Reading more Arthur C Clarke books

I grew a little bored with my current books, so I thought I'd read some classic science fiction. I picked one of Arthur C Clarke's early books, "Childhood's End", and read it pretty quickly. Despite the slightly dated technology references, the story is really well written, and kept me engaged right to the end. I…

Like Twitter, but for reading (and not in a good way)

Jamie Rubin recently wrote about abridgement going too far when it comes to books in his post "Abridge, Too Far". I’ve been thinking about abridgments lately because of an ad that keeps popping up on Facebook. It’s for a service called Blinkist. The service claims it allows you to “fit reading into your life.” It…

Keeping track of my media diet

This idea of tracking my media diet really appeals to me: Just like last year, I kept track of almost everything I read, watched, listened to, and experienced in my media diet posts.Jason Kottke I follow a few people who do this too, sometimes pretty publicly. I'm not sure that I'd want to share everything…

A peek inside Alex Ross’ studio (and his collection)

I'm a huge fan of Alex Ross' work, especially for DC Comics. I have a couple graphic novels that he did the artwork for, and they're some of my favourite books. CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason visited Ross in his studio, and spoke to him about his career painting superheroes. Ross' "toy" collection, alone, is…

Building a computer with my daughter and Hello Ruby

I bought the Hello Ruby books for my daughter a couple months ago. She was interested in learning to code, and I had recently watched Linda Liukas' wonderful TED talk about how she came to write her books.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRREn6ifEQ So I bought both of the Hello Ruby books: one about programming, and the other about computer…

You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

Liked Putting the Talmud online by Jason Kottke (kottke.org)
Sefaria is a free online resource for Jewish texts, specifically the Talmud, which (amazingly) wasn't previously easily availabl
This story appeals to me on so many levels. Perhaps the biggest reason why it excites me is that I'm very much in favour of important works like the Talmud being made freely available online, if anything, as an important cultural and historical resource. After a prolonged negotiation process, and a substantial gift from the…

I enjoyed reading Alastair Reynolds’ Elysium Fire

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This book follows soon after the first Tom Dreyfus story. By this time, you're more familiar with the main characters, so you can explore their personalities a little further through the story. The story focuses on a new crisis that grips the Glitter Band, with a seemingly unrelated side story. The emphasis in this story seemed to be more on Dreyfus, his two deputies, and the Supreme Prefect, than the underlying crisis. It felt like a bit of a reverse of the first Tom Dreyfus story in this respect, and made this book a little more sentimental than the first. I like how Reynolds' books are...
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="213"] Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds[/caption] I just finished another of Alastair Reynolds' books, the second Tom Dreyfus story titled "Elysium Fire". I finished this one pretty quickly, considering that it took me a bit longer to get into the first book. If you enjoy Reynolds' style of writing, this is well…

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="166"] The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds[/caption] I finished reading "The Prefect" by Alastair Reynolds yesterday. It took me a little while to get into the book, as is the case with many of his books. Once I did, though, I really enjoyed the book. It's set some time in our future, around…
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