The main point of this book is that Millionaires are frugal; they accumulate wealth by living below their means and invesGenre: Non-Fiction, Financial
The main point of this book is that Millionaires are frugal; they accumulate wealth by living below their means and investing the difference. Being that I'm someone who chronically over-spends this is a very useful thing to be reminded of, and it gives me a whole new appreciation on my husband's outlook on financial matters. The book is a little mono focused in hammering this point home, but it really is a worthwhile point to dwell on given America's consumer society. It even had some (possibly) helpful advice for how to curb your overspending habits, if you happen to be like me.
The points that I thought worth taking notes on:
1) Millionaires tend to spend more time monthly planning their budgets then most people do exercising. E.g. about 8 hours per month. They plan down to the minute categories of expenditure, shoes, clothing, groceries, etc.
2) Millionaires tend to have daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and lifetime goals. ...more
The piece started out well, purporting to be applying philosophy and logic to the problems of everyday lGenre: Nonfiction, essay on dating, i guess...
The piece started out well, purporting to be applying philosophy and logic to the problems of everyday life (which mostly turned out to be dating, given the everyday life in question is that of a late-twenties single woman). But after the first 10 minutes or so it utterly fails to do this. In the first 10 minutes it manages to be funny about nihilism and modern life... but then it's just an angsty dating scree. Granted, I am not its target audience, and possibly I'd find it funnier if I had a more complete background in philosophy (my one Intro to Philosophy class in collage was both a LONG time ago and not in-depth enough to allow me to notice all the jokes, or possibly they weren't really there.) I probably wouldn't have found it nearly as annoying as I did, if it hadn't purported to be much more. As it was, it was everything that could set your teeth on edge about the Bridget Jones's Diary series without capturing its charm....more
This book felt like it was pulling together a lot of threads from a lot of different books I've been reading lately.Genre: Non-Fiction, Pop-Psychology
This book felt like it was pulling together a lot of threads from a lot of different books I've been reading lately. It's mainly about self-justification, how it works and how it plays out in various ways, which felt like a key piece of reasoning that had been glossed over in the other books:
- Kathryn Schulz's Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error talks about what happens when we realize we're wrong and how our internal paradigms shift but doesn't spend much time on how we struggle to keep our paradigms from shifting. - Dan Ariely also briefly touches on self-justifiction in The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves but it's much richer to have it explored in depth. Mistakes Were Made spends some time on how lies happen (the topic of Ariely's book), mostly from the standpoint of how does someone who sees themselves as moral come to do something that any outside observer would recognize as immoral. - Mistakes Were Made? also touches on the topic of shame associated with the dissonance one feels when faced with contradicting evidence to a decision one made (which is one of the key things that self-justification tries to deal with and which is the main topic for Brené Brown's book I Thought it was just Me (But it Isn't).) - And finally, there's an entire chapter on how self-justification is specifically detrimental to marriages, which resonates very well with the books on marriage I've been reading lately (Tara Parker-Pope's For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail:And How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman) plus I find worrying about self-justification a bit more helpful then the external cues regarding what not to do when fighting that the other books focus on....more
I liked this short piece enough that I turned around and re-listend too it taking notes as if it were a class! Many of the ideasGenre: Pop-Psychology
I liked this short piece enough that I turned around and re-listend too it taking notes as if it were a class! Many of the ideas he presents I'd run into before in other psychology books, but Manson presents them in amusing and easy to understand and apply formats, with a very "you can do this" attitude towards improving confidence. Not that I (or he) makes the mistake of thinking it's EASY to apply his methods, it's just straightforward to do so.
1) Stop complaining and be grateful 2) Limiting beliefs prevent you from even trying, so Manson gives a guide for how to break free of limiting beliefs 3) Define concrete values and stick to them 4) In an amusing fit of reverse psychology Manson makes the argument "Be Miserable" which is quite straightforward to reverse 5) Use the Zen theory of 2 minds (thinking and observing mind) to disassociate from strong negative thoughts and emotions (again, Manson gives a guide for how to do so) 6) Theory of MetaAwesomeness (you're going to have to read it to grok this, but it's cool) 7) How to stop lying to yourself using "The Why Game" (think 2-year old constantly asking why, except pointed at your own internal reasoning) 8) Diversify your identity 9) EVERYONE envies other people and wishes for what they don't have...more
This is an odd story, but very well written, of a 32 year old not-too-successful musician an attempted recoveriGenre: Fiction? Memoir? I don't know...
This is an odd story, but very well written, of a 32 year old not-too-successful musician an attempted recovering druggie falling head-over-heals for a 23-year-old girl who he meets on line (she claims they met in a bar a month ago, but per his usual drug-fogged state, he has no memory of this, though he does his best to manufacture one.) But never once in the entire novella does the course of love run smoothly, nor, given the narrator, should you expect it too. Realistic characters, leading to a fucked up story, which left me shaking my head over the whole thing. But I'm glad I read it....more
This was funny, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but I don't think I was its target audience, having never done online dGenre: Nonfiction, Humor
This was funny, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but I don't think I was its target audience, having never done online dating. It is exactly what the title says it is - one guy's stories of online dating disasters. He actually sandwiches what is probably good advice for how to handle the online dating scene in between the stories, along with advice that I wouldn't call good but at least is funny to read, along the lines of "if the date is going that badly, you're never going to see them again, so you might as well make it worse and see what happens, what'd'ya got to loose? It'll at least keep you entertained!"...more
The book isn't exactly about packing for mars, it's more about the everyday life aspect of the current-day space prograGenre: Non-Fiction, Pop-Science
The book isn't exactly about packing for mars, it's more about the everyday life aspect of the current-day space program, and how it got to be the way it is. I found the last three chapters absolutely fascinating. They were on 1) toilets (a completely fascinating engineering challenge without gravity, if a tad disgusting in application - one feels very sorry for the astronauts!) 2) sex (the logistics are interesting, as is the investigation of them, and NASA's unwillingness to come close to talking about the subject), and 3) food (the logistics of no crumbs, nothing that will float upward in the throat without gravity to create a choking hazard -- again a very interesting problem. Although, from the sound of it the solutions so far have been completely unappetizing. Poor astronauts!)
I found the introduction to be fascinating as well; it did an informal comparison of the entrance exams different countries use for their space programs. Did you know that in Japan one of the tests is to fold a thousand cranes? These are then analyzed to see if the fold precision and accuracy is maintained throughout all thousand, since most of an astronauts tasks are boring and repetitive yet precision and accuracy is critical.
The middle section of the book didn't capture my attention quite as well, it touched on how chimps were launched into space first and the psyco-dynamics of groups in small confined spaces... and plenty of other things that just haven't made much of an impression. Still, it was all quite readable, and definitely worth the time. ...more