[warning: you won't find any useful identity related info in this post]
I recently moved to a new apartment, and while unboxing the books I had to decide on a criteria for shelving them in our wonderful black billy. Hierarchies sucks, because they force you to choose a single criteria for slicing your data: but with physical objects, it's hard to use tagging :-) I decided to dedicate one shelf to the books that had the most influence on my past & recent development: and I'm going to spend some of this Saturday night writing it down here. I excluded all the classics from school time, you won't find "The Prince" or "The Divine Comedy" in this list but that doesn't mean that I didn't metabolize them; the same goes for pure-entertainment novels & poets, no Hyperion or Montale here; the same goes for scholastic programming, no Knuth, Sliberschatz or Code Complete; or for the books that I have but I didn't find the time to read yet, like The Long Tail (bought from Anderson himself when he came to present it @ campus) or "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman"; we have to draw a line somewhere :-)
Well, in the end I didn't really go through all the titles in the shelf; but the above seems more than enough.
Now, time to fire up a meme. There are super smart guys out there, and I'd be really curious to know what are the books that had some part in developing their thought process: hence I hereby tag Gianpaolo, Tim , Joshua and Nigel to name at least 5 of the books that did the trick for them. I know that getting a reaction from Tim & Nigel will be difficult, they both blog very rarely, but it's worth a try nonetheless :-)
Update: I added Joshua among the tagged. Unforgivable of me to forget him, since I am sure he will be incredibly interesting. It's simply that while I often work with the other three, I don't have many chances to do the same w Joshua hence tha lapsus. Let's hope he'll pick it up!
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Over the week end, my good buddy Vittorio a.k.a. the man who knows more about identity than it is mentally
Impressive how we all read, keep and praise all the same fetish books. I believe it is more about trying to comply to a mass identity, and as a result this mass identity gets actually built in reality. Tlon Uqbar Orbis Tertius.