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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.
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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.

1 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-17 00:09
Let's share links to interesting and elightening articles and documents with each other as we find them!

Keep it free! No paywalls or click-to-buy pages! Thanks!

I'll start with a free .pdf file, a book on Introductory Linguistics!

2 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-17 09:33
Any recs for history books?
3 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-17 16:52
I would also enjoy recommendations for history books. I plan on reading this. Perhaps you know of it.

I am not sure I am interested in Linguistics but I might take a look when my stuff is taken care of. I follow a few websites on the subjects of psychology, sociology, economics and politics, so I may post interesting articles as they come out.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-25 20:54
Here are some online articles I have been reading lately:

Design, illustration and the history of it all:

Guy with an inflated ego has some insights on video games:

Collection of all kinds of interesting essays and articles:
5 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-26 11:24
I don't know how well this fits in this thread, but I found this speech by John Cleese very interesting and useful>
6 Name: The taste of summer. : 2013-06-27 03:50
Here is a beingers book on how to program in Python. A .pdf download is free, but if you buy a hard copy the money goes to the EFF, Creative Commons, and the TOR project.

7 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-27 08:14
This site provides an interesting and accessible introduction to the many art movements throughout history.

8 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-27 08:49
Is this better than Learn Python the Hard Way and the Google python classes?
9 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-02 23:43
Honestly I do not know. I am only just now starting to read Learn Python The Hard Way.
10 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-08 10:07
Kenji Miyazawa is really Post Office related.

He is a gentle soul with an intense love for nature and an inquisitive mind. His works have also been translated to video games and anime.
11 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-12 01:59
Not so much reading per say, but this is a good resource for Americans or netizens in general who are not fond of being spied on.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-12 02:57
I believe you've misplaced a link! Please do post it upon your return as that sounds quite interesting.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-13 01:33
What the-? I could have sworn I hit ctrl+V before clicking reply.
14 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-13 19:06
A very cool project called Serval. Basically a meshnet made to connect smartphones to each other, instead of relying on a network that the users have no control over. It's a good read, and there's a video too. Please share this with others.
15 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-13 19:10

Introducing Admiral Grace Hopper! Who basically invented high level programming languages that are still used today.
16 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-14 00:44
For anyone who wants to read the non-mobile version of this, just remove the "m" at the start of the link there.
17 Name: The taste of summer. : 2013-07-14 01:47
Found: A Blue Planet That Rains Glass

One of the strangest and loveliest exoplanets yet gives the galaxy another pale blue dot

18 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-14 12:37

Re-schedule your sleep and shorten your overall sleep time, while getting enough rest.

His other articles are also pretty interesting.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-15 18:33
Israeli archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the earliest alphabetical written text ever found in Jerusalem, dating from the time of Kings David and Solomon

20 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-15 19:18
The Wildly Complicated Life Of The Japanese Particle ね

21 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-16 04:59
"Word" in different European languages.

22 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-17 01:25
Nasa's Hubble telescope discovers new Neptune moon

23 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-17 01:27
In a virtual world adults in a child-like body start to perceive the world more like a child, a study has shown.
Adults were either placed in a virtual four-year-old body or an adult body scaled down to the same size.
It was found that participants in the child's body overestimated the size of objects and identified better with child-like attributes.

24 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-23 04:24
The newest NSA leaks reveal that governments are probing "the Internet's backbone." How does that work?

25 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-23 04:26
Russian jokes about dead peasants.

26 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-03 05:04
The spying of the planet populations internet traffic ends up with lots of people being seen as possible terrorists.

Officers showed up at our home on Long Island, New York, suspecting we were terrorists because we looked up info on pressure cookers and backpacks
"They mentioned that they do this about 100 times a week. And that 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing."

27 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-14 02:32
The Chinese residents who love life in Japan.

