Thoughts on: ‘Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction’

After my fast I got sick with the flue. This was by the time I finished the Death of Expertise and I wanted to fill my time with something short, sweet and different before continuing through my To-Read-Pile. Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction is delivers on its name. It’s a concise history of theContinue reading “Thoughts on: ‘Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction’”

Book Notes on Aging and Dying

Nothing last forever. Here are a few great notes on aging from my reading the last couple of years. Memento Mori. 📝 “By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.” – Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature 📝 “No one set value on time. All useContinue reading “Book Notes on Aging and Dying”

Thoughts on: Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

Sadhguru book is unsatisfying for the rational mind. Even the part that is suppose to be pragmatic are often fussy and vague. In exercises he asks the reader to do all kinds of experiments; watching a dripping crane for an hour, observe nature, bow to objects and “just see what happens”. Of couse the rationalContinue reading “Thoughts on: Inner Engineering by Sadhguru”

Notes From a Year of Reading – Addiction

I have had a few days in a row where I didn’t experience any cravings or took any addictive substances (excessive sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol etc..) It was pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve experienced something like this since I my early teens. Quotes and Notes on drugs and addiction from my recent reading: 📝Continue reading “Notes From a Year of Reading – Addiction”

Notes from a Year of Reading – Psychology

📝 “It takes a lot of courage to take the unconscious seriously and to tackle the problems it raises.” – Carl Jung, Man and his Symbols. 📝 “As a rule, whatever we don’t deal with in our lives we pass on to our children.” – Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. 📝 “SometimeContinue reading “Notes from a Year of Reading – Psychology”

Thoughts on: ‘The Birth of Tragedy’ by Friedrich Nietzsche

A Birth of Tragedy in 7 Steps: ▪️Nietzsche is 24 y/o when he become professor in philology. ▪️In 1872 he writes his first great book on dramatic theory; The Birth of Tragedy. ▪️He found an art form in the classic Athenian Tragedy that transcended the nihilism and horror of a meaningless world. ▪️What he foundContinue reading “Thoughts on: ‘The Birth of Tragedy’ by Friedrich Nietzsche”

Thoughts on: ‘Grinding it Out’ by Ray Croc

Ray Croc was a 52 year when he first met the McDonald brothers in San Bernardino, California. He was impressed with the operation they got going; and the French fries in particular. Ray had seen his fair share of restaurants in his days as a multimixer salesman, but this one was special. The limited menu,Continue reading “Thoughts on: ‘Grinding it Out’ by Ray Croc”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East

My longest book to date has reached its end, and this is just the 1st volume (out of 11) in the The Story of Civilization series by Will Durant. This last part focused on ancient China and Japan. Was it worth it? We are talking about a 50 hour audiobook. Yes, I think so! DoesContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East”

Thoughts on: “The Kybalion” by Three Initiates

I read this years ago and thought to myself: “There is something important here, but I’m not able to grasp it fullly yet. 3 YEARS LATER: Reading it again. Maybe the fault wasn’t with me after all? The 7 principles are solid and worthwhile, but the writing is piss poor and the pretense of beingContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Kybalion” by Three Initiates”

Thoughts on: Educated by Tara Westover

A memoir. Likely one of the best I’ve read. —— Tara grew up in a pious Mormon family lead by a survivalist father with a fondness for conspiracy theories. His plan was to be fully self-reliant and “off the grid” before the End of Days, an event he was sure to be imminent. Tara’s storyContinue reading “Thoughts on: Educated by Tara Westover”