Michael Crichton’s “Timeline”.

I finished reading Michael Crichton’s “Timeline” a couple of days ago. I can’t stop raving about it! This book probably ranks among the top 5 books I’ve read!

The premise of the story is so fantastic – the guy’s melded Quantum Physics and the Middle Ages in Europe – and he’s done a damn fine job! He’s also put in a lot of research into the topic. This is my first Crichton, but I’ve been told by a few of my friends that deep research is a Crichton hallmark.

This is a book that thrills every single page! It’s made me contemplate missing my dinner last Tuesday, and keeping me awake till 1:30 AM Wednesday and Thursday. Oh, and the climax is simply amazing! Totally absorbing. One point which a lot of thrillers sorely lack is closure. This book, though, doesn’t make that mistake. Nothing’s left hanging in the air. Ending it give you a nice, satisifed feeling.

A lot of my friends, even after grudingly acknowledging Crichton’s writing skills, have accused him of writing books for the sole purpose of getting them adapted into movies. I guess that stems from the unparalelled success of Jurassic Park and The Lost World. If he does, so be it. It makes the book more enrapturing.

Go read it! Of course, be prepared for a wretched drop in productivity!

Michael Crichton's "Timeline".

I finished reading Michael Crichton’s “Timeline” a couple of days ago. I can’t stop raving about it! This book probably ranks among the top 5 books I’ve read!

The premise of the story is so fantastic – the guy’s melded Quantum Physics and the Middle Ages in Europe – and he’s done a damn fine job! He’s also put in a lot of research into the topic. This is my first Crichton, but I’ve been told by a few of my friends that deep research is a Crichton hallmark.

This is a book that thrills every single page! It’s made me contemplate missing my dinner last Tuesday, and keeping me awake till 1:30 AM Wednesday and Thursday. Oh, and the climax is simply amazing! Totally absorbing. One point which a lot of thrillers sorely lack is closure. This book, though, doesn’t make that mistake. Nothing’s left hanging in the air. Ending it give you a nice, satisifed feeling.

A lot of my friends, even after grudingly acknowledging Crichton’s writing skills, have accused him of writing books for the sole purpose of getting them adapted into movies. I guess that stems from the unparalelled success of Jurassic Park and The Lost World. If he does, so be it. It makes the book more enrapturing.

Go read it! Of course, be prepared for a wretched drop in productivity!

Google’s Corporate Philosophy

This page on Google, about the company’s corporate philosophy:

Google Corporate Information: Our Philosophy

Google’s philosophy centres around ten things the company has found to be true. Each of those ten points offers valuable advice for any business. Definitely worth reading.

A lot of companies probably need to pay more attention to two aspects of Google. One, their focus. As the page says: ” Google does search. Google does not do horoscopes, financial advice or chat. With the largest research group in the world focused exclusively on solving search problems, Google knows what it does well and how it could be done better”. It’s tempting for a company with the kind of talent and reputation that Google has, to branch off into new markets. But the company’s steadfastly refused to do anything of the sort. And that’s the reason for its phenomenal success. That’s how simple it is.

The other is the legendary way they keep their employees happy. By breeding a culture that’s radically different from anything else in corporate America, Google maintains a “geek-friendly” atmosphere throughout. This is a company that considers free food, soft drinks and haircuts as investments, not expenses. And that shows in the mind-boggling productivity their employees are famous for.

Finally, Google’s motto sums it all up. “Don’t Be Evil” and you’ll always do well!

Google's Corporate Philosophy

This page on Google, about the company’s corporate philosophy:

Google Corporate Information: Our Philosophy

Google’s philosophy centres around ten things the company has found to be true. Each of those ten points offers valuable advice for any business. Definitely worth reading.

A lot of companies probably need to pay more attention to two aspects of Google. One, their focus. As the page says: ” Google does search. Google does not do horoscopes, financial advice or chat. With the largest research group in the world focused exclusively on solving search problems, Google knows what it does well and how it could be done better”. It’s tempting for a company with the kind of talent and reputation that Google has, to branch off into new markets. But the company’s steadfastly refused to do anything of the sort. And that’s the reason for its phenomenal success. That’s how simple it is.

The other is the legendary way they keep their employees happy. By breeding a culture that’s radically different from anything else in corporate America, Google maintains a “geek-friendly” atmosphere throughout. This is a company that considers free food, soft drinks and haircuts as investments, not expenses. And that shows in the mind-boggling productivity their employees are famous for.

Finally, Google’s motto sums it all up. “Don’t Be Evil” and you’ll always do well!

Sage Screenshot

Here’s a screenshot of Sage, the RSS reader I use. It’s a Firefox extension, no less! I’ll talk more about Sage in an upcoming article on Firefox.