July 8, 2024 8:28 am

Vacation Book Reading

Spent a few weeks in Spain, managed to get some good reading in!

The Gutenberg Parenthesis: The Age of Print and Its Lessons for the Age of the Internet (2023)

Hard to get into, but once you are there worth the read. The biggest take away for me was the idea of "the mass" as being created by the medium, so people reading (say) twitter all of a sudden become this group, which doesn't really have an existance, but, like Santa Claus, changes everyones reality.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (2002)

Expected very little of this, got much more than expected.

A Stainless Steel Trio: A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born/The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted/The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (1985)

Its funny to reread these books when you are older and get all of the references. Really holds up, both as a satire on the Heinlien adventure-boy genre, but as an interesting discussion on how to fit inbetween places. It's a very impressive feat to put so much philosophy and sociology in a page turning absurdist caper plot that keeps 12 year old's attentions.

The Latchkey Murders (2015)

Since Ksenia is Russian I have a new appreciation of the Russians and Soviets. Not totally satisfying as a mystery, but felt like I got a glimpse into Moscow in the 60s.

Server Driven Webapps with HTMX (2024)

As far as server side JavaScript frameworks go, this is exceedingly clever but I'm not sure that it really makes things simplier.

Wintersmith (2015)

Ah… English and their distain for the wrong sort of hemegonic thought. In many ways the same sort of book as the Stainless Steel Rat – satire and commentary under the guise of silliness, as a way to harmlessly subvert the – but ultimately just one thing after another. Fun if you are in the right sort of mood.

Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path (2021)

I can't possibly do much justice. The smallest book that took the longest to read. Very interesting to see the early ways and how of how Buddhism got into the states, and also so many important reminders.

Deja Dead (2007)

What's funny about this book is that it spawned an empire, and reading just the first one you'd never really expect it. Also a bit of time travel here since it's in the precell phone days and it's hard to find anyone.

Surfing the Internet (1995)

This book was amazing – both obscure and also exactly of my world, I knew all of the references and all of the things they talked about and I had forgotten so much. Was also interesting the interview with what we would now call an incel, but before the time when the sadness had turned into hostility towards these losers. I very much respected this author and tracked down a whole bunch of other stuff she wrote.

The Enigma of Room 622 (2023)

An absurd story inside of a dumb story wrapped in a magical outer story that brought it all home at the end. I do want to read more of his work, but not in a rush.

Narrative of Auther Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)

Poe invented nearly everything! The so-called ending of this book is infuriating, but the ripples of it have influenced so much. Its the sort of book that's a key to understanding a whole bunch of other books, so necessary in a complete-your-education sort of way, but without the context it's a bit strange.

The Prisoner of Heaven (2013)

I never heard of Carlos Ruiz Zafón before but picked it up in a small english section of a Benidorm bookstore, very clever, moody and oddly soothing. Will go through the rest of his oevre.

Homage to Catalonia (1938)

Reading Orwell after reading both the Gutenberg Parenthesis and reflected on Foucaults 40 years was a tremendous experience and I look at intellectual efforts completely differently now, and honestly feel better about the state of the world than I did before. With the Supreme Court making kings and the farce of the elections its not getting worse; its actually the same as it ever was and we were just fed a load of liberal democracy nonsense all this time, and it's capital and power all along.

Previously

Four freedoms

Previously

Installing a go binary right from the source

2024-06-16

July 2024

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June

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9th

April

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30th

Oh javascript

18th

March

Discovering idagio

26th

Things I love about my phone

24th

My physical relationship to the internet

14th

Why are LLMs so small?

1st

February

5 year old hacking chatgpt

29th

Fifteen or twenty thousand years

27th

2023

October

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1st

August

a good death

23rd

locations in the magicians

22nd

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5th

July

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16th

Should Robots Have Rites or Rights

11th

bad analogies

9th

threads is a mess

7th

things that are neat about the rivian

6th

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5th

A Taxonomy of AI Panic Facilitators

4th

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June

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30th