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The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Welcome to the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical guide to science fiction in all its forms.
reference  scifi  sciencefiction  science  literature  reading  encyclopedia 
september 2018 by garrettc
How to read
"Five years ago I realized that I remembered almost nothing about most books that I read. I was reading all kinds of non-fiction - pop-psychology, pop-economics, pop-sociology, you name it - and felt like quite the polymath auto-didact. But one day, after I had finished blathering at a friend about how much I had enjoyed Thinking, Fast and Slow, they asked for a quick summary of the book’s overall thesis. I thought for a while, mumbled something about System 1 and System 2 and how I had only really read it for background knowledge, and adroitly changed the subject. As I was falling asleep that night it occurred to me that calling yourself an auto-didact doesn’t mean you actually know anything."
books  reading  education  learning  technique  flashcards  memory  studying 
july 2018 by garrettc
Long read: What's so bad about Comic Sans, anyway?
"Comic Sans still dominates classrooms with teachers believing it is better for dyslexic students, "Comic Sans still dominates classrooms with teachers believing it is better for dyslexic students, for reading and for modelling handwriting. Jon Severs finds that those benefits are dubious and that so much else we think we know about fonts and readability - even reading itself - is highly problematic . for reading and for modelling handwriting"
reading  dyslexic  typography  font  accessibility 
january 2018 by garrettc
Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook
"…an experiment in close-reading in which seven women are reading the book and conducting a conversation in the margins. The project went live on Monday 10 November 2008."
book  collaboration  interactive  literature  reading  experiment 
november 2017 by garrettc
100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction
The best dystopian novels, including 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, and more.
book  books  fiction  dystopia  list  reading 
september 2017 by garrettc
Stagnant and dull, can digital books ever replace print? – Craig Mod | Aeon Essays
From 2009 to 2013, every book I read, I read on a screen. And then I stopped. You could call my four years of devout screen‑reading an experiment. I felt a duty…
reading  ebooks  books  kindle  amazon 
march 2016 by garrettc
Top Designers Give Us Their Summer Reading Picks
"We asked a dozen of the best designers around which books they think are worth bringing to the beach. Taken together, the recommendation form also a master class in design."
books  reading  design  designthinking 
july 2015 by garrettc
In Defense of Links, part three: In links we trust
"Nick Carr, like the rest of the “Web rots our brains” contingent, views links as primarily subtractive and destructive. Links direct us away from where we are to somewhere else on the Web. They impede our concentration, degrade our comprehension, and erode our attention spans."
reading  hypertext  links  worldwideweb  hyperlinks 
may 2015 by garrettc
In Defense of Links, Part Two: Money changes everything
"The Web is deep in many directions, yet it is also, undeniably, full of distractions. These distractions do not lie at the root of the Web’s nature. They’re out on its branches, where we find desperate businesses perched, struggling to eke out one more click of your mouse, one more view of their page."
reading  hypertext  links  worldwideweb  hyperlinks 
may 2015 by garrettc
In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification
"For 15 years, I've been doing most of my writing -- aside from my two books -- on the Web. When I do switch back to writing an article for print, I find myself feeling stymied. I can't link!"
reading  hypertext  links  worldwideweb  hyperlinks 
may 2015 by garrettc
Cornetto screenplays
Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End
films  cinema  screenplay  reading 
september 2014 by garrettc
Reading Pathways: Blake Nelson
Suggestions for where to start in on the works of Austen, Murakami, Asimov, Munro, Bray, Bradbury, Morrison, Forster, Atwood, and others.
books  reading  guide  list  toread 
september 2014 by garrettc
Interviewly - Interviews with interesting people
Interviews with interesting people, pulled from Reddit, organized, and made prettier.
ama  interview  reddit  reading 
march 2014 by garrettc
Survey: Tablet Owners Prefer Browsers to Native Apps
Among tablet owners, at least, reading on the mobile Web is preferable to using native apps, according to a recent survey from the Online Publishers Association.
