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Andy Piper

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dreamer, maker, tinkerer

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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.

Jay Blades: Making It (2022, Pan Macmillan) 5 stars

Review of 'Making It' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Inspirational, interesting, honest, truthful, open. The power of love, family, community. Lots to think about here. Although we started from very different places, I recognised a lot of the 1970s/80s childhood cultural references - and I’ve been to some similar but different, mental spaces myself. The extreme introvert that shows up as an extrovert. Thank you for sharing your story, Jay.

Review of 'Always On' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Good read, having grown up with tech online through a similar period. A good, critical, UK-centric perspective. I’m just (extremely selfishly and stupidly) obsessed with my lack of a cameo on that day Rory couldn’t source a Raspberry Pi Zero on a magazine cover at launch and I took one up to Broadcasting House so he could make the story ;-)

I’m recommending this to a lot of friends, both inside the tech industry, and without - lots of truth and insight here, with a lightly cynical outlook, but Rory “boils it down” well.