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The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih
"This was a could-not-put-down book for me that I read in 2-3 days (very fast for me). I was fascinated by the saga of how Wikipedia came about and how they assembled a virtual an army of volunteers to create a user-built encyclopedia of over 4 mil..." Read more of this review »
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The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih
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A well-rounded look at the early history and culture of Wikipedia.

The writing is amateurish, but that seems almost appropriate for the subject matter. And I liked that it was written by an insider whose passion for the community shines through.
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The Engelbart Hypothesis by Valerie Landau
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Rambling, poorly-formatted collection of essays by and about a truly inspiring pioneer in computing.
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The Everything Store by Brad Stone
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2015
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Extremely well-written chronicle of Amazon's first 20 years including big breakthroughs like Prime, the Kindle, and AWS. Necessarily ends up being half biography of the company, half of its central figure, Jeff Bezos.
The New York Nobody Knows by William B. Helmreich
"A man walks every street in NYC - more than 6,000 miles - and writes about his experience.

The book's focus is ethnographic interviews of residents that the author encounters on his walks. The author also draws on data from previous studies and his..." Read more of this review »
Lock In by John Scalzi
"Not terrible, but too formulaic for my taste. Manages to simultaneously do the science-fiction thing of exploring every new (and predictable) facet of the non-existent technology that the book is based on, while simultaneously hitting every detect..." Read more of this review »
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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
"well done suburban ennui"
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Douglas Adams
“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Connie Willis
“You'd help if you could, wouldn't you, boy?" I said. "It's no wonder they call you man's best friend. Faithful and loyal and true, you share in our sorrows and rejoice with us in our triumphs, the truest friend we ever have known, a better friend than we deserve. You have thrown in your lot with us, through thick and thin, on battlefield and hearthrug, refusing to leave your master even when death and destruction lie all around. Ah, noble dog, you are the furry mirror in which we see our better selves reflected, man as he could be, unstained by war or ambition, unspoilt by-”
Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog

Mark Twain
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Mark Twain

Guy Gavriel Kay
“Some writers later, describing the events of that night and day, wrote that Wan'yen of the Altai had seen a spirit-dragon of the river and become afraid. Writers do that sort of thing. They like dragons in their tales.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, River of Stars

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