Friday, January 29, 2010

I love my iPhone.

I finished a really good book today. It's called Assault Rifle, and it's written by Maxim Popenker and Anthony G. Williams. I had never heard of Williams before, but I'm a huge fan of Popenker's work, and it was nice to see it in print as opposed to on a monitor (he's the author of an amazing website about guns). The book was split into two major sections and an appendix. The first was way heady. The first half of that section was about ammunition, so it had globs of data smeared across the text. No figurative language here, baby. Just lots of sectional densities and metric dimensions. There were tables that made even my head spin. Ammunition is a lot more complex than most people think it is. The second half of the first section was a chronology of the development of the assault rifle. It was much easier reading, and much shorter. The second major section was just a listing, by country of origin, of the world's assault rifles and their important facts. Thinks like rate of fire, dimensions, chambering, and muzzle velocity at standard loading. That section took forever to read, but it wasn't hard.

All in all, the book was informative and I found it entertaining. Having finished it, I must now move on to finishing the assigned portion of Crime and Punishment, Algorithms in a Nutshell (which is even more challenging but also really good), and I have to start both the Unix book I bought and the derivative securities book I borrowed from my dad. Ever present on my nightstand are Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which I'll probably never finish, and all of those Agatha Christies a friend gave me a while back. I had intended to read one of those today, and if it hadn't been for Assault Rifle, I probably could have.

Let's see what the future holds and greet it with the best intentions in mind.