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Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield review – luxury communism, anyone? | Books | The Guardian
What seem to be potentially anarchic, liberating technologies are highly vulnerable to capture and recuperation by existing power structures – just as were dissident pop-culture movements such as punk. Greenfield makes this point with particular force when discussing automated “smart contracts” and the technology of the blockchain, a kind of distributed ledger that underlies the bitcoin currency but could be used for many more things besides. “Despite the insurgent glamour that clings to it still,” he points out, “blockchain technology enables the realisation of some very long-standing desires on the part of very powerful institutions.” Much as he scorns the authoritarian uses of new technology, he also wants to warn progressives against technological utopianism. “Activists on the participatory left are just as easily captivated by technological hype as anyone else, especially when that hype is couched in superficially appealing language.”

Critical resistance to all these different colonial battalions is based on Greenfield’s observation, nicely repurposing the enemy’s terminology, that “reality is the one platform we all share”. If we want to avoid the pitiless libertarianism towards which all these developments seem to lean – unsurprisingly, because it is the predominant political ideology among the pathetically undereducated tech elite – then we need to insist on public critique and strategies of refusal. Radical Technologies itself is a landmark primer and spur to more informed and effective opposition.
***  review  technology  book  books  criticism  speedbird  trends  futurism  future  critique 
28 days ago by gpe
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED
Our Future Book is composed of email, tweets, YouTube videos, mailing lists, crowdfunding campaigns, PDF to .mobi converters, Amazon warehouses, and a surge of hyper-affordable offset printers in places like Hong Kong.

For a “book” is just the endpoint of a latticework of complex infrastructure, made increasingly accessible. Even if the endpoint stays stubbornly the same—either as an unchanging Kindle edition or simple paperback—the universe that produces, breathes life into, and supports books is changing in positive, inclusive ways, year by year. The Future Book is here and continues to evolve. You’re holding it. It’s exciting. It’s boring. It’s more important than it has ever been.

But temper some of those flight-of-fancy expectations. In many ways, it’s still a potato.
books  publishing  trends  future  *****  wired  infrastructure  ideas 
29 days ago by gpe
How to make a book – The Creative Independent
There is a lot of writing advice out there, but I don’t find much of it especially helpful. I do not mean that it’s “inaccurate”; I only want to note that a lot of it suggests that there are only a few “correct” methods, and that can endanger the process, or at least make it a lot less fruitful. Writing a book is an individual endeavor, an expression of a writer’s unique and thoughtful approach to inspiration, process, and refinement. The way a book is written is part of what makes it so singular. This guide points to a few approaches that have worked for some writers.
books  book  howto  ****  creativity 
july 2018 by gpe
I have forgotten how to read - The Globe and Mail
For many writers, this is the new wisdom. A cynical style of reading gives way to a cynical style of writing. I've watched my own books become "useful" as they made their way into public conversation. I never meant them to be useful – in a self-help sense – but that was how they were often read. I say this with less reproach than surprise: Almost every interviewer has asked me for tips and practical life advice, despite the fact my books offer neither.

Meanwhile, I admit it: The words I write now filter through a new set of criteria. Do they grab; do they anger? Can this be read without care? Are the sentences brief enough? And the thoughts? It's tempting to let myself become so cynical a writer because I'm already such a cynical reader. I am giving what I get.

In Silicon Valley, they have a saying that explains why an algorithm starts producing unwanted results: Garbage in, garbage out. The idea is that an algorithm can only work with the information you feed it. Aren't writers – all creators – algorithmic in that way? Our job is to process what we consume. Beauty in, beauty out. Garbage in, garbage out.

So maybe that change into a cynical writer can be forestalled – if I can first correct my reading diet, remember how to read the way I once did. Not scan, not share, not excerpt – but read. Patiently, slowly, uselessly.

Books have always been time machines, in a sense. Today, their time-machine powers are even more obvious – and even more inspiring. They can transport us to a pre-internet frame of mind. Those solitary journeys are all the more rich for their sudden strangeness.
trends  books  reading  algorithms  future  writing  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
So You Want to Publish a Magazine
So you want to publish a magazine? Start here! 

