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Musings on management, technology, and the science of making work and workers happier and more productive

You've read the Gita? How was it?

— Asked by Anonymous

Brilliant. but it is best if you have a teacher to teach it to you, it is hard to extract all the juice from it without someone pointing you in the right direction, kind of like if you have never set foot in a gym or been on a diet or studied human biology and suddenly at age 30 want to get fit, it is good to have a trainer and dietician to give you a fast start and then you are able to be more efficient.

I read the Gita too late, at the age of 31. I wish I had when I was 10 or even 15 or 20, but I was being rebellious and considered it a religious book. The good news is, I can go back to it again and again, every year, and keep finding new meanings based on the current situation in my life.

I was tagged in this challenge by a friend: List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.

This was hard since I read plenty but here are my top 10:

  • The Bhagwad Gita by Ved Vyasa, Stephen Mitchell version
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
  • Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever by Ray Kurzweil
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Holy Bible, King James Version
  • On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee
  • Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell translation
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemna by Michael Pollan
  • High Output Management - Andy Grove

Next 10:

  • Fooled By Randomness by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
  • The Book of Hymns, Sherwood College Chapel
  • The Art of War by Sun Tau
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  • The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card
  • The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
  • The Robot Series by Isaac Asimov
  • How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski
  • Blueprint to  a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth by David G. Thomson

Happy Labor Day. I promise that if you labor hard from now till Dec 24 you will be able to pay for all those Christmas presents, from last year

It’s odd that my friends that have gay family members are afraid to admit it directly or with pride. There are always euphemisms. Even though they claim to be proud supporters of the LGBT community. Even though they might occasionally march in a parade. Even though they vote for gay-friendly laws. Reprehensible.

Claim an Education, Don’t Just Receive It

The first thing I want to say to you who are students, is that you cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education: you will do much better to think of being here to claim one. One of the dictionary definitions of the verb “to claim” is: to take as the rightful owner; to assert in the face of possible contradiction. “To receive” is to come into possession of: to act as receptacle or container for; to accept as authoritative or true. The difference is that between acting and being acted-upon, and for women it can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Adrienne Rich, Douglass College commencement, September, 1977

Coffee flavored breakfast muffins, served with warm cinnamon butter

Coffee flavored breakfast muffins, served with warm cinnamon butter

Not sure when I bought a bread knife but my garden plum jam goes well with this homemade bread

Not sure when I bought a bread knife but my garden plum jam goes well with this homemade bread

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