Data and Goliath Book Placement

Notice the copy of Data and Goliath just behind the head of Maine Senator Angus King.

Screenshot of MSNBC interview with Angus King

This demonstrates the importance of a vibrant color and a large font.

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 2:04 PM • 13 Comments

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name.withheld.for.obvious.reasonsJuly 31, 2020 3:14 PM

Congrats Bruce,

Looks like you have support outside the tech community. Hope it has had some impact on the thinking in D.C. but as you are aware little has been done to rectify the abuses by the MIC/IC. I just don't understand how little in the cause for "enlightened self interest" there is, seems like a no brainer. Don't need to mention the abhorrent psychology permeating the halls of power, just to say see the previous sentence.

There is a lot to be concerned about in your book. With an eye towards the future in your text, I'm afraid the forethought given is more than forethought--it is palpable prescient prediction of the first order. Cut it out, you're scaring the ignent. And your latests book doesn't paint anything that could be described as "cheerful". I hate to see what you're working on now--I don't even want to fathom a guess as to the title.

Clive RobinsonJuly 31, 2020 3:30 PM

@ Bruce,

Why don't you drop him a line and ask if he'd like it signed?

The response might prove insightful, if not beneficial.

Clive RobinsonJuly 31, 2020 3:33 PM

@ ALL,

Is it my old eyesight, but does it look like the only book on the bookshelf to have a bookmark in it ;-)

Clive RobinsonJuly 31, 2020 6:36 PM

@ Ismar,

Finally, an image on this site

It looks low res on my little phone screen so I double clicked and got a higher res image.

Now I can see he's got one or two other interesting volumes on the shelf. Quite a number are historical and I've got one or two in my dead tree cave but another is,

    Ted Koppel "Lights Out".

Some may know of him as a journalist of many years standing with his own program. However a few years back he decided to try his hand at being an investigative author.

The book was essentially about just how vulnerable the US grid operators were failing in securing the power grid against not just Cyber but also guerilla attack.

The prognosis was total failure, and if maon transformers --non of which are made in thr US any longer-- were taken out it could be "Lights Out" for a year or more. The likely result 90% of the US population dead due to lack of water causing sewerage problems and the attendent diseases along with loss of food storage and production and like as not the violance arising from the number of guns in untrained hands.

But three chapters got devoted to the Mormon's as part of their religion they stock up with a year or more of supplies not just for their family but others as well. I guess you could say they were "prepers" before the word was coined.

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasonsJuly 31, 2020 10:31 PM

Angus has a couple of the requisite textual history books. Francis Bacon, the original heretic--though righteous--and two others in the same vein, and Lincoln...the preeminent work to his story. What intrigues me more is the art selection, paintings that I am not familiar.

// beware of sarcasm
It may be an encoded tapestry, with three dimensional data stored as brush stroke, direction, color, and boundary padding (compression of the expressive in art).

So did anyone get the reflection off the lens fluid or the pupil of his eye--I think I can make out his password:

W3ll_@t-L3A5I/Tri

Only joking of course, it is 123456.
// no need to fear

echoAugust 1, 2020 12:21 AM

I can't see much variety on his bookshelf. It screams artfully constucted monoculture.

JonAugust 1, 2020 6:12 PM

Leonard Nimoy recorded a bit of a commercial in front of a bookshelf, which proudly featured James Randi's "Flim-Flam". I sent his agent an email to ask if that really was his bookshelf or a prop, but they never got back to me, and Leonard Nimoy himself went away, having lived long and prospered.

All these things shall pass. J.

echoAugust 2, 2020 7:34 AM

Jon

Leonard Nimoy recorded a bit of a commercial in front of a bookshelf, which proudly featured James Randi's "Flim-Flam". I sent his agent an email to ask if that really was his bookshelf or a prop, but they never got back to me, and Leonard Nimoy himself went away, having lived long and prospered.

All these things shall pass. J.

The youtube micro-celebrities have gone through the whole Ikea bookshelf prop thing and others are now getting into more artfully constructing sets whether what you might call "found" sets or deliberately constructed, and green screens. I personally find it all a bit brash and "in your face". It's not so much that they are doing it but there's too much of the "me, me, me" and testosterone fuelled nonsense about it with far too much high contrast and edgy "surround sound" ego. Then they all bandwagon with crazed hysteria.

Then there is the pandemic with some people building a television studio in their home at one extreme and at the other extreme webcams looking up hairy nostrils and bad light and aesthetic blindspots and dirt and dust and tat in widescreen.

Some things can't pass quick enough...

Singapore Noodles August 2, 2020 11:27 AM

There are interesting books in the photo in the story linked at

www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/ann_mitchell_bl.html

Closer up at

www.scotsman.com/news/people/obituary-ann-mitchell-bletchley-park-codebreaker-researcher-and-author-2854671

echoAugust 2, 2020 3:33 PM

Singapore Noodles

It's a hard to beat Kenneth Clarke (and his son the now equally deceased Alan Clarke) in the home library stakes. His library room was as large as many peoples houses.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/may/18/kenneth-clark-civilised-man-art-historian-civilisation

https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/alan-clark-british-politician-at-home-saltwood-castle-kent-britain-1998-294524e

Magnus Pyke had a books few too. He had a lot more than in the photograph. His house was lined with them. All in alphabetical and category order, and quite right too.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/first-edition/Lives-Pyke-Magnus-Published-Dent-Sons/2209511039/bd

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