 This guide shows you how to take your concept from idea to proper publication, step by step. It covers all the nuts and bolts of indie magazine publishing, from budgeting and distribution to design and print. Inspirational and informative, this book gives you the behind-the-scenes information you need to take your idea all the way to print, and beyond. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves magazines or dreams of starting their own.
publishing  magazines  books  ***  tobuy  howto  magazine 
february 2018 by gpe
How Kickstarter Is Changing Publishing – Electric Literature
In the end, Fruhlinger was very happy with The Enthusiast. The book contains art from three different artists, and was printed in paperback and hardcover. He’s sold 1,500 copies of the book so far, selling from both online and brick-and-mortar stores, and his profit rose to a more comfortable $4,369.14. But having Kickstarted once is enough for him.
“If I were going to do another novel, I would try to go through an agent,” he said.
Olin says she’d definitely Kickstart again. In fact, she’s more likely to Kickstart again than to traditionally publish. She thinks other authors should crowdfund their books as well.
“It’s a really clarifying and focusing thing to think about an idea, and how to sell its value to other people, for the length of time it takes to put a Kickstarter campaign together,” she said. “It could lead to better books for all of us.”
Asked what he’d say to an author torn between getting an agent for a manuscript and Kickstarting a book, Fishman responded that it really depends on an author’s goal for a project. He feels that it’s at least worth trying to get an agent, but if that road doesn’t work?
“If you can’t find an agent and you believe in the book, go ahead and self-publish,” said Fishman. “Prove us wrong. Because we’re wrong all the time.”
tips  ***  heraclitus  books  publishing  writing  kickstarter  howto 
february 2018 by gpe
Kinokuniya BookWeb USA
Cool looking art supply/notebooks/pen section in the NYC store.
nyc  books  bookstore  japan  travel  *** 
january 2018 by gpe
Animal Logo – Counter-Print
Animal Logo is a collection of categorised animal logos and symbols from around the world and contains 266 logos from some of the world’s greatest designers and companies such as; Total Identity, Lance Wyman, Build, Stockholm Design Lab, Minale Tattersfield, Stefan Kanchev, Kari Piippo Oy and many more.
books  tobuy  design  ***  animal  logo 
january 2018 by gpe
Dealing with monsters: why adults need kids books now more than ever | Kat Patrick | Books | The Guardian
Returning to the literature that I loved as a kid isn’t just a comforting regression when times are tough. I find that when things feel weirder than usual, I need to find a literary weirdness that’s capable of unscrambling my present tense.

Kids’ books offer ways to make sense of a world that is suddenly spinning so quickly we’re permanently dizzy; it’s one of the few formats that helps you do everything at once in the way the internet landscape demands; escape, understand and take action.

But as much as we need them more than ever, we’re still making the mistake of thinking that kids’ books are transient; that they only serve to get through a bedtime, or prep a child for the responsibilities of being a grown-up. There’s two things wrong with this.
books  guardian.uk  counterintuitive  ****  2017  children  childhood 
january 2018 by gpe
Children's books with humans have greater moral impact than animals, study finds | Books | The Guardian
Ganea felt that it would be useful for children’s authors to be aware of her research. “We tell stories to children for many reasons, and if the goal is to teach them a moral lesson then one way to make the lesson more accessible to children is to use human characters. Yes, we should consider the diversity of story characters and the roles they are depicted in,” she said.

