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posted by nickc

I read 30 books in 2014. Feel free to send me your I-also-reads and your you-might-also-likes.

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Automate This by Christopher Steiner
Two Scoops of Django 1.5 by Daniel Greenfield and Audrey Roy
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton 
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Young Money by Kevin Roose
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone by HST
The Ghost Map by Steven Berlin Johnson
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Inside Wikileaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Our Posthuman Future by Francis Fukuyama
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy

Looking back, I would strongly urge anybody who programs computers to read Hackers and Cryptonomicon immediately. Levy and Stephenson are on the exact same frequency. They totally get it.

As for everyone else, there's a reason they still teach Walden in school. It's essentially a biting cultural criticism that's eerily relevant. Although, I would shave off about 20%. I don't need crop prices and the story of how deep the pond is.

Wikileaks was probably the worst book of the year. It read like high school gossip. 

posted by Byron @hypirlink

I just spent 2 hours reading Multiversity: Pax Americana but I think I get it finally.  Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely are fucking geniuses and I can't believe I'm getting to see them tear apart Watchmen and riff on what makes it tick.  I wish I could include images on here because some of the panels and pages are BEAUTIFUL

posted by sevengraff

I don't hate my current job, but I really want a new job! I feel like this one has taken me as far as it ever will.
But damn I feel bad for leaving the team I work with. Great group of people.

posted by Fredc

Just discovered this place. I like it already for it's simplicity. I jumped here by following a link on a @fox tweet, and I instantly knew I was just looking for this.

I'm a web developper. Not particularly  gifted, or even a great one. Just a passionate one, who likes clean work. I learned everything I know about my job by myself, and thanks to others  who kindly shared theyr knowledge with me and the world.

I am a loving husband, but not a father yet. I live in south France,  near Montpellier. 

2015 will be special for me. I have  Great hopes, both for my personnal and  professionnal life. 

At personnal level, my wife and me we will buy a house in 2015. This is a great goal after eight years together, and it will be exciting a lot! 

And professionnaly, I expect to learn a lot with great techs like Angular, and level up my skills from good to expert in Javascript. 

I also have a secret novels writer activity. I never publicly released this work, and I hope to finish my first book of short stories in the end of this year.

I expect 2015 to be an entertaining, thrilling, changing year. I feel like a butterfly, ready to break throught! 

posted by angelina

in reply to: http://bigboringsystem.com/post/user!2c0346c9-6434-41aa-8ee8-4167c1af5b70!1420149356-dc

decided to try the single-synth-only song challenge that ednapirahna set out for herself just to try it myself. 

it's late and it's not done yet (only a minute in, to be honest), but it's going to be some kind of single-synth opera when i'm done with it.

here is the thing so far, it doesn't have a name yet:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2meqzbtt1ay9jq/single-synth-challenge%20-%202015-01-02%2C%2012.59%20AM.mp3?dl=0