Originally Published: 2019-12-04
Originally Published: 2019-12-04
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- Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble: essential reading if you’re interested in algorithmic bias and the power of Big Tech.
- Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor: thankfully picked up from what I felt was a weaker entry in Binti: Home and provided a nice & enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy.
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz: RIYL Murderbot Diaries, but want…way more exploration of robot/human sex.
- The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World, David W. Anthony: a great read if you’re interested in linguistics, archaeology, or Proto-Indo-European. Anthony persuasively synthesizes a lot of research (much of it not in English) in a readable and informative way.
- Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, Candida R. Moss & Joel S. Baden: if you’ve been following the Museum of the Bible papyri scandal, this book (published before all this) provides some absolutely crucial background and context for the relationship between the Greens, Hobby Lobby, the MOTB, and academia.
- Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie: Space Opera Sci-Fi with well-written AIs and all sorts of parallels to the Roman Empire. I’m here for it.
- Whose Body?, Dorothy L. Sayers: I’ve been seeing a lot of praise for Sayers’ “Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries” as feel-good, lighthearted, and feminist, so I decided to start with this, which is the first one in the series. What nobody mentioned is that at least this book is also rather incredibly casually racist.
- Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson: Sort of like Fates and Furies, except instead of being insufferable, it’s actually good. OK, that’s maybe not fair (or even a good comparison) since I haven’t actually finished F&F, but I’ve started it three times, and quit in annoyance each time.
- Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anand Giridharadas: if you want to understand modern inequality and philanthropy, this is the book for you. It’s also really revealing to see excerpts of some early philanthropists like Carnegie talking openly about their assumptions (and hypocrisies) that still underpin philanthropy to this day.
- A Dead Djinn in Cairo, P. Djèlí Clark: enjoyable, but I couldn’t stop thinking of how much it paralleled Netflix’s Bright…
- Working the 100-hour week
- Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for \(\) to private equity firm, price caps axed
- Adventures in Netflix (if you’re interested in some absolute nerdery)
- Bring on the Apocalypse: Cybertruck is Ready
- The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019
- Reproductions of Public Domain Works Should Remain in the Public Domain
- The Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI Was More Of A Nightmare Than You Can Possibly Imagine
- Loving Latin at the End of the World, Beauty and Privilege: Latin, Paideia, and Papyri
- I Was Fired From Deadspin for Refusing to ‘Stick to Sports’
- The Coptic Material from Oxyrhynchus, A New(-ish) Published Papyrus from the Green Collection!
- T-Mobile’s CEO Is Resigning, Finally Putting An End To His Promoted Tweets
- Lodge 49: Paul Giamatti Talks About Heartbreaking Cancellation of AMC Series, Paul Giamatti has a plan to save ‘Lodge 49’, Save ‘Lodge 49’: How a Beloved Show Is Looking to Find Its Second Life, Save Lodge 49, save the world, Farewell to Lodge 49, Another Casualty of the Peak TV Attention Wars, The Rundown: There Has To Be A Place On TV For A Show Like ‘Lodge 49’
- Feminism for the 1%
- A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time, The Nefertiti Bust Meets the 21st Century
- How Do We Record the History of Women in Classics?
- Clitics, A brief introduction
- Teaching Logical Methods
- Jedediah Purdy Has an Idea That Could Save Us From Capitalism and the Climate Crisis
- Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai
- An Overlooked Novel from 1935 by the Godmother of Feminist Detective Fiction - this is the article that pushed me over the edge to finally read some Sayers
- Language, Warfare, and the Brain as Computer: Babel-17
- Werner Herzog on Why He Didn’t Need to See ‘Star Wars’ Films for ‘The Mandalorian’ Role
- Imperceptible Adversarial Attacks on Tabular Data
- Get Started with Web Bundles
- Climate Change Is Breaking Open America’s Nuclear Tomb
- If Corporations Are Being Run to Maximize Returns to Shareholders, Why are Returns So Low?
- Eidolon: Special Issue on the Papyrus Thefts
- Our Own Worst Enemy, Sententiae Antiquae