The four pillars: Theory of Investing (returns are directly linked to risk), the History of Investing (understand past performance to build a portfoliThe four pillars: Theory of Investing (returns are directly linked to risk), the History of Investing (understand past performance to build a portfolio, not to chase returns), the Psychology of Investing (stay the course!), and the Business of Investing (long-term, low-cost index funds will statistically beat any actively managed plan).
Take this book in small doses so you can ruminate on the concepts. I'm a huge fan of statistics, data, and the wisdom that comes from thoughtfully analyzing these. If you like the concepts in this book, make sure to check out the Bogleheads forum and keep learning. ...more
This is a *must* read before reading Cryptonomicon. Or maybe after, like I did.
If you at all feel uncomfortable in your knowledge of one time pad cypThis is a *must* read before reading Cryptonomicon. Or maybe after, like I did.
If you at all feel uncomfortable in your knowledge of one time pad cyphers, public/private keys, or the importance of really good cryptography for average folks, please read this book! It's sadly a bit out of date, but Singh does such a brilliant job of methodically building up the complexity in cyphers though history, that you will inevitably learn a ton....more
More like 2.5 stars for the writing (literally "literally" everywhere ugh!), but 3.5-4 stars for the research. I think Aid is interested in differentMore like 2.5 stars for the writing (literally "literally" everywhere ugh!), but 3.5-4 stars for the research. I think Aid is interested in different aspects of the NSA (military successes, failures, and minutia) than I was looking for (cryptographic details and successes, cyber-intelligence, combating other spy agencies).
Weirdly I started this book before the Edward Snowden escapades - I got it on a Kindle special and was in the mood for some cryptography and spy stuff. I was in the middle of the book when the leads came out and it felt like the same old NSA story getting rehashed every 5-10 years or so. Read the last chapter (which was written in 2008 or so) and you will feel like you have read a modern commentary on the Snowden leaks.
A raw and fascinating look into the lives of women who were or are involved in religious polygamy. Most the women featured have escaped the life.
I wasA raw and fascinating look into the lives of women who were or are involved in religious polygamy. Most the women featured have escaped the life.
I was a bit dismayed that other reviewers here have giving this book low ratings because either the subject matter is really difficult, or that the (mostly) un-educated women are telling the story in their own words. To me, this makes the book all that more powerful.
The stories are jaw-dropping, painful, and very sad. Yet these women are resilient and strong. I needed to take frequent breaks to remind myself that the book is not about extreme evil, but about how much good remains in those who've been so mistreated....more
I have a theory about why Marcus's Daughter, Zoe, wasn't thanked in the acknowledgements, when he thanks just about everyone, including the whole of HI have a theory about why Marcus's Daughter, Zoe, wasn't thanked in the acknowledgements, when he thanks just about everyone, including the whole of Harlem. (view spoiler)[What if Zoe was a pseudonym to partly protect her identity? He thanks "For the leading ladies of my life: Anna, Vanessa, and Linda." This is the only place where the name Vanessa appears, right in the middle of his sisters. Maybe that's her? (hide spoiler)]
When I was in college in nineteen *cough*, guys liked to take girls on dates to the Ethiopian neighborhood. The idea was to *test* whether we'd freak out with an unusual new food and particularly eating without western cutlery. I guess to make sure we weren't fussy? After several dates like this, I was an old pro, and laughed when it was suggested yet again. Yeah, I'm the last person to panic at new food, particularly Ethiopian wats, injara, or tibs because they are so damn delicious.
Anyway, I have a Groupon to a local Ethiopian restaurant, and that's pretty much all I'm thinking about now that I've finished this book. The descriptions of the international foods, building the layers of flavors and the presentations made my mouth water.
Luckily, that's not all there is to Yes, Chef. Samuelsson delves fairly deep into his own mistakes and motivations, personal and professional. Some of them are really hard to read about, and personally I struggle to understand some of his decisions and motivations.
But I will say this, Samuelsson is a focused, some might say obsessed individual when it comes to food. He spends an overwhelming amount of time honing his craft, thinking about food, inventing recipes, and planning, cooking, chopping, training....more
Two weird things happened while I was reading this book. I had been having some bad insomnia, so I took a little something-something to help get to slTwo weird things happened while I was reading this book. I had been having some bad insomnia, so I took a little something-something to help get to sleep. Before it kicked in I was reading this book, and it looked like the background of my Kindle Paperwhite had clouds floating around behind the text. Conversation with my husband:
Me:"There's clouds floating around the background of my Kindle." Husband:"Sounds kind of pretty." Me:"I guess." Me:"But I'm trying to read."
The second weird thing is that I ended up with a freak infection in my arm, which caused some awful fevers. I paid close attention, and yup, got some fever-induced hallucinations. Specifically, when I closed my eyes, it was gray with what looked like b&w christmas ornaments raining down on me.
Fantastic. I would have loved to read more scientific details of the biological theories of the various types of hallucinations. There was some of this, but I wanted more.
By far the best part of the book was Sacks discussing his prolific drug use. He's pretty awesome....more