The gravy train of exponential sales growth is over.  Indies have hit a brick wall and are scrambling to make sense of it

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“One of Amazon Kindle’s least known features allows you to peek over the reader’s shoulder, to follow people of interest to you and see their Public Notes on what they’re reading.”

Source: www.ornaross.com

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Short Review of Origins

Summary: “Origins ” is a film which asserts that mankind has gone off track from their natural, ancestral roots. The results of that drift has led to a world with decreased fertility, obesity, chronic disease, environmental damage, and dependence on fossil fuels and sugar (two things the film stress are killing us). Using a variety of experts from the Paleo and medical communities, viewers are encouraged to stop this trend by shifting from eating processed foods to more organic and natural food.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Running Time: Under 2 Hours (1:41)


  • Highly inspirational message-While the film is heavily critical of the current food industry, the overarching message is that humans have the power to make a positive change now.
  • Unique message-This was the first film that I have seen which addressed Paleo in a larger context. Instead of just talking about food, the film discussed humanity’s connection to the Earth.
  • Great narration
  • Great video work-The documentary had great shots throughout the film that will keep viewers intrigued.
  • Variety of interview panel- There was a plethora of people used in the documentary, almost like an “All Star Cast” including Abel James, Mark Sisson, Pedram Shojai, and Dr. J.J. Virgin.


  • Would have liked more tips on fitness- The film ends with an exuberant praise to eating healthy. I would like to have seen more emphasis on movement as well.


If you watched and enjoyed documentaries like “SuperSize Me”, this film will be something you want to watch. For now, the documentary is free at http://origins.well.org/. If you can’t get it free (or just want to support the filmmakers), the film is available for $19.99 here.

I learned about the film through a link on Twitter.

From November 13th through November 22nd, watch the feature-length movie Origins for FREE from filmmaker Pedram Shojai. #OriginsFilm @Well_Org

via Watch the Global Premiere of Origins the Movie.


Successful authors are stupid. In reality, wanting to be an author is kind of dumb. Not a good career choice. I ascribe to the Terry Gilliam view of success in creativity: “Talent is less important in film-making than patience. If you really want your films to say something that you hope is unique, then patience and stamina, thick skin, and a kind of stupidity, a mule-like stupidity, is what you really need.”

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Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names, Greetings, Insults, Sayings
Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names, Greetings, Insults, Sayings by Angela McDonald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this book at a museum gift shop. Overall, it was an interesting book. It didn’t dwell too much on basic translation, rather the focus was on how the Egyptians actually used hieroglyphics. In other words, you didn’t just learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics, you learned about the ways names were used (such as nicknames, royal names, or an ‘other-wordly’ name). You are also given the hieroglyphic equivalent of common words (“mother” “father”) common phrases (“to be ill” , body parts (arm, for example), or occupations. This was something I haven’t found in other books on hieroglyphics. The book also spends quite a bit of time explaining the background of some of the words and how they were used, including their position, their literal meaning, and when certain ones were used.

Overall, it was an interesting and creative take on Egyptian hieroglyphics. Most books tend to be straightforward, but this one was a little more creative. A little on the short side (80 pages including glossary and other material), but definitely packs a lot information in those 80 or so pages.

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Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual
Legionary: The Roman Soldier’s (Unofficial) Manual by Philip Matyszak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased this book from Amazon after seeing it at a higher price in a museum store. It is a delightfully witty and humorous guide to the Roman army from a soldier’s perspective. If you can remember the recruitment videos from the 1950′s, you’ll get an idea of the language style used in the book. As an example there is a chapter on “People Who Will Want to Kill You” covering the various tribes and nations the Romans fought with a general summary of who they are, how they dress, and battle tips.

“Legionary: The Roman Soldier’s (Unofficial) Manual” is incredibly detailed from a historical viewpoint, covering everything from how a recruit trains to the pecking order to how an army delivers punishments and rewards.

It’s a great book if you are a Roman history geek like myself and want to get a better understanding of the army than what happens in books and the movies. This book does an excellent job of showing what the day-to-day life would have looked for a Roman soldier.

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