Sunday, January 13, 2013

Huge Amazon Gold Box Deal on Textbooks

An unusual Kindle Daily Deal today. It's almost all textbooks.

So if you need a digital version of something like Pocket Medicine

 (my favorite)





Swing over to the main page. Some of the prices are still ridiculously high, but it's worth checking to see if they are offering books that cover any of the classes you might be taking in the next year or two.

B.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Aaron Swartz: How to Get a Job Like Mine

Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event
Photo taken by Fred Benenson,
and shared under a Creative Commons
Generic Attribution license Swartz helped promote

At the age of fourteen, Aaron Swartz co-authored the RSS 1.0 protocol.
He founded Infogami.
He helped form the Creative Commons.
He participated in the creation of www.reddit.com
He was one of the key figures behind www.demandprogress.org
He helped kill SOPA/PIPA
And he was being prosecuted for "stealing" academic journal articles.
Aaron Swartz died yesterday.
He was twenty-six years old.

If you have a moment, please read Aaron's short article entitled, "How to Get a Job Like Mine." His principles work. I've tried them.

Rest in peace, Aaron.

B.

ETA (01/12/13 4:45 PST):

-Cory Doctorow on Aaron Swartz's death
-Prosecutor as Bully - Lawrence Lessig on Aaron Swartz's death
-Official Statement from the Family and Partner of Aaron Swartz