I am reading three online resources in parallel – on the history and the basics of computing, computer science, software engineering, and the related culture and ‘philosophy’. An accidental combination I find most enjoyable. Joel on Software: Joel Spolsky’s blog – a collection of classic essays. What every developer needs to know about Unicode. New terms […]Read More Computers, Science, and History Thereof
… with sample size 1. Last year, at the 4-years anniversary, I presented a quantitative analysis – in line with the editorial policy I had silently established: My blogging had turned from quasi-philosophical ramblings on science, work, and life to no-nonsense number crunching. But the comment threads on my recent posts exhibit my subconsciousness spilling […]Read More The Stages of Blogging – an Empirical Study
Peter von Rittinger’s biography reads like a success story created by a Victorian novelist, and his invention was a text-book example of innovation triggered by scarcity ( Bio DE / EN). Born 1811, he was poor and became an orphan early. Yet he was able to study mathematics and physics as his secondary education had […]Read More Peter von Rittinger’s Steam Pump (AKA: The First Heat Pump)
The Glass Cage is about automation’s human consequences. It is not intended to be your typical book about robots taking our jobs for better or for worse. Carr gives an intriguing account of the history of automation and robotics nonetheless – from Luddites to Google’s self-driving cars. What we have known intuitively is backed up […]Read More We Should Get Lost Sometimes – Nicholas Carr on Automation and Us
This is my pick of books I enjoyed reading in 2013. I am hardly capable of reviewing books but I tend to pick books in order to answer a specific question. Biographies I have a penchant for physicists’ lives in the first half of the 20th century. How did scientists organize their lives and research without computers? […]Read More This Year in Books: Biographies, Science, Essays.
I have no clue about art or design. I learned recently from The Time Traveler that stuff like the following has its own genre and sub-culture: It is called Steampunk. I am intrigued – as I was by the illustrations in Stephen Hawking’s book Illustrated Brief History of Time long before I knew this was Steampunk at its best. […]Read More Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery
I am reading the Sherlock Holmes novels on my Kindle, about 25 years after I have read them on paper. The stories are still entertaining, Conan Doyle is a great story-teller (though he re-uses ideas in 1:1 different novels and once you are used to the typical plots you are able to guess the outcome. He was […]Read More Hansoms and Wires