What makes us who we are?

these may change with my mood

an idea noted in The Alcalde, the University of Texas alumni magazine where the lists were entitled "the ten cultural works that have most influenced your life or opened up new windows on the world"
  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  2. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (1979)
  3. Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte (1983)
  4. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick (2011)
  5. Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 by Paul Kennedy (1987)
  6. Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall (1999)
  7. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (2005)
  8. The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N by Leo Rosten (1937)
  9. None of Us are Free by Solomon Burke (2002)
  10. Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, a movie by Stanley Kubrick (1963)

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books that should be read again

these may change as I read other works

there is so much to read
  1. Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance, by Anthony Gottlieb [2000]
  2. Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and The Fall of Reason, by Charles Freeman [2008]
  3. Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries, by Ramsay MacMullen [1997]
  4. Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, by Louis Menand [2001]
  5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher M Clark [2014]
  6. Riding the Retreat: Mons to the Marne 1914 Revisited, by Richard Holmes [1995]
  7. Strange Defeat: A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940, by Marc Bloch [1968]
  8. Makers of Modern Strategy, co-edited by Edward Mead Earle, Gordon Craig, and Felix Gilbert [1943]
  9. A Bright, Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan [1988]
  10. A People's History of the United States, by Page Smith [8 volumes 1976-1987]

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Readings on information

these may change as more is read

these may not seem like information science books, but give them a try and see if they are or are not
  1. Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain [2007]
  2. Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger [2007]
  3. Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson [2012]
  4. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer [2012]
  5. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner [2013]
  6. Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us by Duncan J. Watts [2011]
  7. On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not by Robert A. Burton [2013]
  8. In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time by Dan Falk [2010]
  9. Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another by Philip Ball [2004]
  10. Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision by Roberta Wohlstetter [1962]

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Readings on design

these may change as more is read

there are far too many to limit it to ten, but ten is what we have
  1. Living with Complexity by Donald A. Norman [2010]
  2. Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling [2005]
  3. Ways of Seeing by John Berger [1990]
  4. Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, and Maybe Even the World by Warren Berger [2009]
  5. The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life by John Maeda [2006]
  6. In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing by Matthew E. May [2009]
  7. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman [2013]
  8. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman [2004]
  9. The Design of Future Things by Donald A. Norman [2004]
  10. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod [2009]

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Readings on the military

these may change as more is read

there are far too many to limit it to ten, but ten is what we have
  1. Command in War by Martin van Creveld [1985]
  2. Attacks by Erwin Rommel [1979]
  3. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell [1976]
  4. The General by C.S. Forester [1982]
  5. Thinking In Time: The Uses Of History For Decision Makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May [1988]
  6. Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina by Bernard Fall [1961]
  7. Neither Fear Nor Hope: The Wartime Memoirs Of The German Defender Of Cassino by Frido von Senger und Etterlin [1989]
  8. Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II by Charles B. MacDonald [1999]
  9. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer [1971]
  10. The Fall of Fortresses: A Personal Account of the Most Daring, and Deadly, American Air Battles of World War II by Elmer Bendiner [1980]

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10 [OK, 12; no, 13] additional pieces of music

that cause one to stop the car and listen to the end

a list that would not nearly be so interesting had my wife not discovered most of the music and guided me to it
  1. Ojala, by Silvio Rodriguez
  2. Stimela, by Hugh Masekela
  3. Gracias a la Vida
    and Como la Gigarra, by Mercedes Sosa
  4. Sure Thing, by St. Germain
  5. Blue Rondo à la Turk, by Dave Brubeck
  6. Gimme Shelter, by The Rolling Stones
  7. Compared to what?, by Les McCann
  8. Brûlé La Mèche, by Lo'Jo
  9. Concierto De Aranjuez on Sketches of Spain, by Miles Davis
  10. santimamiñeko fandangoa by Kepa Junkera
  11. Rider by The Seldom Scene
  12. La Mer by Veronneau

why not enjoy them

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10 additional movies

that one can watch over and over

when one finds the time
  1. Viktor, Viktoria (1982), in particular the version dubbed into German for German TV
  2. 12 O'clock High (1949)
  3. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  4. A Christmas Story (1983)
  5. We're no angels (1955), in particular the version dubbed into German for German TV
  6. Le Château de ma mère (1990)
  7. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
  8. The Last of the Blue Devils: The Kansas City Jazz Story (1980)
  9. One Day in Europe (2005)
  10. Paths of Glory, (1957) by Stanley Kubrick

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