There’s a topic I’m tentatively calling “Stand for Something”. It’s about the weakening of “filtering and alignment” capabilities in modern society.
Beautiful Trouble updated their toolkit.
With the new toolkit you can slice and dice depending on what you are considering, and also create pdfs from your favorites.
This is a nice online companion to the deck of cards.
🎲 Great writeup of my favorite game system(s): Burning Wheel 🔥☸️
James Clear came to our all-hands meeting today and presented the story and takeaways from Atomic Habits. 👍
📚 Finished Reading Give and Take by Adam Grant ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I am skeptical of “put people in categories” books, due to all the evidence we have that things like this are not hard & fast categories. This book still had important wisdom to share.
🎶 just learned about Zeal and Ardor, from Manuel Gagneux, an artist who used to make chamber pop music and now creates experimental metal versions of spirituals.
📚Book notes from Signs of Life by Stephanie Lobdell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(note: trying out a new book review configuration in my experimental digital garden. Feedback encouraged!)
Ok, now that both my fiction and nonfiction 📚 reviews are up, here are the 30 recommended books that are available in bookshop
Happy reading, and I’m looking forward to your recommendations!
Resilient 📚 Review: I Am Not Your Enemy by Michael T. McRay
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Highly Recommended
📚 Finished Reading: How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
Recommended. A rare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book for me!
Informative and delightfully amusing on almost every page.
🎧 Klank - Still Suffering is still one of my favorite 90s industrial(ish) albums.
I’ve seen a lot of Borscht recipes (from my Mennonite peoples) but this is the first one I’ve been excited about: https://honest-food.net/ukrainian-borscht-recipe/
📚 The Time-Block Plannner by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Newport’s method is not new, but the planner summarizes it well and provides a good structure for executing it.
The physical product is less fit for purpose (page size, binding, paper), so practicing here and moving elsewhere.
📚 Now Reading: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.
This is unfortunately not a sequel to Warbreaker, but will hopefully be good anyway.
📚 Now Reading: Regenerative Agriculture by Richard Perkins
📚 Finished Reading: The Shadows by Alex North. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended.
Horror-Thriller with a dreaming angle. I only had the loan for 7 days, and read it quickly in 2.
I first heard Sanctum during Cornerstone Music Festival. They’re a Swedish electro/industrial/experimental group.
I listen to a lot of eclectic music, but theirs is still one of the most strangely-beautiful I’ve ever heard.
Recommend starting with Clarify or Lupus in Fabula
📚 Now Reading: I Am Not Your Enemy
📚 finished reading: The Vanishing Half
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Recommended
Really enjoyed this episode of The Long Now with Eric Ries, dealing with long-term thinking re: markets. (Note: this is from February and I don’t know the current state of LTSE) 🎙
Added How to Invent Everything to my #Resilient booklist. 📚 I love this book so much. Informative and hilarious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.
Finished Reading 📚 Caliban’s War ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another great one from James Clear
Another repeated theme from Battle for Spain: people tend to simplify conflict to just about left/right, but the conflicts were on other axes as well: up/down (authoritarian/libertarian) and centralist/decentralist. #NorthernFires
I’m reading Battle for Spain as part of #NorthernFires and what is old is new, again. I’m not far in and so much of history is repeating itself.
Started 📚 Children of Blood and Bone and it is off to a great start.
Finished Reading 📚: Delayed Gratification Issue 37 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Finished Reading 📚 (yesterday) Gideon the Ninth
Interesting due to new perspectives and being many types of books all at once. But yes, it’s big horror at its core.
Ta-Nehisi Coates was on my favorite podcast 🎙 and it was great. Have a listen
📚 Re-reading: Grave Peril
📚 Now reading: Delayed Gratification issue 37
hey, remember when I said Flobots - Quarantine was my song for the quarantine?. Well, they just made an experimental mix with fresh and poignant lyrics 🎶
At this point, I should probably just make a playlist out of all the songs in my catalog that contain clips from Mario Savo’s bodies upon the gears speech. 🎶 Almost every one is a phenomenal track.
This is one of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever heard 🎙. I took many notes and will be organizing them to produce a writeup at Resilient.
My chosen quarantine song is Flobot’s quarantine. 🎶
Doing pretty well on my 2020 reading goal. Read any of these and want to discuss?
📚 Finished Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I started Cal Newport’s 📚 Deep Work and it has me pondering something.
As expected (since I really enjoyed Digital Minimalism), though I have just started, I am appreciating the book. However, his early focus on productivity is concerning to me. Often, we think of productivity as the One True Measurement ™ of success, and I’m not sure that’s right.
While effectiveness (towards whatever goal(s) you set) is important, it leaves out factors such as quality, value, repeatability, learning, etc. You could argue that we should build those into the measurements of productivity, but I’d argue we often don’t.
Perhaps my disagreement is due to me being philosophically less of a consequentialist and more of a deontologist or virtue ethicist. In my way of thinking, it’s better to do right with less immediate output than to crank out good output that may be short-sighted.
What about you?
edited to add: Cal addresses this a somewhat when he gets into “busyness” being a (bad) proxy for “productivity”.