Chris Haughton, author and illustrator of animal picture books including Oh No, George! and Shh! We Have a Plan, felt that while “a simple instructional moral message might work short term”, the stories that have longer impact are the ones that resonate deeply. “I read Charlotte’s Web as a child and I know that made a big impression on me. I thought about it for a long time after I read the story. I identified with the non-human characters. That, among other things, did actually turn me into a lifelong vegetarian. I think a truly engaging and quality story that resonates with the child will be replayed in their mind and that has the real effect on them and the course of their life,” he said.
research  books  children  ****  guardian  morality  guardian.uk 
january 2018 by gpe
Picnic at Hanging Rock (novel) - Wikipedia
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1967 Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay. Its plot focuses on a group of female students at an Australian women's college in 1900 who inexplicably vanish at Hanging Rock while on a Valentine's Day picnic. It also explores the outlying effects the disappearances have on the school and local community. The novel was first published in 1967 in Australia by Cheshire Publishing and was reprinted by Penguin in 1975. It is widely considered by critics to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time.
books  toread  australia  crime  mystery  **** 
october 2017 by gpe
When the Wind Blows (comics) - Wikipedia
When the Wind Blows is a 1982 graphic novel, by British artist Raymond Briggs, that shows a nuclear attack on Britain by the Soviet Union from the viewpoint of a retired couple, Jim and Hilda Bloggs. The book was later made into an animated film.
books  graphic.art  toread  ****  nuclear  war  cold.war 
october 2017 by gpe
It's Nice That | Anthony Burrill’s new book urges you to Make It Now!
Anthony Burrill’s new publication Make It Now is his treatise on “creative inspiration and getting things done”. Part biography, part musing on what it is to create work, the hardback book published by Penguin Random House and designed in collaboration with APFEL. It offers insights and tips on working in design, as well as anecdotes by Anthony and his collaborators that uncover the stories behind some of his most famous works. The book is jam-packed with typographic artworks and messages that appear like a scrap book of ideas. Each story is interspersed with photos and quotes that portray a gentle portrait of one of the most popular designers working today. We caught up with Anthony to find out more.
books  typography  inspiration  creativity  *** 
july 2017 by gpe
Empathy in Book Publishing: Design Observer
All designers, no matter their level, should count fostering customer empathy in themselves and others as a baseline job requirement—doubly so if you work in book publishing where human-centered design is seldom discussed. Invest energy into spotting your readers’ peas. Internalize their perspective. Champion their needs. I can’t promise it will make you rich, but it will imbue your work with a greater sense of service and purpose.
***  design  books  publishing  empathy 
july 2017 by gpe
A Story of Books Becoming a Mountain - 50 Watts
The covers and text in this post come from the hard-to-find book Bound Treasures: Graphic Art in Korean Children's Books of the Mid-20th Century by Lee Ho Baek and Jeong Byung-kyu. It was published in 2009 by The National Library for Children and Young Adults and the Art Center for Children's Books at Paju Book City. It seems not many copies made it to the US.
books  graphic.art  korea  ***  children  art 
july 2017 by gpe
Typotheque: Detail in typography by Jost Hochuli, ISBN: 9782917855669
Your group offers a very nice discussion here. Your individual posts are almost universally well-supported and thoughtful. Nicely done!
design  typography  howto  books  ****  tobuy 
december 2016 by gpe
Urbanomic
For potential publication.
art  books  culture  magazine  philosophy  urbanism  ***  publishing 
march 2015 by gpe
SUSC Homepage :: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
"The Studies in Urban and Social Change Book Series aims to advance debates and empirical analyses stimulated by changes in the fortunes of cities and regions across the world. Topics range from monographs on single places to large-scale comparisons across East and West, North and South. The series is explicitly interdisciplinary; the editors judge books by their contribution to intellectual solutions rather than according to disciplinary origin. This book series is linked to the journal International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. For more information on this journal, please visit the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research page at Wiley Online Library."
books  todo  academic  *****  mytools  research  dissertation 
march 2013 by gpe
How to Write a Scholarly Book Review for Publication in a Peer-Reviewed Journal
Purpose:

To describe and discuss the processes used to write scholarly book reviews for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to provide a recommended strategy and book appraisal worksheet to use when conducting book reviews.

Methods:

