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How to Read

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I think it has been years since I’ve picked up and read a physical book – for better or worse, my reading habit has gone completely digital, and I prefer my Kindle and its backlight …

Too Many Loaded Terms; Did Not Read

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Early in the year, I decided that not everything that looked interesting was actually worth reading. Instead of stubbornly sticking with an article or a book or a story to its miserable conclusion, I figured …

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Review: The Martian

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The Martian is a fun little piece of science fiction. The setting is on the red planet, some decades in the future[1], with an astronaut stranded on the surface while the rest of his team …

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Review: The Science of Interstellar

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I enjoyed Interstellar. Despite a few plot holes and questionable motives in the overall story, I was impressed by the grand spectacle of space, mixed with the relatable human elements embodied by its main characters. …

Skimming More and Reading Less

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I’m used to reading a fair amount. Back in grade school, I carried these giant fantasy novels around the house, and re-read the series on a regular basis. When my family got AOL, I was …

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Review: The Startup of You

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The Startup of You is all about mapping the strategies and tactics that make startups – in theory – successful, and apply them to careers. The central tenets revolve around taking moderate amounts of risk, …

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What If?

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xkcd is one of a kind: the popular stick-figure webcomic for nerds and geeks seems to offer relevant commentary for pretty much any occasion. Its blend of computing, physics, math, and insights on life works …

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Think Like a Freak

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Freakonomics was the book that, in my mind, started the “pop economics” trend: a brand of economics, applied to subjects that are relatable to the general public, targeted towards a mass audience as a different …