Archive for the ‘books’ Category

How Buildings Learn – Complete series online

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Stewart Brand put his whole series online, for free and encourages people to remix it. Wiki page about it. Amazon book link.

Music by Brian Eno.

The series was based on my 1994 book, HOW BUILDINGS LEARN: What Happens After They’re Built. The book is still selling well and is used as a text in some college courses. Most of the 27 reviews on Amazon treat it as a book about system and software design, which tells me that architects are not as alert as computer people. But I knew that; that’s part of why I wrote the book.

Anybody is welcome to use anything from this series in any way they like. Please don’t bug me with requests for permission. Hack away. Do credit the BBC, who put considerable time and talent into the project.

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You only have words, and you take actions to get your words heard

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Tony Blair to Alastair Campbell, taken from Prelude to Power.
“We’re in opposition and when you’re the opposition leader there is not much you can do. You can’t make decisions that change people’s lives. You only have words, and you take actions to get your words heard. Your policies are words because you are not in a position to put them into practice. And while that is so, and while the media are the vehicle by which our words and communicated and analysed, we have to influence them as much as we can”

like a stone into water

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Been reading Zero History by William Gibson. This quote on page 179 made me want to share it:

She watched as he sank instantly into whatever it was he that he did on the Net, like a stone into water. He was elsewhere, the way people were before their screens, his expression that of someone piloting something, looking into a middle distance that had nothing to do with geography

Annie’s got her book on

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Annie sent me a picture of a dead deer the other day. Such a flirt. Here it is:

Annie's dead deer
She’s got a new book out. It has nothing to do with cooking and roadkill.
She’s got a new book out. It has to do with her trip through America.

The official blurb says:

“To the Left of the Midwest’ is an exhibition of photography from award-winning blogger Annie Atkins’s first book. Compiled on the railroads from California to Texas, this travelogue chronicles a personal journey through the small towns and backwaters of the United States during Obama’s election in late 2008.”

The launch of it is tomorrow evening from 6pm at the Joinery in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Why not go? It’ll be worth it.

Delighted to see Annie do this, she’s a wonderful photographer and an inspiring blogger. Sending that native American to collect her award at the Blog Awards that time was a bit precious though. But she still rocks. Turns out that native American wasn’t even genuine. Still, as I said, she rocks. Bought pigtails in the poundshop, could have made an effort, like. And a plastic axe. Honestly. Twenty has nice things to say too.

W.B. Yeats’ works fall out of copyright today

Friday, January 1st, 2010

70 years after death I believe. So it seems most of Yeats’ writings are now in the public domain. I’m sure we’ll see versions of his works in Penguin Classic style versions which is nice but boring. Given the content itself is now free, it would be nice to see some nice bespoke works being brought out to wrap this content.

19th December
Photo owned by Dan Strange (cc)

And with 2010 being the year of eBooks, digital paper, tablets and the like, it would be nice to see creativity around the digital delivery mechanisms. Maybe Enhanced Editions. A W.B. Yeats iPhone app like the Guardian App? Visuals, audio and text combined and bringing you something new each day perhaps? Or something more experimental and creative like Agrippa.

I wonder will the ad companies latch on to Yeats to sell Whiskey and the like? Bill Murray quoting some lines in a Japanese ad perhaps.

Course this would make a great death metal song:

THE SECOND COMING

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity

Good Mood Food – The book launch on Oct 21st

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Wednesday the 21st of October, Dubray Books on Grafton St., Dublin.

Donal Skehan from The Good Mood Food blog is launching his fantastic book on healthy eating/cooking next week. If you’re about pop in and say hello to him.

Mercier Press invite nicked from Donal’s blog:
Good Mood Food

Presentation Zenned, Slided and Camped

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The main reason I was in San Francisco was to attend Presentation Reboot run by Garry Reynolds from Presentation Zen and Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. Gods amongst those that do presentations in Powerpoint or Keynote or I suppose Google Presentation since some use that. It was a day-long course and yes it was very much worthwhile the 12 hour flight over and back. Well I did get to visit Silicon Valley for a day or two on top of this.

