When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect TimingWhen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Dan Pink’s Drive before I read his A Whole New Mind, which was a better order because Drive was better written and had a more accurate message than Mind. Okay, a message that resonated better. When is as good as Drive, if not as much a paradigm shifter. But it is still a think prompter. Continue reading

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How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

How Democracies DieHow Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am in an uncharacteristically long reader’s block slump combined with distracting ADD and I’ve never used a horror story to break me out of previous ones. The horror story of a horrible defense not knowing how to play on Sunday wasn’t exactly enough, but it did prompt me to finish this horror story. Sinclair Lewis published the unfortunately prophetic It Can’t Happen Here and Levitsky and Ziblatt’s relates the actuality of it happening here with the erosive death of democracy in the US.

One problem with their analysis is starting from the premise that we’ve had a democracy to erode. Continue reading

What I learned in 2017 from The Teaching Company’s Great Courses

As I’ve said before, I have a 22-40 minute morning commute to work (the longer time often due to absolutely no reason at all except … drivers.)gettyimages-55743523_1472835076262_5913880_ver1-0

I used to listen to NPR, then classical music, but after stepping up my audio learning in 2016, last year I continued listening to lectures from The Teaching Company. Quite a few of them, as it has turned out: Continue reading

Selectively social

I am at ease in social situations where I know no one (or next to no one.) I have no problems sitting at a table of strangers and striking up one or more conversations. Working a room of new faces is easy and fun. I enjoy hosting gatherings with my wife when the express intent is simply socialization.

And yet, somewhat idiosyncratically, there are some innately social activities at which I balk. Continue reading