Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, October 2018
conservation notice: I have no taste. I also have no qualifications
to discuss corporate fraud.
- John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
- This is a deservedly-famous story, told meticulously. It says some very
bad things about the culture around Silicon Valley which made this fraud (and
waste) possible. (To be scurpulously fair, investment companies with
experience in medical devices and the like don't seem to have bought in.) It
also says some very bad things about our elites more broadly, since lots of
influential people who were in no position to know anything useful about
whether Theranos could fulfill its promises endorsed them, apparently on the
basis of will-to-believe and their own arrogance. (I hereby include by
on the charisma of corporate CEOs, and Xavier
post on charisma.)
- The real heroes here are, of course, the people who quietly kept following
through on established procedures and regulations, and refused to bend to considerable pressure.
- Luca D'Andrea, Beneath the Mountain
- Mind candy: in which a stranger investigates the secrets of a small,
isolated community's past, for multiple values of "past".
- Walter Jon Williams, Quillifer
- Misadventures of a rogue in a fantasy world whose technology level seems to
be about the 1500s in our world. Quillifer has some genuinely horrible things
happen to him, and brings others on himself, but keeps bouncing back, and keeps
his eye on various main chances (befitting the only law clerk I can think of in
fantasy literature who isn't just cannon-fodder). I didn't like
him, exactly, but I was definitely entertained.
- --- I enjoyed the sequel more.
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur;
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