Books I’ve read this year. displayed with my favourite plugin display posts. I’ve found it useful to post books I’ve read. I need to write slightly better notes next year. Lockdown increased my reading a little. 30/10 male to female authors reflect the fact I get a lot of books after my wife.

  1. 26/12/2020 - Read: Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi ★★★★☆The damage parents(mothers in this case) do. There isn’t any redemption or reconciliation as the mother drops into dementia.
  2. 13/12/2020 - Read: Recursion by Blake Crouch ★★★☆☆ enjoyed the morph from crime to sci-fi. A nice page turner, maybe a bit too much recursion😀📚  
  3. 12/12/2020 - Read: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart ★★★★☆ set in my home town powerful stuff. Growing up poor with an alcoholic mother Shuggie didn’t have to look for his troubles, chinks of hope shut down one after the other. ShuggieBain (edition) | Open Library
  4. 27/11/2020 - Read: Pine by Francine Toon ★★★★☆ “Gothic Horror” is well out of my usual reading zone, but I enjoyed the slow introduction of the hopeless father & his daughter in the highlands. 📚
  5. 22/11/2020 - Read: Expectation by Anna Hope ★★★★☆ surprised that this feminist, to an extent, literary fiction kept me reading page turner. 📚
  6. 13/11/2020 - Read: Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor ★★★★☆ lots of fun with the life of Bram Stoker. Told through fragments of notes, letters and memories. Some nice opacity, hints and the odd ghost.
  7. 26/10/2020 - Read: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★☆ well that was fun!
  8. 26/10/2020 - Read Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins ★★★☆☆ pretty twisted tale with an increasingly suspect unreliable narrator. Tense & queasy.
  9. 13/10/2020 - Read:  The Odyssey by Homer translated Emily Wilson ★★★★☆ easy to read, put in context a lot of novels based on greek tales I’ve read in the last couple of years.
  10. 13/09/2020 - Read: An Unnecessarily Women by Rabih Alameddine ★★★☆☆ 📚a strange mix of the Beirut setting and literary references dominated the plot.
  11. 22/08/2020 - Read: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt ★★★★★ several unreliable narrators, set in the NY art world beyond my ken. Became an engrossing and affecting read. 📚
  12. 06/08/2020 - Read Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 📚 ★★★★☆ two sad stories of young folk dealling with death.
  13. 06/08/2020 - Read: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata 📚 ★★★★☆ enjoyable strange tale.
  14. 31/07/2020 - Read: Kartography by Kamila Shamsie ★★★☆☆ 📚
  15. 22/07/2020 - Read: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. I loved the paragraphs, often lacking fullstops and capitals, carried me along. ★★★★★ 📚
  16. 12/07/2020 - Read: The Little House by Kyōko Nakajima, trans: Ginny Tapley Takemori ★★★★★ beautiful story, delicious food. Glimpse into social and domestic life in Japan before & during WW2 📚
  17. 07/07/2020 - Read: The Seduction by Joanna Briscoe – Queasily page turning. ★★★☆☆ 📚
  18. 26/06/2020 - Read: A God in Every Stone - Kamila Shamsie ★★★★☆ page turner, interesting history of WW1 & the Qissa Khwani massacre in Peshawar 📚
  19. 26/06/2020 - Read: Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown ★★★☆☆ 📚 99 witty chapters. Some laugh out loud.
  20. 26/06/2020 - Read: Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★☆ lot of darkness with light at the end. 📚
  21. 14/06/2020 - Read: Redhead by the side of the road by Anne Tyler ★★★★☆  📚
  22. 13/06/2020 - Read: The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald ★★★☆☆ Enjoyed revisiting my teenage library. 📚
  23. 13/06/2020 - Read: Old Baggage by Alissa Evans ★★★★☆ Comic novel about Suffragette in the 20s & 30s
  24. 04/06/2020 - Read:The Wedding by DorothyWest ★★★★☆ quite outside my normal zone. I enjoyed all the dips into the history of a middle class black American family.
  25. 20/05/2020 - Read: The Hiding Game – Naomi Wood ★★★☆☆ Covers lots of interesting ground with a bit of mystery. Looking back at the Bauhaus during the rise of Nazis. Love, art intrigue, drugs…
  26. 14/05/2020 - Read:The Women in Black – Madeleine St John ★★★★☆ perfect read for the time, brief looks at the lives of women working in department store in 50’s Australia. Enjoyable, funny and characters very Australian.
  27. 24/04/2020 - What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt ★★★★☆ Well that was complicated. My wife said it was 3 different books in one. I enjoyed them all.
  28. 12/04/2020 - Read: Here We Are by Graham Swift ★★★★★ Really engaging novella. I both wanted to get to the end and find out what happens and keep having more to read.
  29. 10/04/2020 - Read: A Drink Before The War Dennis Lehane ★★☆☆☆ Though a detective might cheer me up, but too may big guns and bangs.
  30. 06/04/2020 - Read: Actress by Anne Enright ★★★★☆ 📚 enjoyed the descriptions and characters, especially the actress herself. Like the layers being revealed.
  31. 01/04/2020 - Read: A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry ★★★☆☆ This was good fun but I think I prefer his less eventful books such as Annie Dunn.
  32. 28/03/2020 - Read: Nightingale by Marina Kemp ★★★★☆ I enjoyed this, absorbing description of seasons in France, reviling characters and story slowly. Slight fall away at the end.
  33. 22/03/2020 - Read: The Fifth Book Of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston ★★★☆☆ I didn’t really enjoy the middle section set in Hawaii, but the last about working with Vietnam veterans was interesting and absorbing.
  34. 19/02/2020 - Read: Middle England by Johnathan Coe ★★★★☆ Almost like a series of sketches played very much to my liberal values. Enjoyable rather than thought provoking.
  35. 08/02/2020 - Read: They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple ★★★★☆ I am getting through most of the authors books by now. This seems most obviously moral, although I didn’t notice all of the Christian symbolism. The writing is clear and I enjoy being taken to the period.
  36. 31/01/2020 - Read: The High Window by by Raymond Chandler ★★★★★ re-read of a favourite, so good.
  37. 24/01/2020 - Read Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★★, maybe not quite as great as Olive Kitteridge but still... got better and better as it went on and the last paragraph... 📚
  38. 17/01/2020 - Read: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier ★★★☆☆ I enjoyed the gentle pace and mild despair. For the most part it felt like it was right in place in between the wars.
  39. 10/01/2020 - Read: the confession by Jessie Burton ★★★☆☆ 📚
  40. 04/01/2020 - Read: Surfacing - Kathleen Jamie ★★★★☆ "you are not lost, just melodramatic. The path is at your feet, see? Now carry on. " 📚 super book connecting archaeology & or relationship with nature. Must try her poems as I've lived all the books of essays. (1st book of 2020)
Bookmarked Among Us in the Classroom | #AmongUsEDU by Carrie (carriebaughcum.com)
Please note: I know there are a TON of game mechanics in Among Us. I am only sharing the ones that I thought would work for my students, my classroom, during COVID (6 feet apart and no sharing materials ), and with students in person and remote

