Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr-914 » January 10th, 2013, 12:40 pm

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't by Nate Silver. Very Gladwellesque. Great read. I think a lot of what design does is prediction, although in a much more qualitative way compared to Silver's quantitative methods.
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Re: What are you reading?

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1Q84 by: Haruki Murakami and Design For the Real World By: Victor Papanek

Re: What are you reading?

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WW2, fascists, nazis, jews, bike racing and a biography that wasn't written in Italian. A good read.

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Re: What are you reading?

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Just started this one; a light read.

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus
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Pantheon Books, 2013
ISBN 978-0-307-37816-3

The history of Josephus (37–c. 100CE), the Jewish general turned Roman historian/traitor (?)

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby lukeMastrangelo » January 25th, 2013, 8:15 pm

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The Stand - by Stephen King...

Keeping me plenty awake at night...

Re: What are you reading?

Postby jon_winebrenner » February 19th, 2013, 11:44 am

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Just finished "Out of Poverty" by Paul Polak

Essential reading for every designer. Filled with very thought provoking ideas. However, written in a sophomoric manner. The guy needs an editor.

Just started reading "Wool" by Hugh Howey

Re: What are you reading?

Postby sanjy009 » February 20th, 2013, 1:45 am

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"Batavia" by Peter Fitzsimons
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/peter-fitzsimons/batavia-9781864711349.aspx

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The flagship of the Dutch East India company hits a reef off the coast of West Australia in 1629, everything then turns to shit.

Here's the author telling the story in a 30 min podcast, which got me onto the book:
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/03/31/3178611.htm

Re: What are you reading?

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Going through my fourth time of reading "Lord of the Rings". It's been about a decade since I last read it, figured it was time to give it another go.

Once that is done, I think it'll be time for "Devil in the White City"
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Re: What are you reading?

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I'm still reading The last Juror. Hopefully, it will finish soon so I can start another one.

Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

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AndreC wrote:1Q84 by: Haruki Murakami and Design For the Real World By: Victor Papanek


I've heard a lot about 1Q84. How are you finding it? I read a couple of pages from it in a book store and I'm going to order it in English on my next trip there.

I'm in the middle of my second reading of Animal Farm after having just re-read Nineteen Eighty-four.
Before this I read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The one before that was Brave New World by Huxley.
I'm in the Utopian theme phase.

Re: What are you reading?

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"Rocket Men; The Epic Story of the First men on the Moon"


I'm not a huge non-fiction guy, but I like this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Men-Epic-S ... rocket+men

Re: What are you reading?

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I picked this up at the local bookstore and couldn't put it down. A short read at only 56 pages; paperback, 5"x 9", $14.95, but worth every nickle.

Coachbuilding; The Hand-Crafted Car Body, Jonathan Wood, Shire Library, 2008

Starting with horse-drawn chariots, cabriolets, broughams, coupés, and the like, through wood and fabric covered bodies, to the last of the bespoken hand-crafted, wood-framed, metal-skinned automobiles by Austin, Morris, Park Ward, Lyons, Rolls-Royce, &c. A great source of "locomotive" history, builders, and terminology.

This account examines the history of coachbuilding, beginning with the coachbuilders who for generations had built horse-drawn wooden carriages, and then explaining how they turned their craft to building the bodywork of the first motorised cars. Using photographs of the different stages of coachbuilding, the author describes the materials, equipment and key techniques involved. Today the profession of coachbuilding is almost a lost art, yet as the restoration of vintage cars seeks to keep the trade alive, this book reflects back on the heyday of the coachbuilt motor car and the skilled workers that made it their craft.


IBSN-13:978 0 7478 0688 2
Shire Library No. 476
http://www.shirebooks.co.uk/store/Coach ... 0747806882

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby sanjy009 » August 27th, 2013, 8:02 pm

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"Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry"
http://www.robertsoninnovation.com/brick-by-brick/
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Good insight into what worked and didn't work for LEGO as they pulled themselves back from the financial brink. I especially liked how management/ innovation trends were interpreted and adopted to make them work, for example "wisdom of the crowd" was actually effective as "wisdom of the clique". LEGO seems to have gone from a very insular 'we know best' company to a very open one, they have provided quite a lot of access to the authors and have taken the approach that all their mistakes need to be out in the open, in order not to repeat them.

The book has a nice trailer:

Re: What are you reading?

Postby jon_winebrenner » August 30th, 2013, 2:41 pm

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Hugh Howey's Silo Series is fantastic Sci-fi reading. Dust just came out this month and I am about 1/2 way through. Wool (book 1) and Shift (book 2) are up on the top of my favorites list right now:

"Wool" by Hugh Howey

"Shift" by Hugh Howey

"Dust" by Hugh Howey

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