Ben Crowder /blog


Recent reads:

Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport. My favorite parts were the bits on solitude and on analog hobbies and strenuous leisure.

The Revenge of Analog, by David Sax. After reading this, I was ready to shrug off all my digital hobbies and go full analog. Still working on finding the right balance.

Range, by David Epstein. I’m cheating a little by including this since I’m still in the middle of it, but it’s good and right up my alley. The part about premodern villagers being incapable of abstract thought was fascinating.

The World as It Is, by Ben Rhodes. I didn’t vote for Obama, but now I wish I had. A good on-the-ground look at those eight years.

Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson. Whew.

12 Strong, by Doug Stanton. Also whew.

The Tiger, by John Vaillant. The hunt for a man-eating tiger in eastern Russia. Eye-opening.

Scanbook 0.1.0

Scanbook is a Python script I wrote to take page image scans and turn them into a nice black-and-white PDF for reading on my phone. I used to use Scanner Pro for this, but I’d rather do the processing on my laptop, and Scanbook happens to produce smaller PDFs. I’ve used it to scan a dozen or so of my journals; it works well enough for me.

This is, by the way, my first time publishing anything on PyPI. (Which means people can install Scanbook with a simple pip install scanbook.)