Aug 26, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160826

Welcome.  I get really excited when people tell me they're interested in reading and especially reading Science Fiction. This is what happened last Sunday evening, someone requested a virtual tour of the Sci-Fi section of my bookcase.  You can see how excited I got here: Quick Bookshelf Tour

For those used to my previous YouTube videos, I promise it's short and not boring, you can watch it with an espresso.


Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea within us”; Carl Sagan held them as “proof that humans are capable of working magic”; James Baldwin found in them a way to change one’s destiny; for Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, they stood as our ultimate frontier of freedom.

Shakespeare's Globe Archive to be Digitised

A landmark digital project - Shakespeare’s Globe: Performances and Practices will see the digitisation of the majority of Shakespeare’s Globe’s archives, preserved since its opening in 1997. The collection will include an array of essential material for the study of Shakespeare, literature, theatre and performance, and will publish in Spring 2019, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Globe’s founder, Sam Wanamaker, born in June 1919.

Connecticut Developing a Statewide e-Book Program

Libraries in Connecticut often do business with multiple companies for their e-book collection. There are many players in this industry such as 3M, Baker&Taylor, Hoopla and Overdrive. Whenever a patron borrows an e-book, they often have to download a specific app that will let them read it. A new initiative by the Connecticut State Library system is seeking to address the situation.

Old Kobo Mini Finds New Life as a Sailplane and Paraglide Computer

We've seen any number of re-purposed hacked Kindles over the years, including as a weather station, fridge magnet, and wireless monitor, but all of those projects pale in comparison to one hack i just found.

Kepler's 'Alien Megastructure' Star Just Got Weirder

ow new research of precision Kepler observations has shown that the overall brightness of the star — unofficially named "Tabby's Star" after astronomer Tabetha S. Boyajian who discovered the peculiar signal — has been decreasing, which poses a new and confusing problem for astronomers trying to understand what the heck is going on.

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Aug 24, 2016

Up And Coming | NineFox Gambit

Taking a quick look through the reviews on Amazon it looks like an interesting book, focused on character building and a must read for those who like Ann Leckie's  Ancillary Justice and the writings of CJ Cherryh.

Looks good, I've made my purchase, what about you?  If you've read it tell me what you think.

Aug 20, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160819

How the Paperback Book Transformed American Culture

The paperback caused a small revolution. To witness it, you’d only have to look as far as the new revolving book stands at the local drug store. So what are three major ways the paperback book changed American culture?

Mixed Reviews of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring

As a community of readers and writers, we are all too familiar with the sentiments of Bilbo Baggins. “Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you're right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that's where I belong. That's home…” We are a people torn between reading about adventures, and creating one of our own

Aug 16, 2016

Up and Coming Reads | Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek

The advent of 3D printing has introduced me to a new word, but not a new concept, it's Scarcity Economics and I've been hearing about it a lot recently.  If it hasn't already, I believe scarcity economics will soon be a major contributor to the Zeitgeist of our moment.

I have always been interested in how economics worked in Star Trek, especially since Replicators are so commonly available, which is why this book caught my eye.  I've purchased the audio book and am looking forward to listening to it.

If you've read it I'd really love to know what you thought. You can reach me on Twitter @nqwolf

Aug 12, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160812

There is something special happening tomorrow, Saturday 13th of August 2016 It's National Bookshop Day in Australia.

To find an event near you - click here!  or just get down to your local bookshop and support them.

Supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, bookshops will be reinforcing their message that local bookshops are an integral part of the Australian way of life. They are the first point of contact between the reader and books. They care about the customer, the reader, and the books they want to read.

Now on to our regular post, some articles you can also enjoy with your favourite beverage!

Aug 6, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160806

From facts about Franz Kafka, how Amazon treats Intellectual Property (IP) to a double-decker concept plane that can take off vertically...  this weeks Random Articles is quite a mixed bag.  Enjoy with your favourite beverage... My wife's been making me coconut milk lattes, they're tastier than I expected.


Jul 29, 2016

Up And Coming | The Paper Menagerie

This book was brought to my attention while listening to the 'Books on the Nightstand' podcast, which has sadly come to an end, and Michael Kindness's description of the various stories made me stop to write down the name so that I could look into this book further.

The stories cover a variety of subjects from paper animals that come to life to a person whose life depends on keeping an ice cube safe. All the stories look interesting and from reading other reviews they seem to deeply explore various aspects of life.  One of the stories listed that piqued my interest apart from the titular story was The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species.

Have you read this book yet?  Let me know what you think about it.