A literature search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and the Index to Chiropractic Literature was conducted in June 2009 using a combination of controlled vocabulary and truncated text words to capture articles relevant to writing scholarly book reviews for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
books  reviews  howto  ***  bookreview  academic 
october 2012 by gpe
Paul Kingsnorth on Civilisation and its Discontents | The Browser
"Robinson Jeffers was a poet who lived in California for most of his life. He’s a very interesting poet, unlike any other I have come across. I remember reading an anthology many years ago and coming across a couple of his poems. I’d never heard of him before but thought they were very striking for two reasons. First, they had a deep, radical ecological vision of the world. Second, the way they were written, with long, flowing lines – he’s not interested in meter, he’s interested in rhythm. His style is unlike anything else I’ve seen, as are his themes. Jeffers looks at the world, as one would now describe it, from a deep ecological perspective with humans as just one part of the ecological web, not at the centre of it."
poetry  literature  technology  progress  **  list  books  toread  interview 
august 2012 by gpe
Joseph Corn on Aviation History | FiveBooks | The Browser
"The historian and author pilots us through a century of aviation, from the excitement that greeted the first airplanes to the transformative role of World War II and today’s frequent flyers"
aviation  history  ***  list  books  topurchase  interview 
june 2012 by gpe
Ian Fleming's Thrilling Inspiration for You Only Live Twice '67
"Half of the novel is a travelogue around Japan and the customs and traditions of its evaporating culture as it entered into the 1960s and the increasing Americanisation of its society. Notably Fleming had, the year before, in 1963 published a book of collected travel writing entitled Thrilling Cities, from trips around the world reporting for the Sunday Times in 1959 and 1960. A large part of one chapter of You Only Live Twice simply listed, in botanical textbook-like fashion, no less than twenty-two different types of poisonous flowers, plants and trees with which a certain Dr Guntram Shatterhand had populated his “Garden of Death”, which surrounded his Japanese “Castle of Death”. This “Garden of Death” was the polar opposite of the Biblical perfect Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve before the Fall of Man, after they ate of the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The purpose of this “lovesome spot” was to entice the notoriously suicidal Japanese population into a garden of suicidal delights, where there were also boiling mud fumaroles, poisonous snakes and piranha fish occupying the castle’s moat. It was a veritable anti-Eden; a dystopia of mammoth proportions, a Hell on Earth created by an evil genius that had tipped over into utter madness and insanity."
books  **  reading  nature 
may 2012 by gpe
Ian Bogost - Aerotropolis
"Aerotropolis underscores the fact that the story of the twenty-first century will not be one of stories, at all, but of systems instead. The airport city is just one example, yoked to so many others like airliners to a hub. Living effectively under such conditions requires more than just new logistical and industrial infrastructures—it also demands new conceptual infrastructures, new ways of discussing and debating these new ways of living."
books  cities  review  urbanism  aerotropolis  aeromobility  dissertation  **** 
april 2012 by gpe
A speech by the late David Foster Wallace | Books | The Guardian
"A huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded. Here's one example of the utter wrongness of something I tend to be automatically sure of: everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute centre of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in existence. We rarely talk about this sort of natural, basic self-centredness, because it's so socially repulsive, but it's pretty much the same for all of us, deep down. It is our default setting, hard-wired into our boards at birth. Think about it: there is no experience you've had that you were not at the absolute centre of. The world as you experience it is right there in front of you, or behind you, to the left or right of you, on your TV, or your monitor, or whatever. Other people's thoughts and feelings have to be communicated to you somehow, but your own are so immediate, urgent, real - you get the idea. But please don't worry that I'm getting ready to preach to you about compassion or other-directedness or the so-called "virtues". This is not a matter of virtue - it's a matter of my choosing to do the work of somehow altering or getting free of my natural, hard-wired default setting, which is to be deeply and literally self-centred, and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self."
dfw  philosophy  speech  *****  guardian  books 
december 2011 by gpe
A Reading List for Future Journalists : CJR
"For CJR’s fiftieth anniversary issue, we asked some of our favorite journalists, critics, and academics to help us compile a list of readings that would help the next generation of reporters become better observers, storytellers, and thinkers. Below, you’ll find the twenty respondents’ unabridged lists, presented in alphabetical order. A curated cumulative list can be found here."
list  books  journalism  reading  *** 
november 2011 by gpe
History of Cartography: Volumes One and Two
Amazing: "On this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first two volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format. Navigate to the PDFs from the left column. Each chapter of each book is a single PDF. The search box on the left allows searching across the content of all the PDFs that make up the first four books."
