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One of the books that I got for Christmas was Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History. Though I'm not a chemist and never was all that great at it, so some of it's a bit over my head, it's a great read. I don't read much these days and very little non-fiction, so it's rare for a non-fiction book to grab me this way. It's interesting to see how things could've been different without the discovery or synthesis of certain molecules and molecular compounds, what these discoveries influenced, and how the tiniest change in molecular structure (even as simple as, say, a bond being a double or triple bond instead of a single) can change a chemical from benign and useful to something incredibly lethal. Great book and I recommend it to anyone.

Bought the Concert for George CD for myself after Christmas, since I had to return something. Excellent CD. Methinks I'll be checking out more George Harrison stuff soon. Though I always loved his Beatles tunes and I liked the solo stuff of his I'd heard, I never really got into George, but there are some great covers on here that make me think I'll really like it.

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