, Modified: 2017-03-05
See all the links for January and February. (See April’s post for an explanation of the organization.) Here are some highlights.
- Imaginary worlds
- On being
- Rationally speaking
- Reply All
- Reveal (investigative reporting)
- The Truth: The dark end of the mall A post-apocalytic story
- This American Life
- 99 percent invisible
- 56 愛上德國男: A story about love and limerence.
Articles and websites
- One flew over the cuckoo’s nest - Set in a psychiatric hospital, but manages to a hopeful and humorous (and sad) story.
- The dragon and the stars - collection of Chinese-themed sci-fi/fantasy short stories
- Farseer trilogy, Robin Hobb - follows the life of an assassin, with all its moral dilemmas. I liked the treatment of magic (the Skill - telepathic ability to talk with or influence other people - and the Wit - a communing with animals).
- In the beginning was the command line, Neal Stephenson - I wished I’d read this a long time ago; it illuminated some basic knowledge about computers which I lacked. A command line tutorial.
- The invisible heart: An economic romance, Russell Roberts - A conversation about economics delightfully embedded in a love story. Made some good arguments for deregulation.
- Diaspora, Greg Egan - Greg Egan goes very far in imagining the evolution of minds in cyberspace. Some interesting metaphors for mathematics. Different ways of embedding life/computation in the universe. A journey through multiple universes in search for…?
- Descender 1 After a mysterious AI wreaks destruction, robots are outlawed. Follows the story of an android who wakes up in this world.
- Saga 1 A couple from opposite sides of a galactic war tries to escape being hunted on all sides. Writing and art is fantastic. Also, +1 for Esperanto.
- So you’ve been publicly shamed, Jon Ronson. Starting with several stories of Twitter shaming gone out of control, investigates how public shaming has transformed in recent years, the morality and role of public shaming, how to mitigate it, etc.