Boris Smus

interaction engineering

Book: Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned

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Book: How to Take Smart Notes

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Book: Thinking in Systems: A Primer

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Book: Sid Meier's Memoir!

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Article highlights of 2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year again! Following last year's summary, here were my top reads for 2020. Last year I vowed to read fewer articles because they felt way more junky than books do. I haven't changed my mind on this matter, but I was compelled to try to understand this especially unusual year.

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Book: Profiles of the Future by Arthur C. Clarke

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Book: Dune by Frank Herbert

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Book: Night by Elie Wiesel

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Book: Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

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Book: Frank Herbert by Tim O’Reilly

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Book: Story of Us by Tim Urban

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Book: Rewiring America

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Book: Братья Карамазовы, читает Ульянов

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Book: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

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ESUP Builders

Since May, I’ve been tinkering with brushless electrical motors, trying to make floating objects move more quickly. The proximate result is this electric motorized paddleboard:

Riding my DIY eSUP

This project is by no means finished. Traveling at 5 mph is fun, but not nearly fast enough. As we speak, a motor ten times the power of this one is sitting in a shipping container, en route to my basement. While I wait, let me pause and reflect on the project so far.

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Book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Book: Red Plenty by Francis Spufford

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DIY Community Library

When my sailing class was canceled back in early March, I realized it was time for a more individualistic hobby. And so, I furled the sails and tied up the boat and picked up a circular saw from the hardware store. After I got over my fears of loud, terrifyingly quickly spinning metal blades, a whole bunch of cutting and screwing, then digging and painting, I have a Little Free Library standing outside my house, and a little bit more confidence for the next woodworking project!

Little free library photo

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Book: Selected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick

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