Weekend Reading

Busy week + reading things printed on paper = short list today!

Plus it’s Earth Day, so go outside and appreciate this amazing planet of ours!

  • Selling Mark Zuckerberg
    Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg’s most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through his hoodie onstage while journalist Kara Swisher grilled him at a tech conference in 2010.
    Part of me feels a bit sorry for Mr.Z, he has grown up in a strange world (admittedly of his own creation) in the public eye for the large part.

  • Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
    Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Robert W. Taylor, who died on Thursday at 85 at his home in Woodside, Calif.
    Fair to say you wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for him.

  • The Coffee Revolt of 1674: When Women Campaigned to Prohibit “That Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor Called COFFEE”
    We denizens of the craft-roasting, wi-fi-connected 21st century know well how to drink voluminous quantities of coffee and argue our opinions.
    From now one I will only be ordering coffee like this! “I’ll have a newfangled, abominable, heathenish flat white please!”

  • The best tweets ever (nominated by Kottke readers)
    Twitter, in principle, could have been invented at any point in the history of the internet. A big networked message board with an upper limit of 140 characters? It sounds like something a resource-conserving developer would have invented before web browsers existed.
    Best ever? Well they are pretty good.

  • Write, Never Marry, and Other Love Advice from Simone de Beauvoir’s Editor
    DA: I think that really it’s the only thing that can be done, so it should be done, and I’m ashamed I didn’t do it. People nowadays are all becoming so money-minded, so materialistic. Greed is very, very powerful. Greed is the worst thing.
    Life advice from a 99 year old is ALWAYS worth hearing.

  • Balenciaga’s $2,145 bag is just like Ikea’s 99 cent tote
    Who wore it better? Balenciaga or IKEA? http://pic.twitter.com/LCB9Qri2xN
    Clearly a post-modern, pseudo-ironic take on the bourgeois acceptance of IKEA. No?

  • MSP Speaks About the Importance of Talking About Depression
    MSP James Dornan has written an amazing piece for us on his experiences of depression, and the difficulty men in Scotland have in speaking about how they are feeling.
    Not necessarliy a ‘scottish’ thing, but worth a read anyway. And if you need help, there is no shame in getting it.