In trying to keep the sources of my books diverse I pull from some lists periodically just to keep
an eye on what other people are reading. Dark Matter was the Amazon best book of July
2016 for whatever that is worth. A science fiction thriller driven by some hand wavy quantum mechanics.
Shoe Dog, the autobiography or memoir by Phil Knight, is a thoroughly engaging and
entertaining account of the rise of the most iconic brand in sports, Nike. I found myself desparate
to find out what happened next even though I already knew the broad strokes of most of the story.
Horns is a wonderful dark comedy by Joe Hill.
This one was recommended to me by my wife while we were walking in Washington D.C. and came across a
free library on the sidewalk. I can't remember if this book was in there or not, but I think
possibly one of his other books, NOS4A2, was in there. It led to this discussion about Horns,
Stephen King, the movie based on the book, and the entire genre of american horror. I am really
quite pleased that I got around to reading this as soon as I did because I am for sure going to add
the rest of his books to my reading list.
The Left Hand of Darkness was recommended to me by Taya after she read this as well
as The Dispossessed which I understand to be in the same universe. This was quite the interesting
read, although my bimodal reaction to fantasy worlds made it hard for me to get into it until I was
halfway through. That is, I either fully accept some world and get immersed in it and the reading is
a breeze, or for some reason I just hate all the weird names and find it hard to slog through.
Overall this was a good book, not my top tier of science fiction, but very close.
Continuing in my reading trend of all things about inequality, The Great Leveler is
a history book attempting to find causes for how income and wealth inequality have been reduced in
the past. Ideally this would be some noble cause that leads to a policy recommendation for how we
can address the current state of increasing inequality. But alas he finds that the only consistent
causes of reduced inequality of any noticable scale were the result of violence. The more violent
I added this book to my list some months ago after I believe seeing a review in a newspaper. I
bought it in the last batch of books along with Between the World and
Me, not fully aware of the potential for overlapping
themes. But after reading the former, I decided why not continue in the spirit of understanding
bigotry and continue on to reading Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. A modern take on
the foundational philosophical foundations of mysogyny. This book is fantastic. I highly recommend
it, although I will have a few caveats below.
A letter from a father to his son, Between the World and Me is something that got
inside my brain. I had a lot of thoughts while reading this, mostly around trying to comprehend the
reality of how different life can be. There is much to say, most of it feels cliche or naive. I've
come to the conclusion that I can have knowledge about certain things but never truly feel them.
Empathy can only extend so far when the fabric of society dictates so much of our unconscious
Another book made it onto my list for a reason I can no longer remember. I decided to pick up
The War of Art and power through it because otherwise I should remove it from my
list. Luckily it was a short read, but beyond that I found it to be quite good. I'm not a big fan of
the self-help genre, but when someone verbalizes certain things that I have felt but couldn't quite
put my finger on I am apt to pay attention.
Part of being married is experiencing new things that you would otherwise have not because of your
partner. I can't say that I always skipped the previews at the theater when I would go to see
movies, but my wife makes seeing the previews part of her theater going experience. During the
previews recently, I saw one for a movie called Annihilation which looked pretty interesting.
Digging into it a bit, it turns out it is a book and part of a trilogy. So I added
Annihilation to my reading list and I'm really happy that I did. It is a short and
quite good read.
On July 13, 2013 I did a tandem skydive. It took me two and a half years to finally get around to
signing up for a first jump course, the first step on the way to getting a skydiving license and
being able to skydive without being strapped to someone else. A long series of events led me to be
staying at my brother's house in Gilbert, AZ during the winter of 2015/2016. I made the decision
that it was now or never to get into skydiving, so I went to the internet and found out that there
was a dropzone in Arizona about an hour from my brother's house in Eloy. The website was not great
and looked like it was mostly for tandems. I had a bit of trouble figuring out exactly what I needed
to do to sign up to learn how to jump solo. At the time, I thought this place didn't really have its
shit together considering they only offer first jump courses once a month and to sign up you have to
call and hope someone is there who can help you out. I managed to schedule myself into the course on
January 14th, 2016. I rode my motorcycle out in the freezing desert morning to arrive at 8am for my