A popular book which dissappointed me. Like Color, it does one chapter per topic: Desire: Sweetness / Plant: The Apple Desire: Beauty / Plant: The Tulip Desire: Intoxication / Plant: Marijuana Desire: Control / Plant: The Potato I found the chapters uneven. Apple and Marijuana were quite good, the other two quite repetitive. The chapter [...]
Archive for September, 2004
Great book from the perspective of a kid with Asperger's syndrome.
A girl, murdered, tells the story of her life and death. Very good.
Society Not read yet, but sounds interesting. Reviewed here.
More of a history of tools in general. This is another paragraph describing the book. And so on. This is another paragraph describing the book. And so on.
A Finnish book by Johanna Sinisalo, translated by Herbert Lomas, set in contemporary Finland. Trolls, long believed to be mythical creatures, have been documented since the beginning of the twentieth century. The lead character (not so much a hero) rescues one from some thugs, and adopts it as a pet. A strange but interesting book, [...]
20 Sep 2004 at 04:00
Another good book in the Noun category. This one has a chapter per color, recounting various social, historical, artistic and chemical facts about each of the ingredients for the various colors covered (Ocher, Black and Brown, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). You learn about red: This particular red, carmine, is really made [...]
20 Sep 2004 at 04:00
A really good book, the first that I've liked in the “Noun” title category. I read it a few months ago, so of course don't remember much of the details — however, I do remember that it covered an amazing swath of knowledge, from the history of the term “red herring” to the importance of [...]
I've finally put up my own (authorized) copy of my article in ACM Queue, which tries to be a humorous take on software development in the world of open source.
While I'm at it, I'm also hosting the dynamic languages whitepaper. I may use this site as a 'staging area' for further updates to the paper, as I've already received quite a few comments about it that I want to incorporate.