It’s a cloudy and windy day here in Toronto with a temperature of 6C (42.8F). This time around I am writing this while sitting at my desk at home. I’ve spent the morning after breakfast going through my unread queue in Inoreader while my playlist of “Just the Instrumentals Please” plays. It really is a ideal day for staying indoors and catching up on some reading.
Before I do my usual list of links, I did read two books this month that I’d like to mention. The first was Heroic Hearts, a collection of fantasy short stories edited by Jim Butcher and Kerri Hughes. The second was On Antisemitism, a collection of essays from various authors on the topic of Palestine activism and antisemitism, put together by the Jewish Voice for Peace. That was research reading for a blog post I wrote for the Ten Forward blog which you can read here.
Oh also, in case you missed the last reading list, you can find it here.
- From High Life Hackers to National Menace: The Rise and Fall of Digital Bandits ‘ACG’ by Joseph Cox for 404 Media
- Game design as conspiracy theory: what Amnesia learns from Umberto Eco by Edwin Evans-Thirlwell for Rock Paper Shotgun
- Spider-Man 2 review: Best-in-class comic-action melodrama by Kyle Orland for Ars Technica
- Encrypted traffic interception on Hetzner and Linode targeting the largest Russian XMPP (Jabber) messaging service by ValdikSS
- Inside a $30 Million Cash-for-Bitcoin Laundering Ring in the Heart of New York by Joseph Cox for 404 Media
- Upstream Decisions by David Smith
- The Slow Fight for Rapid Transit on Finch West by Inori Roy for The Local
- The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max Review for Photographers by Chris Niccolls for PetaPixel
- Wondersomethingsomething by Riccardo Mori
- DNS is the new BGP by Geoff Huston for the APNIC Blog
- Predator In The Wires by Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton, Daniel Roethlisberger, Bahr Abdul Razzak, Siena Anstis, and Ron Deibert for Citizen Lab
- Assassin’s Creed Mirage review: the most enjoyable Assassin’s Creed game for years by Alice Bell for Rock Paper Shotgun
- Counter-Strike 2 review: a big change to an unparalleled FPS, but it could be something special by Ed Thorn for Rock Paper Shotgun
- Apple’s DNA and Europe’s DMA by Riccardo Mori
- Lords Of The Fallen review: realm-hopping magic can’t keep this Soulslike from getting on your nerves by Ed Thorn for Rock Paper Shotgun
- Star Trek: Infinite review: Not exactly a strategy pioneer, but still an enjoyable journey by Sin Vega for Rock Paper Shotgun
- macOS 14 Sonoma: The Ars Technica review by Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technica
Whew, that’s a lot of links! There’s just been a lot of stuff piled up in my read later queue that I needed to catch up on, and there’s still twelve more links in there that I’ll be reading throughout the next month.
I’d like to highlight the good work the folks over at 404 Media are doing, I am glad to be a paid subscriber. Over at Rock Paper Shotgun, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell is a new favourite of mine with his writing style. The Local continues to do through interesting articles about life and politics in Toronto. Geoff Huston continues to write fascinating things about the ways the plumbing of the internet shifts around and changes form.
As far as personal blogs go, I continue to enjoy reading David Smith’s thoughtful commentary on iOS development and Riccardo Mori’s pointed critique of Apple.
That’s all from me this time, see y’all next time.