I don't know if anyone notices, but I try never to link directly to Amazon for author's book titles. I like sending people to the author's website, or their publisher first, and then let people decide how they want to purchase the book.


I don't know if I will ever write an article that ever explains my reasons why I dislike Amazon, but I assume if I continue DDJ, the accumulated links I reference in Bits and Pieces will eventually speak for itself.

Bits and Pieces

  • Since I want to discuss status next semester, this post from Seth about the interplay between dominance and affiliation is interesting.
  • I'm still waiting for bookshop.org—"a socially conscious alternative to Amazon—to come to Canada, but until then, articles like this one from the Guardian will continue to whet my appetite: "each independent [bookstore] that joins has its own 'storefront' page, where customers can browse virtual tables of recommended books."
  • If you liked The Martian, Andy Weir's short story The Egg is quite popular.
  • Creating Online Parks: "Alongside and between the digital corporate empires, we need what scholars like Ethan Zuckerman are calling "digital public infrastructure."
We need parks, libraries, and truly public squares on the internet.