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Andy Piper

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dreamer, maker, tinkerer

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Jim Boulton: 100 ideas that changed the web (2014, Laurence King Publishing) No rating

"This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in …

A fun, quick, snackable read (each chapter is only a few pages, and focuses on a single “idea that changed the web”). For a book that is nearly 10 years old, it holds up fairly well - although with the pace of change, there are obviously a number of ideas and historical references which seem very dated now (companies and technologies that have gone away, etc). I learned a few things along the way, so it was a worthwhile read.

Jim Boulton: 100 ideas that changed the web (2014, Laurence King Publishing) No rating

"This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in …

Nearly halfway through. Nice short snackable chapters in here. It’s nearly 10 years old and it shows (unsurprising with any book about the Internet), but I’ve learned a lot of fun things about the rise and fall of some of my favourite older services (e.g. Geocities), as well as about some of the more enduring ones. Also, made notes on some cool stuff around online computer art, useful for an upcoming talk I’m giving.

Manu Cornet: Twittoons (Paperback, Manu Cornet) 5 stars

Cartoons drawn by a Twitter insider before, during, and after Musk’s acquisition.

The truth hurts (and this is painfully amusing)

5 stars

This is exactly what happened. I enjoyed seeing Manu’s cartoons when we worked at Twitter at the same time, and I’m glad he carried on documenting the end of the company after the layoffs.

Martin Bach, Josef Průša: Basics of 3D Printing with Josef Prusa (EBook, Prusa Research) 4 stars

This book will help you understand what kinds of 3D printing technologies are currently available …

A good overview and primer

4 stars

This is probably the best overall introduction to 3D printing methods, materials and terminology that I’ve found so far (and, to be honest, it has made me think about whether a Prusa printer would be a good thing for my workshop, which is obviously part of the point of the book). I found the descriptions of the different settings, and differences between material types, very useful. I think it could have gone slightly further in a few places, but overall, perfect for my needs and pretty quick to read and absorb.

Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Giblin: Chokepoint Capitalism (2022) 4 stars

A call to action for the creative class and labor movement to rally against the …

Currently listening to the audiobook, and at the midway point. The book is dividing roughly in half, part one covering the ways in which big tech and media companies have vertically and horizontally integrated to “choke” the ability of creators to make a living from their work and to stifle the ability of consumers to choose. Part two covers potential ways to open up these anticompetitive patterns - looking forward to that! Excellent analysis of the past 15 years of internet culture as well as a much broader look at the book and music industries across decades.