history  maps  cartography  books  pdf  design  english  mapping  ***** 
july 2011 by gpe
Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors | NeuroTribes
A great list of writing tips that apply to dissertations as well as books.
writing  productivity  howto  tips  books  research  list  ****  mytools 
june 2011 by gpe
Edward L Glaeser on Urban Economics | FiveBooks | The Browser
Edward Glaeser, Harvard Professor of Economics, talks to on urban - fascinating interview
economics  books  fivebooks 
may 2011 by gpe
JACKET MECHANICAL: Kafka
Those beautiful Kafka covers that were making the rounds last week. Love those colors.
color  design  illustration  literature  inspiration  books  illustrator  art  blog  *** 
february 2011 by gpe
Google Ngram Viewer: flying versus driving
Mentions of 'flying' won until about 1880, when 'driving' took over and dominated until a spike for 'flying' during the 1940s.
driving  flight  aviation  books  history  words  mobility  google  search  *** 
january 2011 by gpe
Calibre
"Free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books."
foss  ebook  kindle  software  organization  management  library  tools  pdf  books  * 
december 2010 by gpe
Catherine S Manegold | FiveBooks
"I’d really like to sink into a 500 page book on cancer clusters, dead children & irresponsible industry execs."
t  narrative  books  list  history  environment  recommendations  *** 
august 2010 by gpe
Kickstartup — Successful fundraising with Kickstarter & the (re)making of Art Space Tokyo — Craig Mod
The most comprehensive advice yet on the Kickstarter experience. | "I hope it doesn't sound greedy to say you should set your goals high. Remember, maximizing the financial goal means simultaneously maximizing the community engagement. You're not just getting more money but building a stronger community."
kickstarter  funding  fundraising  publishing  business  books  startup  design  *****  inspiration  advice 
august 2010 by gpe
Eat, Pray, Spend | Bitch Magazine
"Winfrey’s advice moves women away from...agency by promoting materialism & dependency masked as empowerment."
feminism  books  women  culture  literature  consumerism  money  capitalism  race  ** 
august 2010 by gpe
Ill Fares the Land | The New York Review of Books
"Our problem is not what to do; it is how to talk about it." —Tony Judt, in this @nybooks essay /cc @glymmers
politics  books  society  economics  policy  review  country  land  essay  ****  liberal  conservative  dissertation  t  nybooks 
august 2010 by gpe
Frankfurt quotation, from The Travellers' dictionary of quotation: who said what, about where? (by Peter Yapp)
"When God made Frankfurt-am-Main, he shat a lump of concrete." - Günter Grass, quoted by Nigel Dennis in New York Review of Books, 23 November 1978, reviewing Grass's The Flounder
books  quotation  frankfurt  funny  urbanism  architecture  **** 
april 2010 by gpe
The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places. by Gibson, David. : William Stout Architectural Books :
"Designer David Gibson, drawing on more than thirty years of experience, offers a concise and engaging introduction to the profession in this book.He addreses every aspect of the discipline from planning and design - typography, color, map-making, dimensional forms, material selection, and media developments - to practical considerations, such as setting up teams and managing projects."
wayfinding  navigation  space  design  books  architecture  dissertation  book 
july 2009 by gpe
Signage and Wayfinding Design. by Calori, Chris. : William Stout Architectural Books :
"In this practical guide, author Chris Calori outlines her proven "Signage Pyramid" method. This approach divides signage into three interrelated focus areas and componentsÑthe Information Content System, the Graphic System, and the Hardware System, making it easier to solve the often complex design problems posed in a comprehensive signage program."
wayfinding  navigation  design  architecture  space  dissertation  books  book 
july 2009 by gpe
Signage Systems and Information Graphics. by Uebele, Andreas. : William Stout Architectural Books :
"The book showcases great examples of signage design worldwide, ranging from museums and schools to transport systems, with an emphasis on the most original approaches. It is not only an indispensable handbook for communications designers but also a must for architects, interior designers, and graphic artists who need a better understanding of this essential aspect of modern design."
wayfinding  navigation  design  books  graphics  architecture  dissertation  book  graphic 
july 2009 by gpe
Ask MetaFilter’s best introductory books
Another roundup, this time of books mentioned in that Ask Metafilter stream on introductory books.
list  academic  books  information  resources  ask.metafilter  book 
june 2009 by gpe
MOBYLIVES
Love this blog design.
webdesign  blue  color  clean  simple  blog  books  literature  **  book 
april 2009 by gpe
Wasting Away in Hooverville
A review of three books related to The Great Depression: "When Republicans announce that the New Deal failed--as they now do, over and over again, without any reproach from their own side--they usually say that the case has been proven by the conservative columnist Amity Shlaes in her book The Forgotten Man. Though Shlaes's revisionist history of the New Deal came out a year and a half ago, to wild acclaim on the right, its popularity seems to be peaking now. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard recently called Shlaes one of the Republican party's major assets. "Amity Shlaes's book on the failure of the New Deal to revive the economy, The Forgotten Man, was widely read by Republicans in Washington," he reported. "So were her compelling articles on that subject in mainstream newspapers.""
