John M. Ford

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 387
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (690 of 733)
Location: near DC, MD USA

I like reading, writing, swimming, and walking Jasper. My more respectable interests include text mining, test development and cognitive science.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 387 - Total Helpful Votes: 690 of 733
The Forest of Time and Other Stories by Michael Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the Campfire, 7 April 2014
This collection of stories and poems by Michael Flynn is a good read. It's been a while since a single-author anthology has made me consistency late for all kinds of things because I just didn't want to stop reading. I can't comment on the poetry because science fiction poetry isn't my kind of thing. But the stories range from good to great. And they range in content, too, touching on a variety of themes. I'm impressed.

My four favorites are:

"The Forest of Time" centers around a likeable fellow lost among branching timelines. The first people he encounters are soldiers and they believe his story just enough to imagine its military implications… Read more
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speeds of Thought, 31 Mar 2014
Daniel Kahneman has spent most of his professional life studying the way people think. It this book he characterizes much of our thought as the interplay between two mental systems. "System 1 operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control. System 2 allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it, including complex computations. The operations of System 2 are often associated with the subjective experience of agency, choice, and concentration." Kahneman goes on to describe each system in detail and summarize the supporting research evidence.

System 1 generates impressions and feelings; acts quickly,… Read more
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Heeeeeere's Bio!, 31 Mar 2014
Henry Bushkin was Johnny Carson's lawyer, friend, business partner, and the inspiration for the "Bombastic Bushkin" character in Carson's monologues. He was a golf swing away from Carson through the Tonight Show's rise to network television dominance and the breakup of two of the star's marriages. His book contains "secrets that could not be revealed until after Carson's death," although they consist mostly of Bushkin's side of various business disputes with his former employer.

I picked up this book for the Carson anecdotes and there are plenty. My favorites include:

* Carson catches a longtime employee stealing cash from his dressing room. The employee is told he… Read more