This weeks links (2013-02-04)

In brief:

* Submarine Cable Map 2013 [Telegeography]
– If you have ever wondered why we have the “Pacific Bottleneck” with data entering and leaving Australia, this map makes it pretty obvious.

* Why should academics embrace digital tools? @cemathieson talks about her experiences (2012-Jul-20) []

* Raspberry Pi Model A launches for $US25 (2013-Feb-05) [PC & Tech Authority]

* Book picks from Mark, Jane (9), and Sarina (15) (2013-Feb-03) [BoingBoing]

* 11 Eye-Opening Highlights From a Creationist Science Textbook (2012-Jan-09) [11 Points]

* Dragon Age: The Joy of 3d6 (2013-Feb-03) [EmbraDM]

Some reading/listening:

* Illusions (2013-Feb-03) [Selected Shorts]
Guest host Guest host Neil Gaiman two tales of illusion. In “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, the protagonist buys a gimmicky product from a door-to-door salesman that changes his life—or does it? The reader is Paul Hecht. In the classic by English writer “Saki,” a teenager turns “The Open Window,” into her own personal horror story. The reader is Tandy Cronyn. #SelectedShorts

* Cory Doctrow’s latest Novel Homeland released 2013-Feb-05, this is the sequel to Little Brother

Cory Doctrow - Homeland Cory Doctrow – Homeland (Little Brother, #2)
In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.
A few years later, California’s economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his onetime girlfriend Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.
Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.
Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.

Homeland (Excerpt) [Tor]

– Cory Doctorow reading from Homeland []

Something from Bandcamp:

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