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Miguel de Icaza

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Miguel de Icaza is a Mexican-American programmer, best known for starting the GNOME, Mono, and Xamarin projects.
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The First 5,000 Years
2012-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.Here anthropologist David Graeber prese...
Miguel de Icaza
@simped @paul_rietschka I recommend the book “debt - the first 5,000 years” to get a better grasp of why this is the case.      source
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The UNIX-HATERS Handbook
Two of the most famous products of Berkeley are LSD and Unix. I don’t think that is a coincidence.
Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise, Steven Strassmann - 2022-05-15
Miguel de Icaza
This was a book that deeply influenced my thinking about Unix. It also has a great anecdote on C++ from Michael Tiemann (the original author of GNU C++).      source
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How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie - 2020-01-03 (first published in 1936)
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You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie's first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice th...
Miguel de Icaza
@xoofx What worked for me was this book:      source
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The Art of Possibility
Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Rosamund Stone Zander - 2002-09-24 (first published in 2000)
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Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Ston...
Miguel de Icaza
@Joseph_Izang1 That is a good question! There is a fascinating phenomenon that helps you get better at *anything*. Read this: and then, I love the book “art of possibility”.      source
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Deficit Myth
Stephanie Kelton - 2021-03-09 (first published in 2020)
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A New York Times BestsellerThe leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory -- the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades -- delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MMT...
Miguel de Icaza
@wholemilk I love that book, so good.      source
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The Case for a Job Guarantee
Pavlina R. Tcherneva - 2020-07-07
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One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and necessary for the smooth functioning of the economy. This assumption has provided cover for the devastating social and economic costs of job insecurity. It is also false. In this book, leading expert Pavlina R. Tcherneva challenges us to imagine a world where t...
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@tom_forsyth @ssylvan @mcnabbd @marcosalvi This is a good book:      source
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Cooking for Geeks
Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food
Jeff Potter - 2015-11-02 (first published in 2007)
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Why, exactly, do we cook the way we do? Are you curious about the science behind what happens to food as it cooks? Are you the innovative type, used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Do you want to learn how to become a better cook?Cooking for Geeks is more than just a cookbook. Author and cooking geek Jeff Potter hel...
Miguel de Icaza
@helje5 Cooking for geeks is the book that changed my life. Before that, I used to “optimize” and remove “redundant and unnecessary steps”      source
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Deep Learning for Coders with fastai and PyTorch
AI Applications Without a PhD
Jeremy Howard - 2020-08-04
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Deep learning is often viewed as the exclusive domain of math PhDs and big tech companies. But as this hands-on guide demonstrates, programmers comfortable with Python can achieve impressive results in deep learning with little math background, small amounts of data, and minimal code. How? With fastai, the first library to provide a consistent inte...
Miguel de Icaza
I love the new book - not only it teaches you AI in a quite novel way, the paper it is printed on is glorious and printed in full color. Just like “cooking for geeks” changed my life, this one did too. This is a book worth owning in paper:      source
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Survivor Song
A Novel
Paul Tremblay - 2020-07-07
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“Fresh and surprising. Survivor Song may be one of Tremblay’s best—beautifully detailed, viscerally frightening, and deep with emotional resonance. —Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author of Ill WillA riveting novel of suspense and terror from the Bram Stoker award-winning author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts....
Miguel de Icaza
Saw this tweet the other day, it is an excellent book. Written in a quite interesting style that makes it hard ti put down the book, without relying on weaved cliffhangers. Recommended:      source
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Ruined by Design
How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It
Mike Monteiro - 2019-03-29
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The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy set...
Miguel de Icaza
My god, @monteiro ‘s book “ruined by design” should be mandatory reading for anyone in the software industry - beautiful, powerful, lucid and eye opening. Treat yourself and get the book.      source
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