Deception Detection

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The book, Spy the Lie, is about deception detection.  It covers common behavioral traits found in people when they lie.

The first section of the book talks about behavioral myths.  There are no automatic signs of deception.  People’s behavior will change based on a number of reasons, so it is important to know the context of each behavior.

The second section of the book, looks at common communication and behavioral patterns of people who are being deceptive.  However, it is important to keep in mind that things are not always what they seem and context matters.

The following are signs of deception:

  1.  Failure to answer
  2. Absence of an explicit denial
  3. Statements that fail to answer the question
  4. Inconsistent statements
  5. Going into attack mode
  6. Overly specific answers
  7. Process or procedural complaints
  8. Failure to understand a simple question
  9. Selective Memory
  10. Qualifiers

Getting Even by George Hayduke

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This book is a bit strange.  It even comes with a warning, which I don’t think I have ever seen before in a book.

Basically, it is a collection of stories about people getting even with other individuals or organizations.  Most of the tactics are illegal and some are a bit disturbing.

I didn’t enjoy the book, so I doubt I will ever read it again.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I was drawn to this book by the title.  It sounded intreating, so I decided to buy it.

The narrator of the book is Death, as in a Grim Reaper type character.  The story is about a girl named Liesel.  She lives in Nazi Germany, with her foster parents.  Her brother died on the train ride to their foster home, which lead to her first act of book thievery.

Liesel struggled to adjust to her new family life and new school.  However, she had a scrappy attitude that won her the respect of the other kids in the neighborhood.

In spite of the hatred around them, she learns compassion and love from her foster parents.  She also learns about courage and how to survive during difficult times.

The book is a bit weird, but interesting.  I thought it was interesting and thought provoking.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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Jones is one of the main characters in the book.  Jones notices things about people and helps them in times of trouble.  He teaches people how to gain a new perspective on their life.  He shows them how to be the person they want to be.  Many lives were dramatically changed, due to Jones.

A few of the principles taught by Jones are:

  • The struggles of life give us the strength we need to succeed in the future.
  • Read about the lives of great people, read about their struggles, their failures, and their success.  The experience of others is the best teacher.
  • If you continually focus on your needs, you will continually find things you need.  Instead, focus on the blessings you already have in life.  Gratitude will fill your life with happiness and abundance.
  • Happy and enthusiastic people are able to influence those around them.

This was a fun book to read and it’s defiantly a book worth reading multiple times.

Please Don’t Poop Where I Read

Norton has decided to start pooping under my hammock.  Mom thinks it’s funny.  The poor little fellow doesn’t want to poop in the blazing hot sun.  He needs shade to do his business.

However, I fail to see the humor.  I like to read in the hammock and occasionally fall out of it.  That’s supposed to be a reading zone, not a pooping zone.

Maybe I should post a “No Pooping Zone” sign.

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

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Professor Hardwigg discovered an old Icelandic parchment that contained a map to the center of the earth.  The professor was determined to follow the map with his nephew and a guide from Iceland as traveling companions.

Their journey was perilous and at several points almost ended in death, yet they succeeded and reached their destination.

They found the center of the earth contained a unique ecosystem, complete with vegetation, water, massive creatures, and even what appeared to be giant humans.

There were some interesting parts in the book.  However, it seemed a bit far fetched and I found it difficult to get into the story.