Software Assurance Maturity Model v2 is live! #appsec #OWASP #SAMM #OpenSAMM
📚 Finished The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if we took similar events to Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves but started the story earlier in history, and gave more attention to humanity? This is that book, and it’s really good.
Recently finished 📚 Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended for complex vertical/psychological development. Good companion to The Map by Keith M. Eigel & Karl W. Kuhnert. Immunity is more promotional but also has more how-to guidance.
I liked Malcolm Gladwell’s 📚 Talking to Strangers, but I liked this podcast of him talking about the topic even better. He was more cutting, witty, etc. Great dynamic between Ezra and Malcolm on the show.
📚 Finished A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mostly an incredible conclusion to the story. Suffered from inconsistent portrayal of Egwene and Gawyn that went contrary to their character arcs. Rand parts also a little hokey with Mormon stuff.
Checking out the preview from the new Igorrr album. First track and we already have breakbeats, metal, funk, etc. all in one song. Love his creativity. 🎵
“The kingdom of heaven is in a basement”
Parables of the Kingdom: a poem from Isaiah Lewis from Mercy Community Church it Atlanta, Georgia.
I’m a day late, but here’s this year’s results for Public Domain Day! 📚 #AbolishIP
📚 Finished The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, the other day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can see why folks like Egwene, now!
With all the data Google collects, they still don’t do year/decade stats for you. Steven Tursi has created a process and script so you can get the Spotify Yearly Review for your Google Music 🎵 listens. Cool!
August Burns Red makes my favorite offbeat Christmas music. Sleddin’ Hill was really good. Here’s the more recent Winter Wilderness EP.
📚 Finished Power of Now by Echkhart Tolle. ⭐️⭐️
I received my Trilemma Adventures Compendium 1 book, and it’s the coolest physical RPG book I’ve ever seen. Great format, color, layout, lay flat, appendices, maps…you name it.
Awesome new shirt & bag for sustaining members of Waging Nonviolence, along with the description behind each icon.
📚 Finished Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I wish it had included discussion guides/questions like the first book!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finished Reading 📚 How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
If you follow me on Goodreads, you may be inundated, today. I will be adding many to my list because NPR’s 2019 version of Book Concierge is out! I enjoy going through the “Eye-opening Reads” list.
From an RPG with niece and nephew. A Risus-based TF2-inspired build-as-you-go game where the agents had to shut down a Mann Co robot factory.
Edit: full writeup now here
I added a new resource to my Security Thinking for Big Data reference. “A Practical Way to Include an Ethics Review in Your Development Processes” from Laminar Group.
Finished 📚 How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The latest Links for Resilience newsletter is out, featuring stories on Security, Sustainability, Society, and Self.
📚 Recommended: How Long ‘Ti’l Black Future Month N.K. Jemisin.
Finished 📚: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Highly recommended. I haven’t rated a book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ in a long time! (There’s only 14 such books)
I’m back from #GenCon19, so I released a podcast about Games! Available now for subscribers of Resilient.
I started a “stress note” in my Notes app where I keep a list of whatever I’m anxious about. Anytime I add something new I reread my past worries and if they no longer matter (which is usually the case), instead of deleting them I apply the strikethrough style. There is something very calming and self-affirming in doing this, and as the list grows I actually find it very beautiful to look at.
from Cool Tools
Have any of you already played Bloc by Bloc?
It’s often frustrating to try to figure out the direct flight options from a city. Not anymore. Flights From
As I read this post about “Calm Technology”, an annoying subscribe popup happened right as I got to the “annoying notifications” spot on the chart. There’s also an obnoxious banner running through the whole article. Unacceptable. Change has to start with oneself.
I had some folks ask for more details about my Digital Declutter experiment. That podcast episode is now up for subscribers of Resilient. #resilient
Short film: Multiverse
Hobonichi finally announces non-dated notebook!
🔗 Links for Resilience #2. Reading for security, society, sustainability, and self.
for Resilient, I interviewed Curtis Brazzell for his Kickstarter project “M is for Malware”. Check it out!
My latest Resilient newsletter is out: Links for Resilience, where I share articles, quotes, and comments about security, society, and self.
Collection of short films to commemorate the Alien 40th anniversary.
“If I were wrong, what would I see?”
Great question from Margaret Heffernan on the Knowledge Project.
I also like the distinction between “power as orchestration” and “power as domination”. Lots of good items on this episode.
This episode of the Knowledge Project has even more great parenting and development insights than the last one I shared.
Excellent episode of the Knowledge Project: Peaceful Parenting. I’m not a parent and I still got a ton out of it.
Start with Why micro notes/review
“Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.”
I don’t mind stealing bread
from the mouths of decadence.
But I can’t feed on the powerless
when my cup’s already overfilled.
Clever idea for a fountain pen the cap is scale ruler. #Kickstarter 🖋
Reminder: don’t eat at Patachou restaurants. First, we had the frivolous lawsuit against Crust, now we have this Grade A bullshit from Patachou.
This essay from LeGuin helps explain why her 📚 are so great: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Here’s my pick for the Books & Brews mug club