Posts tagged 'Books'

Science Fiction to Fantasy

science fiction is something that could happen - but usually you wouldn't want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn't happen - though often you only wish that it could.

Arthur C. Clarke

By the above definition, many works would have been classed as science fiction when they were published ...

Thanks to Randolph Lalonde

Randolph Lalonde is a self published author who has written my current favourite sci-fi series Spinward Fringe. Yesterday he posted that he has now had more than 1 million downloads and is celebrating this achievement and 10 years of self publishing with a sale on all his books.

I have ...

Thoughts on Antifragile

I have finished reading Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and my main feelings about it are those of frustration.

On the whole I did not like the book. I think I mostly agree with the author, but his style is so off putting that I can't see myself recommending ...

Reading Gymnastics

I am currently reading a book and I suspect that my politics completely disagree with that of the author's. The author makes many remarks that I feel are pretty and unnecessary, but bluntly criticise some group of people.

I am fairly sure that there are some useful things that ...

Thoughts on The Blue Zones

I have just finished reading 'The Blue Zones' by Dan Buettner. The concept behind the blue zones is that there are certain areas around the world where people live much longer than normal. These areas have significantly higher numbers of people living into their 90s or over 100. Not only ...

Habits and Food

I am previously read The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do and how to change by Charles Duhigg back in October. I had a thought while reading it but didn't write it down until now.

Background

The book discusses changing peoples eating habits and in particular ...

Algorithms to Live By: Scheduling and Thrashing

As I said yesterday, I am currently reading Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions Book by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths and in particular the section on scheduling.

The thing is am finding really interesting about this section is that it helps explain why I find ...

Algorithms to Live By: No Yaks

I am currently reading

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions Book by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths and in particular the section on scheduling.

There is more I want to say on the subject but I want to wait until I have finished the book and ...

Habits and AI

I am currently reading The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do and how to change by Charles Duhigg. One of the things the book describes is the habit loop: a cue, a routine, and a reward. The cue triggers a part of the brain to take over ...

Recap: The Checklist Manifesto

Last night I finish reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I remember hearing about the book when it first came out but have only just now got around to reading it. The book is about 75% explanation about how awsome checklists are in various fields such as aviation, medicin ...

In Less Praise of.. Books

While I had considered writing a post on this theme, I had not intended to write it so soon after yesterday's post. What has made me change my mind is a post by Daniel Miessler stating:

If you aren’t reading at least one good book a quarter, you ...