The thoughts, quotes, books and new ideas captured from my personal library in October.
What I read
Each month, I hope to share the books that inspired me the most:
Lurking: How a Person Became a User is as messy as the internet itself, shifting through time and topic. Go on a decentralised journey of the internet from the perspective of a user, discovering more about the issues affecting people most, such as privacy and security.
Everything I Learned About Life I Learned From Powerpoint is a hilarious compendium on communication. “At its heart, PowerPoint is about presentation, theatre and culture. About how to think, create and persuade. And it’s hated and loved in equal measure for reasons that tell us a lot about power and who gets to say what where.”
An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of craigslist speaks to how craigslist champions openness, democracy, and other vanishing principles of the early web
On the Necessity of Gardening tells the story of the garden as a rich source of inspiration. It offers an exciting reflection on values surrounding ecology, climate, care for your environment, with themes such as Arcadia, Control, Ecofascism, Guerilla Gardening, Queer Ecology
Silent Dialogue (沉默的对话) is an illustrated, multilingual book of ideas conceived in connection with the exhibition of the same. It incorporates images of original artworks and specially commissioned pieces of original writing — non-fiction essays, stories, interview segments and poetry — by leading scholars, writers and visual artists from different disciplines, generations, cultural backgrounds and places across the country.
BEHIND THE LINES – STEPHEN JOLLY retells an alliance between left-wing activists and the school community of Richmond Secondary; a school marked for closure by the Kennet government. The school community occupied the site for 360 days, 24-hours-a-day, ran a rebel high school, took the education department to court, established picket lines, and launched a giant political campaign.
Peacekeepers is a selection of 100 EU-approved toy guns and forms part of Daan Wubben’s research into toy gun design and regulations in the European Union. Contrary to the many strict technical and biological aspects of toy safety, the laws lack references to either ethics or security. It does not matter what a toy looks like, meaning you must decide which gun-like objects are acceptable as toys.
In Where Is My Flying Car?, J. Storrs Hall sets out to answer this deceptively simple question. What starts as an examination of the technical limitations of building flying cars evolves into an investigation of the scientific, technological, and social roots of the economic stagnation that started in the 1970s. From the failure to adopt nuclear energy and the suppression of cold fusion technology to the rise of a counterculture hostile to progress, Hall recounts how our collective ambitions for the future were derailed, with devastating consequences for global wealth creation and distribution. Hall then outlines a framework for a future powered by exponential progress–one in which we build as much in the world of atoms as we do in the world of bits, one rich in abundance and wonder.
STROPPY DYKES: RADICAL LESBIAN FEMINIST ACTIVISM IN VICTORIA DURING THE 1980S. The 1980s was a busy time for radical lesbian feminists, socialist feminists and radical feminists who organised conferences, published magazines, wrote books, established activist collectives, went on marches, were in solidarity with Aborigines and Islanders, and cultivated many other activities too numerous to mention.
Articles to think about
- Bitcoin Mining Noise Drives Neighbors Nuts—a Giant Dentist Drill That Won’t Stop (Paywall)
- Modem and Studio Bjørn Ibsen illustrate the future of wearable technology
- I attended Hallozeen, an incredible Melbourne zine festival organised by the famous Sticky Institute. Lots of queer stories, counterculture and reminders of blissful zine culture.
- My non-profit project, Snowglobe, using AI to build resilience in the LGBTQIA+ community by developing a chat bot, just launched a new website. Take a look!