We Are the Nerds

The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory
Author: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316435368
Category: Social Science
Page: 512
View: 5870
Named a Best Book of 2018 by Fast Company, this is a "sharply written and brilliantly reported" (Shelf Awareness) look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website that has changed the culture of the Internet. Reddit hails itself as "the front page of the Internet." It's the third most-visited website in the United States--and yet, millions of Americans have no idea what it is. We Are the Nerds is an engrossing look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury and landing Donald Trump in the White House. We Are the Nerds is a gripping start-up narrative: the story of how Reddit's founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, rose up from their suburban childhoods to become millionaires and create an icon of the digital age--before seeing the site engulfed in controversies and nearly losing control of it for good. Based on Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's exclusive access to founders Ohanian and Huffman, We Are the Nerds is also a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today--and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides.

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Want more free books like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. An inside-look on Reddit’s tumultuous, yet successful life as a company changed the way people communicate and think about the internet. Have you ever heard of the online platform Reddit? Many people haven’t, but surprisingly, it’s become the sixth most-viewed website in the United States. However, success didn’t come easy. In We Are The Nerds, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin discusses the birth and tumultuous life of Reddit. The book covers the creators, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, as they were given an idea and loan and created one of the most visited websites in today’s world. But when Reddit became an offensive space for hatred, violence, sex, and antisemitism, the stress of how to address the user’s freedom of speech became difficult to navigate. Now, with censorship rules and new profitable elements, Reddit has become a $1.8 billion company and has become the unofficial “front page” of the internet.


Nucleo De Espionaje, Rescate Y Defensa Secretos / Core Espionage, Rescue and Defense Secrets
Author: Michael Buckley
Publisher: Vergara & Riba
ISBN: 9786077547303
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 327
View: 8857
Advertencia: este libro no es para cualquier chico. La intriga, la acción y las sorpresas de esta atrapante aventura de espionaje harán que todo chico quiera ser parte del fantástico mundo de los agentes secretos NERDS. ¿Estás dispuesto a arriesgarte?

The Rapture of the Nerds

A tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations
Author: Cory Doctorow,Charles Stross
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 1429944919
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 1424
Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander...and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple. So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Libros de Seda
ISBN: 8416550859
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 320
View: 4424
Un colegio, un tiroteo y una venganza: Todos tienen razones para temer al chico de la pistola. 10.00 horas: El director de la Opportunity High School acaba su discurso, dando la bienvenida a un nuevo semestre a toda la promoción y animando a los alumnos a que destaquen y luchen por conseguir buenos resultados. 10.02 horas. Los alumnos se levantan para salir del auditorio y acudir a la siguiente clase. 10.03 horas. Las puertas del auditorio no se abren. 10.05 horas. Alguien empieza a disparar. Durante cincuenta y cuatro minutos terribles, cuatro alumnos cuentan el terror que reina en la sala cuando un estudiante pone en marcha su venganza; una venganza que se convertirá en el último juego de supervivencia.

The Nerd and the Marine

The Morrison Family Series - Book 1
Author: D.R. Grady
Publisher: D.R. Grady
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
View: 7787
What does a to-the-core, orphaned Marine have in common with an introverted electronics expert with too much family? A dog, of course. Lainy Morrison, self-proclaimed nerd, helps Captain Mitch Monahan by taking his dog while he’s deployed. Through e-mails, family DVDs, and pictures, the pair get to know one another. They soon fall in love, but can love sustain a relationship formed an ocean apart and overcome old fears? Set in contemporary Hershey and Kuwait the Nerd and the Marine encompasses humor, poignancy, and the relationship between two people oceans apart.

