This book is apparently yet another cultural meme that is Sweeping The (Canadian) Nation, and is one that I am completely unaware of, living in West HThis book is apparently yet another cultural meme that is Sweeping The (Canadian) Nation, and is one that I am completely unaware of, living in West Hartford (number of Canadian ex-pats: 2). My friend Ray, who lives in San Francisco (number of Canadian ex-pats: more than 2) introduced me to the book when he crashed at my place a couple months back while vacationing on the East Coast.
Knowing the Canadian capacity for self-deprecating humour, and given that author Will Ferguson's has another highly-praised book that mocks Canadians (Why I Hate Canadians), I am anticipating a hilariously insightful, brisk read....more
I'm not really into the whole poker thing, but this is a good Vegas story--one about sex, drugs, and cards. McManus writes about Binion's World SeriesI'm not really into the whole poker thing, but this is a good Vegas story--one about sex, drugs, and cards. McManus writes about Binion's World Series of Poker and tells a great tale--along with the sordid history of Binion's tournament, McManus took his cash advance for the book and ended up making it to the final table of the World Series. I first heard about the book when Geneve's dad bought it for her brother two years ago, and I've heard a bunch of good reviews, so I decided to give it a read....more
When browsing in a bookstore one day, I picked this up because of the cover art, but I bought it because of the introduction. I can't say the last timWhen browsing in a bookstore one day, I picked this up because of the cover art, but I bought it because of the introduction. I can't say the last time I bought a book without checking the reviews on Amazon first, but the intro was so compelling that I gambled on it. It is a fascinating and easy-to-read explanation of complex economic concepts put into context using familiar examples like Alex Rodriguez, car insurance, and ice cream. A great read....more
My friend Jon lent this to me when I mentioned I liked dystopic fiction. I don't read much fiction, but a book about a world in which a drought has seMy friend Jon lent this to me when I mentioned I liked dystopic fiction. I don't read much fiction, but a book about a world in which a drought has severely changed living conditions, written by a very under-appreciated science fiction author, has appeal. Interestingly, author J.G. Ballard wrote Crash: A Novel, on which David Cronenberg based the movie of the same name....more
my cousin from delhi gave me this, and i read it while traveling in india.
it's a great overview of where india is and is poised to go in the 21st centmy cousin from delhi gave me this, and i read it while traveling in india.
it's a great overview of where india is and is poised to go in the 21st century. luce explains india's dynasty politics (nehru/gandhi) and religious context to help the reader understand how india's bureaucracy, system of government, conflict with pakistan, treatment of muslims, relationship with china and the US, and current economic drivers will play a role in india becoming the next great superpower.
his conclusion is that achieving greatness is "india's to lose", though there are big obstacles standing in its way. some of the biggest include unfireable gov't employees, rampant corruption, and well-intentioned policies that don't help india's massive poor population out of poverty.
a fascinating read if you want a broad overview of india's potential in the 21st century. --- 242: on india's first cricket match vs. pakistan, in karachi: "every indian i met said he had been treated like a long-ost brother; shopkeepers had refused to accept their cash; taxi-drivers had declined fares; hotels were waiving bills; and people kept approaching them on the streets to offer sweets and other small gifts. 'it is overwhelming' same one among a group of indian men, all dressed in the blue shirts of their national team. 'we didn't know what to expect but we feared there would be hostility'. india won the game and received a prolonged ovation from the vast pakistan crowd.
329: laws are a modern talisman intended to bring results by the magical power of words themselves. hundreds of years ago, foreign chroniclers of india observed the tendency of Brahmins to prefer words to action, and sometimes to believe they were one and the same thing.
what appears to be chaotic on the surface is often just how it should be.
"remember, india always wins". India has a way of confounding you and still making you laugh abut it.
Hackers and Painters is a collection of Paul Graham's essays, which are all available online. The essays pontificate on a wide range of subjects, amonHackers and Painters is a collection of Paul Graham's essays, which are all available online. The essays pontificate on a wide range of subjects, among them: business, technology, nerds, art, money, and heresy.
Graham created Viaweb, which was bought by Yahoo and now lives as Yahoo Stores, and has earned enough money to be able to spout off on topics for the rest of his life. Fortunately for us, his ideas are thought-provoking enough for this to be worth a read. All of the essays in this book are available on Graham's site, but having access to them on the go make for nice, commute-friendly chunks of reading....more
The book is about how to meet people and develop deeper relationships more quickly. Ferrazzi shares his philosophy on life--you can't succeed without the help of others--and outlines strategies to make connecting easier.
These strategies are a reinforcement of the Golden Rule, and they boil down to things like: Always looking to help or connect people,
Have a story to tell,
Show vulnerability first to make the conversation more intimate,
Become indispensible in one specific area to become more valuable to your company,
Ping your contacts at least once a quarter,
Do your homework; make sure you know details about the people you will be meeting,
Be bold; believe you have something to offer and others will treat you as such, and
Speak at, or start a conference to develop your personal brand.
The advice Ferrazzi presents is useful for managing one's personal and professional lives (in his life, Ferrazzi does not make a distinction between the two) and really preaches that a different mindset is required in order to be always connecting. It's a good read, and while Ferrazzi name-drops a lot, he's ultimately a (smart, ambitious) kid from working class Pennsylvania who has networked his way to both success and what sounds like a fulfilling life....more
I first heard of Maverick author Ricardo Semler when I came across a blurb for his new book called The Seven-Day Weekend in a copy of Inc Magazine a few months back. Semler's counter-intuitive approach to running a business immediately intruiged me, because it seemed to solve many of the employee satisfaction problems that plague most North American companies these days.
Semler's company, Semco, has eliminated org charts, made vacation time mandatory, allows employees to set their own salaries, and requires employees to evaluate their bosses. I'm quite excited to dig into this book because I believe most of what Semler preaches makes sense if running a business with a long-term outlook: he encourages employee growth, trusts them to take responsibility and holds them accountable, holds performance above all else when evaluating employees, and treats them like people who are motivated by different different types of incentives.
Semler has lectured on his "unorthodox" methods at HBS, and I've found a fascinating article on Semco at CIOInsight.com. I think this is going to be a terribly insightful read. ...more
I have no idea why I picked this up well over a year ago, but I'm glad I finally found the time (read: about an hour) to read it. It gives an overview of basic design principles, easily remembered using the mnemonic C.R.A.P. (for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity). What I found most interesting, however, were the chapters on typography.
I'm consistently amazed by the designers that I work with who are easibly able to identify a font after looking a few letters. They can also change a single font on a page and really bring the page alive. Until I read this book, I had no idea how they did it. In fact, I still don't, although I have a better idea about the types of things to look for.
In any case, this book is useful if you want to be able to really tie your room together, but have the design sensibilities of a large boulder. I know I will be referring back to this book a few times as I redesign this site... ...more