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Books I've read. You can see a relatively complete list here: Books.Trail.

In the meantime, here's a random one:

To read

This is a list of books I intend to read sometime (along with brief reasons why):

  • Herman Hesse - Journey to the East - and other of his stuff. Recommended recently.
  • The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver - recommended by a good friend, looks to be quite a titanic work.
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    • Supposedly the first work of science fiction. And a story that's well bedded into the social consciousness too.
  • The Unix Programming Environment - Kernighan and Pike
    • If I want to call myself a real programmer...
  • Finite & Infinite Games: A Vision of Life in Play and Possibility - James P. Carse
    • It's been on my list for ages. One day I'll get to it.
  • How To Live - Arnold Bennett writes about life management. Very interesting early 20th century work. I read the 'How To Live On 24 Hours A Day' volume, but there are three more to go...
  • Tehanu, The Other Wind - Ursual K Le Guin
    • read the first three books of this series when I was a child. Must get around to these!
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach - Douglas Hofstader
    • Recommended multiply, and seems interesting.
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
    • Heard about it from my Shorinji Kempo sensei. Sounds like an interesting book. Added 10/06/2006.
  • The Kingdom Of God Is Within You - Leo Tolstoy
    • Gandhi found this book influential (he says so in his autobiography).
    • It deals with principles of nonresistance, which I find highly compelling.
    • I'll be able to say I've read Tolstoy.
    • //added: 07/04/2006//
  • The Republic - Plato
    • Classic philosophy text.
    • Been on my list for a long time.
    • //added: fri12/05/2006//
  • Maus II: A Survivor's Tale - Art Spiegelman
    • The universe seems to have been recommending this book to me...
    • I read Maus I.
    • //added: fri12/05/2006//
  • The Sandman - Neil Gaiman
    • Recommended to me at various times, dimly remembered, by people I respect.
    • Graphic novel - haven't explored these much yet.
    • //added: fri19/05/2006//
  • Silent Spring - Rachel Carson - credited with helping spark off the environmental revolution. Historically important I guess. But will I like it?

Read Items

Essays and other texts I've read.

  1. - Paul Graham? is full of good advice, as usual.
  2. - Paul Graham? puts forward a nice theory about why people don't understand what essays are.
  3. - Paul Graham? explains how to beat the competition. The answer? Be better than them, of course!
  4. - Paul Graham? writes about popularity of programming languages.
  5. A Brief History of Hackerdom? - Eric S. Raymond? commentating interestingly about hacker culture.
  6. The Cathedral and the Bazaar? - Eric S. Raymond? talks about open and closed software development. Very interesting.
  7. - Ivan Illich?, uncompromising, and brilliant, as usual.
  8. - Paul Graham? says that there's no point doing things you want to think are good. Do things you think are good!
  9. - Kurt Vonnegut? passes on some gems of wisdom.
  10. - canonical Buddhist text translated. Doesn't make much sense to me, but at least I've seen it.
  11. - David Keenan? writes interestingly on the lambda calculus. Nice ideas.
  12. - a paper on a very interesting piece of accessible presentation technology.
  13. - Joseph Polimeni? and Jeffrey P. Reiss? present a reasonably dry, but still interesting, rambling and speculative overview of humour. Not an amazing text, but it's worth reading something like this some time.
  14. - a Sunnyvale company makes a good exposition on marrying object/relational models.
  15. The Gateless Gate? - some interesting koans. Pretty hard to get. I definitely didn't get it this time around...
  16. - Paul Graham? talks about prioritizing life.
  17. - Some Polish guy says some interesting things about sleep. Don't know if they're true, but good things to think about anyhow.
  18. - Paul Graham? evangelizes on the gloriousness of start-ups for sale. It's interesting, but not the centre of everyone's world I think...
  19. Homesteading the Noosphere? - Eric S. Raymond? talks about the sociology of open software development. Very interesting.
  20. - Paul Graham? puts forward some excellent points again.
  21. - Paul Graham? talks about how to plan out your life. There are some good hints in here!
  22. - Paul Graham? says 'do something that people want'. Very simple, and articulate, essay. Neat.
  23. - Paul Graham? gives some good hints on presenting in general.
  24. - Paul Graham? talks about intelligence, wisdom and education. Lucid stuff, as usual.
  25. - Paul Graham? presents one way to figure out your addictions/attachments. Short and sweet.
  26. - Paul Graham? says that charisma wins elections. Well duh. But still nicely put.
  27. - Paul Graham? says that you can judge a book by its cover. Refreshing stuff.
  28. - Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre? writes interestingly on senses and virtual reality.
  29. - Paul Graham? gives some interesting arguments against some woolly liberal-minded thinking. Doesn't work so well against less woolly, but still liberal-minded, thinking though...
  30. - a selection of lecture excerpts from the guy who founded Shorinji Kempo.
  31. - a very nifty tutorial. Excellent introduction to Linux.
  32. - Paul Graham? highlights a characteristic of the USA: Just do it. Nice work as usual.
  33. The Magic Cauldron? - Eric S. Raymond? talks about the economics of open and closed source software development. Very interesting.
  34. - Paul Graham? does it again. More good points. He seems to be talking in a very narrow, American scope, but within his scope I can't seem to find that much fault with him. The fault is that it's too easy to misread his scope as global. And that would be a big mistake.
  35. - Udai Singh Pawar?, Joyojeet Pal? and Kentaro Toyama? did/are doing excellent research, which I think should yield fruit in a much wider context than they say. Interesting stuff.
  36. - Eric S. Raymond? puts forward a theory that I'm inclined to agree with.
  37. - Machiavelli on steroids... somehow compelling.
  38. - Esa Turtiainen? explains the Linux PATH environment variable. Yuck!
  39. - Paul Graham? talks about using lisp to let language and program meet in the middle. Very nice.
  40. Revenge of the Hackers? - Eric S. Raymond? - Talks about how Linux and Open Source took the world by storm.
  41. - Paul Graham? talks about the applicability of different types of programming language. In particular Lisp. Very interesting.
  42. - Paul Graham? says that software patents are necessary, ignore software patents!
  43. - Paul Graham? gives some good advice about starting startups.
  44. - Paul Graham? writes very interestingly about PR.
  45. - Paul Graham? says that programming languages should be succinct. I'm inclined to agree.
  46. - Paul Graham? writes about why venture capitalists are nasty people.
  47. - Eric S. Raymond? talks about... the utility of mathematics. Very neatly.
  48. - Paul Graham? gives a neat little summary characterizing some programming languages very briefly.
  49. - Paul Graham? talks about taboo. This is a great little recipe kit.
  50. - Paul Graham?'s never given awesome advice talk for high school kids. And everyone else!
  51. - Paul Graham? gives an awesome explanation of school social systems.
  52. - Paul Graham? talks about one small lesson you can learn: don't settle on your first idea!
  53. - Paul Graham? splurges out a load of useful hints for writing well. Seems to be distilled from his other essays. Pretty good.
  54. - Richard Hamming? asks why aren't you doing the best thing you could be doing?
  55. - a very interesting article about the amorality of silent Zen.
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