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 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 […]
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.
So I’m nearly done committing my software changes using the normally amazing TortoiseSVN. I’m about 200 words into this tome, documenting all the arcane bits of changes that I feel will aid the future Rob and other devs understand why I did what I did. And what should I do at that ill-timed moment? I […]
What I’m reading a lot on social media is a very determined effort to falsely equivocate either Obama or Hillary Clinton with Trump (whether their characters, their campaigns, or their future presidencies). In my view, this is particularly disingenuous. To put Obama’s presence and stature or Clinton’s experience and dignity up against Trump’s impulsiveness […]
In honor of this new Star Wars movie I keep hearing about, I thought I’d dig up some photos from my past, when I was braver and perhaps even nerdier in my love of Star Wars. Here is my costume from 1999…