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William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was' | Books | The Guardian
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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5 weeks ago by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What book did you read in 2016 that was so good you gifted it to others? | Hacker News
I've gifted it twice already. An incredible look into the lives of the working poor and what it actually means to try and get out of poverty in America. It's a beautiful book. http://ift.tt/1zgYpJY
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december 2016 by chrisweiss
All the science fiction and fantasy novels you need to make it through winter | Ars Technica
Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the time of year when curling up with a book—or a stack of books—is pretty much mandatory. If you're wondering where to start, we've got a list of new novels from 2016 to help you escape and make you think strange new thoughts.
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november 2016 by chrisweiss
Programming books you might want to consider reading | Hacker News
jcoffland 1 day ago The best Calculus book I've ever found is free from MIT. https://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-18-001-calculus-online-tex... Bluestrike2 1 day ago Adrian Banner's The Calculus Lifesaver is an excellent companion text as well.
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november 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What books are you reading this week? | Hacker News
This is double true if you are using one of the newer languages that aim to kill C++ like Swift or Rust as some of the concepts apply really nicely. Bjarne Stroustrup (the guy who made C++) wrote a comment about it on Amazon (http://ift.tt/2dVZLoZ...
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october 2016 by chrisweiss
Science Fiction by Scientists | Hacker News
egeozcan 1 minute ago I'm not sure how to feel about such marketing. A more believable sci-fi novel does sound more interesting, but isn't it like promoting a movie involving a plane crash as "directed by aviation personnel".
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october 2016 by chrisweiss
“Learn C the Hard Way” is no longer available for free | Hacker News
Narann 16 minutes ago The one in "Stuff that should be avoided"?: http://ift.tt/2dq2vc0... miles 7 minutes ago Thanks for the heads up! http://ift.tt/2cNkqM1...
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october 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What good books have you read lately? | Hacker News
sunstone 3 minutes ago Didn't read it lately but Consilience by W.O Wilson (Nobel Prize winner) is definitely worth a look if you're not too distressed by having your sacred cows butchered. imh 8 hours ago Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C.
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october 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally? | Hacker News
gary__ 1 day ago An acquaintance recommended Peter Drucker's "The Effective Executive" as a first book to read about management. I found it very interesting and it changed my outlook on the value of tracking time, focusing on strengths and what contribution matters. (I am not a manager myself.
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september 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What's on your RSS reader? | Hacker News
It is basically one voracious reader (Robert Cottrell) who trawls the internet to select 5-6 pieces worth reading every day. It's a good combo of news, economics, science, and just random, beautiful writing – I really value non-tech-related writing it introduces into my feed/life.
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august 2016 by chrisweiss
Mother Earth Mother Board | WIRED
The hacker tourist ventures forth across the wide and wondrous meatspace of three continents, chronicling the laying of the longest wire on Earth.
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august 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What book impacted your life the most and how? | Hacker News
This was the beginning of the end. Like with all drugs, there is a slippery slope. You start with marijuana, and you move onto heroin. In my case, I graduated to: After that I read: http://ift.tt/2bh9XbS...
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august 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What book have you given as a gift? | Hacker News
To drive home the point of just how much I loved this book, I went on to learn French just so I could read it in the original print. Make sure it's the full, unabridged edition (1200 or 1400 pages), though!
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august 2016 by chrisweiss
Mapping the US nuclear war plan for 1956 | Hacker News
Given that many US weapons weren't even one-point safe until the 80s, and I doubt Soviet weapons were better, and there were a fair number of routine accidents with those weapons, there must have been some undisclosed policy of secretly keeping the weapons even less ready than has ever been report
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may 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: Book Recommendations? | Hacker News
I really enjoyed the parts of that book that were actually about the motorcycle trip. Pirsig's thoughts on quality didn't resonate with me, at all. Then I read it the second time.
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march 2016 by chrisweiss
Computer and coding books from Usborne Publishing
Many of today's tech professionals were inspired by the Usborne computing books they read as children. The books included program listings for such iconic computers as the ZX Spectrum, the BBC Micro and the Commodore 64, and are still used in some computer clubs today.
