Books, man. They're great. Bastions of knowledge, keepers of ideas, connectors of dots. This year the United States Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 215th birthday. The cumulative knowledge amassed over those 215 years is vast and nearly endless. In the past 6 months I started to follow a new blog called Execution Hollow, which details many nuggets of West Point lore pre-1900. Its a great blog and I love learning about the past. The place was so different then, yet so very much the same.