Mr. Monk and Philosophy

The Curious Case of the Defective Detective
Author: D. E. Wittkower
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 081269743X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
View: 7603
Mr. Monk and Philosophy is a carefully and neatly organized collection of eighteen chapters divided into exactly six groups of precisely three chapters each. Drawing on a wide range of philosophers—from Aristotle and Diogenes, to Siddhartha Gautama and St. Thomas Aquinas, to David Hume and Karl Popper—the authors ask how Adrian Monk solves his cases, why he is the way he is, how he thinks, and what we can learn from him. Some of the authors suggest Monk is a kind of tragic hero, whose flaws help us live out and expunge the fear and anxiety we all experience; that he is more than just his personality or memories, but something more individual and indefinable; and that his most distinctive traits are not the traits that make him a detective, but those that make him a friend. His most notable trait is the dedication he shows to his late wife, Trudy. Other authors explore how Monk encounters the world, arguing that his genius comes not from logic or reasoning, but from his ability to see his surroundings in a pre-conceptualized way; that there isn’t as much distance between his rational beliefs about crimes and evidence and his irrational phobic beliefs as there might seem; and that his phobias have themselves made him approach himself and the world as something to be overcome. Just how does Mr. Monk come to his conclusions? Does he use inductive, deductive, or abductive reasoning? Is he dependent on a false notion of the law of noncontradiction? Is it possible that his reasoning might have more to do with constructing harmonious stories than it does with evidence, causes, or insights? Some contributors ponder Monk's name and what it means given his views on religion. Some authors argue that Mr. Monk's approach to the world is fundamentally similar to that of medieval monastic orders; that his rituals and deductive ‘dancing’ show how he exhibits a kind of shamanism; and that he acts in accordance with the Bodhisattva ideal, bringing others to enlightenment through circumstances and by accident, even though he has no such intention or goal. In one chapter, the author asks how the character Monk is related to other similar characters, arguing that Monk and House are closely related characters, each based on the conflict between reason and emotion which exemplifies the motif of the “troubled genius;” that Monk and House both pursue ethical practices and goals even as they fail at the everyday face-to-face ethics of normal social interactions; and that great detectives all, through their flaws, help us to understand and forgive ourselves for our flaws. And finally, there are several chapters in which the authors consider Monk from the psychologist’s perspective, discussing how Monk’s relationship with Trudy, while having unhealthy codependent elements, demonstrates some important aspects of successful romantic partnerships; how laughter plays a difficult role in mental illness, and the difficult position that the show and therapists are placed in when having to treat seriously disorders that are both tragic and comic; and how, from a psychoanalytic perspective, Monk’s inability to mourn shows us why we both reject and are drawn towards death. In the words of author D. E. Wittkower, "In order to be sure that the reader is able to enjoy the book, every chapter will have an even number of words. You’ll thank me later."

La ciudad que nació grandiosa y otros relatos

Author: N.K. Jemisin
Publisher: NOVA
ISBN: 8417347615
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
View: 7011
La primera colección de relatos de la autora de la famosa «Trilogía de la Tierra Fragmentada» ofrece un examen agudo de la sociedad moderna, a través de temas de crucial importancia como la raza y el género. Dragones y apariciones rondan las calles inundadas de Nueva Orleans tras el huracán Katrina. En un universo paralelo, una sociedad utópica evita ser intoxicada por las ideas de nuestro mundo. En el sur de Jim Crow, una madre negra debe salvar a su hija de una hechicera que la condenaría a una vida de servidumbre. Y en la historia nominada al Premio Hugo, «La ciudad que nació grandiosa», un chico de la calle lucha para dar a luz al alma de una vieja metrópolis. La crítica ha dicho: «Todos y cada uno de estos relatos son cautivadores, provocativos y excepcionales.» Connie Willis Sobre la Trilogía de la Tierra Fragmentada: «Estas novelas son un regalo para nuestra cultura.» The Guardian

The Nerd's Guide to Pre-Rounding

A Medical Student's Manual to the Wards
Author: Richard A. Loftus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139449303
Category: Medical
Page: N.A
View: 2503
This 2006 book is a how-to guide for medical students moving from the classroom to the clinical/hospital setting; a particularly stressful transition in a student-physician's career. This handbook is made up of short, easily digestible passages that advise students on everything from reading an EKG or chest x-ray to tips on dealing with difficult residents and what to wear on wards. Passages are peppered with light-hearted anecdotes to bolster the spirits of students intimidated and overwhelmed by their responsibility as fledgling doctors. The handbook has been developed by Dr Richard Loftus, who wrote the first version of this guide after his 3rd year at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). It contains appendices of useful information, including a PDF file of full size forms that can be accessed from our website.

Bite Me

Food in Popular Culture
Author: Fabio Parasecoli
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1847886043
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
View: 6744
Food is not only something we eat, it is something we use to define ourselves. Ingestion and incorporation are central to our connection with the world outside our bodies. Food's powerful social, economic, political and symbolic roles cannot be ignored - what we eat is a marker of power, cultural capital, class, ethnic and racial identity. Bite Me considers the ways in which popular culture reveals our relationship with food and our own bodies and how these have become an arena for political and ideological battles. Drawing on an extraordinary range of material - films, books, comics, songs, music videos, websites, slang, performances, advertising and mass-produced objects - Bite Me invites the reader to take a fresh look at today's products and practices to see how much food shapes our lives, perceptions and identities.

