Quarterly review: FY14Q1

Each quarter I do a quick roundup of the book and film reviews that I do on Goodreads and Letterboxd. These reviews are too short and too off-the-cuff to be included with the more indepth reviews I do on this site. Below are the highlights of the quarter.


As for books, so far I have had an amazing first quarter and am 6 books ahead on my 2014 Goodreads reading challenge with the pleasure of reading FOUR 5-star books!

★★★★☆ Homeland

★★☆☆☆ Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

★★★☆☆ Journey to the Center of the Earth

★★★★★ Among Others

★★★☆☆ A Wizard of Earthsea

★★★★★ The Hard Thing About Hard Things

★★☆☆☆ Doomsday Book

I would like to give a special mention to The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama. I rated this book 5-stars but have held off on a review, since it is the first of a two-volume set. I would like to say that it has been a very influential book on me, and I mentioned it in my review of Morozov’s To Save Everything.


Although I saw 7 films this quarter, not even one garnered a review. You can see all of them on my Letterboxd film diary.

Ignite SF

During our month in San Francisco last year we were lucky to catch Ignite San Francisco 8. We had a great time that night. IgniteSF just put up the videos this month, so I thought I would share some of my faves from that evening. Each talk is just 5 mins long. There were about 15 talks that night in total.

Julia Grace – Money, Cryptography and Scandal: A modern tale of mathematics.

Serena Wales – How to Win at Bar Trivia

Emily Wright – The Journey of the Urban Flush

Jennifer Kuczenski – Engineering Lessons from Folding

Rick Prelinger – Lost Landscapes of San Francisco D

This final talk from Rick Prelinger made me pick up tickets to go see a full “performance” of the Lost Landscapes of San Francisco show at The Internet Archive, which I detailed in this post.