Audible Pre-Orders

Even though I have a backlog of audiobooks I'm working through and a 40+ page wishlist on Audible, enough will never be enough.  I am geeking out big time this afternoon about my latest pre-orders.  I went a little nuts. On May 30, we've got a triple dose of awesome from the late, great Carl … Continue reading Audible Pre-Orders

My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is, for me, something of a modern day folk hero.  I have nothing but admiration and respect for his work and his commitment to education, both of which continue in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Carl Sagan, and both of which are sorely needed in our age of mind-blowing levels … Continue reading My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

New Shirt

Sometimes you see something online, and it's an insta-buy.  This campaign was going around for a short time, and I jumped on it.  The shirt just arrived. Sadly, none of my co-workers know who these people are.  I can think of no better example of an expressed need for better education.  And so... I will … Continue reading New Shirt

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

There are a great many books out there on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.  What makes this one different?  It was written by a brain surgeon at the end of his life while he was combatting a brain tumor.  As Leonardo himself could tell you, perspective and experience make a world of difference. I'm … Continue reading Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake

A proper review of this book requires a little explanation of something we rarely encounter in our modern world: mysticism. Experience is a very different thing than simple belief.  Belief requires faith, whereas experience removes the need for faith.  Because of this, mysticism by its very nature is the intermediate half-step between theology and science.  It is the nature … Continue reading The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

There is nothing I admire more than the kind of can-do optimism -- backed by science -- that allows the seemingly impossible to become not only possible, but probable.  It's the kind of thinking that allows innovation to pave the way to a brighter future -- Star Trek, as opposed to Blade Runner or The Terminator. … Continue reading Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Another title I picked up with the intent of saving my life, this set of techniques is a variation on a theme of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).  As you can see by the title, the idea is focused more on the idea of not beating yourself up.  When you fight the cycle of depression, anger, … Continue reading Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain by Prof. Jason M. Satterfield (The Great Courses)

The problem with most self help books is that you get some good ideas to build upon, but there's a spiral effect that actually makes a given problem worse on some level, which then causes the person to think that maybe the information was incomplete, so they seek out another book, and cycle repeats until … Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain by Prof. Jason M. Satterfield (The Great Courses)