Liebe Verfliegt Nicht by Tanja Brandt[c]
The photos are, as before, absolutely amazing. Tanja is a master of composition and lighting, and also picks just the right moment to open the shutter. And there are a number of moments that just make you want to hug the little feather-friends. And the dog. Ingo is huggable too.
Wo die Liebe Hinfliegt by Tanja Brandt[d]
Calling the book heartwarming is an understatement. Not only because some photos are positively heart-melting, but also because Tanja has an amazing grasp of composition and lighting which makes this an art book and not just a stack of cute animal photos. She captures a view into a magic wonderland.
A perfect little thing to stick in your pocket if you feel like being away from your workstation and intend to write something longer. Together with a smartphone it becomes an "almost laptop".
The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts[o]
I said that I'd love for a book where Watts does what he does best and left out his tics. I can happily report that The Freeze-Frame Revolution is Watts at his best, with none of Watts at his mediocre. The prose is gripping, the scenes are well written, and the whole novelette is trimmed to perfection.
Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage[y]
If all you want to do is store data and only occasionally look at it, Backblaze's B2 is peerless. Cheap but a bit slow, if S3 beats B2 on performance, B2 annihilates S3 on pricing.
Blindsight by Peter Watts[ab]
A very good story about a small crew on a spaceship far out in the Oort cloud contacting an alien life form that, from the very beginning, makes it clear that it does not want company. Watts fills his worlds with a seething and tense psychological horror; but when you as a reader almost have to suspect the coffee maker of being a serial killer in order to keep up with the plot you wish someone just told him to chill a bit.
The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger[ad]
Theories about what consciousness is tend to disintegrate into either hand-waving or mysticism. While Metzinger's attempt falls into the former category, he does manage to put up quite a good fight before going down after having exhausted empirical science's current knowledge. The book is quite a ride through that thing - whatever it is - you think you are.
Color Schema Contrast Optimizer[ar]
Some color schemes are nice to look at, but lack the contrast to be useful for people with reduced eyesight. This is a tool to modify any color scheme to live up to the requirements in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 ("WCAG 2") levels AA and AAA.
Lately I've been reading some transhumanist science fiction and watched some futurist shows with transhumanist elements on YouTube. I've enjoyed both immensely, but for reference I'd like to spell out why I think they are about as grounded in reality as your average dragons-and-sorcery fantasy.