Archive for: November, 2013

Around the Web: Librarians & tenure, The gangs of academia, Women & the Internet and more

Nov 29 2013 Published by under acad lib future, around the web

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Best Science Books 2013: New York Times 100 Notable Books

Nov 28 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

It is time. The season of lists begins again!

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

Last year's winner was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. For 2011, it was Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs and 2010 it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The last few years the winner have been by quite a margin over the competition, so we’ll see if there are any big winners this year as the lists appear.

In any case, the summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

This time it's The New York Times 100 Notable Books.

  • The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery by George Johnson
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler
  • To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Around the Web: Booms & Busts, Apocalypse & Armageddon

Nov 28 2013 Published by under acad lib future, around the web

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Best Science Books 2013: The Globe and Mail 100

Nov 24 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

It is time. The season of lists begins again!

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

Last year's winner was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. For 2011, it was Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs and 2010 it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The last few years the winner have been by quite a margin over the competition, so we’ll see if there are any big winners this year as the lists appear.

In any case, the summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

This time around we have The Globe and Mail with their list of top 100. It's a great list with lots of Canadian titles featured.

  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
  • Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • The Book of Immortality by Adam Leith Gollner
  • The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon
  • Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever by Maude Barlow
  • The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham
  • Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet by Ronald J. Deibert
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Amazon.ca

Nov 14 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

It is time. The season of lists begins again!

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

Last year's winner was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. For 2011, it was Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs and 2010 it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The last few years the winner have been by quite a margin over the competition, so we’ll see if there are any big winners this year as the lists appear.

In any case, the summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

Today's list is the Amazon.ca Editors’ lists and the separate non-fiction list, Computers & Technology, History, Politics & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Science & Math.

  • Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
  • The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham
  • Gulp by Mary Roach
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
  • Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill
  • Alone On The Ice by David Roberts
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
  • Mr Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer by Timothy Brook
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  • The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
  • Things Come Apart by Todd McLellan
  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
  • Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers by Teri Dunn Chace and Robert Llewellyn

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Around the Web: Admiting our agendas, Changing the world, The value of libraries and more

Nov 13 2013 Published by under acad lib future, around the web

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Best Science Books 2013: Amazon

Nov 10 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

It is time. The season of lists begins again!

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

Last year's winner was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. For 2011, it was Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs and 2010 it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The last few years the winner have been by quite a margin over the competition, so we’ll see if there are any big winners this year as the lists appear.

In any case, the summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

As it often the case, first up is the Amazon.com Editors’ lists. I'm including items from main list and a few from subsidiary lists such as Business, Food, History, Sports & Outdoors and Science.

  • Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
  • Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (Author)
  • The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel Lieberman
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
  • Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio
  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
  • Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
  • Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal
  • Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis by Christine Montross
  • The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell
  • Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz
  • My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek
  • The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow by B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam
  • Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers by Lee Sandlin
  • Adrenaline by Brian B. Hoffman
    <li>Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell by Phil Lapsley and Steve Wozniak

  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
  • The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux
  • Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts
  • The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
  • The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga by Sylvain Tesson and Linda Coverdale
  • Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez by Aaron Hirsh

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from today's list.

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Friday Fun: Nation Not About To Start Giving A Sh*t About Canadian Politics

Nov 08 2013 Published by under friday fun

It's been a really bizarre and surreal week (and month and three years) to be a resident of Toronto. Each day brings a series of more outrageous revelations about our beloved and not-so-beloved mayor, Rob Ford.

But if there's anything that warms a Canadian's heart more than attention in the American press, well, I don't know what that is. And The Onion?! The Onion loves us, it really loves us!

Oh, the mixed feelings, how they wound.

Nation Not About To Start Giving A Shit About Canadian Politics

WASHINGTON—Despite Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s recent controversial admission to having smoked crack cocaine, Americans across the country confirmed Wednesday that, Rob Ford or no Rob Ford, there’s just no way they’re about to start giving a shit about Canadian politics—no way in hell. “Yeah, sorry, not happening,” said 37-year-old Harrisburg, PA resident Daniel Cooke, echoing the thoughts of millions of Americans who told reporters they will continue happily ignoring any and all stories about the Canadian government, the politics of Canada, or scandals involving Canadian politicians. “Frankly, that guy could have been having sex with an underage boy in the middle of a parliament meeting or whatever the hell they have over there and I still wouldn’t give a shit. I don’t know or care to know who he is, where he’s from, or what he did. What I do know is that if you think I’m going to start paying attention to what’s going on with politics in Toronto or Nova Scotia or Ontario City or wherever the fuck then you’re going to be very disappointed.” The U.S. populace went on to confirm that, unless Martin Short were to somehow be elected prime minister, their interest level in Canadian politics would remain at this level indefinitely.

And the irony of the piece actually being about how Yanks don't give a crap about Canada -- yeah, we Canadians just love shit like this.

(Don't worry, I didn't vote for that guy.)

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