Dispatch #4

A thoughtful collection, updated every few weeks.

📰 Articles

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria by James Somers, The Atlantic — After scanning around 25 million books, Google was legally compelled to stop. Somewhere at Google, there's an incredible database that no one is allowed to use.

Typing the Technical Interview by Kyle Kingsbury — for anyone interested in functional programming, this is art.

📚 Books

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson — Aurora is existentially terrifying. It's like The Martian by Andy Weir, but it takes place on a generation ship en route to Tau Ceti. Robinson tells the story through the perspective of an AI that's on par with some in the Culture series by Iain Banks.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — Mandel, I think, is a writer's writer. Since I'm often reading non-fiction or hard sci-fi, it's nice to come across a work that's more poetic. Station Eleven is about the little things.