Archive for October, 2010

My Book List and Convergence

Even though I don’t get too much time to read I have started to get some time to read some books over the last few years.  I realize now that the kind of books that I have chosen are starting to help define my view of the world.  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but there are probably worse methods of defining your world view (like, say, watching Jersey Shore–which I have been known to do…my shame).

But here’s a list of books that have changed how I view the world:

  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  • The Omnivores’ Dilema – Michael Pollan
  • Zen, and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  • Management Rewired – Charles S. Jacobs
  • The Hiram Key – Christopher Knight

What I find interesting is there is some convergence through out all of these books.  In later posts I hope to explore how some of these seemingly unrelated books provide similar views on the world around us.

Dow over 11,000 — but what does that mean?

The American public is not too impressed with the newest milestone reached on the stock exchange.    While unemployment remains high, the public (and the voters) remain upset with the current state of affairs as a recent poll has shown.  See this article for more details.

Meanwhile, I was obviously wrong with saying that the Dow would fall to a really low number.  Things are constantly changing in this global economy–so much so that no recession will be completely the same as previous recessions.  Other regions (Asia, Europe) now have an affect on any major economy such as the US.