"Originally called Journey Around My Skull [and now called 50 Watts], the site started as an old-fashioned book blog, what Schofield calls an 'I like this book and you should read it' blog. From the beginning he included the book covers, so it had a visual component. 'Sometime in 2008 I trash-picked Biology Today, an … Continue reading 50 Watts
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
A former Russian Count is confined to a luxury hotel after the Russian Revolution. He lives there for a long time, and even in his confinement, life finds him. Even as a fictional character, he's a pleasant person to spend time with. Touching story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. Quite a … Continue reading Book Recommendation: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
"Then on September 26 of this year, the mathematician John Baez of the University of California, Riverside, posted on Twitter about Houston’s 2014 finding, as part of a series of tweets about apparent mathematical patterns that fail. His tweet caught the eye of Egan, who was a mathematics major decades ago, before he launched an … Continue reading Greg Egan and the Permutation Problem
Note: This was written in August of 2015, before cafebedouin.org existed. I rediscovered it recently and thought the point is still a valid one and worth sharing. tl;dr: Algorithms have a bias toward the status quo and present a threat to our cultural production. (2,600 words) Shortly after the start of the Afghanistan war, Osama … Continue reading The Rating Rabbit Hole
Imagine a Forest provides a template for drawing flowers, trees, butterflies, beetles, generic birds, cats, chickens, horses, bears, foxes, firebirds, sirins, mermaids, dragons, griffins, matryoshkas, lions, and gingerbread houses in a folk art style. It also features feudal scenes from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia including feudal royalty, knights, artisans and castles. Fun book … Continue reading Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations For Enchanting Folk Art by Dinara Mirtalipova
Pretty amazing work. MilleCuirs: Deviantart| Etsy.