Favorites

Books

  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
    A curious story about the ingenuity it took to accurately keep time for navigation at sea.
  • Classic Feynman: all the adventures of a curious character by Richard Feynman
    Feyman’s insatiable curiosity is admirable and consequentially his tales of antics and discovery are wonderful to read.
  • If You Can by William J. Bernstein
    A succinct guide to saving for retirement.

Television

  • Planet Earth II
    Absolutely breathtaking footage of wildlife in amazing high definition from unbelievable perspectives.

Links

  • bogleheads.org
    Self described as “Investing Advice inspired by Jack Bogle,” this is a Wiki + Forum full of quality personal finance advice with no for profit conflicts of interest

Games

  • SimCity 2000
    I’d be in favor of legislation that makes SimCity 2000 mastery a prerequisite for public administration.  At first it seems like just building roads, zoning and electricity, but it also incorporates public health, workforce education, public safety, property values, tax rates, transportation/congestion, pollution, commerce, redevelopment and more, making it fun and challenging.
  • Age of Empire 2
    Centered around gathering wood, food, stone and gold to build a civilization, success requires excellent balance of defense, offense, growth and research and eventually gets into trade and diplomacy.  (Update: Microsoft released an updated Rise of Rajas expansion pack on 2016/12/13!)
  • Lemmings
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Software

  • Google Photos
    A wonderful application for managing digital photos centered on automatic tagging and labelling.  (See my review.)

Quotes

  • “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
    – Thomas Jefferson
  • “I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.”
    – George Washington
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    – US Constitution
  • “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
    ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • “If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Don’t confuse me with the facts”
    – Earl Landgrebe (during the Watergate hearings)
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    ― Thomas A. Edison
  • “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
    ― Albert Einstein