Design and Presentation
Photo owned by Serdal (cc)

Duarte Design is in Mountain View (where Google have their HQ) and is on the same street as: Smug Mug, EyeFi, FriendFeed and Evernote. Walking to the place and seeing all those famous companies was pretty inspiring all in itself. I wonder how many people randomly knock on their door and say thanks for the good work. Maybe I should have? It wasn’t just the trainers too that made the day great. I met some very nice people there. I only googled Sally when I got back which is a massive shame as she’s a hugely impressive figure in California politics. I would have loved to have chatted more. Ric from the Powerpoint Team was there and his colleagues too and he mentioned Presentation Camp SF was happening on Saturday so I signed up for that when I got back to the hotel. More on that in a little while.

Presentation Reboot was very practical in nature with Garr and Nancy tag-teaming during the day. We even got pens and paper and glue out for storyboarding sessions. Yes it’s worth the money and worth the time to go. Get their books if you can’t go and sub to their blogs at the very least. Nancy blogged about the workhops herself here.

So later in the week, the day I was heading back to Ireland in fact, I went along to Presentation Camp San Francisco in the Slideshare HQ. The room names were those of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rocking. The Slideshare staff were wonderfully helpful. They make such a great product too. A great deal and very diverse set of talks during the day. Ones I liked most were the ones from Cliff Atkinson (Cliff blogged about the day here) and Scott Schwertly from Ethos3. Cliff is another presentation God so it was nice to meet him. I must get him to sign a copy of his book when I bump into him next. Oh did I mention I met Seth Godin the other day for a few seconds? Yeah I did. SF rocks. Rashmi from slideshare presented about Slideshare too. Almost meta!

I missed a few presentations because I had to head to the airport, the most talked about one was from Dave McClure, more a presentation about pitching that on presentations. Great content all the same: “How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On)”

And because I have a signed copy of Presentation Zen and Slideology, I’m going to give away the existing copy of each book I have. They are some of the best books on this subject area and should be eaten and ingested. Want to win them and a medium size Slideshare t-shirt? To do so, simply create a presentation saying why you should win them and put it on Slideshare.

Blog Awards Week – The Book Event – Wednesday February 18th at 7pm

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

As part of the buildup to the Blog Awards, there will be a few events on the week of this. One of these is a talk with bloggers who are writers/writers who are bloggers.

Date and time: Wednesday February 18th, 7pm

Venue: Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin

Guests: Sarah Rees Brennan, Twenty Major, Ivan O’Brien and Mags Walsh alongside some other special guests.

Spiel: A panel discussion on all things books and blogging, mixed with wine, water and the odd chocolate bar and finishing with an open-floor Q&A.

Books
Photo owned by Mannequin- (cc)

40 Fights Between Husband and Wife – Music vid to promote a book

Friday, February 6th, 2009

What a clever way to market this book. Colm Liddy emailed me today asking for a Fluffy link for this but it’s worthy of a full post.


About the book:

It’s a humourous account of married couples, all across the planet, throughout the course of history, having rows about everything that couples have rows about

Buy the book here.

Christmas present ideas? Buy some books by Irish bloggers

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Twenty Major’s first book.

Pre-order Grandad’s book.

Grab Kieran Murphy’s wonderful Ice Cream Book. Book of Sweet Things.

Declan Burke’s The Big O (I only half read my autographed copy before the bag it was in was nicked. Irony…) and also Eight-Ball Boogie.

Get the Mr. Amperduke Graphic Novel.

Get Paddy Brown’s The Ulster Cycle: Ness comic.

Any I’ve missed?

Update: Yup
Via a comment from Rosie Homepages the book. Available in the next few days. Book of stories/works from Irish Bloggers.

And another. Big D’oh!
Rowan’s essential book in today’s uncertain times: Where’s My Oasis?: The Essential Handbook for Everyone Wanting that Perfect Job

Not one that perhaps you should give your friends or siblings but still an Irish book by someone that blogs: Trying to Conceive: The Irish Couple’s Guide

Gingerbread Man 7
Photo owned by librarianidol (cc)