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The New Yorker: “I’ve only been gluten-free for a week, but I’m already really annoying.”

25-Apr-14

Reactions to Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

20-Apr-14

Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel Emanuel My rating: 4 of 5 stars Zeke Emanuel’s book on the American health care system and the Affordable Care Act can be a bit of a bumpy ride, but […]

Reactions to The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

27-Mar-14

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz My rating: 4 of 5 stars Absolutely superb and unique book for its target reader – the founding CEO of a software company. Real, practical guidance that no one else has covered in a business book. Becomes […]

Reactions to “Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution” by Fred Vogelstein

25-Dec-13

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein My rating: 3 of 5 stars Vogelstein superbly reports the behind-the-scenes stories of the geneses of Android and the iPhone. But he goes off the rails with an overlong coda contemplating a looming industry convergence of media and technology. So […]

Reactions to “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor

15-Nov-13

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’m a fan of the positive psychology movement when applied to the real world. It makes intuitive sense to me that it’s more effective to tackle problems with a positive […]

Notes on a Road Trip: July 2013

05-Sep-13

On July 4, 2013, I backed out of my driveway in Pacifica CA. Very shortly after that I started driving forward. I next pulled back into that driveway on July 26, having happily seen dozens of friends and as many roadside attractions in seventeen US states. Throughout the trip I took some photos and posted […]