I loaded up my Chromebook with a sampling of PyCon talks to watch on a recent plane trip. Of course, there were many interesting Python talks, but the one I found most interesting was, “If you code, you should write” by Brian K. Jones. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with Python and had everything to do with writing.
As James Gleick argues in The Information, filtering and search are now more important than the actual information, given the explosion of data. To this point, my filters seem to be off, as I completely missed the announcement of Umberto Eco’s new collection of essays, Inventing the Enemy. I say “new”, but in fact, they were released in September 2012.
This collection is mix of contemporary and historical reflections. For the new reader of Eco, this collection is a good introduction and for the student of Eco, he touches on and expands themes from his other novels.
Here I will just briefly summarize and comment on some of the more interesting essays: Continue reading “Thoughts on Umberto Eco’s Inventing the Enemy”