johnny tisdale
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bookshelf
The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
William Dalrymple
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Yale University Press
Chaos: Making A New Science
James Gleick
The Zero Marginal Cost Society
Jeremy Rifkin
Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
Paul Mason
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Ashlee Vance
Accelerando
Charles Stross
recent posts
Better living through self-tracking.
March 28, 2021
This morning I read Part II of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I discovered that in his quest for self-improvement Franklin employed a method of self-tracking similar to one that I use. Franklin’s goal was to live in accordance with the following virtues... Read more.
Do we know what electricity is?
March 27, 2021
When people ask if we really know what electricity is, they are not questioning the predictive power of quantum electrodynamics. It is obvious that scientists and engineers know how electricity works; if they didn’t, we wouldn’t be enjoying the benefits of electricity. But knowing how to manipulate something to achieve desired results is not the same as knowing what it is. The textbook definitions of electricity, being circular, do not satisfy someone seeking to form an understanding of what electricity is. Read more.