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.
Book: Profiles of the Future by Arthur C. Clarke
Book: Dune by Frank Herbert
Book: Night by Elie Wiesel
Book: Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich
Book: Frank Herbert by Tim O’Reilly
Book: Story of Us by Tim Urban
Book: Rewiring America
Book: Братья Карамазовы, читает Ульянов
Book: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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:
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.
Book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Book: Red Plenty by Francis Spufford
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!