Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More books for the year...

45. Hidden History of New Hampshire - D. Quincy Whitney A fascinating collection of short vignettes showcasing the "...resourcefulness of Granite Staters in their efforts to innovate and improvise..." The names are often familiar but now I certainly have a clearer understanding of what they did and where it led.

46. Hometown Diners - Robert O. Williams A very enjoyable photo-journey to visit some of the finest examples of diner architecture in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. Definitely needs a cup of coffee and a piece of pie to go with it!

47. The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload the the Limits of Working Memory - Torkel Klingberg The author reviews much of the research that has been done on understanding working memory and follows up with some suggestions for understanding the reasons for our burgeoning lack of ability to bring focused attention to bear on problems at hand. He posits that the rapidly rising levels of attention deficit issues we're seeing can be largely attributed to our difficulties in reconciling the physical constraints of our working memory capacity with the mental processing demands of our current world.

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