May 122014

Anki Spanish Stats

By reducing the number of new cards added each day, I have been able to reduce the number of ‘seen’ cards that are pending review down. I need to get that number down so that cards are not getting delayed long beyond their review date. Once caught up, the number of new cards added will automatically increase.

I also finished Blaine Ray reader Level 2 Book D titled, “¡Viva el Toro!,” but it took me way to long. With vacation and track photos I did not make time to read much this past week. I will now start over again with Book A to make sure I am familiar with the material before moving to Level 3.

    Current Stats:
  • Vocabulary
    • Active Cards: 2120
    • Reviews Pending: 275
    • New Cards Waiting: 616
  • Conjugations
    • Active Cards: 404
    • Reviews Pending: 47
    • New Cards Waiting: 22
  • Grammar
    • Active Cards: 284
    • Reviews Pending: 2
    • New Cards Waiting: 6
  • Total
    • Active Cards: 2803
    • Reviews Pending: 324
    • New Cards Waiting: 644
Apr 282014

Daniel Suarez.
Google Books

I enjoyed the previous 3 books from Daniel Suarez, Daemon, Freedom(TM), and Kill Decision, so I was happy when I heard Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson discussing his newest book on their Security Now podcast a few weeks ago. I watched the library to get the ebook (or printed copy) as soon as possible and was able to get it last week.

If you enjoy techno-thrillers, then this is another good book. The plot seems so unfathomable, yet at the same time plausible. Didn’t want to put the book down till I finished it.

Book Info

by Daniel Suarez
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Published: 01/20/2014
ISBN-10: 0525953183
ISBN-13: 978-0525953180
Started: 04/22/2014
Finished: 04/28/2014
Source: Library
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?

The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon –“the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured” -Publishers Weekly) –imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.

Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century–fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances–have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960’s failed to arrive?

Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics–the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.

They are living in our future.

Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?

And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?

Author Info
DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. Suarez is a past speaker at TED Global, MIT Media Lab, NASA Ames, the Long Now Foundation, and the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon -- among many others. Self-taught in software development, he is a graduate from University of Delaware with a BA in English Literature. An avid PC and console gamer, his own world-building skills were bolstered through years as a pen & paper role-playing game moderator. He lives in Los Angeles, California.