books and the like

Hidden patterns: 99 Percent Invisible

I’m into listening to podcasts for quite a while now, with a modestly fixed set of just enough sources to not make listening to all the interesting episodes an impossible task. Usually, the time for me to listen to that kind of things is on my way to work in the morning which takes between 15 minutes by bicycle or roughly an hour if I decide to walk – enough


Just discovered this a while ago after installing and using FBReader on some of my Android devices. There apparently is a free eBook edition of „Accelerando“ by Charles Stross. An interesting note from the web site for my and your entertainment…: „… „Accelerando“ is a creature of its time, and that time is the late 1990s. I spent most of the 90s on a kind of sabbatical from writing fiction

In the beginning there was the … command line?

Re-occuring read on my pile of (electronic) books, yet as far as I can tell I never so far wrote about it: In the beginning there was the command line. Neal Stephenson, most likely known at least to some as author of novels such as „Snow Crash“ (which might be considered a later cyberpunk classic even though I am unsure whether he would like being placed in this category), „The

„Building microservices“ re-visited and reflected…

It seems that „Building microservices“ finally made it to general availability. Actually, I’ve been following the book quite a while now, signed up (and bought the ebook version) pretty early during its early-access phase, and, finally, am pretty pleased with what the result looks like…

Reading „Programming The Semantic Web“

I’ve already been writing about one of Toby Segarans books in the past. Remembering these days, I have been pretty enthusiastic regarding both his style of writing and his style of providing people with knowledge. It’s nice seeing this happen again also dealing with another book of his, „Programming the semantic web“. At the moment, for various reasons, I am into refreshing some of my knowledge related to ontologies, RDF,

Reading „Java EE 6 Development With Netbeans 7“

I remember very well my first contacts with Java EE technologies during my studies: More than a decade earlier, Java EE still was branded „Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition“, out in its early 1.4 version, and dealing with it for the first time left me rather stunned, facing a plethora of technical acronyms, APIs and technological and architectural concepts. Back these days, I would surely have paid money to have

Goedel, Escher, Bach und Schleifen

Aus überfälligem Anlaß Lese-Empfehlung: Wer den ultimativen Br***f*** sucht, wird mit diesem Werk seine helle Freude haben. „Gödel, Escher, Bach“ von Douglas Hofstadter ist zwar kein Fachbuch (dafür ist Stil, Sprache, Methodik zu unkonventionell und absonderlich), aber nichtsdestotrotz eine Quelle von Inspirationen, ein Buch mit einer Dichte von Aha!-Erlebnissen pro Seite, die sich kaum überbieten läßt. Der Preis dafür: GEB liest man nicht im Urlaub, im Liegestuhl oder abends bei

„Programming Collective Intelligence“: Python, data mining, machine learning and a little more…

Simply put: „Programming Collective Intelligence“ is one of the most outstanding publications related to IT and software development I’ve been reading in a while. Given some of our business use case, at the moment I am a little deeper into dealing with analyzing (and, subsequently) making decisions and suggestions out of data somehow linked to users in our environment (for the obvious reason of both making our work a little

Der Ausdrucker: Wider die digitale Kluft!

Nicht viel Text, eigentlich nur ein Verweis auf … Hier soll “das Internet” für Menschen schreiben, die selbst nicht im Internet sind. Deshalb heißt es auch “Der Ausdrucker”: Ich würde mich freuen, wenn die Leser Texte, die sie hier finden, für die Menschen in ihrer Umgebung ausdrucken. Dieses Blog möchte ich nicht alleine schreiben und suche Blogger und Journalisten, die Lust haben, gelegentlich hier ihre Texte zu veröffentlichen. …