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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.
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 in. Bundling several legitimate but low-grade errors together can increase the chance that one is actually treated as an error or a suggestion. Sending several errors in piecemeal could cause each of them to be dismissed out of hand.
I didn’t want to just send in some chickenshit typos by themselves, so as per the suggestion I waited until I had the historical error, which seemed serious enough, and then sent everything in at once."
Via Hacker News [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19948517 ]
#Books #Computers #Programming #DonaldKnuth #Mathematics
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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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
Montreal anarchist Bookfair poster. Created by zola_mtl
I post pictures / meme every day about anarchy and other cool stuff.
Feel free to download and share them ! :)
#shitposting #anarchist meme for cool people
#anarchism #revolution #anonymous #anarchy
#book #books #reading #art #poster #Montreal
Read the piece by Mutaschak 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.
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19895407
Posted by wintercarver (karma: 103)
Post stats: Points: 147 - Comments: 31 - 2019-05-12T23:55:25Z
#HackerNews #ask #books #mental #models #teach #which
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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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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
#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 father was the business manager of the University of Mississippi. His mother, a sensitive, literary woman, encouraged Faulkner and his three brothers to read. Faulkner was a good student but lost interest in studies during high school. He dropped out sophomore year and took a series of odd jobs while writing poetry.
In 1918, his high school girlfriend, Estelle Oldham, married another man, and Faulkner left Mississippi. He joined the British Royal Flying Corps, but World War I ended before he finished his training in Canada. He returned to Mississippi and continued writing poetry. A neighbor funded the publication of his first book of poems, The Marble Faun (1924). His first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, was published two years later.
In 1929, he finally married Estelle, his high school sweetheart, who had divorced her first husband and now had two children. They bought a ruined mansion near Oxford and began restoring it while Faulkner finished The Sound and the Fury, published in October 1929. The book opens with the interior monologue of a developmentally disabled mute character. His next book, As I Lay Dying (1930), featured 59 different interior monologues. Light in August (1932) and Absalom, Absalom (1936) also challenged traditional forms of fiction.
Faulkner’s difficult novels did not earn him enough money to support his family, so he supplemented his income by selling short stories to magazines and working as a Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote two critically acclaimed films, both starring Humphrey Bogart: To Have and Have Not was based on an Ernest Hemingway novel, and The Big Sleep was based on a mystery by Raymond Chandler.
Faulkner’s reputation received a significant boost with the publication of The Portable Faulkner (1946), which included his many stories set in Yoknapatawpha County. Three years later, in 1949, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His Collected Stories (1950) won the National Book Award. Throughout the rest of his life, he lectured frequently on university campuses. He died of a heart attack at age 55.
from This Day in History
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).
What is left as the purpose of brand advertising is memory formation. Brands don't need to be differentiated, but distinctive and memorable, through a consistent use of language, symbols, colors, smells, associations etc. Consumers may not spend much mental energy evaluating hundreds of purchasing decision per day (e.g. in the grocery store) so familiarity, "noticeability", casual/subconscious awareness or "mental availability" are key.
This is probably heavily biased towards branded commodity consumer products, but this is where the majority of brand marketing spend is coming from. This doesn't address how a brand can managed to grow, since all its competitors would be trying to do the same or how an unknown newcomer does succeed in becoming a brand and a household name.
#Books #reading #reviews #Marketing #Advertising #MadMen
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.)
Анархизм — с чего начать?
В анархизме нет общепризнанного набора каноничных авторов или «базовых» текстов. Вместо этого есть ряд теоретиков, разрабатывающий анархистский проект с разных сторон, порой в острой полемике друг с другом. Принципиальный плюрализ, недогматичность, сомнение в авторитетах — то, что характеризует анархический дискурс.
Начать изучение этой множественности лучше с обзорных работ и продолжить прочтением главных текстов ключевых направлений в анархизме.
Обзорные статьи и брошюры:
Дэвид Грэбер «Ты анархист? Ответ может тебя удивить»
Боб Блэк «Анархия: вопросы и ответы»
Петр Рябов «Краткий очерк истории анархизма»
Вводные лекции (видео):
Петр Рябов «Чего хотят анархисты?»
Влад Тупикин «Что такое анархия?»
Вадим Дамье «Что такое анархия?»
Питер Гелдерлоос «Анархия работает»
Колин Вард «Анархизм. Очень краткое введение»
Даниэль Герен «Анархизм: от теории к практике»
Центральные тексты основных направлений:
Макс Штирнер «Единственный и его собственность
Пьер-Жозеф Прудон «Что такое собственность?»
Михаил Бакунин «Госуарственность и анархия»
Петр Кропоткин «Государство, его роль в истории»
Петр Кропоткин «Взаимная помощь среди животных и людей как двигатель прогресса»
Алексей Боровой «Анархизм»
Александр Беркман «Азбука анархизма»
Мюррей Букчин «Реконструкция общества»
Джон Зерзан «Первобытный человек будущего»
Невидимый комитет «Грядущее восстание»
Дэвид Грэбер «Долг»
#СЧегоНачать — новая рубрика с подборками вводных книг и статей по различным сюжетам истории, философии и социальных наук.
#volnaja dumka #anarchism #books
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.#Books #Reviews #TedChiang #SFF #Stories
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 wildlife, is surprising and heartbreaking. Even “Exhalation” ends with an awe-inspiring crescendo.
Savor all nine of these stories. Read them one sitting at a time, somewhere still and quiet, and let them sink in. If we get a third Ted Chiang collection, it probably won’t be for another 15 years.