thegreatdepression  depression  books  history  review  conservative  liberal  share  **  book 
april 2009 by gpe
Gallagher, S. (1992). Hermeneutics and Education. SUNY Press.
"One must steer a course set not by predetermined methodology, and therefore a course...between the overdetermined universal and the underdetermined particular, or as Geertz puts it, "between overinterpretation and underinterpretation, reading more into things than reason permits and less into them than it demands..."
books  anthropology  methodology  quotation  hermeneutics  geertz  interpretivism  **  book 
april 2009 by gpe
Overcoming Bias: Lying With Style
A great post that excerpts from Thomas and Turner's "Clear and Simple as the Truth" (http://www.classicprose.com/)
writing  bias  literature  logic  rhetoric  howto  books  dissertation  clarity  simple  book 
march 2009 by gpe
Instapaper (analogue edition) (blog.thoughtwax.com)
"So I copy-and-pasted the text of my unread articles from Instapaper into a PDF, uploaded it to Lulu.com, and ordered a single book. Naturally I thought about scripting all of this but Instapaper doesn’t provide an API to retrieve articles, and I didn’t really want to bother with authentication headers and screen scraping and all of that hackery. I just wanted the book."
books  lulu  paper  ideas  inspiration  rss  print  book  idea 
march 2009 by gpe
LCC bomb damage maps - a set on Flickr
Images from The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-45
books  photographs  images  remote.sensing  military  london  wwii  history  damage  war  geography  maps  via:tomc  ***  book  photograph  image  mapping 
march 2009 by gpe
On the changing roles of authors and readers
1. The unbook makes the boundaries between a writer’s inner circle and the public more porous. // 2. The unbook makes it easier for the author to explore different form factors. // 3. The unbook, because it accelerates the process, makes it far more adaptive to change.
books  publishing  collaboration  writing  unbook  **  book 
march 2009 by gpe
Rethinking Maps
Maps are changing. They have become important and fashionable once more. Rethinking Maps brings together leading researchers to explore how maps are being rethought, made and used, and what these changes mean for working cartographers, applied mapping research, and cartographic scholarship. It offers a contemporary assessment of the diverse forms that mapping now takes and, drawing upon a number of theoretic perspectives and disciplines, provides an insightful commentary on new ontological and epistemological thinking with respect to cartography.
maps  books  topurchase  cartography  critical.cartography  crampton  martin.dodge  academic  geography  shibbolink  ***  mapping  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Postmodern is not dead: Altermodern
"a new type of form is appearing, the journey-form, made of lines drawn in time and space, materialising trajectories rather than destinations."
art  architecture  books  movement  trajectory  modern  postmodern  altermodern  tate  *  book  modernism 
february 2009 by gpe
russell davies: meet the new schtick (2)
"Mr Gray was smart enough to realise two things; firstly that Lulu have made the mechanics of book-making so cheap and easy that you can move straight to the physical form of the thing as soon as you want. ... The second is that, in many ways, that's a more interesting and involving thing to own than a finished book. You're getting an object, but you're also getting into a little community."
books  unbook  lulu  creativity  community  writing  dissertation  ideas  inspiration  ****  book  idea 
february 2009 by gpe
Infovore » Learning to Think Like A Programmer
The more I talk to academics, the more I echo the following sentiment: "I remain convinced there’s an interesting book on “doing smart stuff with computers that isn’t quite programming but isn’t far off”, because let’s face it, most people deal with data all the time now, and have the ideal tool for working with it on their desks."
academic  books  ideas  inspiration  programming  advice  data  *****  book  idea 
february 2009 by gpe
cityofsound: In denial, on the beach, the road, the drowned world
"The protagonists in The Road are further advanced along this destructive linear progression. Indeed, further on down the road. They're far removed from any possible form of denial. Their ash-cloaked dead world is one of grim realisation and numb despair."
theroad  cormacmccarthy  writing  cities  destruction  nuclear  failure  postapocalyptic  literature  books  toread  ***  the.road  cormac.mccarthy  urbanism  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Six-Legged Soldiers
Using Insects as Weapons of War | Jeffrey A Lockwood
insects  animals  war  history  books  animal  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Forget journals! - An interview with Mark C. Taylor
"What I want to stress is that language in today's world is not primarily verbal but is, more importantly, visual. The problem is that we are visually illiterate – and nowhere is this more evident than in the university. In the "real" world, image trumps word every time; in the academic world, word represses image all the time. If communication is going to become effective on a global scale, we must liberate the image from the tyranny of the word. This does not mean giving up reading and writing as they have been known in the past. But it is no longer enough. The multilingualism of young people today is multimedia. If we do not learn to communicate in this language, we will have nothing to say."