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february 2016 by chrisweiss
fogus: Reading for the Rushed
People sometimes ask me how I’m able to read 70+ books every year despite my extra-curricular, professional, and authoring activities.
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february 2016 by chrisweiss
fogus: Extreme reading
Why do people have trouble reading books? The primary answer you’re likely to receive when asking this question is that reading is boring. And to this response I agree. Reading is boring – but it doesn’t need to be boring.
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february 2016 by chrisweiss
fogus: The best things and stuff of 2015
Great things and people that I discovered, learned, read, met, etc. in 2015. No particular ordering is implied. Not everything is new. I’ve been scaling back on blogging this past year and have tried something different instead – Read-Eval-Print-λove.
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february 2016 by chrisweiss
Top Books on Amazon Based on Links in Hacker News Comments | Hacker News
I'd read Schild's Ladder prior to reading Permutation city, which is also a good read. It does seem to get bogged down in the technical and descriptive side of things at times, however, it's a fantastic idea for a story. The main premise of the film would make a great movie.
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january 2016 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: Books you read in 2015? | Hacker News
2) Zero to One - Rating 4/5 - Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Insights into and anecdotal examples of Paypal mafia, among the numerous over there. 5) 'Digital Gold...' by Nathaniel Popper - Currently reading (very enjoyable at around 41%) - Captures the history of evolution of Bitcoin.
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january 2016 by chrisweiss
YC's 2015 Reading List | Hacker News
Interested by that phenomenon, I've been on the lookout for books that might subtly influence my perspective in ways that would make me warmer, kinder, more sympathetic/empathetic. Two of these recommendations look spot-on for that. Purchased:
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january 2016 by chrisweiss
YC's 2015 Reading List · The Macro
The end of the year is a great time to catch up on reading. Here is a roundup of some of the best books we at Y Combinator read in 2015 -- some of them happened to be published this year, but many of them were not.
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january 2016 by chrisweiss
The Best Books I Read in 2015 | Bill Gates
I just looked over the list of books I read this year, and I noticed a pattern. A lot of them touch on a theme that I would call “how things work.” Some explain something about the physical world, like how steel and glass are used, or what it takes to get rid of deadly diseases.
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december 2015 by chrisweiss
50 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature
Buzzfeed asked their community to tell them about their favorite lines from literature. Here are some of their most beautiful replies. 28. “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?” —T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
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october 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What are the most thought-provoking books that you have read? | Hacker News
I wish it were required reading in at least all journalism school curriculums. It's a book about death and the most "exciting" part of police work but also one that reveals the banality and politically-motivated mechanics of such a system.
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october 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What books are you reading? | Hacker News
Before that, it was "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II". I decided to read it because I saw a kinda not great movie about the period immediately after surrender, and I realized it was something I knew almost nothing about.
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september 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: Books with a high signal to noise ratio? | Hacker News
There's very little fluff in these books and you learn something useful on almost every other page. I'd like to read more such books , especially on technical subjects. Thankfully, the experts in each field effectively review the books for you.
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august 2015 by chrisweiss
wilfriedhoujebek: Summery Books Too Far Out For Johnny Depp
Your average 'alternative' 'underground' 'cult' summer booklist will name conservative corkers like William Gibson, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Pynchon, Kathy Acker, Hubert S. Selby or Brett Easton Ellis.
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june 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What is the most mind blowing book you've ever read? | Hacker News
Most articles related to this topic suggest something like the Fight Club. Even though, there are some good twists to the story, I feel like my mind could be blown away way more than that. Needless to say that we are talking about a book for the HN audience.
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june 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What newsletters do you read every day or week? | Hacker News
Also, shameless plug, I just started a weekly newsletter about Machine Learning, Data Science, Data Engineering:
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may 2015 by chrisweiss
fogus: Six works of Computer Science-Fiction
Computer Science-Fiction1 is not actually fiction. Instead, these are books of computer science and/or programming that when you read them you can’t quite believe that what they claim is reality.
