Archive for the 'books' Category

Oct 31 2012

Our New Downtown Library

Published by under AnnArbor,books,education,elections

I’m really excited about the plans to build a new downtown library, and I wanted to share some of my personal thoughts about this. The Library has developed a concrete plan for how a new library will benefit this community, arrived at through 5 years of analysis and public comment. Among the items on the capability side that […]

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Oct 01 2009

Books and their transforming media

Published by under books,design,media,technology

I came across an entry on Google Books, and realized they have a map with all locations mentioned in the book tagged on the map. This is a neat feature. Check out the map for Around the World in 80 Days. Certainly an interesting way to access data in a book. I was recently reading […]

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Sep 15 2009

Decline and Fall

Published by under books,history

Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is quite a reading project, to be sure, even if you stick to the first three volumes which take the story to the end of the western empire. But there’s more to it than the first “modern” work of history; He can deploy some enjoyable prose: The […]

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Jan 06 2009

What happened to A New Kind of Science?

Published by under books,science

The recent genesis post reminded me of Stephen Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science, and prompted me to check its Amazon listing.  I thought there must be many people who never read it, and would now be trying to sell it used.  Sure enough, there’s more than 100 copies available for $11 and up. However […]

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Dec 22 2008

Design Elegance

Published by under books,design

Elegant and crisp interface design is an important whether you’re designing an automotive dash or a command-line tool.  I find good design practices can be harvested from a variety of seemingly unrelated sources.  The underlying thread, is to keep things as simple and straightforward as possible.  It’s been said a million times, but it’s so […]

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Oct 24 2007

Your surroundings matter

Published by under books,design

If you’ve ever tried to get work done in an environment that prevents you from doing so, you may appreciate this photo essay from The Guardian, showing the rooms various writers write in. Themes seem to be a lot of books, and a modicum of clutter. [via Lifehacker]

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