Scanning with the Digital Anarchists

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Noisebridge. I’ve only been there twice now and it’s already become one of my favorite places to hang out in San Francisco. Noisebridge is a unique place where the anarchistic ideals of my youth and my current love of technology exist in tandem. Not only is there amazing hacking going down but I’ve also found myself once again doing things like trash talking Crimethinc and comparing dumpster diving stories. Ah, it feels good (and smells bad!).

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Cryptonomicon

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When I first pulled Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon out of the Amazon box, I was a little intimidated. The book is heavy - physically. I was a little skeptical about the idea of finishing a 1100 page novel, but I’m glad I decided to go for it. This book is well worth the time.

Speaking of time, I could go on a lengthy review but there are better written ones out there, so I won’t waste your’s. I would like to note some neat stuff that I either learned from Cryptonomicon or subjects that I became interested in as a direct result of reading it.

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The Fountainhead

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I just finished reading Ayn Rand’s beast of a novel, The Fountainhead. I enjoyed every one of this book’s ~800 pages and myriad of characters. Though I found some of the ideas put forward in the novel hard to agree with, and others downright baffling, Rand’s talent as a writer makes this book intoxicating. Taken at face value, The Fountainhead is an impressive novel about a revolutionary (this word is never used in the book, can anyone guess why? Read more...