What I’m Reading
- Shirky: The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview – a vivid vituperation of something I would have been vituperating for years, if I hadn’t been ignoring it entirely. On the other hand, it’s probably better to just ignore the vituperating, too, as Computer Socialized Pretentiousness may be catching. I was bored halfway down the page.
- The Art and Science of Feng Shui – it appears that decorating is a zero-sum game for Peter and I; we have exactly opposite sets of astrologically determined auspicious directions. Pictures of pine trees may or may not help with this (pine trees are wily Chi-eaters!) but is a picture of a joshua tree the same as a picture of a pine tree? Also, I can’t figure out whether Mt. Wilson is shaped like a dragon, or a person putting on his clothes, or an upside-down boat.
- Photographing Your Flowers, by John Patrick Roche – Billing his work as a “practical guide for indoor and outdoor use”, M. Roche begins with reference to Aristotle and goes on to insist that amateur garden photographers must develop a firm handle on botany, as well as basic composition in black and white, before mucking about with toys. There follow a very many rules, nearly enough to build a photo-judging Roche-bot, which I think would be a fun project.