This post is for resources from a talk I gave at Write the Docs 2021 Portland (held online). The talk description was:
Why do we care about libraries? Why are they so special? What makes them feel like secular sacred spaces? How do we capture and preserve that feeling? How do we recreate it?
This session explores what’s so special about libraries, and unpacks the layers behind what makes a library a library. Open data wasn’t invented in the age of the computer!
In this session, from a computer scientist with a history degree, you will learn such things as:
why and how traditional Jewish law says that no writings with the name of God on them can be discarded, and how this led to treasure troves of resources on medieval Jews (as it turns out, people in that era who could write, would barely write anything without referring to God, so if you want a medieval shopping list, I’ll tell you where to go!)
how craftspeople in the Renaissance would use old books, and scraps of paper, to make boxes. This preserved writing never intended for posterity (posterity in the form of a box, no less!) What can we learn from this? Come and find out!
what’s the use, in 2021, of what is effectively a medieval sticky note saying “Could you please get me some wild roses? But make sure to include some that are not yet flowering!” Why do we have a 600 year old sticky note, much less care what it says?
Find out how we can create future libraries, and what we can do to preserve the libraries we have now. What even is a library? This will be a fast-paced history lesson, relating everything you hear to the modern day. Find out what’s next, from the past.
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells (2017)
Encyclopedia of Library History by Wayne A. Wiegand and Donald G Davis Jnr (2015)
Ancient Libraries by Aikaterini Oikonomopoulou, Greg Woolf, Jason König, and Katerina Oikonomopoulou (Eds.) (2013)
History of Libraries: Ancient Mediaeval by D N Marshall (1983)
Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900 by James Gregory (2018)
Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity by J Raven (Ed.) (2004)
… and more which I’ll post soon once I export my bibliography.
This post serves as a collection of follow-up resources for my AppBuilders 2020 talk, Practical Machine Learning for iOS. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me (via Twitter is preferred).
The popular open source narrative game development framework, Yarn Spinner, which is maintained by Secret Lab and a fabulous community, has reached version 1.0. As part of our 1.0 release, we’ve debuted 5 exciting new features:
Compiled Scripts — Yarn Spinner now compiles to a binary format.
Automatic Compiling — In Unity, your Yarn scripts will automatically be compiled when they change.
Line Tagging — You can automatically add unique tags to lines of dialogue, and generate a .csv file to send to translators with the click of a button.
Our new book, which I wrote with my partner, Mars, and my great friends Tim, and Jon, is out! It covers everything you need to make amazing AI- and ML-powered features in Swift apps! It’s really good, and we’re really proud, and reviews really help. Check it out on Amazon or on O’Reilly’s Learning Platform.
Get your /dev/world/2019 tickets soon! Don’t miss out!/dev/world/2019 is fast approaching, and discounted Early Bird tickets are available until 9 August 2019.
A ticket gets you access to three days of workshops, sessions, and networking — it’s a great deal! /dev/world/2019 runs in Melbourne at RMIT, and features speakers from companies like Google, Canva, Mercari, Etsy, CBA and beyond, covering topics from the latest SwiftUI, to Flutter, to Rich Notifications, to hand puppets with Augmented Reality (AR).
The first announced Featured Presentation at /dev/world/2019 will be from Simon Joslin and Matthew Clark, from The Voxel Agents, developers of The Gardens Between, the Apple Design Award-winning adventure puzzle game. They’ll be talking about good design, and how it can’t just be rushed.
This post serves to provide some links to resources that we mentioned in the presentation, or that we think you’d find useful if you enjoyed the presentation. We’ll also post a video of the talk here, once it is available (usually a few weeks!)
If you’re interested in reading more about this topic, there’s two amazing books that cover similar ground: