Greek Mythology Explained: A Deeper Look at Classical Greek Lore and Myth - Marios Christou, David Ramenah

GoodReads Summary: Greek mythology explored like never before.

Fans of George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series and the Game of Thrones TV series will love Greek Mythology Explained, a unique retelling of Greek mythological tales featuring love, betrayal, murder and ruthless ambitions.

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Modern Vim: Craft Your Development Environment with Vim 8 and Neovim - Drew Neil

GoodReads Summary: Turn Vim into a full-blown development environment using Vim 8’s new features and this sequel to the beloved bestseller Practical Vim. Integrate your editor with tools for building, testing, linting, indexing, and searching your codebase. Discover the future of Vim with Neovim: a fork of Vim that includes a built-in terminal emulator that will transform your workflow. Whether you choose to switch to Neovim or stick with Vim 8, you’ll be a better developer.

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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon - Alan Shepard

GoodReads summary: The never-before-told story of the courage, dedication, and teamwork that made the journey to the moon possible--an intense human drama of the sacrifices and risks asked of a remarkable group of astronauts. Shepard and Slayton, part of the pioneering space program from the beginning, tell this fascinating inside story. 32 pages of photos.

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Soulminder - Timothy Zahn

GoodReads summary: For Dr. Adrian Sommers, a split second of driving while distracted leads to tragedy-and obsession. His family destroyed, he devotes his entire being to developing Soulminder, a technology that might have saved his son as he wavered on the edge of death. Sommers's vision is to capture a dying person's life essence and hold it safely in stasis while physicians heal the body from injury or disease. Years of experimentation finally end in success—but those who recognize Soulminder's possibilities almost immediately corrupt its original concept to pursue dangerous new frontiers: body-swapping, obstruction of justice, extortion, and perhaps even immortality.

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Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If in Science, Geography and the Absurd - Joseph Pisenti

GoodReads summary: Fun facts for kids of all ages: When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get from the ocean, how do you qualify as a country and why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka RealLifeLore.

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The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between - Patrick Foote

GoodReads summary: Explore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between, you can learn the origins of these names. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way.

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Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies - Andrew Maynard

GoodReads summary: Science, technology, and society: In Films from the Future, former physicist Andrew Maynard threads together his love of science fiction movies with his expertise on emerging technologies to engage, entertain and make you think about the relationship between technology, and society as they discover astounding, transformative advances in science. Through the imagination and creativity of science fiction movies, Maynard introduces readers to the profound capabilities presented by new and emerging technologies, and the complex personal and societal challenges they present.

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About Me

In case it wasn't clear by the URL, this is the blog of Julio Biason.

I'm a software developer/engineer/architect for about 30 years -- which doesn't mean I know everything about software development/engineering/architecture, but I do try.

You can contact me over julio "dot" biason "at" pm "dot" me, just convert the things in quotes to their symbol and remove the spaces -- and all that just because I want to make the life of spammers harder, and sorry about making your life harder, but still...

You can see my random thoughts on Functional Cafe.

I do have a Twitter account, but I'm not updating it as often as I do on Functional Cafe.

I do not have a Facebook account -- not anymore.

Announcing JulioBiason.Net 4.0

Short version: New new blog engine and layout.

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The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA - Nirmala Nataraj, Bill Nye, U.S. Goverment

GoodReads Summary: This magnificent volume offers a rich visual tour of the planets in our solar system. More than 200 breathtaking photographs from the archives of NASA are paired with extended captions detailing the science behind some of our cosmic neighborhood's most extraordinary phenomena. Images of newly discovered areas of Jupiter, fiery volcanoes on Venus, and many more reveal the astronomical marvels of space in engrossing detail. Anyone with an interest in science, astronomy, and the mysteries of the universe will delight in this awe-inspiring guide to the wonders of the solar system.

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