While spending time on airplanes, I find myself reading more long form articles. Here a few areas of interest from my recent reading/browsing history.
- As much as I like the noises of the city, sometimes I want silence. “Noise-cancelling headphones” are really selectively noise reducing, not cancelling. I’d like to turn a Raspberry Pi and a Bluetooth speaker into a full noise canceling device for dead silence. There’s an engineering challenge in using a wireless speaker, because I suspect Bluetooth introduces lag into the system. Here’s a fine link explaining how to do it and the machine learning behind helping to predict the rise and fall of the signal, https://people.xiph.org/~jm/demo/rnnoise/
- Octopus are as smart as dogs and 2 year old humans. Yet, we eat them because they come from the sea. I never liked the taste of octopus. They are fairly amazing creatures we know so little about. https://www.workman.com/products/octopus and https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/05/millions-of-people-eat-octopus-heres-why-we-probably-shouldnt/
- Toxic masculinity and the historical falsehoods on which it is based, https://newrepublic.com/article/154563/sparta-myth-rise-fascism-trumpism
- What happens as the ‘great human reduction’ occurs to world cultures, economies, and governments. And how does this effect our future? https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/review-essay/2019-08-12/population-bust
- Business Adventures by John Brooks, https://openroadmedia.com/ebook/business-adventures/9781497638853
- And finally, I’m reading a history of 3000 years of Sicily, mostly to understand my own heritage and in preparation for a future trip. http://steerforth.com/titles/sicily/written+by-sandra+benjamin