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Deborah Pickett

futzle@outside.ofa.dog

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Technical nonfiction and spec fiction. She/her. Melbourne, Australia. Generation X. Admin of Outside of a Dog. BDFL of Hometown (Mastodon) instance Old Mermaid Town (@futzle@old.mermaid.town). Avatar image is of a book that my dog tried to put on their inside.

My rating scale: ★ = I didn't care for it and probably didn't finish it; ★★ = It didn't inspire but I might have finished it anyway; ★★★ = It was fine; ★★★★ = I enjoyed it; ★★★★★ = I couldn't put it down.

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Debatable Space (2008, Orbit) No rating

Psychopaths, at one extreme, process reality in a way that is denuded of emotional content; often, killer psychopaths admit they don't really feel emotion, but instead "act" emotion. Great novelists, by contrast, process reality by a process of self-glorifying self-fictification. Computer geeks, by further contrast, break down their lives into a series of tasks and challenges; it gives them huge self-confidence, but little emotional competence.

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The first person in this part of the book is, herself, something of a psychopath.

Next of Kin 1 star

So much nope

1 star

Some sf from the 1950s holds up today. This ... does not. It's from a time when women were inconsequential and invisible, that being gay was a character flaw, that rugged male individuals were the solution to any bureaucracy. I did not finish this book and I will make a note to never touch or recommend anything by this author again.

Next of Kin 1 star

Content warning Homophobia in a 1959 book

Patch and Tweak with KORG (Hardcover, Bjooks) No rating

I’ve only dipped my toe into modular synths, lest I unleash another hobby I don’t have time for. This book has a ton of concrete examples for three of Korg’s modular synths: the ARP 2600 M, the MS-20 Mini, and the Volca modular. Of those, I’ve only got a software version of the MS-20, so I haven’t done much actual patching.

The book is divided into sections about oscillators, filters, modulation, envelopes, etc. with lots of explanatory diagrams and lots of examples. Every few pages there is a long-form interview with a musician who uses one of the modular synths covered in the book. They’ve done a pretty good job getting a diversity of musicians, but of course it’s a mite biased towards featuring people who can afford to buy synths.

This would be a good introductory book, but for more advanced users it’s going to tread a lot of …