A sparse post this week. Mainly due to me being busy and it being too hot to read and think about technical stuff! Only three pointers to interesting items. A dozen new music items, though. I’m never too busy or too hot to ignore new music. As always, find me on Twitter if you want to comment on anything.
I’m a day late with this weeks post! Anyway, here you go. Fifteen new music releases and six article pointers. Get me on Twitter if there is anything you want to discuss.
Seven articles and thirteen new music releases in this weeks post. Including details about the spectacular image of the Sun by Andrew McCarthy shown above.
A short post this week. With just three items, one film, and pointers to six music releases that I liked.
Hot off the press: “Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest – 26th February 2021”. This week’s issue has 8 items, plus a list of the books I’m currently reading. No new films or music pointers this week! (Apart from two embedded playlists in one item.
I binge-watched Season 2 of Dickinson this week. The finale was released today. Both seasons are so good. It takes the 19th-century source material and imbibes it with 21st-century themes. I realise now that the themes from the 1850s are much the same as today. If you haven’t seen it, then I can highly recommend it. It’s worth the cost of an AppleTV+ subscription on its own. Looking forward to Season 3!
The show inspired me to read some of Emily Dickinson’s poems. I bought a copy of The Folio Society’s Selected Poems last year when watching Season 1 and started reading it this week. I’ve never really been into poetry. And that’s still the case! I’m about a third of the way through the selection in the book. So far only the only one that’s grabbed me is this one about the exultation of going to sea (and other things, no doubt). Still, even if the poems don’t speak to me, they obviously speak to Alena Smith, and they inspired her to create the TV show. And that’s great news for all of us who get to watch.
It also inspired me to buy a Stephen Fry book on how to write poetry. Something that passed me by in school. I can’t recall if that’s my fault or the fault of my school. I suspect the former as my school was excellent.
The music that peppers each episode is fantastic. This article in Rolling Stone discusses how the tracks are chosen. If you are on Apple Music, there is a playlist with the songs from Season 1 and another for Season 2.
I read 25 books in 2020. Here are my favourites. In no particular order.
We hear a lot about how state actors are using cybercrime techniques in order to influence opinion and attack infrastructure in other countries. But we rarely see a well-argued analysis that backs up this assertion. This book provides just such a well-argued analysis that outlines persuasively which organisations, and which country, were behind the devastating cyberattacks WannaCry, NotPetya, and others. And it outlines who is gaining malicious access to the control systems for the infrastructure that powers our modern world. Such as the electricity generation and supply systems, transport systems, communications and broadcast systems, and other industrial control systems. It also provides enough evidence to support the conclusion that the same, or closely associated, malicious actors were behind attempts to influence elections in Europe and the USA. Probably in other countries as well.
The case against the perpetrators, who are identified in the book, is built up logically and comprehensively. Everyone should read it and then draw their own conclusions. I know I have. One of the best books of 2019. Undoubtedly the best on cybersecurity.
The audiobook is really good.