Looks interesting. My class are pretty interested in this game and play their own version in the playground.

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For today's TDC... #tdc3274 #ds106 Adobe Flash Obit https://dlvr.it/RpXHLs pic.twitter.com/0CXiKkS93X

#tdc3274 #ds106 RIP Flash. I recall Flash with fondness. Anything “influenced by HyperTalk” can’t be all bad. Got edu licenses for MX 2004 & taught kids some animation fun. Enjoyed the scripting. Played with & made stuff, once got paid! Action Script 3 was 2 hard for me.

For today’s TDC… #tdc3273 #ds106 2020 In a Photo

If a picture can be monetarily equivalenced to an arbitrary number of words, then a photo ought to be able to somehow encapsulate a year. Or represent it. Or say something about it.

Find, or better yet, take a photo, that speaks to something about 2020 in its entirety. Go for representational not literal (please pass on the burning trash fires, we know that one).

I thought this one was pretty sensational…

from: #tdc3273 #ds106 2020 In a Photo | The Daily Create

I am kind of stumped summing up 2020 in a photo. So I took the video of my year of flickr photos and played with it.

The top is a slitscan of the video. the centre line of each frame. I dug out procesing and a script from Slit Cam: Slit camera timeline images from video..

The lower half uses ShantnuS/AverageFrameColour: 🎨 Creates an image of average frame colours for a YouTube video which I found on github. Unfortunately this failed at the download. so I edited the python script to use a local file. This without any knowledge (other than spaces are important) of python.

A useful exercise as it reminded my old brain of processing which has a lot of possibilities for fun, and proved that you don’t need to know much to make simple edits of code.

local outdoor informal exercise such as walking, cycling, golf, or running (in groups of up to 6 people, plus any children under 12, from no more than 2 households) that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area)

from: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport – gov.scot My emphasis.

I’d quite like a version of this map with the 5 miles added on. Is it as the crow flies or by road?

I wonder if someone could do this with google maps or open street map?