An easy to read and heartwarming story. It spoke to my sad soul and made me cry, so it must have been good.
data science researcher, ex software deveveloper, pole dancer, bibliophile, interested in machine learning, comp neuroscience, sociology. I read a bit of (almost) everything. 🇸🇬🇦🇺🇩🇪
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all real progress in social science has been rooted in the courage to say things that are, in the final analysis, slightly ridiculous: the work of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud or Claude Lévi-Strauss being only particularly salient cases in point. One must simplify the world to discover something new about it. The problem comes when, long after the discovery has been made, people continue to simplify.
— The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber, David Wengrow (Page 33)
The writing style captured me from the beginning, although it was sometimes (in the first few sections) a struggle to follow the rather complex plot with so many characters. I really appreciated all the authentic New Zealand (and especially Hokitika) references - wildlife, Maori language and culture, street names, etc. since I discovered and started reading this book in Hokitika itself. However, I think many clever astrological references were lost on me. Despite that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This would be a great one to take apart in an English Lit. class.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night …
... he built his persona as a shield around his person, because he knew very well how little his person could withstand.
— The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Page 372)
This book is boring me to tears. The writing style is pretty awkward and difficuly to read, especially when compared to some of the classics I've been reading lately. It may be quite informative for people who didn't grow up in the 90s or are not tech savvy, but in 100 pages I haven't found many new insights so I'm putting this one aside.
Tech people rarely, if ever, have a sense of the broader applications and policy implications of the projects to which they are assigned. And the work that consumes them tend to require such specialized knowledge that to bring it up at a barbecue would get them disinvited from the next one. In retrospect, maybe that's what got us here.
— Permanent Record by Edward Snowden (Page 31)
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first …