Something new I learned about millennials

A lot is said about millennials, but there were two things in this article by Pew Research that I don’t recall reading before. The first is that 15% of the millennial population numbers includes people not born in the U.S. The number of millennials born in the U.S. was 10 million less than the number of U.S-born baby boomers. The second is that the group after the millennials, which Pew currently calls post-millennial, had more born in the U.S. than millennials. We’ll probably start hearing more about the post-millennial generation as soon as better name is found.

Twitter’s shrinking roll in social media

From Pew Research Center.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

The Making of the Atomic BombThe Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Great book mixing science, history and politics. The story goes back to understand the science (and the struggle to find the right path and understanding). It also helps you appreciate the way scientists work. It is a thick book, but very rewarding for its insights.

This was a major development in science, but Rhodes downplays it’s military importance. During the way it was speculation on how far along the various countries were in developing an atomic weapon. When the war ended it was clearer that the countries were much farther behind. Rhodes also writes about that time when only Japan is still fighting and the leaders in the U.S. are trying to decide how to bring the war to a quick end.

The atomic bond was terrible but so was the incendiary bombing in cities such as Dresden and Tokyo. Those bombings killed tens of thousands of people too. In the decisions of which cities might be bombed with an atomic bomb, those targets were chosen partially on cities that had not been bombed with incendiaries.

Rhodes book stop with the bombing of Nagasaki, but the book discusses how the scientists were already far along on the development of the thermonuclear bomb. The development of atomic weapons shows just how terrible the rise of Hitler and Nazism was viewed across the world. It was evil that must be stopped.

Books — July 2015

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful book. It makes me appreciate the talent of the movie makers more because they captured so much of the wonderful stuff and weren’t tempted by some of the minor stories in the book.


Dance of the Reptiles: Selected ColumnsDance of the Reptiles: Selected Columns by Carl Hiaasen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s eerie how this book’s tale feels as if it could happen so easily. A little nudge here or an overreaction there and you find yourself in this world. Readers should find strength in the book as it shows how easy it is to control others is to remove their ability to read. how on of the ways to control is to remove their ability to learn to read or remove the need to read.