Books

Books I want to read

  • Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
    Description: Short inspiring book about sharing your work online. Really healthy perspective. Makes me want to do it much more.
  • Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling and Mike Taber
    Description: Great how-to guide about being a micropreneur: an entrepreneur running many small but profitable businesses.
  • Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug.
    Description: A highly recommended book on how to design websites for easy usability.
  • Netocracy: the new power elite and life after capitalism by Alexander Bard
    Description: A book that hypothesises on what comes after capitalism in an internet-dominated world. The idea is that those who can use big data and harness the new, vast networks we have available, will be the ones who become the new “elite”.
  • Cambridge Book of Expertise, by K. Anders Ericsson, Neil Charness, Paul J. Feltovich, Robert R. Hoffman
    Description: In 15 major domains of expertise, the leading researchers summarize our knowledge on the structure and acquisition of expert skill and knowledge and discuss future prospects. General issues that cut across most domains are reviewed in chapters on various aspects of expertise such as general and practical intelligence, differences in brain activity, self-regulated learning, deliberate practice, aging, knowledge management, and creativity.
  • Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication – By Kara Alaimo
    Description: how to practice public relations and strategic communication around the globe. Interviews with 30 PR professionals and details on how to adapt your message to different cultures around the globe.

Books I’ve read

  • Flowers for Algernon – by Daniel Keyes
    Review: fiction book written from a first-person perspective, about a mentally retarded individual who, through a medical procedure, transitions to a super genius. Instructions for reading: try not to cry; cry a lot.
  • Never split the difference by Chris Voss
    Review: A very practical and heavily tested book on negotiation, written by an FBI hostage negotiator with years of experience. I re-read this book as often as I can, because it has sooo many great tips on negotiation and effective communication. 10/10, one of my favorite books.
  • Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Tale by Patrick Rothfuss
    Review: the only two books I’ve read in the last few years that really scratch the itch for quality fantasy fiction. Extremely fun reads with great world scope and magic system.
  • Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos
    Review: I read this book hoping for a lot of technical detail about managing a highly innovative and secretive technological organization. While the book was far less technical than I hoped, it was also much more fun and inspiring to read than expected. There are some truly mind-boggling, real-life stories from the cold war era of flight and espionage.
  •  Cain by José Saramago
    Review: highly blasphemous and fictitious book about Cain, who wanders as a time traveler, stumbling through various other Bible stories. Cain is the protagonist and is constantly trying to help other characters pick up the pieces of God’s blundering. Probably not for children.
  • Asteroid Mining 101 by Dr. John S. Lewis
    Review: this book is the first book that truly got me hooked on space exploration, technology, and the real possibilities that await us off-planet. The book is cram packed full of hard science and facts about the logistics of Asteroid Mining. Also shows how mining Asteroid resources can provide a solution to overpopulation and resource scarcity. Really, really loved this book.

Wishlist

An ever-growing list of everything I want to buy or have already purchased. 

  • Top of my list is an electric skateboard, and so far I’m not sure anyone can beat the Boosted Board.
  • I’m extremely interested in both eccentric furniture and meditation, and fully intend to have several of these chairs someday.
  • I’m not really sure if I want this exact product, but in general, the idea of glasses with software and HUD integrated is high on my list of “things I will buy one day”. Since I’m blind as a bat, I’ll always need glasses – may as well make them extra useful.
  • Barefoot style footwear (sometimes called zero drop shoes,) is the only footwear I wear. While Feiyue shoes are my “go to”, someday I hope to afford these fancy leather barefoot style shoes.
  • DeLoreans are just classy. Will I ever buy one? No. But I will watch this video 500 times.
  • I don’t have a good link, but in the interest of reminding myself about this later, I want a Japanese style tabletop grill.
  • I’ve wanted to purchase a weighted blanket for a while now. Sounds fab, especially for winter time!
  • An acquaintance of mine became a very successful freelancer and launched this online course sharing what he learned. Leaving this on the back-burner to purchase in the future.

Things I’ve already bought:

  • I purchased a pair of these Fjällräven Vidda Pro pants for my trip to Iceland. I haven’t given them extensive wear yet, but I wore them the full 10 days I was in Iceland and so far am immensely satisfied with them.
  • I’ve been wearing these Sherpa Adventure hats for a couple years now, and they are hands down my favorite winter hat.
  • As a frequent traveler, my Tortuga backpack has been a lifesaver. 10/10 would recommend.
  • While it’s sometimes difficult to find a link, Feiyue martial arts shoes are my go-to shoe. There are a couple of off-brands, but for best results look for the shoes with the red circle on the sole, as opposed to the green triangle. There’s also a website, but those are extremely overpriced – typically you shouldn’t be paying more than $40USD for a pair (including shipping).