28 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-14 11:59
29 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-17 03:11
An Open Source DIY basic cell phone

30 Name: The taste of summer. : 2013-08-17 03:13
The many languages of Africa

31 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-22 14:57
Here's a website dedicated to a secret treehouse:
32 Name: The taste of summer. : 2013-08-23 19:15
5 minute walk from nearest road.
Hunh. So has no one really found it?
33 Name: Anonymous : 2013-08-27 05:11
A smashing, well thought out, sourced, write up of the Americans PRISM program.
34 Name: Anonymous : 2013-09-11 02:51
35 Name: Anonymous : 2013-09-11 02:51
36 Name: Anonymous : 2013-09-11 02:52

Don't use Facebook. Really.
37 Name: Anonymous : 2013-09-11 02:54
How to not be bored.
38 Name: Anonymous : 2013-09-18 18:39
39 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-06 14:41
How the <blink> tag was conceived and how even the developers thought it was a stupid idea.
40 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-14 12:47
The reason why I simply love Iceland.

41 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-16 00:34
Why the dirty reds always win.


42 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-20 11:56
43 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-20 16:28
What Privacy Is For

44 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-22 23:50
Denmark is a really nice place. I'd like to know how Iceland compares.

45 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-24 20:38
Today I went to donate blood and I found out I am not allowed to.

The gay male blood donor controversy refers to the dispute over prohibitions on donations of blood or tissue for organ transplants from men who have sex with men (MSM), a classification of men who engage (or have engaged in the past) in sex with other men, regardless of whether they identify themselves as gay, bisexual, or otherwise.

This is news to me.
46 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-26 23:24
The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés
47 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-30 01:57
48 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-30 18:52
49 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-30 21:17
50 Name: Anonymous : 2014-01-03 05:43
Psst...hey, you.
51 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-06 16:38
So, we've been reading pretty much the same way for many years, right? Just on different mediums.
Weeellll, I've found a thing I think changes all of that. It's a new "app" thing called Spritz. You have to try it to get it.
52 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-06 18:27
There's something stuck in my gums send help

Cool, I could do 600WPM with the sample they have.

The main problem is if you want to read something where you can expect to run into unfamiliar words often, since you won't really have the time to look them up, or memorize how they're spelled depending on how fast the text is going, but I guess you could just pause if you really cared.

There's a website that provides a similar service for free called spreeder. It only shows you one word at a time without concern for its placement other than centering the word, and I find I can get up to 700wpm and still understand the sample text. It also allows you to paste in your own text.

Something that could be really interesting is a textboard designed with this sort of thing in mind. All of the posts would have a "play" button in the body. Too bad I don't know enough to do that.
53 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-07 03:04

Something that could be really interesting is a textboard designed with this sort of thing in mind. All of the posts would have a "play" button in the body. Too bad I don't know enough to do that.

54 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-08 05:15

That's pretty cool except after watching it for a while I have the spritz box image burned into my eyes.
55 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-14 15:57
I just bought the book Homeland by Corey Doctorow. I loved the first one, Little Brother. I'll see how this goes.
56 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-27 20:27
57 Name: Anonymous : 2014-03-29 07:42
It's a late response, but if anyone else is interested I've been reading Prescott's "The Conquest of Mexico". It's well-written and drawn from primary sources (lots of letters, journals, memoirs, etc. from Cortes and other priests, chroniclers, and soldiers involved).

It's alternately invigorating, sad, tense, and exciting. It's amazing reading about a group of some 400 men take over an entire continent ruled by an almost impossibly powerful empire, at some points fighting against armies of numbering in the dozens of thousands. The author's fair in his treatment of the natives as well, and is open about their child sacrifice, worship of blood and war gods, sacrifice of slaves and enemies, etc. as well as their complex architecture, delicate embroidery of feathers, floating gardens, massive symmetrical cities, and their delight in cultivating flowers.

This is the only .pdf I could find:

The version I'm reading is a hardcover abridged edition that starts at Book 2 that I picked up at Goodwill, but the skipping of the description of early Aztec and Spanish societies, agriculture, and religions is only difference I can see aside from some standard .pdf formating problems in a couple chapter titles.
58 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-21 05:08
59 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-28 14:03
60 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-29 19:10
Bookmarked. I'll read these later.
61 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-11 07:16
Despite the ostentatious title, it's a pretty good write up.
62 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-11 22:44
Here's a wildcard. It's an article I read a long time ago that convinced me there's some interesting stuff to be found in contemporary humanities, it isn't all just complicated ways of saying nothing, that their methodologies do produce insights sometimes. As far as I can tell it's mostly just a rehashing of Foucault's writings on parrhesia, applied particularly to the internet.

