Outbound Strands

Yet Another Hotlist? Aaaaahhhh!!!! But as you may already know, links are a quick way to give something back to spiders stepping through your page. Until I actually have some more stuff worth reading, enjoy. There aren't many commonly-known sites here; if you want something like that, go to Yahoo and surf from there.

Books come first. Why don't more people put recently-read books on their hotlists? Or you can hop to the Magazines, Music or Links sections.

Most of this has not been updated since 1995.  It's a long time since 1995!  But I have just made some changes recently (May 20th 1999).


Here are some of the best books I've read recently. If you enjoyed any of these as well, let me know if you have any other suggestions. Good books are hard to find, and hard books are good to find. I say a lot about some of them.

Periodically, good books provide insight.

As of mid-1999 I've just read:

Books I plan to read soon (as of mid-1999): As of 1995: Sacks' books always give me new insights into how we humans live, and about the complex realities underlying aspects of our lives we take for granted. This book exploded many of my preconceptions about deafness. Sacks lucidly describes the true nature of sign language, making it clear how it is a fundamentally different kind of langauge, potentially more expressive than oral (aural) languages. Two amazing anecdotes: he tells of a hearing woman who learned Sign while a very young girl, and who now in old age is fluent in both; her daughter has even seen her hands moving in sleep, dreaming in Sign language. Another example: It is seldom possible for adults to learn fluent Sign; some subtle aspects of the complex, visual motions of Sign are not learnable. But if parents who hear have a deaf child, and learn Sign (albeit imperfectly) to teach their child, the child will learn fluent, perfectly grammatical Sign from them. It appears that the brain understands Sign implicitly, on a very deep level. Many more insights are here present on the role language plays in making us human. Fascinating. Weinberg is one of the most lucid writers I've found on the process and perils of software development. If you are a programmer, or a manager of programmers, it'd behoove you to read this book. End the tyranny of crunch mode! The scientists strike back! Some of the most compelling ideas about life in this universe are emerging from the scientific community as it publishes its discoveries in lay terms. The world's intellectual landscape is already feeling the reverberations, and this book is a call to arms. Check out Brockman's website or this Wired article. See my bit about flow. Maguire has been in the trenches. You will likely wince at all the times you've committed the sins Maguire unerringly identifies. Quality software is a challenge; know the tools that can help you meet it. A really great series of case studies, of Klan gatherings, white supremacist leaders, and typical followers. This book makes it clear that racists are real people, that they are much more complex than the stereotypes we have of them, and that the movement has deep and fundamental roots in American society. By turns chilling and illuminating.


A really good source for a non-American take on world affairs. Economically stuffy and conservative, but quite socially liberal and clueful. Excellent writing; some turns of phrase stay with you.

(1999) Sadly, I'm not even keeping up with the Economist anymore.  The Web is taking care of my day-to-day news jones and I am finding myself focusing more on actual books than on the relatively ephemeral Economist stories.  Still sooner or later the worm will turn and I will find myself digging through the fifteen or so stacked up back issues....


What have I been listening to lately? Oh, hmmm....

As of 1999:

As of 1995:


I got rid of my old links because, y'know, they were mostly either broken or a few years out of date.  Sad but true.

What am I linking to and reading up on these days?  (mid 1999)

Pretty boring, eh?  But I find myself doing a lot more reading off the web than on the web these days, which is good, I think.

Back to Rob Jellinghaus's Home Page.Back to Unreal Enterprises. Created 8 May 1995, last updated 16 July 1996, and copyright by Rob Jellinghaus.