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I am hereby committing to do the challenge #1bookaweek. In addition, besides just reading 1 book per week, I also want to write at least a short summary, and once in a while create a YouTube video about the book. #books #reading #challenges


 
A story of a real-life check from Donald Knuth. With tips on how to work to get one. :-)
Donald Knuth is a computer scientist who is so committed to the correctness of his books that he offers one US hexadecimal dollar ($2.56, 0x$1.00) for any “bug” found in his books, where a bug is anything that is “technically, historically, typographically, or politically incorrect”. I wanted to get a Knuth check for myself, so I set out to find some errors in his magnum opus, The Art of Computer Programming (TAOCP). I found three and sent them in, and true to his word, he sent me back a check for 0x$3.00.
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How to Get a Knuth Check

General advice for finding errors in Knuth books. It mostly applies to technical errors, which mine are not. It does have one suggestion that I took seriously:
It is better to wait until you have a collection of errors to send
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Some tough choices here!

Nebula award nominees for best novel

#books #nebulas #science fiction


 

Game Engine Black Books Update


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19942906
Posted by brundolf (karma: 6493)
Post stats: Points: 155 - Comments: 21 - 2019-05-17T19:47:01Z

#HackerNews #black #books #engine #game #update
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It's all about Mayonnaise

#literature #books #writing
Flannery O’Connor’s Two Deepest Loves Were Mayonnaise and Her Mother


 

The Silver Key


Lovecraft hit right on target with this one:
Once in a while, though, he could not help seeing how shallow, fickle, and meaningless all human aspirations are, and how emptily our real impulses contrast with those pompous ideals we profess to hold. Then he would have recourse to the polite laughter they had taught him to use against the extravagance and artificiality of dreams; for he saw that the daily life of our world is every inch as extravagant and artificial, and far less worthy of respect because of its poverty in beauty and its silly reluctance to admit its own lack of reason and purpose. In this way he became a kind of humorist, for he did not see that even humour is empty in a mindless universe devoid of any true standard of consistency or inconsistency.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Silver_Key

#lovecraft #dream #dreams #dreamlands #dreamcycle #thesilverkey #realworld #world #fantasy #books #literature #reading


 

24 Sci-Fi Novels You Can Read for Free


+1 not included in the list below: Little Fuzzy

https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/web/a15831/gutenberg-sci-fi-books/

#scifi #sci-fi #books #literature #reading


 
Our entertainment is someone's heartache and tragedy.
https://crimereads.com/dont-use-my-family-for-your-true-crime-stories/?fbclid=IwAR0cnfcRBOJnh7f6S9SD86tade9dBM-x9mlq1Bizm0u_Ghfpq5Hx60WWrhU

#crime #books
Don’t Use My Family For Your True Crime Stories

CrimeReads: Don’t Use My Family For Your True Crime Stories - What it's like to watch true crime as the relative of a murder victim. (Lilly Dancyger)

# #crime #books


 
sollte man vielleicht mal ausprobieren

#help #microfiction


 
Arabic literature and the African other

https://africasacountry.com/2019/05/how-do-arabs-talk-and-write-about-black-people/

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tags: #literature #racism #books


 

Ask HN: Which books teach mental models?


Read the piece by Mutaschak [1]yesterday and found myself agreeing with components of the piece but distinctly feeling that some well-crafted books take a more active role in conveying and teaching mental models than simply summarized facts (which can be done well, but is subject to being forgotten).

The question, then, is what books effectively introduced a new mental model or perspective?

Two recent examples from my own reading, non-fiction and fiction:

Loonshots (Bahcall) - model & "rules" for structure of innovation in orgs is introduced, discussed from various perspectives, examples given, summarized in text, repeated.

Overstory (Powers) - character stories all reinforce the perspective of an alternative relationship with trees and plants, the giant ecosystem and systems thinking.

[1]https://andymatuschak.org/books/

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Books and lectures don't work


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19887424
Posted by MayDaniel (karma: 173)
Post stats: Points: 107 - Comments: 113 - 2019-05-11T17:58:19Z

#HackerNews #and #books #dont #lectures #work
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Dutch family in cash plea to save ancestor’s tulip fever paintings #Books #Netherlands #Historybooks #Culture #Europe #Worldnews


 

Rains of Castamere


I've re-read the first three books of A Song of Ice and fire (#GOT): "A Game of Thrones", "A Clash of Kings" and "A Storm of Swords". I've seen the serie till last season.
And sincerely... the only thing that I've missed is the music of "Rains of Castamere". Enjoy the #books!
And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that lord of Castamere,
And now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.