survey  data  research  mobile  reading  appstore 
june 2012 by garrettc
How to Build the Pixar of the iPad Age in Shreveport, Louisiana
Fascinating look at Moonbot, the studio behind The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
animation  culture  ipad  storytelling  story  reading 
november 2011 by garrettc
Bookmarklet to reduce the clutter around what you're reading on the web. Like an in-place Instapaper
reading  bookmarklet  usability  userexperience  web  browser  tools 
september 2010 by garrettc
Writer In Residence
An absolutely gorgeous building designed specifically to be a writer's retreat.
reading  writing  design  architecture 
september 2010 by garrettc
Google Lit Trips
Exploring locations in works of literature using Google Earth.
literature  googleearth  google  reading  education  maps  mapping 
july 2010 by garrettc
Love Me Long Time – Jeffrey Zeldman
"If you want people to spend time reading your site, give them better content."
content  userexperience  reading  copywriting 
march 2010 by garrettc
Is RSS making me unable to read a layout?
Do web layouts start to look strange after spending too long in an RSS reader? I get where Denise is coming from here. RSS is just so easy to read.
rss  layout  webdesign  reading 
january 2010 by garrettc
Uncle Bobby's Wedding
A librarian writes a fantastically thoughtful and well reasoned letter in response to a complaint about a book in their collection about gay marriage.
writing  society  rights  reading  politics  literature  library  culture  policy  marriage 
august 2008 by garrettc
The History of Visual Communication
"The translation of ideas, stories and concepts that are largely textual and/or word based into a visual format, i.e. visual communication." No idea when I'll find the time to read this.
analysis  art  computer  data  drawing  education  graphics  history  ideas  infographics  inspiration  interesting  learning  photography  print  reading  reference  research  visualisation  design 
february 2008 by garrettc
Basic concepts in science
A regularly updated list of blog entries explaining the basics of science and mathematics.
biology  chemistry  physics  reading  reference  research  resource  science  teaching  education  elearning  knowledge 
january 2008 by garrettc
Next-Gen Travel Search Sites Find Better Airfare Deals, Faster
Wired article highlighting a new generation of travel search sites. Unfortunately I've already booked my xmas flight, but I'll be coming back to these in the new year.
article  reading  review  search  technology  travel  airfare  deals  holiday  flight 
december 2007 by garrettc
Free book trade and exchange community.
socialsoftware  social  society  socialnetworking  reading  swap  book 
august 2006 by garrettc
Dark Miracle
A travelogue by Joshua Ellis about visiting the Trinity test site, home of the Manhattan Project.
art  blog  culture  death  government  history  information  philosophy  politics  reading  science  research  nuclear  atomic  bomb  journalism 
april 2006 by garrettc
Top 12 Ruby on Rails Tutorials
Been meaning to make a note of this link list for a while. Very useful
code  education  guide  howto  learning  links  programming  rails  reading  reference  ruby  rubyonrails  scripting  webdevelopment 
november 2005 by garrettc
Subtraction: The Funniest Grid You Ever Saw
Great article about the design grid underlying the Onion's new site
css  design  grid  html  interesting  layout  markup  reading  reference  theory  usability  visual  xhtml 
october 2005 by garrettc
Confounding Machines: How the Future Looked - New York Times
All new technology causes ripples, including old new technology like the radio.
history  culture  social  society  science  interesting  reading 
august 2005 by garrettc
Bloom's Taxonomy
There are three types of learning: Cognitive, Affective, and Pyschomotor
education  ideas  interesting  learning  reading  reference  research  writing  psychology  teaching 
august 2005 by garrettc
An online co-operative library. Sign up and dontae 10 books to the pool, gain access to the pool yourself. Interesting
socialsoftware  social  reading  community  sharing  book 
august 2005 by garrettc
Dive Into Greasemonkey
A book about programming with the Firefox extension Greasemonkey
ajax  howto  javascript  mozilla  programming  reading  xmlhttprequest  book  webdevelopment 
may 2005 by garrettc

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