Post image for Review: ‘Big Data’ by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier

On the whole, however, Big Data is a deeply interesting book that give a clear overview about the risks and rewards of a world built on information. Although it’s not at all clear what the implications of this transformation will be, Big Data provides the perfect level of information for readers unfamiliar with the concept but hoping to understand more.

Post image for Review: Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers

One Sentence Summary: From the publisher, because it’s so succinct — “A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: “Where’s the rest of my life?”

One Sentence Review: If you need a thoughtful and well-written book to remind you that it is, in fact, ok to step away from all the screens in your life, then this is the book.

Because I’m woefully behind on writing reviews, I’m combining a few of them to try and get caught up. These are three nonfiction books that I enjoyed, for the most part, but ended up not having a ton of stuff to say about. Click the photos to head to the reviews!

This is a little bit of a nontraditional Narrative Nonfiction 5 list, since I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call most of these books “narrative nonfiction.” They’re more classic nonfiction, even though the bits I’ve read of each do have a conversational style that I really appreciate.

The books on this list are all responses to the fact that technology is changing us as individuals and a society – some think for the better, and some think for the worse. Ever since I started my new job (working for a engineering trade magazine), it seems I can’t get enough of this discussion, and wanted to share some of the books I’m most excited about reading with you.

How to Make HTML Tables

by Kim on July 23, 2009 · 22 comments

I’m no html expert, but I like to dabble in it occasionally to see what I can figure out. One of the coolest things I’ve learned is how to create tables for my blog. I love being able to add tables because it can keep pictures and text lined up, something my OCD personality really […]

Thanks to everyone who submitted posts for the Social Media Carnival last week — I learned a ton from reading the posts, and I hope everyone else did too. Week 6 for the Blog Improvement Project (a long three weeks) is going to be pretty simple, trying out a new social media tool.  While I […]

Social Media Carnival (BIP Week 5)

by Kim on March 14, 2009 · 11 comments

Thank you to everyone who submitted posts for the Blog Improvement Project Social Media Carnival. We have post on a whole variety of topics, so feel free to scroll around and learn more about social media that’s interesting for you. Some Overviews Margot at Joyfully Retired wrote an excellent post pointing out the uses of […]

March is Social Media Month for the Blog Improvement Project, and the first task is to write about how you use a social media tool to improve your blog. I thought about writing on a bunch of different things, but finally decided to write about Delicious because it is one of the only tools I […]

Thanks to everyone who participated in Week 4 of the BIP where we worked on blog basics. It was nice to take a little break and work on some things that I needed to do around here. I hope everyone else felt the same. Because I love alliteration, March is going to be Social Media […]

Tweeting Class

by Kim on January 30, 2009 · 11 comments

Welcome to my second edition of J-School Journal.  I hate that name, so instead of formalizing my feature with a name I’m just going to commit to writing a post about journalism and journalism school on Friday, without worrying that it has a snazzy button or name (unless I come up with something cool later […]