Archives for December, 2009

What better way to celebrate the yuletide season that with some gifts that honour and celebrate everyone’s favourite Great Old One, Cthulhu! Ellen Datlow has a couple of cool posts on Tor.com with some Lovecraftian gift ideas here and here. Take a look: Despite the fact that he’s been dead for over seventy years, and…

Best Science Books 2009: The Independant

I’ve cobbled together this list from three lists from The Independent: Nature & Environment, Biography and History. The Running Sky: A bird-watching life by Tim Dee Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo by Michael McCarthy Edible Seashore: river cottage handbook no. 5 by John Wright Logicomix: an epic search for truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H…

Futures thinking and my job in 10 years

Thinking about the future is very hard. You’d think I’d know just how hard it is, having engaged in it on numerous occasions during my blogging career and even writing a book about it. But the more I think about the future — of the climate, of society, of the economy, of information, of publishing,…

Best Science Books 2009: Time Magazine

From Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction books: The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna As usual, if you’ve seen any best book of the year lists out…

A nice list from The Barnes & Noble Review: Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Joseph Kanon Michael Specter The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of…

A selection of articles from two recent IEEE publications which have special issues devoted to humanitarian service in engineering. Note that most of these articles will be behind the IEEE paywall. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, v52i4. The Role of Information and Communication in the Context of Humanitarian Service by Haselkorn, M; Walton, R Adapting…

Best Science Books 2009: Seed Magazine

Not surprisingly, being a science magazine Seed has a very fine list of books for science enthusiasts: Boyle: Between God and Science by Michael Hunter A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by João Magueijo NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson…

A short list from the Christian Science Monitor: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and the Terror of Science by Richard Holmes Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the…

Music Mondays: One song I really love…

…five different ways! In a bit of a twist on some of the “Five songs I love” posts I’ve done, I thought I’d take one of my favourite songs and see if I could find a bunch of different versions of it. Some songs seem to naturally lend themselves to re-interpretation by different artists, and…

IT Professional on strategic planning

The latest issue of IT Professional (v11i6) has some interesting articles on strategic planning for IT organizations. Information Technology Strategic Planning by Hong, Edward K IT Innovations: Evaluate, Strategize, and Invest by Sahoo, Manas Professional and Interpersonal Skills for ICT Specialists by Llorens-Garcia, Ariadna; Llinas-Audet, Xavier; Sabate, Ferran IT and Business Alignment: The Effect on…

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