Charlie Harvey

March 2014 Reading

  • Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules the Wired World, by Melanie Stewart Millar

    A late 90s reading of Wired, examining the sexist and racist agenda of the magazine and the larger digital elite for whom Wired became a bible. Despite the book's age, its critique of Wired’s hypermacho, unproblematic technofetishism is still relevant.

    2014-03-31 by Charlie Harvey
  • The Gardener from Ochakov, by Andrey Kurkov

    Kurkov’s minimalist style makes him, for me, one of the most interesting and entertaining writers working today. His prose is somehow caustically satirical whilst reading like a fairy tale. This story of time travel and heavy drinking had me hooked from the get go — I read it in one sitting.

    2014-03-28 by Charlie Harvey
  • The Haskell Road to Logic, Maths and Programming, by Kees Doets and Jan van Eijck

    Using Haskell to illustrate ideas from logic is actually really helpful if you have a programmer's brain like I do. I fund the material on sets and relations especially helpful in getting my head round some pretty hardcore ideas. I intend to re-read and do the excercises sometime later in the year.

    2014-03-18 by Charlie Harvey
  • A Layman’s Guide: United Kingdom Air Traffic Control

    I found tis book in the stack of old things in my Dad’s garage that I was sorting through the other day. It is actually really fascinating to learn about stuff like airways, how traffic is co-ordinated and how runways are named — especially given the context of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 which is missing as I write this and as I read the book. I am sure some readers would find it rather dry, but hey, I had a long train journey.

    2014-03-18 by Charlie Harvey
  • Stroked Through the Covers, by Simon Bond

    Rather old-fashioned and unproblematically sexist cricket cartoons. Also occasionally funny.

    2014-03-18 by Charlie Harvey
  • The Healthy Programmer, by Joe Kutner

    Happened to have a PDF of this kicking around from a while back. It is a guide to healthy living with special reference to the kind of problems that programmers are likely to hit — carpal tunnel, eye-strain, back problems. Pretty solid advice and well written enough. There are no huge revelations, but all the material is based on actual peer-reviewed science, rather than bullshit or intuition, making that advice "worth following".

    2014-03-18 by Charlie Harvey
  • Resistance to Ecocide, by Stephanie McMillan

    The blurb mentions "Cute critters unit[ing] to save the world" — what’s not to love about that, right? But actually this was more a meditation on how we might fight industrial capitalism and actually win for a change. No real conclusions are reached about what might work, which is maybe a little depressing, but at least acknowledges the cale of the problem.

    2014-03-18 by Charlie Harvey


  • Be respectful. You may want to read the comment guidelines before posting.
  • You can use Markdown syntax to format your comments. You can only use level 5 and 6 headings.
  • You can add class="your language" to code blocks to help highlight.js highlight them correctly.

Privacy note: This form will forward your IP address, user agent and referrer to the Akismet, StopForumSpam and Botscout spam filtering services. I don’t log these details. Those services will. I do log everything you type into the form. Full privacy statement.