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the-prince-1910-by-niccolo-machiavelli-cover

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(on Wikipedia)

A tactically-minded man creates an instruction manual for action and understanding in the realm of high-lords of kingdoms.

At under 70 pages, this book may be thin but it's incredibly dense. I found myself reading paragraphs three times before moving on. Although nothing in it surprised me, I can still easily recommend it. It's been, somehow, given a bad name. I only found a slight tinge of "evil" creeping in at about the half-way mark, but nothing inexcusable.

I understood it well enough to add strong commentary, and to give much improved explanation in the latter half which draws from the former. It's interesting to me that the author himself didn't catch on to the trends in his own advice.

When people use the word Machiavellian, they are referring to a mindset in agreement with this work.



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bushido-1924-01-03-book-minoru-tanaka-cover

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(on Wikipedia)

A book on Bushido, the old way of the samurai, as created in conversation with an old master-turned-monk.

In a time when the others were softening up, a samurai who had lost his master and left to live in a monastery spoke in hushed tones to a friend about the old ways he grew up in. Although he and others insisted the manuscripts be burned, the promises were broken when they were kept secret. They would be later compiled and published, and even later translated from its original Japanese.

A particularly interesting book. Although most of it is definitely not directly-applicable today, I think anyone who already has a sufficient "wisdom" (whatever that means) will find bits and pieces of insight.



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TODO - re-read and especially the other essays.

Not the cover of my edition.
Not the cover of my edition.

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I'm either stupid or arrogant to say that this isn't particularly good. I'll have to re-read it yet again before I can either give a description or a proper opinion.

  1. 1942 - The Myth of Sisyphus

    • First translated into English in 1955.
  2. (other essays noted below) TODO

nightwork-2003-book-by-t-f-peterson-cover

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(on Wikipedia)
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A book on a particular aspect of culture and events in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It glimpses into one aspect of "playful hacking", pranks and practical jokes.

  • Properly titled Nightwork - A history of hacks and pranks at MIT
  • ISBN 9 780262 661379
  • "Institute Historian T. F. Peterson" is likely a play on the MIT cultural acronym "IHTFP".

TODO - import more of its archived text

This is on my list of books to re-read.

freax-volume-1-2005-by-tamas-polgar-cover

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http://www.maz-sound.com/FREAX/en/Intro/

A book on the history of the demoscene.

This is on history and itself has become a collectable piece of it. I bought and read this years ago.. probably in 2007 or thereabouts.

  • aka Freax volume 1. - A brief history of the computer demoscene
  • by by Tamas Polgar, aka Tomkatz / Madwizards
  • Copyright and published by CWS Verlag
  • ISBN (blank)
  • Available as an e-book.



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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GMBUR4

A sort of "Art of War" on the the topic of the more recent so-called "Social Justice Warriors".

Highly recommended, though not necessarily because of its topic. With history and opinion, and descriptions of tactics and rhetoric, it's a fascinating set of opinions, positions and stories. I didn't understand half of its references, but this sort of book reveals a kind of contemporary philosophic writing that I find fascinating.

I read this just after Free Speech Isn't Free (2016 book), by Roosh V, which I think helped a lot.



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https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01GMQZ5ZA
http://www.rooshv.com/free-speech-isnt-free

Free Speech Isn't Free - How 90 Men Stood Up Against The Establishment And Won, by Roosh Valizadeh

I like free speech, and already know the phrase "free speech isn't free", so this caught my attention.

It was cheap, and I've been making a habit of getting some more books in dead-tree format. I was bumbling around on Amazon when I found this. I have neither an idea who the author is nor do I know anything about this topic. I like that it's "recent".

After reading: It's good storytelling, and even after its lengthy description of events I have definitely not heard of any of it. It describes the sorts of things people are willing to do once they succumb to an ideology, and the "two minutes of hate" they participate in. Even politicians must follow suit, if only with hollow rhetoric. Media are wholly in on it, as they are at best ambulance-chasers for entertainment-news, and at worst willing to start and stoke a fire to have any sort of relevancy.



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Highly recommended - Mnemonics, multiple pictures for stroke order and details for each character's difficulty level give this book a completely different approach from the others I own.

(amazon.com: look inside)
ISBN-10: 080484299X
ISBN-13: 978-0804842990

Feel free to change the Amazon.com URL from .com to your language of choice. Odds are good that it'll be available from another amazon.foo website.

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