So in reality, The 4-Hour Workweek is lifestyle porn for me. Tim Ferriss discusses real, practical strategies for cutting loose from the traditional wSo in reality, The 4-Hour Workweek is lifestyle porn for me. Tim Ferriss discusses real, practical strategies for cutting loose from the traditional working world, and living a lifestyle with less work, more time for important things, and the ability to travel the world.
I liked this book quite a bit. I'm not sure how useful most of it will be to me, but it sure makes me dream about what *could* be. "If only I had an idea for a business..."
Mr. Ferriss not only provides philosophical and psychological reasons for getting your employer to let you work at home, but he talks about how to set up your own business that requires minimal interaction and will be able to support you as you live in different countries.
I had only two problems with this book: 1) While Mr. Ferriss rightly disparages working your ass off so you can enjoy your retirement (referring to it as "deferred life"), he does seem to make the assumption that you'll be able to alternate work and "mini-retirements" forever. Frankly, I'm guessing that when I'm 75, I'm not going to be terribly effective at working at all. I'm disappointed by his lack of consideration for care during my waning years. Maybe he's a proponent of ice floes? 2) Tim Ferriss's biggest fan is Tim Ferriss. It was a bit unseemly how often he talked about how great he was. I understand that he's trying to convince us that if he could do it, we could too, but I'm tired of hearing about how he won a tango competition, dined at 5-star restaurants, or practices martial arts. If his personality in real life is anything like he comes across in the book, I suspect that I wouldn't get a word in edgewise if we were hanging out.
Ok, bonus problem: He uses the term "muse" to refer to "an automated vehicle for generating cash without consuming time". Every time he uses it, it's jarring, because I know what the term actually means.
Anyway, those faults aside, this book contained tons of great information for entrepreneurs and people who are looking to cut loose from the daily grind. Lots of great information here. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever had dreams of doing something different with their work life....more
Fascinating world, entertaining story, somewhat simplistic characters and plotting, light on detail. But it's a childrens' book, so you can hardly expFascinating world, entertaining story, somewhat simplistic characters and plotting, light on detail. But it's a childrens' book, so you can hardly expect Pynchon....more
I was pretty disappointed with this book. While I enjoyed the authors previous work, this one seemed a little self-indulgent. Far more fantasy than acI was pretty disappointed with this book. While I enjoyed the author´s previous work, this one seemed a little self-indulgent. Far more fantasy than actual content.
William Dampier is a fascinating character: explorer, buccaneer, amateur scientist. William Dampier's account of his voyage to New Holland not fascinaWilliam Dampier is a fascinating character: explorer, buccaneer, amateur scientist. William Dampier's account of his voyage to New Holland not fascinating. It's mostly filled with the minutiae of daily life as a sailor: depth soundings, currents, weather, and occasional descriptions of the consistency of the seabed. This was probably useful information in the 1700s. Now, not so much.
The book is at its best when Dampier is describing the colonies and daily life of the time, especially in the early part when he's describing Brazil. It is at its worst when he's cataloging all of the various fruits that are to be found on a certain island.
Overall, skip this book and read a biography of Dampier....more
This was a book about travel and superstition in Asia. Sadly, it was also a book about the author's journey of discovery. At his best, Terazani tellsThis was a book about travel and superstition in Asia. Sadly, it was also a book about the author's journey of discovery. At his best, Terazani tells wonderful anecdotes about his dificulties traveling the world in a year without airplanes, and does an excellent job of describing the characters he meets and the landscapes he visits. At his worst, he takes the opportunity to beat us over the head with his amateur philosophy and "thought-provoking" questions.
Especially in the early going, Terazani frequently muses about why he's visiting fortune tellers, whether or not he believes them, and why others believe them. First time: interesting. Fifth time: self-indulgent.