quotation  literacy  image  power  language  journal  academic  trends  dissertation  communication  community  philosophy  share  interview  books  reading  writing  counterintuitive  *****  book 
february 2009 by gpe
New Book: The Natures of Maps by Wood & Fels « Making Maps: DIY Cartography
"The careful interrogation of maps reveals that far from passively reflecting nature, they instead make sustained, carefully crafted, and precise arguments about nature. The Natures of Maps shows how maps establish nature, and how we establish maps. The power of maps extends not only from their ability to express the complexities of the natural world in an efficient and engaging manner, but in their ability to mask that they are an argument, a proposal about what they show."
maps  books  review  nature  topurchase  toread  ****  mapping  book 
february 2009 by gpe
The Mobile City » Blog Archive » Scott McQuire’s The Media City
"At the same time, it is possible to connect all these abstract coordinates with highly subjective interpretations and meanings. For instance through geoannoation software, or by connecting the objective reality of the grid with subjective experiences of a Flickr photostream. Through technological services, we can connect with absent friends and ‘broaden our horizon of social relations’ beyond those present nearby. McQuire calls this experience of place ‘relational space’. And ‘as urban structures cede priority to seemingly immaterial flows’, McQuire writes, ‘relational space has become the dominant experience of urban life.’"
books  review  mobile  technology  flows  geography  space  relationships  urbanism  stephen.graham  ****  book 
february 2009 by gpe
The Mobile City » Blog Archive » The Big Sort, The Uses of Disorder and mobile media
"Sennett’s solution to the problem of geographical fragmentation was in line with the revolutionary character of the era in which the book was written: more anarchy. If there were less rules about zoning, behaviour and the like, people with different backgrounds would have to interact with each other to come up with solutions. This would force them to have them relate to each other directly and this will prove their stereotypical ideas about the other wrong. Conflict, he states, is a good thing, and not something that should be avoided. And so is disorder."
books  city  trends  urbanism  planning  urbanplanning  ****  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Flavorwire » Blog Archive » Exclusive: Six Snapshots from the Cultural History of Walking
"The most extreme walker I know is Mudman, a persona of the artist Kim Jones. In order to become Mudman HE coats his body in mud, pulls a thick nylon stocking over his head, puts on a foam head dress and then straps a large lattice structure to his back, made of wooden slats, tree branches, wax, wire, tape, sponge and whatnot."
walking  list  movement  books  *  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Daily Sonnets, Laynie Browne
An excerpt from Laynie Browne, Daily Sonnets (Counterpath 2007). [via: Blah blah blog <http://saidlikereedsorthings3.blogspot.com/>]
books  poetry  sonnets  toread  *  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Vivarium Review of Books
"Vivarium is a new, semi-annual magazine ... dedicated to reviewing and promoting new books of innovative, experimental, subversive, radical, visionary, or otherwise undervalued writing."
via:jbushnell  books  reviews  criticism  literature  journal  tosubscribe  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Trainspotting (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The title is a reference to an episode where Begbie and Renton meet "an auld drunkard" in the disused Leith Central railway station, which they are visiting to use as a toilet. He asks them (in a weak attempt at a joke) if they are "trainspottin", the point being no trains run to Leith any more due to cutbacks by the then conservative government of Margaret Thatcher, which Welsh saw as directed at poorer communities who would have a natural dispensation to vote against her government anyway. As they walk away, Renton realises the drunk is Begbie's father.
trains  transportation  politics  thatcher  uk  scotland  wikpedia  books  literature  irvine.welsh  danny.boyle  film  names  share  wikipedia  book 
february 2009 by gpe
DIY: How to write a book - Boing Boing
Since I wrote that essay, I've developed a new approach to using Devonthink that was enormously helpful in writing Ghost Map and Invention. The first stage, which is crucial, is a completely disorganized capture of every little snippet of text that seems vaguely interesting. I grab paragraphs from web pages, from digital books, and transcribe pages from printed text -- and each little snippet I just drop into Devonthink with no organization other than a citation of where it came from. This goes on for months and months; I read in a completely unplanned and exploratory way (increasingly online, thanks to Google Books and other sources) and just drag anything that seems at all interesting into Devonthink.
via:rodcorp  books  writing  howto  steven.berlin.johnson  boing.boing  devonthink  *****  book 
january 2009 by gpe
The Logic of Collective Action
A good, brief summary and discussion of Mancur Olson’s book “The Logic of Collective Action."
collectiveaction  olson  books  review  summary  via:nielsen  organization  group  **  collective.action  book 
january 2009 by gpe
Best Graphic Novels Of 2008 : NPR
As a student of urban affairs, I should probably get all of these novels.
urbanism  graphic.novel  novel  books  topurchase  toread  illustration  ****  book 
january 2009 by gpe
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