An upside to tracking my reading is knowing that, so far, I’ve read 34 books this year. I’ve been aiming for one book a week and am close to that goal; just 7 books short.
Those 34 books break down as 19 non-fiction and 15 fiction. I’ve been on a bit of a sci-fi kick this year, reading 11 books. That will soon be 12 sci-fi books as I’m nearly done with Abaddon’s Gate.
The Robots of Resistance. Long feature story on Chris Csikszentmihályi. It focuses on his projects that bridge art and engineering.
Definition of a good Saturday: breakfast at Besaw’s, a 3-mile walk, reading Universe on a T-Shirt, and making beef stew for dinner.
Beautiful weather out here today.
Wonderful October weather this week.
Privacy versus user experience is a false dichotomy. Cole Peters breaks down a recent post by Dustin Curtis. Some really well-phrased arguments about data as well.
I would propose here that every teacher must be a history teacher. To teach, for example, what we know about biology today without also teaching what we once knew, or thought we knew, is to reduce knowledge to a mere consumer product. It is to deprive students of a sense of the meaning of what we know, and of how we know. To teach about the atom without Democritus, to teach about electricity without Faraday, to teach about political science without Aristotle or Machiavelli, to teach about music without Haydn, is to refuse our students access to The Great Conversation. It is to deny them knowledge of their roots, about which no other social institution is at present concerned.
Neil Postman – Technopoly.