Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m so enamored with Alfie’s work. It’s validating to hear researchers coming to progressive conclusions about child-rearing. But what struck me the most about this book was how practical and actionable the advice was, how […]
First things first: I’m a recent convert to Windows. There, I said it. Even I can’t believe it.
This is truly a staggering work. It was a tower of details, geopolitical intrigue, espionage, statecraft, deception, and of course corruption. Not having lived through this period in history, I think my biggest takeaway is that everything I’d come to accept as “culturally” true about the Nixon era is every bit warranted. In other words, […]
Netflix has really gone all-in this Halloween. They’ve produced tons of original content for the holiday. But over on reddit, they sponsored an interesting little campaign. They asked for users to tell their childhood nightmare stories and an artist would volunteer to illustrate the dream. I submitted mine, but I think it was just a […]
The volume knob in my wife’s Toyota Highlander behaved weirdly. As you turned it up or down, the volume setting would jump up or down, sometimes in the wrong direction and by an unpredictable amount. It didn’t give a linear output as you would expect. What to do? Why, take it apart of course!
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really loved this book. Collins helped me wrestle with the very real possibility of “a third way” to be a spiritual being and yet also fully endorsing of material science. The false dichotomies in […]
Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory A. Boyd My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was incredibly helpful to me during my faith deconstruction, long before I even had the language to call it that. What struck me the most about it was its compassion. Boyd has this rigor in his delivery somehow without […]
Life After God by Douglas Coupland My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have an embarrassing number of highlights, underlines, and margin notes in this book. I’m a picky person with picky tastes, and yet this is one of those few books that just resonated with me deeply. It’s format is unique, which I think […]
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a pretty great debut novel. I’m so impressed with Flynn’s sharp wit. She has this acerbic dissection of everyday relationships that is both hard to read, yet difficult to quit. As soon as I read Gone Girl, I was hooked on her […]
I sometimes can be mistaken for a curmudgeon. Perhaps it comes with age. Perhaps it’s my field which breeds overly particular engineers obsessing about better ways of doing things.