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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Now Playing #2

I guess I'm really taking this Semi-Weekly thing seriously. And by that I really mean the semi part. Ooops.

BOOKS

I'm currently juggling 5 books, but trying to move forward at a decent pace with all of them.

- On Writing - Stephen King

About three quarters of the way through now. Still good. King proposes a writing exercise to his readers - 5 to 6 pages based on a setting and situation he describes in the book. I'll try it soon, and perhaps post it here if it turns out well.

- Walden - Henry David Thoreau

One more chapter of this masochism. It'll be rewarding enough to finish it sometime tomorrow.

- Peak Learning - Ronald Gross

I'm more and more interested on "Learning How to Learn." Gross' book is supposed to be one of the best on the subject. Just barely cracked this one open, I'll keep you posted.

- Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki

Started this last night and I'm burning through it at a quick pace. Good stuff, so far mostly talking about how people have the wrong mindset about money - and how that mindset traps people in the "Rat Race."

- The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss

 I know, this book is fairly controversial and often downright hated. But I already own Ferriss' 4-Hour Body, and have enjoyed it. The 4-Hour Workweek (so far) is useful because it questions the status quo and asks the reader to step outside his/her comfort zone. I've heard enough about the book to know that upcoming sections will be a bit more in-your-face and possibly even unethical. I think I'll do a post on Tim Ferriss later - most people tend to love him or hate him, I tend to walk the line between the two.

MUSIC

- Pandora

Quick formula for an enjoyable Pandora station: Use Mae, Green River Ordinance, and OneRepublic as artist seeds. Sit back and enjoy.

- Tim Halperin

Tim's a great guy (and a graduate of TCU!) who had a short run on American Idol, and has ever since been a regular feature on Kidd Kraddick's radio show. Here's a couple samples for you:


Tim's funnier side - Awkward at the Clubs


Tim's New Baby - The Last Song



MOVIES

- For Your Consideration

Pretty rough, despite the star talent involved. Some funny moments here and there, but I think it is a movie best appreciated by people who act in/work on movies.

- Leaves of Grass

Edward Norton plays two twin brothers - one an academic, the other a marijuana grower (farmer?). Originally starts out as a comedy, but grows into a deep film about returning to your roots. Definitely recommended, if only for the sight of two Edward Nortons on screen.

- Invictus

Morgan Freeman: Check. Matt Damon: Check. Inspiring story: Check. You'll like it. You have no choice!

- The Road

Bleak, but good. Some may be disappointed by the end, but I think it suits the film perfectly.

- Bigger, Faster, Stronger

A pretty biased documentary about steroids, but it will make you question some things and it might even teach you a thing or two. What else could you ask for from a documentary?

OTHER




Quantified Self on a Budget from Ernesto Ramirez on Vimeo.

Ernesto is doing what QS people often blitz past - improving the quality of his life. If you're a bit of a nerd, check it out. I think I might start using 750 Words myself.




Buckler, out.

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