63 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-13 09:25
I can't believe this hasn't been posted yet.
64 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-15 18:25
65 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-17 06:15
Oh god, god damn you. I spent all of 60 seconds reading that and it was 60 seconds too long.
66 Name: Anonymous : 2014-05-17 21:00
I forgot about Gizoogle, yo. This shit be amazing.

It just works so well, how do they do it?
67 Name: silent protagonist : 2014-05-30 19:37

68 Name: Anonymous : 2014-06-29 11:39
The Machine Stops
69 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-08 05:17
70 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-08 05:21
The Last Ringbearer. The Lord of the Rings from the perspective of the Orcs. Involves politcs, propaganda, spying, and agriculture.
Page has a description and several download links.
71 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-08 06:52
I had no idea this existed!!
72 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-12 06:17
I've been reading No Place to Hide by Glen Greenwald and it's very interesting.
73 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-13 22:33
Today I woke up early and did some studying out in the sun. Then I practiced archery and fixed a couple arrows. Now I'm going to write while listening to the rain. Today was a good day.
74 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-13 22:35
Or it was a good day until I posted my life post in the book thread.
75 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-13 22:38

OF PRIVACY by Daniel J. Solove.
76 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-14 01:55
It's still interesting prose.

77 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-14 09:21
78 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-14 21:39
Not sure why I had that saved as an archive.org link. orz
79 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-23 02:13
Today I bought Thomas Pane - Common sense, on a whim. Hopefully I won't regret the impulse buy.
80 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-23 19:50
I have been on this bus for 12 hours now.
81 Name: Anonymous : 2014-07-24 23:13
I flipped through this issue of Granta at my school library. I would like to read more of it.
82 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-17 16:53
83 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-18 17:01
Reading Keene's translation of No Longer Human, and I think I'm identifying with the main character way too much...
84 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-24 20:11
I picked up The Cyberiad, by Stanisław Lem. It's exactly what I want from science fiction: interesting premises, good writing (even through translation), not too much drama. I'm going to read more of his work.

I also recently finished Gene Wolfe's Peace, since I liked his The Fifth Head of Cerberus so much. I enjoyed it (it was sort of like Dandelion Wine would have been if Bradbury had been far darker, a little more subtle, and he had taken a bit more inspiration from Joyce), but I can tell that I'll enjoy it more once I get around to rereading it. I'm not sure if I'll enjoy it enough more to justify prioritizing it over my other backlog, however. I got the primary hidden point of the book, so finding the rest might require studying, rather than reading for pleasure.
85 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-27 04:46
I can't play the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game on my PC. Should I read the book? Is it good?
86 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-30 21:49
I have read a little bit of Tsurezuregusa and it has a lot of letter-writing, some nostalgia, and many sensible words.
87 Name: Anonymous : 2014-10-01 03:44
The stalker game, book and film are all extremely different interpretations of the same universe.

They're all really good individually, but don't miss out on the others because you read/watched just one.
88 Name: Anonymous : 2014-11-11 14:07
89 Name: Anonymous : 2014-11-13 04:43

A post on Oxford University Press' blog about historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, and proto-languages.
90 Name: Anonymous : 2015-06-19 21:04

Tor developer proposes new technical plans to combat surveillance, an open database of x-rayed motherboards, speaks about "people tapping" and proposes a new human right. The right to be unpredictable.
91 Name: Anonymous : 2015-06-20 17:53

The Psychology of the Near Miss, an overview of perception of "close" results in gambling games.
92 Name: Anonymous : 2015-06-20 22:13
As a game designer, this is extremely useful. Thank you for posting!
93 Name: Anonymous : 2015-06-22 12:59
I'd like to recommend Eric Newby's "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush".