#GOT #Music #TheNational #Lannister #TheRainsofCastamere


 
Go Down Moses

#Faulkner #stories #fiction #literature #books

1942 - William Faulkner’s short story collection “Go Down, Moses” is published

One of William Faulkner’s greatest collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published. The collection included The Bear, one of his most famous stories, which had previously appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

The seven stories in Go Down, Moses all take place in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi, and are based on Faulkner’s observations of his own native state.

Faulkner was born near Oxford, Mississippi, where his fathe... show more


 
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How Brands Grow


This book makes some provocative claims about brand advertising, based on decades of consumer marketing survey data. One of the main arguments is that a lot of what marketers believe in is not supported by data and that the only metric that matters is market share, as anything else is correlated with it (e.g. you can't separately optimize for loyalty or reputation or brand value perception).

Consumers may be loyal to some number of brands without thinking these are anything special compared to other similar brands and spend a lot less thought on choosing one brand over others than we would like to think. Consumers don't differentiate brands, but product categories (e.g. even Apple computer users are no more loyal than others and they don't think that Apple are that different from other PCs - it's a box on the desk that does email, Internet and some apps, essentially).

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Blame it on Zuck!
We're a nation of scrollers, NOT READERS

#technology #online nation #reading #literature #books


 

Fieldwork Fails

The Messy Side of Science


This was a kickstarter project by Jim Jourdane, a book of stories shared by scientists working in the field about their everyday failures. It is produced to very high quality, and full of wonderful watercolor illustrations.

Jim still has a large stock of his books — an entire second print run — but the distributor he eventually found to handle sales for him is closing his account because the book doesn't sell enough copies to be, in their opinion, worth their trouble. Because in this modern world, if a book isn't on Amazon, that means it doesn't exist ... right?

So Jim is closing out his remaining stock, heavily discounted. This is a wonderful book, and especially at 75% off — that's only €4.25, plus shipping — it is a steal. And this is your last ever chance to get it.

Jim's store is here. Check it out. Because SCIENCE! (And also because books.)

#books #science


 

Fieldwork Fails

The Messy Side of Science


This was a kickstarter project by Jim Jourdane, a book of stories shared by scientists working in the field about their everyday failures. It is produced to very high quality, and full of wonderful watercolor illustrations.

Jim still has a large stock of his books — an entire second print run — but the distributor he eventually found to handle sales for him is closing his account because the book doesn't sell enough copies to be, in their opinion, worth their trouble. Because in this modern world, if a book isn't on Amazon, that means it doesn't exist ... right?

So Jim is closing out his remaining stock, heavily discounted. This is a wonderful book, and especially at 75% off — that's only €4.25, plus shipping — it is a steal. And this is your last ever chance to get it.

Jim's store is here. Check it out. Because SCIENCE! (And also because books.)

#books #science


 
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Best book about the subject, backed by fact (kind of)


#funny #pictures #books


 
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Best book about the subject, backed by fact (kind of)


#funny #pictures #books


 
'The Pioneers' Dives Deep Into Lives Of Northwest Territory Settlers

#books #literature #history


 
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Анархизм — с чего начать?


В анархизме нет общепризнанного набора каноничных авторов или «базовых» текстов. Вместо этого есть ряд теоретиков, разрабатывающ... show more


 
A group of young men decide to build a secret library collecting books from their war-torn neighbourhood in Syria. #SyriasWar #Books #MiddleEast #Education #Arts&Culture #War&Conflict #War #Basharal-Assad


 
This should be good. A look at Ted Chiang's new collection, Exhalation: Stories. He may not write much but what he writes are stunning stories.
A handful of living science fiction writers have attained godlike status—N.K. Jemisin, Cixin Liu, and Ann Leckie, to name a few. But Ted Chiang is the only one who’s done it without writing a novel. In fact, he’s published far less than his neighbors on the genre’s >current Mount Rushmore, usually just one short story every two years. But oh, his stories. They’re a religious experience.
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Chiang’s fiction isn’t for everyone—some stories, like the title track are essentially thought experiments that sound less like fiction and more like an essay. But every story works. Even “The Great Silence,” a five-page fable originally written to accompany a video art installation that juxtaposed the Arecibo radio telescope with its surrounding wi
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