Author: Yuri Tricys  Apr 6, 2021  |    agriculture, civilization, geography, history
In addition to featuring Jared Diamond's cool voice, the National Geographic film "Guns, Germs, And Steel, The Fate of Human Societies" outlines a theory as relevant to the world we know today as it was when Columbus 'sailed the ocean blue.' Jared's argument tells us world domination is not a function of racial superiority, but one of geographically enabled knowledge transfer. He argues geographic proximity enabled trade in skills, technology, and biological development, by which he means bacterial and viral immunity.
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Author: Yuri Tricys  Apr 7, 2020  |    science fiction
Dune, undoubtedly one of the best science fiction series ever written, is scheduled to return to the screen this November (2020). No film has yet done the book justice, in any way. It was the first of it's kind. A truly sprawling science fiction saga. New worlds. New empires. Humans and aliens, locked together a terrific tale of espionage, science, warfare, and trade. It has all the literary foundations for a film series to rival "
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Author: Yuri Tricys  Apr 7, 2020  |    science fiction
Algis Budrys, was a wonderful Science Fiction author from back in the day, when men wanted to land on the moon and science fiction was the latest greatest thing. When I was a teenager, I found a story of his in a magazine my father had been reading. His name was circled in pen. My father didn't tell war stories, or talk about being Lithuanian, but I found signs of Lithuanianism everywhere - and my dad had a thing for science fiction.
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Author: Yuri Tricys  Mar 28, 2020  |    learning center, non fiction
J.P. Morgan: celebrated, powerfully unambiguous, oligarchically connected, pillar of American history. The man with the bushy furrowed brows, pudgy fat nose, and bulging adams apple. As a school boy, he was infirm, aloof, and disliked. As a business titan his stubby fingers horned on every corner of gilded America. He built the railway to the west. When Edison dumped Tesla on the street with a shovel - less a year or two of salary - Morgan picked him up and put him back in the money.
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Author: Yuri Tricys  Mar 4, 2020  |    about the author, blog
Yesterday wasn't a typical day. It was my birthday. I took a brush to the whiteboard and replaced all the TODOs with the words "Read Python," in an extra large blue custom font I'm calling 'meander.' I packed one of the python books in with a couple of others and took the train to the library. My idea of a good time really is a quiet nook and a well written book.
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Author: Yuri Tricys  Feb 15, 2020  |    learning center, non fiction
What do Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, and Roger Penrose have in common? Well, certainly there must have been something, but it wasn't the content of their books. Smith and Keynes were economists, Penrose is a mathematical physicist. Still, I've mentioned them here together because in a way I'm telling a story and Roger Penrose's book is to me right now in some ways what Keynes's book once was. Let's start with me and Adam Smith.
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