Link roundup: August 18, 2014

(My current reading is at the end, since discussing it got long, because I’ve been reading awesome things.)

Library and tech things:

Academia in various forms:

Other links of interest:

Current reads and watches:

I finished danah boyd’s It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens about a week ago, and I highly recommend it to anyone who uses the Internet, is a teenager, knows a teenager, or has any interest in the topic at all. Exceedingly readable, and with danah’s usual skill at combining solid research with very accessible looks at what it means. (danah lowercases her name intentionally, for the curious.)

Read about it at her website, and it is available for free if you click the download link (though obviously, buying it makes it easier for her to do more awesome research and make books out of it in future.) I want to do a longer response than “It is fabulous, read it!” but that day is not today.

I also read The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, which is one of the variety of historical books I like best: a close look at a half-dozen or so individual stories in the context of a larger one (in this case, the refining of uranium at Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project in World War II.) Like many books of this kind, I was left wanting

I got an advance copy of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudd, one of the co-founders of OKCupid (via the LibraryThing early reviewer program). I’m most of the way done with it. He’s come under some criticism for the use of data and his reactions about it, but I’m also finding the book very interesting. Again, further review in the future. (There’s a just out New Yorker article about the book.)

On the knitting-watching front, friends told me, no, just go watch Elementary. They have been exceedingly right, and I love the complex mystery in combination with interesting (and often unpredictable) characters. I’ve also been rummaging through Netflix documentaries again.

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Hi, I’m Jen

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