Category Archives: Tips

This week’s selected media, June 16, 2024: In My Time of Dying and The Law

on June 16, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: In my time of dying: How I Came Face to Face with the Idea of an Afterlife, by podcast guest Sebastian Junger: Sebastian and I have met a few times in Manhattan and become friends. His book Tribe influenced my book tremendously, in fact I read it the morning I unplugged everything in my apartment, beginning living off the grid in Manhattan. I was predisposed to[…] Keep reading →

This Week’s Selected Media, Jun 9, 2024: When Breath Becomes Air and Scientific Advertising

on June 9, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This book sold huge and I’ve seen it for years. I kept comparing it to Ikiru the movie by Kurasawa and Death of Ivan Illyich the novella by Tolstoy. They’re all works on evaluating and reevaluating life, how to live it, and what we value when confronted with mortality. Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl too. People may look[…] Keep reading →

This Week’s Selected Media, June 2, 2024: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, History of the Constitution

on June 2, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson: I didn’t know how popular this book was when I read it. Now I see it was on the New York Times bestseller list over a year and has over 30,000 reviews on Amazon. I think of science as something you do involving nature. You can experiment, work with equations, or other active things, but I[…] Keep reading →

This Week’s Selected Media, May 26, 2024: Animal Liberation Now and Turning Pages

on May 26, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: Animal Liberation Now!, by Peter Singer: Since I last ate meat in 1990 and any dairy or other animal products about ten years ago (I don’t remember when), I can’t remember first reading this book, but this new version is well updated. Now I’ve met Peter, spoken a few times, and read The Life You Can Save. I love how readable his writing is (also his[…] Keep reading →

This week’s selected media, May 19, 2024: The Power of Habit, Conservatism

on May 19, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg: Approaching a quarter-million burpees without missing a day in over a decade, among other habits, I always enjoy reading about habits. This book is engaging. Duhigg tells stories, presents science, and builds engagement over the course of the book well. I still haven’t found someone who treats how not[…] Keep reading →

This Week’s Selected Media, May 12, 2024: Cadillac Desert: The American West And Its Disappearing Water, Building a Storybrand

on May 12, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: Cadillac Desert: The American West And Its Disappearing Water, by Marc Reisner: A powerful book about how Manifest Destiny manifested in the American west. Diverting rivers and depleting aquifers created some of the biggest bureaucracies and, as the book puts it, the biggest socialist projects for people claiming to loathe socialism. From this 2011 review from the Environmental Law Institute: “The year before Reisner’s untimely death[…] Keep reading →

Legumes that don’t need cooking

on May 7, 2024 in Tips

You know several legumes that don’t need cooking, like string beans, garden peas, snap peas, peanuts, and snow peas. The bulk section of my coop also sells chickpea flour, which I believe is just ground uncooked chickpeas. At least I’ve put raw chick peas in a blender and gotten chickpea flour out of it, though not as fine as the store sells, and blending them is loud. I tried blending[…] Keep reading →

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