Excerpts from “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

This is my second time reading this book by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I have decided I was in a more distracted state during my first pass, as I recall having to reread paragraphs regularly. That is less common during this round two. And it isn’t that the passages themselves are overtly complex, I think itContinue reading “Excerpts from “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry””

“Excess” Savings

I read an article the other day which stated, “Americans have socked away $1.5T in excess savings.” I have seen similar statements, and I get progressively more disturbed every time I read them. First, what is “excess savings.” It isn’t like saving money is a bad idea. We could debate the sanity of various investments,Continue reading ““Excess” Savings”

In Defense of Science

“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause everyone accepts.” Gertrude Stein For generations, humanity has progressed through the contrarian. The individual who when everyone else says, “this is the way,” they say, “yeah, but I think there is a flaw there, so I am going to try something new.”Continue reading “In Defense of Science”

Target the Max ROI: Lessons from Splendor

I had a revelation the other day while playing the board game Splendor: go for the investment with the highest ROI everything else being equal. It seems obvious when I type that out, but it took me many games to get there. For those of you who do not know, Splendor is a game ofContinue reading “Target the Max ROI: Lessons from Splendor”

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

A book review I recently finished the book “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything” by Stephen M. R. Covey and found it highly informative and educational. It makes a strong case for the powerful impact of trust in both business in life. My more detailed review is on goodreads. One thingContinue reading “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything”

A Life Worth Living

“It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe but not worth bothering with.” – Stephen Fry This is the quote I am pondering this week. I think it is healthy to remember that pursuits that seem frivolous canContinue reading “A Life Worth Living”