Published in 1958, it is the single best piece of travel writing I have read, both in humour and immersion. Eric was a fashion salesman in London, before receiving a telegram from his friend in the Foreign Service inviting him to summit an unclimbed peak in (what is now) Afghanistan. Of course, neither him nor his friend had any mountaineering experience (in classical British climbing fashion!) and the book follows both the journey out by car, and the actual summit attempt. It is, as he points out in the afterword, one of the few periods in which Afghanistan has ever been open for travel, having been embroiled in wars both before and after the period and so paints an image of the place without falling to any of the "xtreme warzone travel" cliches.

Haha it's been a while since I've programmed anything like a game but that was how I came across it originally! It's interesting how often you can see the ideas within come up in popular games, once you know what you're looking for.
94 Name: Anonymous : 2015-07-13 00:01
95 Name: Anonymous : 2015-07-13 10:12

A critique of all the "I gave it all up to live simply" stories that are sold through media and social networks.

[quote]The poor also lack the taken-for-granted financial and social security of those for whom money has ceased to be such a pressing concern. They will be chastised for being irresponsible where the rich were hailed as inspiring, because without financial privilege it is “not their place” to take risks.[/quote]
96 Name: Anonymous : 2015-07-14 04:55
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing friend.
97 Name: Anonymous : 2015-09-02 18:06
98 Name: Anonymous : 2015-09-20 15:22
Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous by Michael Hartl
99 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-02 16:36
"London - centric", a feature about the political, economic, and cultural dominance of London in the UK, and some possible reasons for it. Excellent photography.

100 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-03 16:21

101 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-20 19:58
102 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-20 20:00
103 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-21 04:28
104 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-21 22:28
enjoyed these, thanks.

105 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-21 23:49
106 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-22 12:26
107 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-23 07:56
108 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-30 15:56
109 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-27 14:26
Really engaging choose your story.

Also in mobile.
110 Name: Anonymous : 2015-12-06 06:31
"A Way to Detect Bias"
Paul Graham (the guy who writes a lot about Lisp programming and start-ups) writing about one can use widely available information to suggest whether a selection bias against a group exists.

"The Renaissance Myth"
James Franklin (mathematician and professor) discussing the historical myth of the Renaissance.

"Aristotelianism in the Philosophy of Mathematics"
Another James Franklin paper, this time discussing Aristotle and Mathematics. I think he's an interesting writer, and his interests intersect in a good way. It's kind of a long read though, 13 pages with a buttload of citations.

"An Analysis of the Concept of Time in the Confessions, Book 11 by Augustine of Hippo"
Eric Rosenfield writing about Augustine's conception of space and time as relative.
111 Name: Anonymous : 2015-12-07 19:29

An argument that the internet should be globally speed-limited, to force more efficient usage of current bandwidth and reduce the overall energy consumption.

I don't think the section about renewable energy is that sound, but it's an interesting point of view. As someone who has to browse over dreadful connections at times you can definitely see the way websites have expanded with useless features and styling as average connection speed increases. Amateur radio websites and textboards are good alternatives to the modern internet at these times.
112 Name: Anonymous : 2015-12-30 22:20
"A Moss Girl’s Guide to Japanese Moss Viewing"
113 Name: Anonymous : 2015-12-31 12:24
114 Name: Anonymous : 2016-01-11 01:23
Interesting, I've never thought much about moss before reading this. Thanks for posting it.
115 Name: Anonymous : 2016-01-11 06:33
Neat. There's some woods near me. I want to go moss hunting now.
116 Name: Anonymous : 2016-01-17 03:39
117 Name: Anonymous : 2016-05-30 21:14

Design philosophy around the value of time.
118 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-07 19:45
It seems law enforcement in the US doesn't really have to worry about the 4th amendment any more.
119 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-08 03:13
At what point on the long, winding path to totalitarianism do I try to get off the ride and hide out in the woods?
120 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-08 06:32
121 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-08 18:38
George Orwells Homage to Catalonia is amazing.
122 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-09 09:11
An excellent book, throwing in a recommendation for this too.

George Orwell's essays are good reads too.
123 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-17 01:19
Here's a pretty interesting file I look at from time to time.

