Book Notes

Book Notes

This is pretty close to a log of books I'm reading. At least books I'm reading which I wrote about at least once. The most recent books I've been reading are at the top. Each book cover links to a page with all the posts about that book.

“Super Mario” by Jeff Ryan

  • Dec 5, 2023
    Tool: Feedback (even if you’re on the game design Mt. Rushmore)
  • Dec 4, 2023
    Nintendo with the RKO out of nowhere

“The Making of a Chef” by Michael Ruhlman

  • Jul 25, 2022
    Michael Ruhlman: The curious novice
  • Jul 23, 2022
    Alton Brown’s 90s recipe: Food and media, mix well

“The More You Do the Better You Feel” by David Parker

  • Aug 24, 2022
    Just Do It (and you might find out it wasn’t all that much work)
  • May 10, 2022
    Some thoughts on the J.O.T. method (with Apple Notes and an iPad Pro)
  • Jan 26, 2022
    Info Diet (Jan 26, 2022): Ali Abdaal, Oliver Burkeman, and “The More You Do The Better You Feel”

“Plays Well With Others” by Eric Barker

  • May 10, 2022
    Relationships are all that matter (this is both good and bad)

“Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals” by Oliver Burkeman

  • Jan 15, 2022
    You’ve probably heard of the professor and the jar and the rocks…

“The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive during the Collapse of the Welfare State” by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg

  • Oct 22, 2021
    How-tos laying the path toward individual sovereignity
  • Oct 5, 2021
    Book Notes: The Sovereign Individual

“Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia

  • Aug 10, 2021
    Ikigai: Hara hachi bu (aka maybe you don’t need to crush that plate of beef)

“Decoding Greatness: How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success” by Ron Friedman

  • Jul 8, 2021
    4 takeaways from “Decoding Greatness” by Ron Friedman | Carousel
  • Jul 7, 2021
    Reverse engineering Gladwell, Obama, and other creatives

“Tiny Habits” by BJ Fogg

  • Jul 6, 2021
    New Tiny Habit hook: After returning home from walking booster…
  • Jun 24, 2021
    Workout 6/23: Press & Squat
  • Jun 17, 2020
    How do you lose a whole bunch of weight? (Kevin Smith)
  • May 16, 2020
    Spider mines and more

Arnold: The education of a bodybuilder

  • Jul 11, 2021
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Picking a gym
  • Jul 8, 2021
    Notepod #22: “Arnold”
  • Jul 7, 2021
    Arnold, ballet, and being a curious novice
  • Jul 3, 2021
    Reading Log: “Arnold: The education of a bodybuilder”

“Off the Clock” by Laura Vanderkam

  • Jun 20, 2021
    A little daily reflection

“Wanting” by Luke Burgis

  • Jun 18, 2021
    The Notepod 19: “Wanting” by Luke Burgis
  • Jun 16, 2021
    Wanting: Naval on desire
  • Jun 13, 2021
    What are you wearing? (Reading Log: “Wanting” by Luke Burgis)
  • Jun 12, 2021
    Done Well x Fulfilling
  • Jun 6, 2021
    Wanting: Pre-read and first impressions

The Art and Business of Online Writing

  • Jun 4, 2021
    Purposeful repurposing (and hopping on the next ship)
  • May 7, 2021
    Ramblings: Info Diet Journal (5/7/21)

Year Book by Seth Rogen

  • Jun 4, 2021
    How to make pain fun (it already sort of is)

How to Change

  • Jun 21, 2021
    Making this blog my default
  • Jun 4, 2021
    When games don’t work (for work)
  • Jun 4, 2021
    Change coffee shops (instead of reconfiguring your brain)

“Soundtracks” by Jon Acuff

  • May 23, 2021
    The Notepod: “Soundtracks” by Jon Acuff

“Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant

  • Feb 23, 2021
    “Think Again” (Reading Log 2/23/21)

“How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets” by Felix Dennis

  • Feb 16, 2021
    The Notepod #9 — “How to Get Rich” book notes
  • Feb 13, 2021
    Reading Ramblings: “How to Get Rich” by Felix Dennis

“The Practice” by Seth Godin

  • Dec 9, 2020
    Book Notes: “The Practice” by Seth Godin

“The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty” by Ethan Sherwood Strauss

  • Oct 8, 2020
    Advice to Steve Kerr: Bring a lot of stuff (Reading Log: “The Victory Machine”)

“The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks” by Ben Cohen

  • Oct 3, 2020
    Reading log: The hot hand vs. The gambler

“Born To Fight Book” by Mark Hunt

  • Jun 7, 2020
    Reading Log: 9 takeaways from Mark Hunt’s “Born to Fight”

“The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game” by Sam Sheridan

  • May 17, 2020
    Reading Log: The Fighter’s Mind

“That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” by Marc Randolph

  • Apr 26, 2020
    Book Notes: “That Will Never Work” by Marc Randolph

“Next: The Future Just Happened” by Michael Lewis

  • Feb 15, 2020
    Book Log: “Next” by Michael Lewis

Pocket Full of Do by Chris Do

  • Dec 17, 2019
    Reading Log: Pocket Full of Do

“Work Clean: The Life-changing Power of Mise-en-place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind” by Dan Charnas

  • Jun 20, 2021
    Reduce wasted movement
  • May 16, 2020
    71: “Work Clean”
  • Dec 16, 2019
    Reading Log: Work Clean

“Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life” by Chase Jarvis

  • Oct 10, 2019
    Create before you consume (and maybe stop consuming some things altogether)

“Stillness Is the Key” by Ryan Holiday

  • Jul 6, 2021
    Stillness is the Key: Get rid of your stuff
  • Oct 9, 2019
    Journaling toward stillness

“Awareness” by Anthony de Mello

  • Feb 20, 2019
    Book Notes – “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality” by Anthony de Mello

“How to speak, how to listen” by Mortimer J. Adler

  • Jan 28, 2019
    Be a demanding reader (and listener)

“This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn To See” by Seth Godin

  • Mar 5, 2019
    64: “This is Marketing”
  • Nov 18, 2018
    Book Notes: “This is Marketing” by Seth Godin

“The Rescue Artist” by Edward Dolnick

  • Dec 3, 2018
    Working undercover or just tracking books: Keep it simple

“Finish” by Jon Acuff

  • Sep 5, 2018
    What’s your hiding place? (Book notes for Jon Acuff’s Finish)

“Visual Intelligence” by Amy E. Herman

  • Aug 14, 2018
    Prioritize information with these 3 questions (Book note for “Visual Intelligence”)

“The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly” by Matt McCarthy

  • Aug 5, 2018
    Notes from “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly”

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

  • Oct 1, 2017
    20: Barking up the Wrong THREE
  • Oct 1, 2017
    19: Barking up the Wrong Tree, Again!
  • Jun 28, 2017
    Video: Book notes for “Barking up the Wrong Tree” by Eric Barker
  • May 29, 2017
    03: Barking Up the Wrong Tree