Bryan Hidalgo and Gail O’Donnell have amassed a collection of over 100 interviews of Hollywood’s top contemporary talent from the acting community, along with screenwriters and directors. Each interview is structured with a head shot of the person, their short bio, and a dozen or so revealing questions asking what factors have contributed towards their success in their profession. Their answers are soberly articulated both humbly and modestly, but a common thread exists – it takes hard work and never giving up!

Hidalgo and O’Donnell queried professionals from both sides of the camera lens. The common question first asked was always, “How did your career begin?” For screenwriter Wesley Strick, he began writing as a rock critic and journalist in Berkeley. Many actors such as: James Rebhorn, Marcia Cross, David Paymer, Alex O’Loughlin, Michael Emerson and scores of others studied acting in school. For Joe Penny “It just happened,” as he went to pick up a friend taking an acting class and sat down to watch what was going on, thinking “I can do that.” Elizabeth Perkins was at a barbecue in Chicago when someone asked her, “What do you do?” “I’m an actor,” she replied, thinking to herself that’s what she’d like to be; allowing the self-actualization of the candid remark to then pull her into her career.

Legal Aspects of Managing Technology written by Lee Burgunder is a fairly good textbook geared towards a college classroom. Unlike many other textbooks, it actually addresses legal cases that students are interested in. Therefore, this book is recommended by the author to be taught in an IT related business law class.

This textbook covers cases such as Napster, Grokster, and Live 2 Crew which are extremely applicable to this time period’s college students who grew up with these issues. In addition, it thoroughly covers issues that will need to be understood when the average college student reaches the business world such as sarbanes oxley.

The read itself is rather complex, but is still understandable by the average English speaking person. Expect international students to have a bit more issues especially when reading some of the cases and new terminology that the average person may not be familiar with. However, it is still not an ultra difficult read for an average college student which can be a real deterrent to reading some of the other business law textbooks out there. If you are a student, expect this textbook to be a semi-difficult read, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The examples they give in this textbook are incredibly interesting.

Not long ago, I was at a local thrift store which also happens to have a good selection of used books. I frequently go into see what’s there and the inventory turns over every couple weeks or so. On the free shelves they had half a set of encyclopedias. Now then, no one really wants a set of encyclopedias these days, no one except for me that likes to do research to help with my writing, and I suppose even fewer folks would want half a set of encyclopedias.

Nevertheless, I rescued these books from the free pile. In scanning through all this information and yes I have read the Encyclopedia before, I noticed some interesting things in the yearbooks, those add-on books which come with an encyclopedia subscription, or at least they used to when people were still buying these books. In each year book they had all the major events; natural disasters, scientific discoveries, major developments in all industries, and the big events in governments around the world.

What I found quite fascinating is many of the things that we think are new inventions today, were actually invented decades ago. We might think that something is a new development, or a breakthrough area of science, but the predecessor discoveries which are only backdated a couple of incremental notches of the chain came old about long ago.

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