Thoughts on: ”Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull decided to create the first ever computer animated feature film, it took him 20 years, but with the premiere of “Toy Story” he reached he goal. Now he turned to another challenge; to create a sustainable creative work environment. ————- This is not a “The 10 Things to Do to Be a GreatContinue reading “Thoughts on: ”Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull”

Thoughts on: “American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton

A failed physicist libertarian created the “Amazon of drugs” on the dark web, banking on the anonymity of Bitcoin and Thor (a web anonymous browser). His name was Ross Ulbricht and the site name was “the Silk Road”. —— He wanted to challenge the government led “war on drugs”, which he saw as a hugeContinue reading “Thoughts on: “American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton”

Double review: “Good to Great” and “Autobiography of a Yogi”

Good to Great (GtG) lays out the result of a study that was set out to find the universal distinguishing characteristic of companies that went from good to great performance and sustained it for over fifteen years. —————— Autobiography of a yogi is the is the life account of Yogananda Paramahansa; the yogi than introducedContinue reading “Double review: “Good to Great” and “Autobiography of a Yogi””

Thoughts on: “Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein

“When we let the ego have free reign we suffer – but when we learn to let go, we are free.” —— Dr. Epstein explores where psychotherapy and Buddhism can complement each other in the persuit of mental wellness. —— The Buddha and Freud, Dr Epstein says, came to a similar conclusion. Ego is theContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein”

Thoughts on: “Deng Xiaoping” by Alexander V. Pantsov

Deng Xiaoping led China through far reaching reforms in the post Mao era and is often credited as the force behind China’s spectacular economic growth. The expansion of the Chinese market and opening up the country to international trade is a part of his legacy, but also less glamorous deeds, such as the massacre onContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Deng Xiaoping” by Alexander V. Pantsov”

Thoughts on: “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom

Bostrom paints a gloomy picture of what’s in store for us would we ever develop a superintelligence. It left me depressed, but I think it’s essential to have rudimentary understanding of the challenges a general artificial intelligence would entail. This book presents potential paths to reach superintelligence and dives deep into the problem of controllingContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom”

Thoughts on: “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer

“Into Thin Air” is Jon Krakauers gripping first hand account of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. Standing on the top of the worlds highest mountain he couldn’t see any signs of a deadly storm coming in. But he was wrong. When the group arrived at base camp, the mountain had claimed 5 lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer”

Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler

“All of you are perfect as you are, and you can use a little improvement” Zen Master Suzuki Roshi This is a very practical and accessible book about how to apply the teachings of the buddha to different aspects modern life. It has a question/answer format like: What would the buddha do in this andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler”

Thoughts on: “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman

As a professional within software development I really felt the increase in the speed with which new technologies replace older one in recent years. We are barely able to get familiar with the basics of the latest tech before it’s considered “old” and in need of replacement. Thanks to Moore’s Law, the law that saysContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman”

Thoughts on: “Silent Spring” – Rachel Carson

Sometimes there are books that keeps getting referenced again and again in book I read. Silent spring is one of them. —————————————— Being the book that kicked off the American environmental movement, I thought it would be interesting to see what it was all about. —————————————— Rachel Carson describes the damage being done to plantsContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Silent Spring” – Rachel Carson”