Books: A lot of sci-fi, though I do still need to read the
Foundation Trilogy (I know, I just havent yet and at this point I
worry its over-hyped. Like Dune. I hated Dune.) I love Vernor
Vinge, and I do have a fondness for Michener. I think I'd like to
branch out from the world of Sci-Fi/Fantasy though- I feel like I
want something to sink my teeth into, and as much as I love Gaiman,
Butcher, things like Song of Ice and Fire, I want something with
I do like a lot of non fiction- James Glieck has a few good books,
I forget the name of the guy that goes the really narrative
histories- The Devil in the White City is one I read lately that I
loved. Bring on suggestions.
*Editing this because the "currently reading" thing I had below was
woefully out of date, so I'll just add the new stuff to the bottom
and keep the old stuff.
The History of White People. Its is a historical look at why
there's this notion of whiteness and how its been used in society.
Spoiler alert: bad science done to affirm positions that validated
and enforced power structures has a lot to do with it.
Guns, Germs. and Steel. The entire book is summarized in the
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Dykes to Watch Out For nearly saved my
life when I was reading it in the back of a Borders as a weird
outsider kid on scholarship at a conservative christian boarding
school that tried to expel me, and Fun Home is really a fantastic
piece from an artist I hold so dear. I was worried, since it seemed
a little bit too much of a maudlin, intellectual, self indulgent
memoir at times, but its the best of the maudlin, intellectual self
indulgent memoir genre.
What then Must We Do by Gal Alperovitz, which is sort of a call to
action/argument for collective ownership structures and slowly
restructuring the economy in a private/public mashup. Interesting
stuff- the question he poses is "If you don't like free market
capitalism and you don't trust socialism, what else is there?" I'm
impressed that in the entire book, he didn't really use the word
"externalities," despite most of his argument being about the
inability of current corporate structures to handle them.
Access Controlled- The shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in
Cyberspace- a publication of the OpenNet Initiative. Published in
2010, so it doesn't have a lot of the most recent stuff (Snowden),
but its interesting as a round up of these issues across the world
and in that it shows the patterns we've seen lately are nothing
Social and Economic Networks, which is a textbook by Matthew O
Jackson, and I found it because I've been fiddling around with
graph theory problems on slow days at work and I was creating a
head-model of power structures to see what could be done with them,
and then found a coursera class on this topic. It doesn't start for
another few months, though, so I just checked the book out of the
library and started having fun- and this book is pretty fun so far.
This is pretty typical for me- I more or less use online courses
(like what's on coursera) as book recommendations and problem sets
for my random interests.
Movies: Bad sci fi movies, good sci fi movies, eye candy movies,
stupid action films, kung fu movies, cerebral indies.
Shows: ST:TNG, battlestar galactica, Lexx, Buffy, Farscape. Also, I
believe the industry term for me in regards to TV programming is
either a "cord cutter" or a "cord never".
Music: Almost everything. Honestly. When I put my music on shuffle
it has an odd tendency to switch back and forth between indie
folk/bluegrass and rap. And dubstep.
Food: I like food. I became a vegan a year ago, for primarily moral
reasons, though I also had some health scares that led me to really
want to try to take care of myself more. Veganism has been great,
honestly. Arthritis sucks though. Tempeh marinated in soy sauce and
vegemite is awesome.