Thoughts on: “The Expedition: A Love Story” by Bea Uusma

In 1897, three swedish scientists leaves for a polar expedition in a hydrogen balloon. Thirty years later they are found, by accident, dead on a deserted island. What happened to them and why did they die? ——- The author, Bea Uusma (@bea_uusma ), gets obsessed by the subject and spends decades trying to find outContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Expedition: A Love Story” by Bea Uusma”

Thoughts on: “Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman

Sometimes you need something completely different. This was a palate cleanser book for me. —————————– Engineers are too logical at times, while people are not. As a game developer, you something hear people complaining: “They are playing it wrong!” when you first let people outside your project group play the game for the first time.Continue reading “Thoughts on: “Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman”

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”

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: “Fables of Fortune” by Richard Watts

“Fable of Fortune – What rich people have that you don’t want.” —————- Richard Watts has worked as a legal counsel for the super rich for many years. In his book he shares stories for this hidden world, showing that it might not be all roses after all. —————- This is not a psychological studyContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Fables of Fortune” by Richard Watts”

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: “Principle-Centered Leadership” by Stephen R. Covey

Stephen Covey, of “7 habits”-fame, shares his formula for what he calls principle-centered leadership. The book has start with broad, general and timeless guidelines to enhance the life you lead. You will have heard a lot of it before, but it’s these fundamentals we tend to forget in our busy everyday life. A refresher mightContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Principle-Centered Leadership” by Stephen R. Covey”

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”