Beyond the Classroom

Collaborating with Colleagues and Parents to Build Core Literacy
Author: Nanci Werner-Burke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317743121
Category: Education
Page: 142
View: 766
Go beyond the walls of your classroom to build literacy and achievement. In this insightful book, you’ll discover how you can better meet the rigorous goals of the Common Core by opening new lines of communication with colleagues, parents, and students. Each chapter centers around an action project that was designed to help teachers improve literacy by moving beyond the typical class lessons and worksheets. The projects include... A book club for families of kindergarten and first grade students, to help students build foundational literacy skills A book club designed to engage middle school students with young adult literature using digital forums "Write with your child" evenings to help parents connect with their middle school children An instructional team’s challenge to use a range of mentor texts in their classrooms And much more! As you read each project, you’ll come away with ideas and inspiration that you can apply to your own teaching. By challenging yourself to connect with parents and colleagues on a deeper level, you will be better able to align your work, adjust for your students, and achieve your teaching goals.

Prozac Nation

Young and Depressed in America
Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547524145
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 317
View: 3940
Elizabeth Wurtzel's New York Times best-selling memoir, with a new afterword "Sparkling, luminescent prose . . . A powerful portrait of one girl's journey through the purgatory of depression and back." —New York Times "A book that became a cultural touchstone." —New Yorker Elizabeth Wurtzel writes with her finger on the faint pulse of an overdiagnosed generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. Her famous memoir of her bouts with depression and skirmishes with drugs, Prozac Nation is a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an era for readers of Girl, Interrupted and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

La cruz ardiente (Saga Outlander 5)

Author: Diana Gabaldon
ISBN: 8415631235
Category: Fiction
Page: 1328
View: 7366
Arrolladora e inolvidable, la quinta entrega de la saga «Outlander» de Diana Gabaldon es un vibrante drama humano dibujado sobre el tapiz de la Historia. Con una maestría narrativa sin igual, La cruz ardiente no defraudará a los miles de leales seguidores de la autora y asombrará a los lectores que todavía no la han descubierto. En este largamente esperado quinto volumen, Diana Gabaldon narra una historia que puede considerarse la más emocionante de la extraordinaria saga de Claire Randall, compuesta por Forastera, Atrapada en el tiempo, Viajera y Tambores de otoño. Dividida entre salvar a su marido de los peligros que se avecinan, o por el contrario contribuir a provocar el estallido de la violencia entre la Corona inglesa y las trece colonias norteamericanas, Claire vive otra vezel dilema de quien, aun conociendo los acontecimientos del futuro, tiene que adaptarse a su vida del presente. Nacida en 1918 en Inglaterra, Claire Randall sirvió como enfermera en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Terminado el conflicto, un extraordinario viaje en el tiempo la trasladó a las Tierras Altas escocesas en 1743, y pese a haberse convertido en esposa de Jamie Fraser, y más tarde en madre y cirujana, Claire continúa sintiéndose extranjera, fuera de su lugar y de su tiempo.

Welcome to the Nerd Farm!

A Doonesbury Book
Author: G. B. Trudeau
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9780740768507
Category: Humor
Page: 152
View: 3790
In this collection, Alex starts her freshman year at MIT, Granny D reluctantly comes to live with Mike and Kim in Seattle, Mark and Chase's relationship falls apart, Uncle Duke becomes a lobbyist, and B.D. starts group therapy.

Globalization, Utopia and Postcolonial Science Fiction

New Maps of Hope
Author: E. Smith
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137283572
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 244
View: 8677
This study considers the recent surge of science fiction narratives from the postcolonial Third World as a utopian response to the spatial, political, and representational dilemmas that attend globalization.

Los boys

Author: Junot Díaz
Publisher: DEBOLS!LLO
ISBN: 8490320144
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
View: 990
La ópera prima de Junot Díaz. Premio Pulitzer 2008. Junot Díaz hizo su entrada en la escena literaria con esta colección de diez relatos que se desplazan de los barrios de la República Dominicana a los suburbios de Nueva Jersey. Díaz, que según Newsweek combina «la mirada objetiva de un periodista con el verbo de un poeta», evoca un mundo del que han desaparecido los padres, en el que las madres luchan con determinación por sus hijos, y en el que los más jóvenes heredan la crueldad y el avispado humor de unas vidas determinadas por la pobreza y la incertidumbre. Pocas veces un autor publica un primer libro precedido por el reconocimiento unánime de la crítica. Reseña: «Junot Díaz es un escritor de reciente aparición y gran valía. Sus personajes tienen vida propia fuera de la página, en el seno de nuestra tradición literaria y en el ámbito de nuestro corazón.» Walter Mosley