124 Name: Anonymous : 2016-06-17 14:57
An good blog about urban design:


Interesting in that it often talks about how you can retroactively improve current designs, rather than more common suggestions to just flatten the area and rebuild how I say.
125 Name: Anonymous : 2016-07-14 02:16

126 Name: Anonymous : 2016-07-14 08:21
127 Name: (*´ω`*) : 2016-07-15 16:43
This is a bit less /lit/-tier, so I hope it's still relevant to the thread.

128 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-03 06:50
129 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-09 06:18
Here's the one-minute introduction: "Imagine that it's fifteen years from now. Somebody announces that he's built a large quantum computer. RSA is dead. DSA is dead. Elliptic curves, hyperelliptic curves, class groups, whatever, dead, dead, dead. So users are going to run around screaming and say 'Oh my God, what do we do?' Well, we still have secret-key cryptography, and we still have some public-key systems. There's hash trees. There's NTRU. There's McEliece. There's multivariate-quadratic systems. But we need more experience with these. We need algorithms. We need paddings, like OAEP. We need protocols. We need software, working software for these systems. We need speedups. We need to know what kind of key sizes to use. So come to PQCrypto and figure these things out before somebody builds a quantum computer."
130 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-10 23:22
The Egg.
131 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-12 03:21
The Robot and the Baby by John McCarthy
Story by the guy who made the Lisp programming language (a language that runs deep in the veins of AI), somwhat similar of the many robot stories by Isaac Asimov, which in my opinion most pale in comparison.
Talking about the author of Multivac...

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
One of the best.
132 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-12 23:31
Man that looks so cool. Appreciate the link fam!

Here's a concise guide to the basics of electronics.
133 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-18 20:23
134 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-06 22:00
135 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-09 22:52

An interview with a transhumanist - as fascinating as it is scary.
136 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-14 08:55

"Real spaces, not digital ones, will fix our politics."
137 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-14 19:25
Democracy isn't worth rescuing.

In recent decades, U.S. neighborhoods have become significantly more segregated by income. Data shows that more and more American families are living in neighborhoods where the majority is just like them: Poor families live in poor neighborhoods, and rich families live in rich ones (see Like with Like).
I find it hard to believe this is a new thing. If anything it's just a result of more people living in cities, which are more segregated in this sense than rural communities.
138 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-26 20:04
A neat article about a proposed Soviet internet that was never built:
139 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-27 19:17
Thanks, that was a good read!

Project Cybersyn is a similar little historical aberration of socialist economic networks. Here's a short article from 99%invisible http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/project-cybersyn/ and a longer essay one from Jacobin https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/allende-chile-beer-medina-cybersyn/.
140 Name: Anonymous : 2016-10-27 21:32
Wow, their opsroom looks like a set from Star Trek. I love technological/historical what-ifs like this. If a communist country had pulled something like this off, our world would probably be very different today.
141 Name: Anonymous : 2016-11-14 22:47

a site about physiognomy.
142 Name: Anonymous : 2016-11-16 22:27

It makes me feel sad that the only socialisms that people want to even think about are authoritarian socialisms.
143 Name: Anonymous : 2016-11-16 22:33
There was once a network in France that was not the internet (nor was it connected to the internet) called Mintel that was like a early internet with a BBS and a Craigslist-like functionality.
144 Name: Anonymous : 2016-11-25 14:18
Does anyone else like Brandon Sanderson books? A new novella part of his Stormlight Archive series came out. Really excited!
145 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-19 22:14
TLDR: capitalism is screwing over my town.
146 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-25 05:01
147 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-27 22:21
148 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-30 21:05

man designs a Nausicaa-inspired glider, it works and looks beautiful
149 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-30 21:42
"I hope some day director Miyazaki will look at it." Then probably tell him it was a mistake, lol.
That is seriously cool.
150 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-30 21:45
Now if only we could have real hoverboards. Unfortunately, the technology underlying those is much more nebulous.
151 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-31 21:17
Cool BBC article about mosses and fungus in Tiera del Fuego:
152 Name: Anonymous : 2017-02-04 20:02

essay about wilderness and how we came to perceiving it in a modern way
153 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-23 18:25

Interesting article about autistic communities. The site itself is a forum for autistic people. I first came across the site by stumbling upon a thread about socks. A forum member couldn't stand to not wear socks, because of the sensory stimulation of different surfaces on their feet,and wanted to know if other forumgoers did the same. It was interesting to read other member's preferences and ways of dealing with foot feelings.
154 Name: Anonymous : 2017-05-27 21:22
On Being the Right Size

A fun article on why animals the size they are.
155 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-19 07:02

An typed version of a presentation given on what makes and breaks groups and what makes them tick. It's a nice insight into what drives online social sites and why they must have rules and such. Also speaks about individual identity in context with the group.


