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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


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