Some things I enjoyed in 2016

:: 2016, videos, podcasts, books

There are some things I didn’t enjoy in 2016. Including things whose import will continue to play out in 2017, that have been better covered elsewhere; some notably by Frankie Boyle.

But hey, here is a tiny selection of some I did…

YouTube Videos

The Future of Microprocessors Sophie Wilson (Developer of the ARM CPU) surveys chip developments referencing the ARM. One of the many interesting insights is that there is a process-cost-benefit-limit (hmm…fewer hyphens maybe? Whatever.) being reached (transistors on processes < 28nm are disproportionately more expensive from the commodity manufacturers), which may render Moore’s Law moot.

Languages in an Afternoon Alexis King builds new languages using the facilities in Racket. RacketCon seems like a blast. One of these days I’ll stump up the fare to St. Louis, Missouri of a September. Meanwhile their channel collects its talks.

Podcasts & videocasts

Systematic "Brett Terpstra explores the idea that all work is creative work…". Systematic has an eclectic and interesting selection of guests. Brett Terpstra is the prolific author of many Mac tools; including the ‘Swiss-army knife’ of Markdown visualisation Marked 2. Recently Episode 180 with Patrick Rhone was a compelling, moving and challenging listen.

Reconcilable differences "John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way." And the way they are is funny, insightful and opinionated.

Pimoroni hosts a channel which demos a selection of Raspberry Pi-related hardware (often from their own stable). OK, so it serves a marketing purpose, but it’s often with a self-deprecating humour and unashamed use of cardboard. Occasionally the close-ups are up-side-down.

Films

Our Little Sister which I saw at Brecon Film Society is one of those slow, considered films in which the ostensibly inconsequential every-day life of its characters reveals their innermost feelings.

Your Name. Despite one or two grating character stereotypes, this has just numbingly beautiful scenery and an edge-of-the-seat plot. Not sure about the ending. 1

Books

When Marnie was There by Joan G. Robinson. One of those children’s books which their parents should also read.

  1. Edited to remove an incorrect attribution to Studio Ghibli. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.