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Fertig gelesen: Asperger’s on the Job

Asperger’s on the Job

These weird people with headphones on, working strange hours, not wanting to stand in front of the group in Standups and for talks – what are they, where to they come from and how do you handle them at work?

The book is structured as a self-help book, assessing various aspects of Asperger Syndrome, how they manifest and what that might mean in the workplace. It also discusses personal and environmental mitigations.

Each chapter concludes with a list of things that the Aspie and their employer could do, and leaves a number of questions that can help to develop a personal or environmental programme.

Useful for people that live with a geek population, where the number of Aspies is supposedly higher than average, and for geek herders as well. Fast read, but not everything is useful. Still worthwhile.

Asperger’s on the Job“, Rudy Simone, EUR 13.45

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Fertig gelesen: The Secret History of Wonder Woman

One of the weirdest and most interesting characters in the DC Universe is Wonder Woman, because she is full of seemingly irreconcilable contradictions.

Created by a man, William Moulton Marston, in 1941, her history is actually deeply rooted in the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century. Marston owes much of the ideas and the origin myth to earlier stories from that era and cosmos, through his wifes  Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne, and through Olives Byrne’s connection with Ethel Byrne and Margaret Sanger.

The book is a biography of Marston, but really is a history of feminism in the United States, and also making a case that there are no waves, but one large, meandering river.

A much recommended, very unexpected find, and an eye-opening view on a bunch of unique characters, both real and imagined.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman“, Jill Lepore, EUR 8.32

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Fertig gelesen: Attack of the 50 foot Blockchain

The Blockchain is the solution to everything, and especially the problem of the state. So or similar goes the hype. This book attacks that hype, and it’s fun to read.
It very briefly (one chapter of many) and rather easily understandable explains what Merkle trees and eternal logfiles are, how they are different from the blockchain, what ‘proof of work’ actually means.
It then goes on and actually takes apart the libertarian politics bullshit on top of that, by going through all the history of people and “businesses” connected to Bitcoin, Ethereum and the likes. It is full of stories how they failed, were busted, or simply neglected basic necessities.
The book nicely separates out the useful tech part from the political propaganda, and deflates the entire hype around it (Hint: Most people want Merkle trees and a trusted institution, but think they need a Blockchain – they will end up with a blockchain, a centralized institution and a large energy bill).
Very much recommended, and also a nice present to give to the geek next to you who is exposed to libertarian propaganda bullshit and needs immunization.
Attack of the 50 foot BLOCKCHAIN“, David Gerard, EUR 5.67
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Fertig gelesen: How to Kill a City, Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood

In How to Kill a City Peter Moskowitz goes through for US example cities to show the general process of Gentriciation and the individual differences.

We get to know the development stories of New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and New York, in order to better understand the mechanism and root causes of Gentrification, which is not about Hipsters and Latte at all, but about rent seeking, backroom dealing to change the law, and – specifically in the US – also about the history and perpetuation of racism.


Fertig gelesen: Kill Process

Kill Process is set in the same universe as Avogadro Corp, but is a freestanding story and not part of the Avogadro Series.

We meet Angelina Benenati. She’s a self taught hacker and database architect for Tomo, which is as much not Facebook as Avogadro Corporation is not Google and Braeburn is not Apple in Hertlings stories. She has a shady past, in which she hacked systems under the name of “Angel of Mercy”. She came out of an abuse relationship by the way of stealthily murdering her husband by the way of hacking the car’s computer, and she lost an arm in the resulting accident.

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Fertig gelesen: The Steerwoman Series

The story begins as a Fantasy novel in a magical universe: We have two warring factions of magicians, a dragon attack, Gnomes and other entities from the fables and fairy tales.

We also have Rowan, the Steerswoman. She is more than a navigator and map maker, she’s part of a group of people that believes in science, in documentation and in open sources – the steerswomen. When a Steerswoman asks, you must answer, and truthfully. If you ask any Steerswoman, she’ll also answer to the best of her knowledge and truthfully. As a group, they are gathering information about the world they live in.


Fertig gelesen: For We Are Many

Bob is making what he was built for: more Bobs.

Bob is in fact a dead computer programmer back from the destroyed and near inhabitable Planet Earth, who has been turned into an upload inhabiting a Von Neumann probe. His mission is to explore strange new world, going where nothing has gone before and make more of himself. You can read more of his Genesis in We Are Legion, Part 1 of the Bobiverse series.


Fertig gelesen: War Factory

War Factory is the second of three Books in Neal Ashers Transformation Sequence, a trilogy set in his Polity Universe (Part 1 Review: Dark Intelligence in German language).

The storyline continues with the characters and themes of the first book – it’s about atonement and redemption. And as we learn, not just about the redemption of Penny Royal, but also about the aftermath of the Human-Prador war and the redemption of the various persons (Human, Haiman, Prador and AI) that have been damaged by the war. We see in fact a lot more of the prador, and how the war affected them personally, and as a society.

The pacing is still slow in places, and not a lot of plot is happening, but there is a lot of background and development. Considering that this is the bridge book in a trilogy, it’s actually pretty good and satisfying.

War Factory“, Neal Asher, EUR 5.99

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