It's a very, ah, "interesting" piece of ardunio history. Specifically about it's darker origins. Suffice to say that after reading this I no longer am holding back on buying arduino clones.
156 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-21 09:53
A photographic history of the Akula/Typhoon class SSBNs: http://imgur.com/a/xi3P3

Interesting read, thanks. The first programming "language" I learnt was Processing, so when I stumbled across the Arduino IDE I was pretty weirded out to find it so similar with little attribution, since I'd known about the Wiring branch from the IDE. Still, I'd say the Arduino group do deserve some congratulations on shifting the market on dev/uC boards; ones prior to them usually came out to $100+ including programmer and all (Parallax/PICKit etc), whereas now most of the big companies release low-cost self contained versions of their hardware for prototyping.

And hey, buying low-cost variants is part of the fun of open source hardware!
157 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-29 11:37

"Sang" culture and idle living.

Sang culture is actually an evolved form of the once-prominent notion of xiaoquexing — fleeting moments of joy found in everyday life. For instance, buying a loaf of fresh bread — still hot from the baker’s oven — taking it home, and gnawing on the heel as you cut the rest into slices. Slipping through the undisturbed surface of a deserted swimming pool in the early hours of the morning, and pushing off from the wall with your foot. Listening to the chamber music of Brahms as you contemplate the silhouettes of leaves on a paper window, created by the gentle sunlight of an autumn afternoon.
158 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-30 00:26
Sounds kind of like a less extreme form of hikkikomori. Similar things are happening all over the industrialized world because there just aren't as many good-paying jobs for young people as there used to be.
159 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 04:18
160 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 04:21
I don't think it's just because of that even though it's a large reason why people are looking inwards. Even before 2009 the internet was booming with the minimalist and life experience crowds. You could say that it's been here since the hippie movements but I don't know much about those times to comment, I can only speak for what I have experience in which is the internet era.

I think a large part of the reason for all of this too is that lots of people have grown up in broken homes that were made that way due to money issues and parents working all the time and have no inclination to repeat the experience.
161 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 07:41
No, I don't think it's the only reason, but I think it's probably the simplest and most widespread. In the past, I imagine people who simply had "no inclination" to join the rat race were more likely to fall in line because the job market was much easier than it currently is.
I suspect the hippies laid the groundwork, at least in the West. I don't know if there were/are hippies in Asia. But, I feel like the idealism of the hippies has been turned into nihilism.
162 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 09:48
Lots of hippies weren't really idealists, in fact lots of them were much like that article described.
There was a 70s film that's pretty famous in Italy, called Ecce Bombo, in which one of the characters stays in her brother's house and doesn't pay rent, lives on friends' food, gets clothes and all from friends who travel, and generally does nothing but "go around, see people, do stuff", and then goes on about how she's happy just to be sitting in a lawn, chilling with her friend.
I also remember my mom telling me about this apartment close to where she lived in her 20s, owned by a man who lived abroad for 6 months a year due to work, which was "occupied" by a young couple who also had no money, no job, and mostly spent their days doing nothing. They broke into the apartment, changed the lock, and used it to their hearts' content for a few months or so. When the owner came back the couple was out; he saw that the door was locked and called some people to change the lock, and then threw all their stuff out in the street. The couple came back while he was still throwing their stuff out and they even had the nerve to complain!
This lifestyle is nothing new; that it's coming back en masse just means that we're probably going through a down phase as a society.
163 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 22:30
Interesting. I had thought of it as a modern thing. I'm going to poke around and do some reading. As a Sang-sympathizer, this sort of thing is fascinating to me.
The couple came back... and had the nerve to complain
That takes a serious sense of entitlement to steal something and then complain when the owner takes it back. It's a funny story, though.
Ecce Bombo
I've never heard of this movie, but it sounds interesting. I'll try to find it.
down phase as a society
Yeah, I feel like sensitive misfits and dropouts are sort of the canary in the coalmine of modern society. I have a lot of friends who are NEETs and the like, and I think it means we're in for a rough decade or two.
164 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-02 01:21
People occupying buildings illegally was a common thing at the time, at least here in Italy; it was partly a good thing, IMO, because people used to actually take care of the buildings and turn them into useful places, in fact there's an old huge building in the middle of my town that was recently occupied by a group of young people, and they started organizing all sorts of things in it, I think they made a pretty good job.
Then again, there were also people like the ones I described. I think the owner even told them that he would've considered letting them live there while he was away (but still making them pay the water and electricity bills on their own) had they asked him, while he was throwing away their stuff.
I don't really know about the future, and it's hard to understand the times you're living in without the benefit of hindsight, but it kinda feels like things are gonna change in the coming years. I'm really interested to go through it and see how it plays out, though.
I'll try to find it.
That movie's pretty funny and it probably gives you an idea of what it was like in the 70s though. But out of the movies by Nanni Moretti I'd recommend Bianca, La Messa è Finita or Palombella Rossa over Ecce Bombo.
165 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-02 06:47

