Monday, May 23, 2011

Books Read in 2011: "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy" by William B. Irvine



Author's Website

Not entirely sure of what I think of this book. There's a lot of good in it, and it certainly points me in the direction to read more of the Roman Stoics. But some of it is maddeningly simplistic in its presentation and thought that I got into arguments with the author more than a few times, making notes on the Kindle and in the Kindle app to register my frustration. On the whole, I would recommend it, but don't think that it did much more than collect some thoughts that I'd already seen elsewhere.

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I first heard about this book when Irvine wrote a series of essays on BoingBoing.net last year (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Why You Should Always Feel Guilty About Treating Yourself to Something

I placed an order for an iPad on Friday morning. I then clicked over to Google News and immediately started to find stories like this:



I'm sorry. I really didn't mean to do that. I guess mine was the straw that broke the camel's back.

I later wondered what the ship date might now be, what with this horrible explosion. That's when I discovered this:



Forget the rapture, what does all of this prophesize? Maybe I should just cancel the order and walk away. "No, that's OK. I really don't NEED one. It was just a little present I wanted to buy for myself. Please tend to the dead and wounded."

Friday, May 06, 2011

Books Read in 2011: "Cyberbooks" by Ben Bova



What an unfortunate cover.

Yet, it's a pretty good book. Published in 1989, you could go to any blog today and find the same debates raging about the always-doomed publishing industry railing against the technology that could kill or save it.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Books Read in 2011: "The Conviction of Richard Nixon" by James Reston, Jr.



Unabridged audio.

A decent follow up to "31 Days".

"Frost/Nixon", for all its flaws, should be showing up from Netflix in the next day or so.