RR tells me that Neuromancer by William Gibson might be a good sci-fi book to read on the upcoming vacation. It has some Matrix correlations. Oprah also had an interesting book idea about a deaf person during the depression. I can't remember the name of the book right now, but the first name of the author is "Carson".
While cleaning up my home office over the long weekend I also found an old note, and a good reminder, about the Hawthorne Effect. Another old note about JTest and JContract remind me of things I need to test!