Another article that was super interesting that I just remembered about. It's called the Gervais Principle and it's basically a simplification(albeit one that I think holds merit) that theorizes what exactly makes companies tick. It's made all the more fun in that it uses personalities from the show The Office to set up different types of people that exist in organizations and what their purpose is.

The rundown is that there exists three main types of people in every organization and that the interactions between these types determine anything from company health to possibilities of promotion between the ranks. I HIGHLY recommend that you read this even if you haven't watched the show although you will get more of a kick if you have watched it.
166 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-09 14:54
On everything wrong with the current internet.


Article is two years old, but even more relevant now.
167 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-10 04:34
Articles like that always make me sad because I don't think there's anything to be done to stop it. All we can do is hunker down and try to preserve a few nice places on the web.
168 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-10 10:38
The development arc of pretty much any successful technology involves it becoming easier to use and appealing to more people. Unfortunately, this often comes at the cost of power and flexibility.
169 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-11 11:39
I was about to post about the resurgence of decentralized internets, but then again I'm not sure they will change much. I'm not sure anything like the birth and early years of the internet will happen again in our lifetimes.
I think the best we can do with these P2P internets is hope that they will have a barrier of entry that's not too high for people who look for them, but high enough to discourage the rest.
170 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 01:16
You should post anyway. That sounds like an interesting read.
171 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 12:25
Well, the point was that decentralized internets would probably feel like the early internet did at first, but if I think about it now, that wouldn't really be the case. It'd probably be a lot like the current internet, and you probably wouldn't even notice the change.
It builds up on many of the same technologies that the current internet is built upon, so it would bring very little new stuff to the table.

What would really be neat is something using technologies that people haven't figured out yet. The web is a boring and "safe" place by now because everything seems like it's already been tried out, and nothing feels new. All of this contributes to making the web more appealing to the general public, which is a double-edged sword; on one hand, more people might bring new perspectives on all matters; on the other, groups are at their best when they're small, as further explained by >>155.
I really don't know if you could make something out of VR/AR, which right now only feels like an expensive gimmick made to sell expensive hardware, or maybe something else entirely, but it should probably be something that makes people interact with each other in ways that they've never experienced before, and that encourages emergent behaviors.

On this topic, I hope you'll forgive me if it's not exactly text, but I'd like to recommend a lecture by Brian Moriarty, one of the authors of some of the best adventure games of the 80s and early 90s. It's mostly about videogames, but also partly about how environments like MMOs and the internet itself (used to) encourage emergent behavior, and it's also just a very good lecture by itself:
(On a side note, you can easily play this with streamlink if you'd rather not use flash.)
Here's the transcript, if you'd rather just read, but it's definitely better to listen!
172 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 20:02
Most speeches of Brian Moriarty are gems, i love listening to this guy. I'd recommend anyone interested in games and play to listen or read a transcript of An Apology for Roger Ebert and The Secret of Psalm 42, both available at the site posted earlier
173 Name: >>171 : 2017-07-12 20:17
I meant youtube-dl, not streamlink in >>171.

