Review

Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari's third book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is an interesting look at 21 topics where we humans can improve. The lessons are grouped into 5 categories; The Technology Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth, and Resilience. The subject matter for the first part of the book is tough reading. Harari takes a cold and calculating look at the societal organisations and structures that humans have created, from religion all the way up to modern day terrorism, before looking at how the species can be resilient in the face of these challenges.

Book Review: The Information - James Gleick

I picked up The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick last Christmas on a visit to the amazing Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway. My reason for buying it was part intrigue about how the author could fill a whole book about there being too much information in the world, and partly because I must admit, the cover design drew me in. It took me a while but I finally got around to reading and finished the book this week and I was so happy with the choice I made all those months ago.

Book Review: Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance

I just finished reading Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance. It's an easy to read biography/commentary of Elon Musk's business successes and how his life and experiences account or attribute to them. It's very interesting to read the blow by blow accounts of the many many ups and downs of all of Musk's companies and Vance does a good job of trying to get multiple views on any incident by interviewing as many people involved as possible.

Comic Review: Analog

I picked up Analog issues 1 & 2 recently because of the amazing alternative cover that Declan drew for the first issue. In Analog #1, we are introduced to the main character, Jack McGinnis, a Jack Bauer/John Wick/Transporter type of anti-hero, who transports paper documents for the highest bidder. Paper documents you say? Well, a quick narrative flashback shows us that Jack was somehow instrumental in destroying the internet during "The Great Doxxing" of 2024. Now Jack and others like him help secrets travel the old fashioned, analog way.
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