Third in a regular series of looks at what folk at BOM are reading for work and pleasure, taking in the fellows, the residencies and the volunteers.
Here’s a selection of books I’m reading / referencing. All available on the shelves of out friendly local library, the Library of Birmingham! I’ve made most use of the processing books – and it’s giving me a good excuse to build a number of little projects recently – a nice break from my larger chunks of work.
Overall though I’ve probably spent more time with this collection! 🙂
- Neo2: Digitalismo & Digitalistas (even though I can’t read spanish)
- %%30%30: A Game
- A PirateBox on My Back
- Arts students work harder than law students, stats reveal
- Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Bored
I wanted to share this with the fellows, and the outside world. HDMI video mixers are usually a £1000 but these guys have come along and made an amazing little box for like £200 odd. 4 inputs from HDMI or displayport (v cool) and network and streaming to web included. Yay!
Creating Digital Music is my everyday go-to tech site as it feeds into my addiction for things that bleep. Also, it is a good gauge of the state of creative endeavour using these devices/softwares. Peter Kirn who writes it is pretty equal in his coverage of commercial and independent projects, as well a nice line in Berlin hipster whimsy. 😉
- Welcome to the Block Party – Advert blockers have been around for over a decade, and I’ve always used one, but this month they finally went mainstream and the ad-supported media has gone crazy, trying to objectively report on something which threatens how they pay the rent. This is a nice overview.
- Is Uber’s ultimate goal the privatisation of city governance? – The business practice of Uber is everything that’s wrong with start-up culture and the cult of “disruption”. This is a nice speculation of their end-game.
- Was Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ actually created by a long-forgotten pioneering feminist? – John Higgs has a book out and is writing off-kilter articles to promote it. This is a nice one, bringing to our attention the quite wonderful sounding Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven who I now want to time-travel and hang out with.
- How Iceland saved John Grant: ‘I feel safe here’ – I went to Iceland this year. It’s wonderful and I want to move there one day.
- No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby – Amanda Palmer, always good value, on how having a baby is going to affect her art-making. Ties in nicely with work our own Amy Martin has been doing.
- Why does Alain de Botton want us to kill our young? – Young Laurie made the mistake of expressing admiration for this snake-oil salesman in my presence, so I sent him this link.