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Pete Millspaugh

01/29/2024, 9:42 PM
Hello! Would anyone be interested in an FoC book club? Here's what I'm thinking for structure (but very open to suggestions): • What: Read and discuss books about the history and future of programming, e.g. _The Dream Machine_, _A Small Matter of Programming_ • When: One hour meeting every other month on Zoom to discuss one book. Time TBD (timezones could be hard) • How: Anyone can nominate a book. Vote via Slack poll in #reading-together (or perhaps a new, dedicated channel)
I'm thinking if we have 10-15+ thumbs up on this message that's a critical mass. Could also nominate essays in addition to books!
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Stephen De Gabrielle

01/30/2024, 6:31 PM
What a great idea. I need to read Nardi.
I can’t find the poll?
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Pete Millspaugh

01/30/2024, 8:40 PM
Glad you're interested! I didn't make a poll yet—I wanted to gauge interest first then we can make a channel, start a nominations thread, open a poll, etc. I'm thinking we give it a week or so for folks to check Slack then get rolling if there's enough interest.
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Stephen De Gabrielle

01/30/2024, 9:52 PM
Human-Machine Reconfigurations by Suchman
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Jasmine Otto

01/31/2024, 8:03 PM
This sounds awesome! Excited for this reading list
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Stephen De Gabrielle

02/05/2024, 1:10 AM
I’m pretty sad that I don’t think that critical mass of 👍 will arrive. Why not do it anyway? I’m going to read Nardi’s HMC
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Pete Millspaugh

02/06/2024, 12:48 PM
Maybe half a dozen of us is enough for a one-off book club to start, then we can go from there... @Stephen De Gabrielle @Jasmine Otto @Jimmy Miller @Alex McLean @Jos Yule — what do you all think?
I’m going to read Nardi’s HMC
HMC?
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Jos Yule

02/06/2024, 2:09 PM
I just finished The Mountain in the Sea, so i've got a reading-opening 🙂
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Jimmy Miller

02/06/2024, 2:50 PM
Yeah I think that’s plenty. I’m all for it.
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Stephen De Gabrielle

02/06/2024, 3:32 PM
Human-Machine Reconfigurations by Suchman
But I would prefer to start with _A Small Matter of Programming_ suggested in the top post
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Pete Millspaugh

02/07/2024, 1:17 PM
Awesome, let's do it! Should we create a dedicated channel for the book club or just use #reading-together? I'm happy to handle the organizer work of creating polls etc. but defer to others on Slack etiquette since I'm pretty new to FoC. Edit: this sounds like a question for #administrivia, so I asked there.
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Stephen De Gabrielle

02/07/2024, 1:38 PM
Just do it here. It’s pretty quiet. 1 thread per chapter
Oops I was tired. I meant in #reading-together 1 thread per chapter
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Guyren Howe

02/11/2024, 8:08 AM
Foc?
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Pete Millspaugh

02/11/2024, 2:15 PM
Future of Coding, sorry!
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