Almost Human: Making Robots Think

Author: Lee Gutkind
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393074307
Category: Computers
Page: 304
View: 5497
A remarkable, intense portrait of the robotic subculture and the challenging quest for robot autonomy. The high bay at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is alive and hyper night and day with the likes of Hyperion, which traversed the Antarctic, and Zoe, the world’s first robot scientist, now back home. Robot Segways learn to play soccer, while other robots go on treasure hunts or are destined for hospitals and museums. Dozens of cavorting mechanical creatures, along with tangles of wire, tools, and computer innards are scattered haphazardly. All of these zipping and zooming gizmos are controlled by disheveled young men sitting on the floor, folding chairs, or tool cases, or huddled over laptops squinting into displays with manic intensity. Award-winning author Lee Gutkind immersed himself in this frenzied subculture, following these young roboticists and their bold conceptual machines from Pittsburgh to NASA and to the most barren and arid desert on earth. He makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points in this lively behind-the-scenes work.

Pete The Nerd’s How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer For Everyday Users

Author: Pete Moulton
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1628382139
Category: Education
Page: 232
View: 1198
Pete the Nerd covers every inch of ground possible in this easy-to-read and easy-to-follow guidebook to speeding up slow computers. Computer beginners can follow step-by-step instructions, and more advanced computer users will enjoy the systemic separation of fact versus fiction in speed-up strategies. The name of the game is “every little bit helps,” so as the chapters progress, readers can implement as many or as few of the approaches as they wish. From tiny tweaks to dramatic, sweeping chances, Pete gives a wide range of options that cater to different computer users’ personal levels of comfort with troubleshooting. Instead of a simple list of techniques, read about the rationale behind the speed-up expectation, and make an educated decision which combination of tips and tricks works for you. You deserve to stop all the waiting, so take your computer from a whirring heap of frustration to a quietly humming, efficient machine.

Diez razones para borrar tus redes sociales de inmediato

Author: Jaron Lanier
Publisher: DEBATE
ISBN: 8499929257
Category: Computers
Page: 224
View: 3103
Un brillante manifiesto que llama a la acción para comenzar a reinventar Internet. ¿Te cuesta imaginar una vida sin redes sociales? ¿Y si te dieran diez razones que te convencieran de la toxicidad de sus efectos? En este libro Jaron Lanier, el hombre que acuñó el término "realidad virtual" y uno de los padres fundadores de la web 2.0, nos explica con una contundencia abrumadora cómo las redes sociales están convirtiéndonos en personas rencorosas, tristes, asustadizas, poco empáticas, aisladas y triviales. Todo ello debido a la tendencia de las redes a sacar lo peor de nosotros, a convertir la política en algo terrorífico, a engañarnos con ilusiones de popularidad y éxito, a cambiar nuestra relación con la verdad, a desconectarnos de la gente, aunque estemos más conectados que nunca, y a coartar nuestra libertad con implacables anuncios especialmente dirigidos. Si quieres una vida más feliz, un mundo más justo y pacífico, o simplemente la oportunidad de pensar por ti mismo sin ser monitoreado e influenciado por las corporaciones más ricas de la historia, lo mejor que puedes hacer es cancelar tus cuentas. Ahora. Reseñas: «Jaron Lanier es un genio.» Sunday Times «Mezcla sabiduría profética con una simple practicidad. Lectura esencial.» The New York Times «El título lo dice todo... Lanier aboga por desanclarse de las redes sociales, que fomentan la adicción y la anomia y en general nos hacen sentir peor y más temerosos el uno del otro y del mundo. El experimento podría ser útil, aunque oscurecerá los corazones de los señores oscuros, un argumento ganador por sí mismo.» Kirkus Reviews


Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
Publisher: B DE BOOKS
ISBN: 8466645772
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
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En esta obra, Levitt y Dubner demuestran, a través de ejemplos y una sarcástica perspicacia, que la economía representa el estudio de los incentivos. ¿Qué resulta más peligroso: una pistola o una piscina? ¿Qué tienen en común un maestro de escuela y un luchador de sumo? ¿Por qué continúan los traficantes de drogas viviendo con sus madres? ¿En qué se parecen el Ku Kux Klan a los agentes inmobiliarios? Quizás éstas no sean las típicas preguntas que se formula un experto en economía, pero Steven D. Levitt y Stephen J. Dubner no son unos economistas muy típicos. Se trata de especialistas que estudian la esencia y los enigmas de la vida cotidiana y cuyas conclusiones, con frecuencia, ponen patas arriba la sabiduría convencional. A través de ejemplos prácticos y de una sarcástica perspicacia, Levitt y Dubner demuestran que la economía, en el fondo, representa el estudio de los incentivos: el modo en que las personas obtienen lo que desean, o necesitan, especialmente cuando otras personas desean o necesitan lo mismo.