Books

2016

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
The idea that you can change your habits, make better ones and drop bad ones, is fascinating and wonderful to me. Tapping into cues, rewards, signals, and community, one can achieve more than thought possible. Willpower was one of the most interesting topics discussed. The idea that it is a muscle, something you can exercise, but also becomes fatigued.
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Creepy and wonderful and full of life. Read when you want to feel young again.

2015

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Brain Rules by John Medina
Live better, live longer. Easy to understand and apply principles.
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What to Think About Machines That Think by John Brockman
Sometimes interesting. Other times, not so much. My takeaway: machines can’t think, nor is there any sign they ever will. People’s lack of understanding of code and machines means that we’ll always have stories and movies that vilify AI.
siddhartha
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Made me want to leave it all behind and wander into the Olympic National Forest. But I didn’t.
obstacleistheway
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Fast paced, well distilled lessons of the great stoics.
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The Cathedral & the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
I love this book. Thoughts on free software and hacker community and product development from one of the most articulate and interesting people. The biggest takeaway for me was the importance of focusing on fame over craft. Craft is selfish and doesn’t allow for feedback. Fame is about giving and receiving.
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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Challenging and honest and unsettling. A book I have reread twice already. If you make things, and want to continue to do so for the rest of your life, this is probably one of the most important books you should own and read.

2013

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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Excellent read. Continually test your ideas to ensure your company or idea has legs and is on the right path.

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