Yes, his other lectures too are great, and I love his games.
174 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-07 14:43
The Viridian manifesto by Bruce Stirling is a good albeit weird read: http://www.viridiandesign.org/manifesto.html
A better way of trying to sell reducing your impact.

"Pacific Edge" by Kim Stanley Robinson falls to the normal KSR issues towards the end, but depicts a pretty good eco-utopia too. The ideas in it about transitioning the military-industrial complex to civilian/public usage are interesting.
175 Name: Anonymous : 2017-09-23 21:42
A good and easy introduction to the fundamental insights on information by Claude Shannon.

176 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-20 01:11
the midwit obsession over trifles may just be the most loathesome fate a man could come to
177 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-03 12:44
Books remain readable for hundreds of years but the lifespan of the average URL is only 44 days. Can we trust machines with our memories?
178 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-08 14:10
Learn English if you want to make money; learn Esperanto if you want to make friends.
179 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-08 15:24

I actually wanted to attend a local Esperanto meeting (in Munich) the other day but decided not to last minute because I was too anxious.
Learning Esperanto (besides Haskell) would be a good new years resolution indeed, thanks for the nice read.
180 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-12 17:56
This whole site, really. Its very good. Not every detail of every article is right, but the overall ethos about technology and the design of our tools is spot-on.
181 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-13 12:48
It's the pair of the one in >>111 . Both good sites, though pretty off on a lot of the technical details. Great for thought experiment stuff though, especially notech - is there a way to do this without a technical solution?
Weird that they have comments enabled on lowtech but not notech, too.
182 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-15 00:16
Certainly misses the mark with a lot of details, but I give them slack for the really broad range of fields the sort of stuff they talk about involves, and the fact that thinking about these broader matters of design philosophy isnt likely from many tech nerds who're just really into whatever their chosen field, and revel in the complexities.
I like the general message- that problems should be solved in the simplest way its viable to do so, and additionaly that the boundries of 'viable' really should be expanded in a lot of areas. That complexity of tools and methods should be limited as much as possible while still achieving the given task, and tasks that really require a lot of advanced things should be chosen thoughtfully.
Also, more slack for the fact that their message is very contrary to the prevailing attitudes towards technology. They're maybe liable to make some arguments that take it too far or dont consider everything, but its in part because the message beh ind it is under-spoken and under-heard. I wouldnt agree that we should mandate Dial-up internet speeds, because it would gimp online video games, voice communication, and downloads of art and video, but there are a lot of other things high internet speeds are used for which are either worthless(javascript) or actively harmful(tracking, etc).
183 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-26 17:14
"Being Poor", by John Scalzi

184 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-03 07:18
The moral of that article is: don't have children if you are poor.
185 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-10 17:59
[i]Essays in Idleness[/i], by Yoshida Kenkō.

Although it was written in 1330, it is honestly like reading a collection of posts from this board. A lot of the essays are about impermanence and loss, in a very early mono no aware sense.
To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!
186 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-12 17:01
Elmo Gonzaga - Anomie and Isolation. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiments Lain, and Japanese Consensus Society.
Susan Napier - When the Machines Stop - Fantasy, Reality, and Terminal Identity in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments Lain.
Napier - The Problem of Existence in Japanese Animation.
Some interesting reading on japanese animation and culture. Looking for more similar stuff.
187 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-25 20:52
A radio amateur has recently spotted that a "dead" earth observation satellite is transmitting again - the article is a good read, but it's especially worthwhile to scroll to the bottom and see the comments from the IMAGE team talking about restarting their project.
188 Name: Anonymous : 2018-03-02 22:41
189 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-17 20:23

Gustafson descends one last time to the store's lower level, the part of the bookstore stuffed with volumes on cooking and gardening, travel and history. And he sits down at an old typewriter to read the notes the day's customers have left behind.
On busy days, there are dozens and dozens of them.

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