Good Read: Good Life?

This article made my day. Maria Popova uncovers gems for your reading pleasure in her aptly named Brain Pickings.

There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet. Who would call a day spent reading a good day? But a life spent reading — that is a good life. A day that closely resembles every other day of the past ten or twenty years does not suggest itself as a good one.

Trends: Kids Tend to Read Digital More

From Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print By

A recent report by the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom surveyed 35,000 kids, whose ages ranged from 8-16. It stated that 39% of children and young people read on electronic

devices every day, whereas only 28% read printed materials

daily. The number of children reading ebooks has doubled in the last two years from 6% to 12%.

If this trend continues, imagine the impact on:

  • Design of Books
  • Material for books
  • Delivery options from owning to loaning
  • Interaction design with books not just by readers (see what Kindoma is doing)
  • Book distribution
  • Libraries (virtual libraries, personal libraries)

LinkLog: Why Functional Programming Matters?

Functional programmers argue that there are great material benefits – that
a functional programmer is an order of magnitude more productive than his
conventional counterpart, because functional programs are an order of magnitude
shorter. Yet why should this be?

LinkLog: Why Functional Programming Matters?

A couple of days ago, I went into the wrong networking event by mistake. This is one of those, where exchanging cards seems to be the main activity. The only saving grace was that I bumped into a programmer. We got to chatting and I asked him about his favorite programming languages. Pat came the reply “Haskell”. Before I could dig deeper, we were called into a formal (rather boring) meeting. So I went and Googled “Why functional programming” and here is one the neat papers I came across. It is kind of old but, will give you a sense of why you should consider giving it a try.

Functional programmers argue that there are great material benefits – that
a functional programmer is an order of magnitude more productive than his
conventional counterpart, because functional programs are an order of magnitude
shorter. Yet why should this be?

You can Read the full paper.