This book fits into a particular "essayist" genre of travel literature, where the author isn't sure if it's a travelogue or a rumination on life. Some may enjoy it when the author tells you directly what he's thinking, but I'd rather skip to the travel, the people, and the stories and draw my own conclusions. Overall the book wasn't a waste of time, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't like that style of travel writing....more
This book is a history of the how European views of world geography evolved in the years leading up to the Renaissance and how geographical knowledgeThis book is a history of the how European views of world geography evolved in the years leading up to the Renaissance and how geographical knowledge fueled (and was fueled in turn) by European exploration of the world.
For me, the most interesting bit was the explanation of the name "America" and Amerigo Vespucci's role. It's a subject that is always glossed over in school. ("America is named after an Italian mapmaker named Amerigo Vespucci" "Why?" "Ummmmm") it's an interesting tale of Spanish-Portuguese rivalry, fabricated personal correspondence "leaked", and some naive and influential map-makers (none of whom were our friend Amerigo).
Interesting for people who like the history of geography, European exploration, or the Renaissance. Others might be bored by the panoply of old maps, explorers, cartographers, and humanists. ...more
Results Without Authority is a project management book that covers project management from inception to conclusion. It focuses on projects where the PResults Without Authority is a project management book that covers project management from inception to conclusion. It focuses on projects where the PM has little authority, of course. Kendrick faces this task by combining traditional PMP-style project management with lessons from influencing such as getting commitments and building relationships.
The book is filled with a lot of good nuggets of advice around team management, but where it really shines (for me, anyway) is in the project inception section. Most Agile methodologies deal with running a project after the project charter has been decided, but Kendrick draws on the PMBOK to discuss strategies for setting up a charter that will lead to success.
The place where the book was a slog was in its advice on maintaining project control. It was filled with heavy-handed metric gathering and change request processes.
Kendrick is definitely a waterfall-style manager, and it shows in the book's middle section. That said, the first three chapters were very useful, as was chapter 5 (on project inception). The rest of it was at least a good introduction to traditional project management for those of us raised on Scrum and XP....more
This is really an e-book of a series of blog posts by Leo Babauta from his blog Zen Habits, and the whole thing can really be found here. I bought theThis is really an e-book of a series of blog posts by Leo Babauta from his blog Zen Habits, and the whole thing can really be found here. I bought the e-book mostly because I wanted an off-line reference.
I like Leo's system, and I've already been implementing Ubiquitous Capture. I'd recommend the system....more
Accelerando is a relatively standard speculative fiction book that focuses on what happens to humans as technology continues its rapid growth. It hasAccelerando is a relatively standard speculative fiction book that focuses on what happens to humans as technology continues its rapid growth. It has a much more cyber-oriented outlook than similar works such as those of Bruce Sterling.
Other reviews have mentioned that there were too many new words and concepts to keep up with, and it's true that the author does toss around terms as if his readers are fully clued in. That's pretty much the norm for speculative fiction, though--you don't *want* the reader to understand everything so that they're always a little future-shocked themselves.
Overall it was an entertaining read with a few novel ideas and a lot of ideas borrowed from other books in the genre. Since it's free online, it's definitely worth reading, but if it's your first foray into speculative fiction, I'd probably start with something written a little less cyberpunk....more
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a management book in the style of Goldrat's The Goal. The first three quarters of the book are a relatively simplisThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a management book in the style of Goldrat's The Goal. The first three quarters of the book are a relatively simplistic business story meant to get the point across by illustrating it with the adventures of a CEO named Kathryn. While no one would accuse it of being fine literature, I'll admit that I was curious to see what would happen with Kathryn's organization and how she'd implement "her" management plan.
The last quarter of the book discusses the Five Dysfunctions and gives a little bit of advice on how to address them, just in case you didn't get the point of the narrative.
Overall, the points are good ones and the story was engaging enough to keep me reading. Without the story, this would really have been a pamphlet-length book. Either way it's an extremely quick read. There's no reason not to breeze your way through this and pick up some pointers about leading teams....more