Apr 22, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160422

Welcome back to another Random Articles across the Web (RAW).  I'm trying something new with these curated posts.  Most of the time I have so many articles which I want to share that I can't use them all, so here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to keep the really good ones for these weekly posts and then Tweet the rest through out the week.  So if you're interested start following me on Twitter, and feel free to contact me via Twitter and let me know what you think.  
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But now it's time to sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy reading this weekend.




Now We Can Map Every Magical World into a Multiverse


Seanan McGuire’s new book Every Heart a Doorway explores how to deal with real life once the portal to your own personal magical world has closed. It also gives readers a rough guideline for how all of these different portal worlds–like Narnia, Oz, Wonderland, and so on–relate to each other. Read more...


Bookbinder Doesn’t Feel Threatened by the Kindle Oasis, and Shouldn’t


The Guardian has given a voice to an old-fashioned bookbinder, Colin Hill Urbina, who quite reasonably spends no time worrying about ereaders. Read more...


Baen Books Adds Multiple Book Download Option

The SF/Fantasy publisher Baen Books reminded us again this week why they are the only decent ebook retailer outside of Amazon. Baen has added a new download option to its ebookstore, BaeneBooks.com. We have long had the option of downloading an entire order's worth of ebooks as a single ZIP file of DRM-free ebooks, and now Baen is letting customers organize a volume download of any of the ebooks in a customer's account. Read more...

One Major Missing Ingredient In Leadership Today


Books sometime come at a pitch-perfect moment. I think that’s true for Perry Noble’s newest, The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership. Whether we’re talking about business or politics, we’re surrounded by terrible examples of leadership right now. The Most Excellent Way to Lead introduces us to a whole new paradigm for evaluating leadership.
Noble says it comes down to love. Read more...

Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism by Barnabas Calder – A Review


If ever a style were damned out of its own mouth, it was this. “Brutalist”, ergo brutal. “Gothic” and “baroque” both started off as insults from those who didn’t like these types of architecture, but brutalism’s own makers and promoters chose to self-identify with this harsh word which, when fashion turned, was used to beat it.  Read more...

We Might Be Totally Wrong About Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

How the dinosaurs went extinct is a contentious topic of endless scientific debate. Were they killed by a giant asteroid, a rash of volcanic eruptions, or some deadly combination of the two? Or, perhaps, we’ve been thinking about the problem all wrong. Here’s a different take. It wasn’t just cataclysmic events that did in the dinosaurs—these were the final nail in the coffin. Read more...



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