What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News

Discussion about books that have changed people's perspective, starting with original poster's experience with Freakonomics. Quite a few interesting book recommendations in this thread. A few recommendations I liked include: Peter Watson's Ideas, Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind, Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi, and Bruce … Continue reading What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on StarDict on Ubuntu/Debian

So, after reading "You’re probably using the wrong dictionary," I thought I would give installing Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on a Debian-flavor of Linux a try and write it up the process and some observations of its use. Installation on a Debian-flavor of Linux is straight-forward: $ sudo apt-get install stardict$ cd Downloads$ wget … Continue reading Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on StarDict on Ubuntu/Debian

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

"I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s [1913] definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.Recall that the New Oxford, for the word 'fustian,' … Continue reading You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

A Theory of Documentation

"Documentation needs to include and be structured around its four different functions: tutorials, how-to guides, explanation and technical reference. Each of them requires a distinct mode of writing. People working with software need these four different kinds of documentation at different times, in different circumstances - so software usually needs them all. And documentation needs … Continue reading A Theory of Documentation