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april 2015 by chrisweiss
Six works of Computer Science-Fiction | Hacker News
The 432 had incredible hype: "The vacuum tube, the transistor, the microprocessor - at least once in a generation an electronic device arises to shock and strain designers' understanding.
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april 2015 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: Which book are you reading these days? | Hacker News
* Thinking, Fast and Slow * How to Win Friends and Influence People * David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants * Self-Made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man * The Martian: A Novel * How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S.
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april 2015 by chrisweiss
Sir Terry Pratchett has died | Hacker News
He came to talk at UNiversity of Cape Town here in South Africa. Sir Pratchett gave a great talk and made a funny (yet by todays standards perfectly hideous) comment about fat goth girls.
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march 2015 by chrisweiss
What are your favourite sci-fi books? | Hacker News
Ian MacDonald is another good one. My favourite of his is The Dervish House, but his others are definitely worth reading. Charles Stross is good. Didn't get on with Accelerando, but his Laundry books are a fun mix of HP Lovecraft/Len Deighton/IT Crowd.
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february 2015 by chrisweiss
www.nytimes.com
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. ALL OUR NAMES. By Dinaw Mengestu. (Knopf, $25.95.
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december 2014 by chrisweiss
The Best Books I Read in 2014 | Bill Gates
I didn’t really plan it this way. But as I look at the list of the best books I read this year, I see how a number of them touch on economics and business. That’s fitting, in a year when Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century put a big spotlight on inequality.
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december 2014 by chrisweiss
32 Sci-Fi Novels You Should Read | How To Split An Atom
Looking for some new material to add to your science fiction reading list? Below are 32 books that have pushed the boundaries of the genre, inspired generations of thinkers and in some cases have even predicted key aspects of societies development.
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october 2014 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What is HN reading? | Hacker News
2012-06 issue of "Analog Science Fiction and Fact". I'm so far behind the current issue because I switched to an electronic subscription when a few years ago. At the time, it was only available from Barnes & Noble.
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october 2014 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What is HN reading? | Hacker News
Alright, so a month ago i made this same thread, and it seemed quite popular. (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8257369) Since then i´ve: Read: Siddhartha - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_(novel) Das Steppenwolf - http://en.wikipedia.
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october 2014 by chrisweiss
Neuromancer, 30 years old this month | Hacker News
Snowcrash. I love Buring Chrome, which is Gibson's short stories. True Names. Wetware/Freeware. Basically, start with Gibson, then Neal Stephenson, take some drugs and read Rudy Rucker, then have a mint julep and read some Bruce Sterling. Sprinkle lightly with Vernor Vinge, and end with some Dick.
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august 2014 by chrisweiss
aosabook/500lines · GitHub
This is the source for the book 500 Lines or Less, the fourth in the Architecture of Open Source Applications series.
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august 2014 by chrisweiss
Read JavaScript Allongé | Leanpub
“Café Allongé, also called Espresso Lungo, is a drink midway between an Espresso and Americano in strength. There are two different ways to make it. The first, and the one I prefer, is to add a small amount of hot water to a double or quadruple Espresso Ristretto.
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august 2014 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What's the best technical eBook you have read? | Hacker News
Because it is written in a style in which technical books are rarely written. It has cartoons, jokes, references to pop culture but still it conveys the core subject exceedingly well.
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august 2014 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What Books Are You Reading? | Hacker News
The last book I read was Abdel Haleem's translation of the Qur'an[2]. For an ancient religious text, it's rather short. Total reading time was maybe 16 hours over the course of a week. I'm not religious, but it was interesting to get a better idea of what Muslims believe and why.
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july 2014 by chrisweiss
Absolutely No Machete Juggling » Top 10 Career-Changing Programming Books
When I graduated with a Computer Science degree ten years ago, I was excited to dive into the world of professional programming. I had done well in school, and I thought I was completely ready to be employed doing my dream job: writing code.
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july 2014 by chrisweiss
Ask HN: What's the best programming book you've read recently? | Hacker News
I invite you you to hop back into the book. I found it to be a fairly quick read for a technical book. The chapters are well motivated, and the code samples were well placed.
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may 2014 by chrisweiss

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