and the book the book that comes out of his blog is remarkably coherent and smooth. The individual chapters do feel like they came out of separate blog posts, but transitions between them are smooth and there is an overall sense of coherence and continuity that neatly ties everything together.

I’ve read many books on various topics pertaining to business, careers, leadership, etc. Most of them fall somewhere between completely useless and utterly vacuous. It’s almost impossible to find any concrete, actionable advice in any of them. I have pretty much given up on the whole category. Fortunately, Ben Horowitz’s book is as far from those other books as they come. Each chapter deals with a very concrete experience and/or problem that Horowitz had encountered in the world of startups. The experience is then distilled into the most important insights, and those in turn are oftentimes channeled into very clear, actionable steps that others can take if they find themselves in a similar situation. Most of the advice makes a great deal of sense, but even if you are not totally convinced by some of it, at least you know what is the reasoning behind. This can greatly help you come up with your own set of ways to deal with the similar set of problems.

As already mentioned, Horowitz was a very successful CEO of high-tech startup(s). The experience and the advice in this book are clearly aimed at other CEOs or people in a leadership positions within their startups and companies. The book will clearly benefit all of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, but in my opinion there is a wider business audience that could find many of the insights in “The Hard Things” invaluable and well worth the read. Anyone who has ever had to hire or fire employees, change an important business or organizational strategy, or dealt with uncertain business and market forces, would appreciate a very candid and straightforward account of what are truly hard thing in the business world and how to deal with them.

In the end, the most important insight from this book, and one that anyone irrespective of their professional background can take, is that what really matters in business and life are people. The most important decisions that you will ever make are the ones that affect many other people, and the greatest satisfaction in all spheres of life can be found in helping other people flourish. These insights can oftentimes be lost or overlooked in the hypercompetitive technologically-obsessed world of Silicon Valley, but that’s why they need to be repeated and proclaimed whenever possible. For this insight alone Ben Horowitz’s book is a must-read for anyone who works in those circles.


The Runaway Mommy
The Runaway Mommy
par Jane Kuo Paris
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 9,47

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique, Insightful and Charming Story, 23 avril 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Runaway Mommy (Broché)
As any parent will tell you, kids are a great source of fulfillment and joy. They also make almost constant demands on your time and attention, especially when they are really young. They make you put many of your personal aspirations and career goals on hold, and put breaks on your professional life. (I am trying to squeeze in writing of this review between a breakfast with my family and the time when I’ll have to take care of our toddler this afternoon.) In the end, the joy and fulfillment we get from our kids far outweigh all of the daily frustrations, but the more honest parents would admit that there were many moments when they wish they could just run away from it all.

“The Runaway Mommy” is a sweet and endearing look at the dreams of escape by one overworked mommy. She dreams of running away from her little bunny to San Francisco, Barcelona, New York, and several other places and activities. Her little bunny, however, finds a way to follow her into all of her daydreams and manages to interfere with her carefully laid plans. In the end, mommy realizes that those “infringements” are perhaps the most meaningful parts of her daydreaming experiences, and comes to relish and enjoy adventuring around the world with her little bunny. It is a very heartwarming story that would make you want to come back to over and over again.

A big part of the charm of this book lays in its illustrations. By turning mommy and her boy into anthropomorphic bunnies, the story takes away some of the possible harshness of the idea of a mother who wants to run away from her child. The illustrations are clear, crisp and very charming. They greatly add to the overall story, and in particular enhance its comic and amusing elements.

This book will appeal to a wide variety of audiences, but especially to parents and children. Even though the book has all the trappings of an illustrated children’s book, (cute illustrations, anthropomorphic animals, simple straightforward text), its theme directly appeals to parents in particular. Nonetheless, the children will find it fun as well. This is perhaps one of those rarest books, a children’s book that can equally be enjoyed by parents. And just like the conclusion of the book, the parents will find that enjoying the book together with their little bunnies is great and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.


The Sociopath Next Door
The Sociopath Next Door
par Martha Stout Ph.D.
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 11,78

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read, 22 avril 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Sociopath Next Door (Broché)
For many years we’ve been friends with this guy whom I’ll call Steve. Steve is an upstanding member of the community, has a picture-perfect All-American family, a respectable job, and a wide circle of friends. He comes across as charming and very friendly, and seems to be very eager to help and please those around him. However, after getting to know him just a little bit better all these aspects of Steve’s life appear to be an act. Steve is in fact extremely competitive even over the dumbest things, scheming, and manipulative. The more I got to know him, the less I wanted to know about him. His constant scheming was eventually too much to handle, and we were forced to cut all personal ties with him.

All along I was wondering what is it that made Steve act in the way that he did. A few years ago I came across an article on Wikipedia on psychopathy, and that’s when things finally started making sense. It turns out that psychopaths/sociopaths are actually very common in the society at large. Most of them are not Hannibal Lectors of Hollywood’s imagination. They are not serial killers, nor are the majority of them necessarily physically violent. All of them, however, have one main thing in common: they wreak havoc on almost all lives that they touch. Most disturbingly, there are surprisingly many of them around: one to four percent in the US, depending on how rigorous your classification criteria are.

“The Sociopath Next Door” is in many ways the best book on sociopaths/psychopaths that I’ve read. What distinguishes it from many other similar books is its very practical and applied approach. Furthermore, Martha Stout is an excellent writer in her own right and this is an eminently readable, even literary, book. Book’s a pleasure to read, and were the subject matter not this serious and frightening, this would make a great pleasure read.

There are three main things that I loved about the book.

