Is it worse than McDonalds? Probably not, but at least you don’t feel good about eating McDonalds, and that’s where the problem is. This idea that Soylent is healthy tricks you into thinking that if you have your Soylent, you’ve done your good-eating-deed for the day, instead of thinking of it as a last resort like a protein bar.
I think that Soylent is a great alternative to most lunch options around my office, which is why it’s my default meal. But the combination of fasting and Soylent does make me go overboard for dinner sometimes. So will be giving this some thought.
The original analogue tapes are the highest definition version of the record, and nothing will ever beat them. However in the 20 years since the original release mastering technology has improved a lot, and with new equipment and techniques we can make a digital version that’s an improvement of the original transfer.
I’m getting this. While I don’t think I’ll appreciate the higher quality of the remaster, the influence this album had on me was huge. I love this album. My mom took me to the store to buy this album on a Friday after high school, and suddenly I had a musical taste that really clicked.
Here are the books I read over the past 6 months. As usual, the fiction ones were on Kindle, and the non-fiction as audiobooks.
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle. | ★ recommended
I was in the mood for a disaster book that dealt with the aftermath, and on that it delivers. The book is from the 70’s, which is fun for the prehistoric tech enviroment, but not so much for some flat (and sexualized) female characters.
Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth. | ★ recommended
Fun action-thriller page turner with believable superpower (as in good balance of superpower versus its downside). This is a perfect weekend vacation book.
Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu, Ken Liu | ★ recommended
The final book in The Three-Body Problem trilogy. Among the best Sci-Fi I’ve read. I don’t think it is my favorite of the three, but that’s not saying much given how I love the first two. If you enjoy mind-stretching Sci-Fi, read these books.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. | ☆ skip it
Great premise, powerful start, but it lost me in the second half. Maybe I was expecting more Sci-Fi, and it ends up being more action thriller. If you like do-over books give it a try, but I just went through the motions in the end.
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty) by Ken Liu | ★ recommended
Borderline fantasy — or as much fantasy as Game of Thrones is. This feels more of an early Roman or Japanese empire story set in a fantasy geography. Fun story with very strong characters.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1) by N. K. Jemisin. | ★ recommended
Fascinating fantasy world. Actually, the world itself is a character, which in a novel with very strong characters says a lot. I’m likely in for the whole series.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky | ★ recommended
A new classic hard Sci-Fi about humans leaving earth for the stars… without much of the usual cliches involved. While never dense, it gets a bit slow sometimes, but it’s for good reasons and you get rewarded for it. Among my favorite books of 2016/2017.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. | ★ recommended
Not my typical fiction book, it’s basically a combination of deeply studied viking folklore stories put together, which makes a somewhat coherent book — as much of folklore does. I read it because I love Gaiman and was somewhat intrigued by the topic. I enjoyed it a lot more than expected.
A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories) by Nigel Warburton. | ★ recommended
I thought this was going to be a copycat of A Little History of the World1, but was gladly disappointed. If you struggle like me to put historic characters in context — or in a timeline — this is a great book. Complex concepts are explained as simply as possible, and very dense ones are highlighted enough so you can look for more if interested.
Just realized I didn’t review that book, will add soon.↩
The Golden State Warriors superstar recently told Chris Haynes of ESPN that he deleted all of the social media apps from his phone before the playoffs began. The reason behind it, of course, is he wants to devote all of his attention toward winning another championship.
I think the time for early adopters to adopt no social apps is here.
That’s why today’s release of Firefox for desktop ships with two new themes: Compact Light and Compact Dark. Compact Light shrinks the size of the browser’s user interface (the ‘chrome’) while maintaining Firefox’s default light color scheme.
Enjoying the new themes, and snappiness of Firefox versus Chrome. Will use it as my work default for a few days.
[…] I’m a bit obsessed with Newport’s work right now, and especially his account of how the digital environment we inhabit is training us out of concentration and into distraction in ways that are bad for us, bad for our work, and ultimately bad for the world.
Halfway through the episode and I already deleted all social apps from my phone again — will use the websites for the next month.