Helped make a mind shift about hanging onto things for various reasons and being able to let unread books go! If I really want them later, I'll eitherHelped make a mind shift about hanging onto things for various reasons and being able to let unread books go! If I really want them later, I'll either find them or something fresher, that fits me a little better. I do not need to keep expired food or old books I wasn't even excited enough to read when they were shiny and new. I do not need clothes that make me feel uncomfortable or never get worn for other reasons. I can make room in my life to enjoy my life! And room for things that I actually enjoy, for whatever reason.
My review was first delayed because I was waiting for my sister to unwrap it as a gift. Apparently on the plane there, Mom read a chunk of it too. I stayed home and spent several (holiday) days paring down my possessions. Papers (a mountain of papers), books from my storage unit, some clothes, the fridge, the pantry. I took three big bags of stuff to give away and filled half the trash and recycle (huge wheeled bins) before the weekend was out. Then Mom came home and started sorting through the rest of the kitchen.
This was much more helpful than many other things I've read or listened to. I sneered at a podcast as I tidied that recommended a lazy Susan for accessing things in the back. ...more
Gory but fascinating description of what happens to the skin of a burn victim as it heals and refuses to stretch.
Best thing I learned: shorthand ruleGory but fascinating description of what happens to the skin of a burn victim as it heals and refuses to stretch.
Best thing I learned: shorthand rule of patient's age + % burn = likelihood of fatality: I couldn't survive a burn over 68% of my body. If I did, you'd just be waiting for me to die. Good description of 2nd vs 3rd degree burns. That all happens right in the first few pages I guess.
This guy is described as an "angel of death" sometimes but the book gives enough insight to see that it was more of a power trip, a game, than a desire to end suffering.
Interesting stuff about how fixated he got on certain women, calling repeatedly, driving there, breaking in. Liked the reveal with Amy's theory about how he managed to get his hands on all the digoxin.
Starts off pretty fascinating, followed by a LOT of recorded conversations that are read verbatim which is kind of a snooze, and as someone else mentioned the book "ends" out of nowhere, but then there's an epilogue that stretches on for a lot longer.
The dude who reads the audiobook pronounces some things weird that I know how to pronounce (Cullen shouldn't sound like Colon? Can't even remember how he said Carrabbas, just that it was wrong) which always makes me suspicious that they're pronouncing technical terms wrong too....more
This turned out to be cross-reading for me. It was more dry/scholarly than I expected, lots of numbers. I know economics has a tendency to aim for theThis turned out to be cross-reading for me. It was more dry/scholarly than I expected, lots of numbers. I know economics has a tendency to aim for the dispassionate, but then I picked up on a lot of bias; I don't think you could say it was brutal honesty. The author's perspective emphasized a lot of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" / "teach a man to fish" rhetoric, and criticized a lot of social programs and developmental aid without the intention of suggesting a better alternative.
Also apparently we're not running out of natural resources because people 200 years ago didn't even know about / value petroleum oil/gas and we'll probably just find something else that there's a ton of that we haven't even used yet. Someone once colonized an island that had huge tin deposits the natives weren't using! People who complain about exploitation don't realize that most colonizers didn't make a lot of money! and other apologist gems, hidden between some very good points about human capital and the value of an education.
Not much about Black/White race relations, mostly assimilation of Japanese vs. Germans vs. Jews vs. Italians vs. Irish vs. Chinese.
Oh also the audio reader is hard to hear clearly and pronounced a bunch of words wrong.
The stats referenced also seemed fairly stale. How old is this book? Oh, released 08/30/1985. ...more
1. lots of things I didn't know / was too young, plus more perspective on things I was vaguely aware of. Good modern military survey to present day. 21. lots of things I didn't know / was too young, plus more perspective on things I was vaguely aware of. Good modern military survey to present day. 2. lol Reagan: pathological or irresponsible due to dementia or both? 3. military contractors buying underage sex slaves in Bosnia FOR REAL? wtf 4. unsustainability of military industrial complex 5. interesting follow up to Hitchens's "Hitch-22" perspective on going to war against Saddam, also the bit gleaned from Kristoff's "Women hold up half the sky" (story of girl hurried into arranged marriage rather than fall prey to the dictator). 6. lots about how the founding fathers did not intend for us to have a standing military 7. irresponsible clumsy dropping of nukes all over the place 8. wtf, government, wtf...more
I would not want to be friends with her. I'm not even sure why I'm forcing myself to finish this book which I patiently waited for from the library foI would not want to be friends with her. I'm not even sure why I'm forcing myself to finish this book which I patiently waited for from the library for a year. It sucks.
She's exhausting, I'm sure she's an extrovert. Her idea of friendship is not like mine. It's kind of painful to read. I'm so happy I started playing roller derby so I don't have these kind of problems anymore.
Update. I seriously suspect she has aspergers. For someone who places such value on wit and biting senses of humor, I cringe at how long it takes her to catch on to things and the awkwardness of her social interactions....more
Probably a lot of things to think about actively changing in your work life if you're not doing them already, rather than just tryiLess than an hour.
Probably a lot of things to think about actively changing in your work life if you're not doing them already, rather than just trying to make it sound like you're perfect and then pulling a bait-and-switch....more