1. Stout reduces psychopathy/sociopathy to just one most salient feature: lack of conscience. She argues, quite persuasively, that all other features of sociopaths are secondary. This insight alone can explain why sociopaths come in so many different guises.
2. Stout provides a very easy and counterintuitive way of identifying sociopaths. One thing that really gives them away is the “pity play”: all of them to various extents tap into their victims’ compassion in order to manipulate them.
3. Stout provides an excellent and very effective thirteen-point list of ways in which we can deal with sociopaths. Unfortunately there is no way of “curing” these people, so the best we can hope is to try to reduce their effects on others. I have been practicing pretty much all of the recommendations on my own to begin with, and I can assure you that they are very, very effective.

So if this is such a wonderful and useful book, why did I give it only four stars? Because I fear that Stout had overreached. If this had been only a book about individual sociopaths, who they are, and how to deal with them this would have been a wonderful and self-contained book. However, it seems that one of the main motivations behind writing this book had been to denounce wars, and the wars waged by the United States in particular. I have no doubt that many politicians and World leaders are in fact sociopaths, including some US presidents. Nonetheless, reducing all of warfare and a pretty big chunk of international relations to psychological defects of a few individuals, without providing a single concrete shred of evidence for such a claim, is at best intellectually questionable. I am afraid that this other underlying theme has a potential to seriously undermine Stout’s main points and insights about sociopaths. Fortunately, this part of the book can be to a large extent ignored.


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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent Small Emergency Battery, 21 avril 2014
There are many external batteries out there that can help you recharge your portable devices, and which one you choose will depend on your particular needs. This OXA 2600 mAh external battery/charger is one of the smallest I’ve seen, both in terms of physical size as well as charge capacity. The battery looks similar in shape and size to an elongated lighter. The battery is charged from an USB port, and it comes with its own micro USB cable with several different charging attachments. You can charge it by plugging it into a spare USB outlet on your PC (slow), or by using one of the wall USB outlets from your cell phone or a similar device.

I’ve been able to use this battery to fully charge a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and iPhone 4S. It took me a few hours to charge both of those devices. In order to charge an iPhone I had to use my own iPhone cable – Apple is very restrictive when it comes to allowing third party manufacturers using their proprietary designs.

Since this battery is very small it is ideally suited for an emergency backup charging. It can easily fit in your pocket along with your smartphone, although I wish that it came with a small bag into which to put it.

This is neither a particularly stylishly designed nor remarkably well built external battery. It has a very utilitarian look and fee to it. It gets the job done, at least for now. I have not tested it long enough to see how durable it is in the long run, and if I discover anything noteworthy about that I’ll update my review.

Decent small external charger, especially for the price.

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Doing Data Science
Doing Data Science
par Rachel Schutt
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 35,24

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Getting a Flavor of What Data Science is All About, 16 avril 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Doing Data Science (Broché)
“Data Science” has become one of the most trendy research fields in recent years, as well as a catchall rubric for various job descriptions and work functions. The cynics and skeptics, and there are many of those, contend that “Data Science” is nothing more than repackaged Statistics, with a bit of coding and hacking thrown in. Its proponents, however, point out that most practicing data scientists use a variety of skills and techniques in their daily work, and come from a vast spectrum of career paths and backgrounds. I tend to side with the latter group, but I too am an outsider to this field and am still trying to get a better understanding of what it really entails.

“Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline” is a compendium of chapters that deal with data science as it is practiced in the real world. Each chapter is written by a different author, all of who have significant practical experience and are acknowledged authorities on data science. Most of the contributors work in industry, but data science is still so fresh and new that there is a lot of crossing over between academia and the corporate world.

A few of the chapters include exercises, but these tend to be too advanced and assume too much background material for an introductory book. The exercises still give you a good idea of what kinds of problems data scientists tend to grapple with. However, this book is definitely not a textbook and cannot be effectively used as such. The book doesn’t provide any background on R, statistics, data scrubbing, machine learning, and various other techniques used by data scientist. It is highly unlikely that any single textbook would be able to do justice to all of that material anyways, but a book of that sort could still have a lot of potential use.

There are two groups of people who would benefit from this book. The first are people who have absolutely no background in data science or any of its related fields, but would like to get a flavor of what data science is all about and are interested in exploring it for career purposes. The second group are people with significant technical background in one of the fields related to data science (programming, statistics, machine learning, etc.) who are interested in broadening their skills and would like to see how would their particular strengths fit within the broader data science field.


Management: A Very Short Introduction
Management: A Very Short Introduction
par John Hendry
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 10,53

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good General introduction, 31 mars 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Management: A Very Short Introduction (Broché)
Once any organization reaches a certain size and complexity, it becomes inevitable and essential for it to structure itself along the hierarchical lines. Coordinating people in such an organization requires a certain level of skill and specialization, and this, in a nutshell, is what managers and management are all about.

This small book explores the concept and the function of management. It tries to answer a few basic questions: what is management and what do managers do? The book delves into several general theories and approaches to management, and tries to show how thee have evolved over time. Interestingly enough, though, in terms of the specifics of what goes on in an average daily routine of a typical manager, very little seems to have changed in the last half a century or so. However, it seems that there has been very little in terms of empirical or ethnological observation when it comes to management.

The book provides many very concrete and interesting examples of management in various settings. However, this is a primarily a book that approaches its topic from an academic perspective. It is much more concerned with getting a very clear and accurate description of management in all its variety, then providing any concrete advice on managerial skills and best practices. It’s a good book for anyone who wants to get a deeper and more nuanced understanding of management, but it’s certainly not the most practical book on the subject.


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