The March Reading List

In case you need something to read on a lazy Sunday morning, here’s some of the stuff i particularly enjoyed reading over the last month:

The February Reading List

A couple of things i enjoyed reading last month that i haven’t linked to before:

Short Reading List: Cyberwar Edition

The January Reading List

January was very busy, so i didn’t get much reading done unfortunately. Here are some of the pieces that stuck out, in no particular order:

The December Reading List

Happy new year! Herewith, again, a list of things i particularly enjoyed reading in the last month, for your lazy sunday morning perusal:

The November Reading List

Some noteworthy things i particularly enjoyed reading in November:

Zero History

I’m reading William Gibson’s latest novel Zero History and it’s a great book. I had just finished reading Spook Country prior to picking up Zero History (i didn’t enjoy that one as much as Zero History, or Pattern Recognition for that matter), and many protagonists from Spook Country return in Gibson’s latest novel, so they feel familiar. I had also read tons of commentary, reviews and interviews with the author before picking up Zero History, which makes for interesting reading, because i’ve been familiar with its themes and general plot way before turning the first page. Reading it now feels like filling in the missing pieces. Having read all the commentary beforehand makes the book seem almost mundane in certain parts, and i don’t mean to denigrate with that because i’m still enjoying it tremendously.

My favorite piece of commentary is James Bridle’s piece on Network Realism, which seems to be quite fitting for my reading experience:

Network Realism is writing that is of and about the network. It’s realism because it’s so close to our present reality. A realism that posits an increasingly 1:1 relationship between Fiction and the World. A realtime link. And it’s networked because it lives in a place that’s that’s enabled by, and only recently made possible by, our technological connectedness.

Zero History is Network Realism because of the way that it talks about the world, and the way its knowledge of the world is gathered and disseminated. Gibson seems to be navigating the spider graph of current reality as wikiracing does human knowledge.

I wonder how this kind of book will age. Which reminds me that it’s been quite some time since reading Pattern Recognition, so i might just as well find out myself once i’m done with Zero History.

The October Reading List

Some of the things i particularly enjoyed reading in the last month:

  • How Elon Musk Turned Tesla Into the Car Company of the Future: The story of the car start-up that jump-started the electric car revolution. The Model S looks great.
  • Dawn of a New Day: Ray Ozzie bids good bye to Microsoft. It’s funny how whenever someone talks about the future of cloud computing i can’t shake the feeling that Larry Ellison was just way ahead of the times in the mid-nineties.
  • A Tech World That Centers on the User: Adapted from Nick Bilton’s new book “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works”. “When people want to know how the media business will deal with the Internet, the best way to begin to understand the sweeping changes is to recognize that the consumer of entertainment and information is now in the center. That center changes everything. It changes your concept of space, time and location. It changes your sense of community. It changes the way you view the information, news and data coming directly to you.”
  • The Most Popular Phone in the World: Hint: They are not talking about the iPhone.
  • 3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
  • The Story So Far: Indie game developer Matt Rix on the making of his game Trainyard.
  • Visualizing the Creative Process: Brilliant illustration of the creative process by Dan Cook.
  • The State of the Internet Operating System: This one’s old, but i had not gotten around to reading it until now.
  • The Web Means the End of Forgetting: I’m not quite convinced that the loss of “forgetting” is an inherently bad thing, but i’m sure it will take some time to adapt, both as individuals as well as a society.
  • Why Warhammer Failed: The title says it all.
  • Scholars Test Web Alternative to Peer Review
  • The Data-Driven Life: The article presents an interesting argument that data analysis can be a viable alternative to psychoanalysis when it comes to making well considered and measured decisions in our life, without trying to understand ourselves. “When we quantify ourselves, there isn’t the imperative to see through our daily existence into a truth buried at a deeper level. Instead, the self of our most trivial thoughts and actions, the self that, without technical help, we might barely notice or recall, is understood as the self we ought to get to know.”
  • A chat with Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton: Part one, two, three.
  • Tuning Canabalt: Some good advice on being lenient toward the player that i completely agree with.
  • What is data science?: Nice general overview of the field and its tools.

Previously & previously.

The September Reading List

I’m a huge fan of Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s The Sunday Papers features and i also enjoyed doing the Reading List after my vacation in August, so i figured i might as well try my hand at turning something like this into an ongoing, semi-regular feature.

So here it is, the September Reading List. A selection of noteworthy articles that i’ve enjoyed but not written about during the last month (with bits of August thrown in for good measure):