2014 recommendations

Recommendations for January 21, 2014

Third week of the year and I am already behind schedule. Oh well. Film: Columbite/Tantalite dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor Coltan, or columbite/tantalite, is a mineral which is valued for small electronics because it can hold an electrical charge well (that is, it has high capacitance) without heating up. It is in your phone, your laptop, pretty …

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2014 recommendations

Recommendations for January 12, 2014

My favorite film of 2013 was, by a fair margin, Spike Jonze’s Her. The critical reception has been pretty uniformly positive, as far as I have seen, so I won’t simply pile on. The main thing I have been saying to people to whom I’ve recommended the movie is that there is much more to …

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2014 recommendations

Recommendations for January 5, 2014

#agir Recommendations for January 5, 2014 I’m trying to start the year off right, by being on schedule. I also thought it would be good to kick things off with some new music: Song: “Never Gonna Change” by Broods This song shares a lot of sonic DNA with Banks’s “Waiting Game,” which was pretty much …

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2013 books lists

My Year in Reading, 2013

I read 66 books this year. I set a goal of 52, or a book per week; obviously I did more than that, but still a lot less than last year. That was a deliberate decision. By the end of last year, reading started to feel competitive (even though I was not actually competing with …

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