Mozart’s Starling

I just listened to the audio book of Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. This book made me fall in love with one of the most hated but ubiquitous birds in the world. I also have more of an appreciation for Mozart now. These birds are smart, playful, curious, talkative, observant, and mischievous. Apparently, so…

My Life Principles (and 2015 goals)

What I Choose to Value: Other people – I want to be an Active Listener to value others Quality – I want to enjoy Good Things Knowledge/Experience – I want to be an avid Reader Organization – I want to maintain order in my surroundings along with a hint of chaos (to encourage creativity) Curiosity –…

Antifragile

I finally finished the book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is a very deep, technical book that only increases my intense respect for the intellect and thought processes of this author. My understanding has grown of how in modern society we tend to move more and more toward policies…

Dataclysm

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder covered so many psychological topics, I do not think I will be able to do it justice in my quick discussion of it here. Mr Rudder approaches the individual through viewing the population from which the individual is a part of. This…

Chess and life

I read this a while back, and just thought I would look it up to see who really said it. Here is a favorite quote of mine, from Gautam Narula: If chess is anything, it is a game of second chances. Chess, like life, rewards perseverance. I’ve turned countless losses into draws and wins because my…

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants…

Malcolm Gladwell continues to astound me as an author. The number of best sellers he writes speaks for itself. This book continues his trends, and for good reason. This book tells of our common inability to measure up situations as they really are. He makes the reader learn to think differently towards challenges and obstacles often…

The Black Swan

This book was amazing. It has heavily influenced the way I look at life and the world. I wish I understood Taleb’s points better and could better explain them to others. Recently, I have found the concept of randomness and randomness in our daily lives simply fascinating. I cannot seem to get enough of it,…

always have a story…

The other day, I read an online article about what makes people interesting (unfortunately, I cannot find this article now that I want to quote it). Every person has something interesting to share. I find myself captivated, at times, in the process of encouraging others to discuss with me their interesting experiences. This listening takes…

Rock, Paper, Scissors – Game Theory in Everyday Life

From the book: Rock, Paper, Scissors – Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher Stay if you win, shift if you lose Bring an extra player in Set up some sort of reciprocity Restrict your own future options so you lose out if you defect on cooperation Offer trust Create a situation where neither…