my recent reads..

Softwar - An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle

I've been meaning to pick this up for some years, and finally did while killing a few hours at KLIA. And I'm glad I did, devouring it last weekend.

It is a great read, no matter what views you may personally hold about Larry or Oracle itself. So many things about the way you see Oracle operate today are given a rich historical background. Fascinating. And remarkably balanced ... I'd say its still 50/50 whether you'll finish the book with more or less respect for Larry and Oracle.

Since the final touches to the epilogue were made in March 2004 (just on the verge of the PeopleSoft acquisition), it was a bit like watching “Fellowship of the Ring”. The story is unfinished and you can’t wait for the next episode of the saga to come out. But despite it being a few years old, I think it remains a highly recommended read especially if you work in enterprise computing. I do hope Matthew Symonds gets to continue the story in another book (a SQL?).

Favourite quote .. LE writes,

"Okay. Maybe database clustering is not as cool as flight. But it's close."
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My Brain

From xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar

I recently finished listening to the Librivox recording of The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar. Librivox make it available as a free podcast, but I notice the book is also available from Amazon.

This is Maurice Leblanc's classic. The Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot who took the other path in life!

I first encountered the character in the Japanese anime Lupin III by Kazuhiko Kato.

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The fake David Blaine tapes

I can see the future. Whether you love or hate the real David Blaine, you are going to rofl when you watch these.

David Blaine Street Magic: YouTube Edition!

David Blaine Street Magic part 2 : youtube Edition!

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