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Gretchen McCulloch – Internet Linguist
"I’m an internet linguist: I analyze the language of the internet, for the people of the internet. I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, "
author  internet  linguistics 
20 days ago by tsuomela
Interview - profile of Philip Rieff from 2005
sociology  author 
february 2019 by tsuomela
Advanced Data Analysis from an Elementary Point of View
"This is a draft textbook on data analysis methods, intended for a one-semester course for advance undergraduate students who have already taken classes in probability, mathematical statistics, and linear regression. It began as the lecture notes for 36-402 at Carnegie Mellon University. By making this draft generally available, I am not promising to provide any assistance or even clarification whatsoever. Comments are, however, welcome."
book  author  statistics  education  learning  self-directed-learning 
february 2017 by tsuomela
Public Books — Siri, Why Am I So Busy?: An Interview with Judy Wajcman
"Judy Wajcman, a sociologist at the London School of Economics, tackles that paradox in her recent book, Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism. Neta Alexander talked with her for Public Books about the history of busyness, why we haven’t reached an “End of Work” utopia, and why iPhone meditation apps aren’t the solution."
interview  author  time  time-management  busyness  overwork  work  labor  technology  technology-effects  sts 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Approaching Pavonis Mons by balloon
"Alastair Reynolds, former scientist and now full-time writer. Most of what I write is science fiction, with a strong concern for scientific verisimilitude.."
weblog-individual  author  sf 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Popularity Sucks: Kids Should Embrace Their Inner Loser, Author Says | Quirk Theory
"LS: What's the difference between these two types of popularity?

AR: One type is "perceived popularity," which is who kids think is popular, and the other is "sociometric popularity," which is who the kids actually like. In today's schools, to be popular does not mean to be liked.

The in-crowd at most schools often falls into the "perceived popular" category. It turns out that students in this group are more likely to engage in risky behavior. They are often less likely to do well in school. They are more likely to conform, because they're more likely to feel pressure from their group to conform. Perceived popular students are much more likely to be involved in aggression, including relational aggression, which includes things like rumor-spreading, whispering, and eye-rolling. [The History of Human Aggression]

It's a very Machiavellian atmosphere to try to obtain and then retain popularity in schools today. What I'm saying is, it is not worth it. "
interview  book  author  popular  sociology  high-school  teenager  cliques  success  quirkiness 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Steven Pressfield Online
Author of "Gates of Fire" and "The War of Art"
author  writing  writer  fiction  art  inspiration  passion 
february 2011 by tsuomela
"Armageddon Science": Our coming apocalypse, explained - Our Picks: Books -
In "Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction," English science writer Brian Clegg, who has an advanced degree in physics from Cambridge University, considers the threats, both real and theoretical, that science and technology pose to the world. He searches beyond the obvious examples of nuclear warfare and global warming and introduces such strange concepts as antimatter bombs, nanorobots and cyberterrorist war. Despite the unnerving title and the alarming cover art of a post-apocalyptic city, Clegg's book presents a sober and rational analysis of the threats -- or lack thereof -- that we face. He dismisses several Armageddon scenarios, such as dark matter explosions or world-dominating robots, as unlikely
book  interview  author  disaster  catastrophe  armageddon  science  apocalypse 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Roald Dahl—the Storyteller As Benevolent Sadist -- New York Magazine
..Dahl’s adult fiction is fun but often formulaic. It sets up a premise, coldly follows the implied narrative logic, and nearly always ends with a twist. (OMG: The wife is missing her fingers!) There are no accidents or messiness or flights of inspiration.

Dahl’s kids’ stories, on the other hand, are full of characters who transcend narrative logic, e.g., the caterpillar in James and the Giant Peach, a loudmouth who’s always breaking into rude songs and forcing James to help him put on or take off his 42 boots. He does this not because it furthers the story, one senses, but because it’s funny, and because it’s exactly how this particular creature would act if he found himself flying around on a house-size piece of fruit. The keynote of Dahl’s children’s books is delight in wild invention—and delight, too, in the way that invention manages to braid the two opposed strands of his personality, the nasty and the charming, into something unique in the history of storytelling.
biology  writer  story-telling  children  author  book  review 
september 2010 by tsuomela
David Ropeik Author and Consultant
David Ropeik - Author, award-winning television reporter, teacher, consultant, public speaker; all of David’s work has been directed toward the same goal; to develop in-depth knowledge about an area of public interest, to synthesize that knowledge, and to provide that synthesis in a clear, entertaining, relevant way so people can benefit from that information. For the past decade, his focus has been on applying a better understanding of the way people perceive risk to the challenge of risk communication and overall risk management.
people  risk  perception  management  business  psychology  author  bias 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Frames /sing
I am a novelist, (and a poet), who takes philosophy very seriously. That is to say, the study and examination of ideas, both in their genetic history, and in their contemporary creation, is central to my process of writing fiction and poem. The narrative, the description is exprimit out of this (to make a grammatical conflation). So these pages are a collection of my studies which began from out of a love of Deleuze and Guattari, I would say, though my debt to philosophy is much, much older.
weblog-individual  author  fiction  philosophy  novel  continental 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Kay Kenyon - Home Page
author of The Entire and the Rose Series.
author  sf  fiction 
july 2009 by tsuomela / Arts
As Vidal complained in the same essay for the New York Review of Books, “of all our novelists, Auchincloss is the only one who tells us how our rulers behave in their banks and their boardrooms, their law offices and their clubs. Yet such is the vastness of our society and the remoteness of academics and bookchatterers from actual power that those who should be most in this writer’s debt have no idea what a useful service he renders us by revealing and, in some ways, betraying his class.”
book  review  author  people-louisauchicloss  class  class-war  power  literature 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Suzette Haden Elgin @ women writers
In writing Native Tongue I tried to set out a number of those measures for the reader. The incidents that you mention in your question were examples. There are the legislative methods for subjugation and oppression, as in the two Constitutional changes
author  interview  sf  linguistics  feminism  radical  politics 
october 2008 by tsuomela
shock: social science fiction
Shock: Social Science Fiction is a fiction game of culture and future shock. Based on the works of Bruce Sterling, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Philip K. Dick, the game pushes the players to make stories that matter to them — stories about politics, philosophy, love, and death.
games  sf  future  author 
september 2008 by tsuomela
Counting Heads
David Marusek
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

These are the continuing adventures of a novelist who has launched his first book, delivered his second to his publisher, and is busy imagining his third.
weblog-individual  author  sf 
august 2008 by tsuomela

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