2018's Best Books

May 27 2019
This post is a lot later than I would have liked, but I’ve held off writing it until I had a chance to finish migrating my blog to a new platform (more on that later). I’m glad I can do it now, on the new setup. 2018 was a slightly lighter year for books, only 19. Goodreads now has a feature where you can see your “Stats”. It’s pretty cool.
The 8th Christmas playlist is also the biggest, clocking in at 77 minutes. Why so much music, you ask? Well, we (mostly Erin) found a lot of good raw material this year. Several of the albums that showed up on this years playlist will probably show up again on future playlists. We realize that CD players are things that most people only have in their cars now a days and we want people to be able to enjoy this music however is convenient.

2017's Best Books

Feb 17 2018
I finished 25 books in 2017. Not bad. I got the number up from last year but I think it’s mostly because I read lots of “fun” books. Lots of fantasy. Another factor is that now with 2 children I have less time for things like movies and TV shows, audiobooks and podcasts are what I have time and energy for these days. Non-Fiction Politics: The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita and Alastair Smith it great.
This is the 7th year for the Christmas playlist and at this point I was expecting to be scraping the bottom of the Christmas music barrel. Good news though, I’m quite happy with this years playlist. I found a couple of great compilation albums including one from a couple years ago. Maybe I’m not as good at searching the Internet for stuff as I thought. If you need more good Christmas music here are the links to past playlists.

2016's Best Books

Jan 7 2017
According to what I tracked on Good Reads, I finished 20 books is 2017. I feel OK about that. I wish I had a done a bit more “serious” reading, there was a lot of entertainment in there, but it was all fun (at least most of the time) and even in the fluff there were some interesting ideas. Non-Fiction Politics: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt is one of my favorite books of all time and one of the most important books I’ve read.
This year got our act together before the 1st of December so you can enjoy a whole month of hand picked Christmas music. If you need more good Christmas music here are the links to past playlists. (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010). My goal is make it to 10 of these. That should be close to 12 hours of better than average Christmas music, then reassess. We’ll probably keep doing a Christmas playlast but we might lighten up our rules.

Buying on OpenBazaar

May 11 2016
I’ve had my eye on OpenBazaar for quite a while now and at the start of April of this year (2016) it went live. You should check it out, but a short summary would be that it’s a distributed on-line marketplace. It uses bitcoin for it’s currency. Anyone can join the network and sell their products on-line for free. The software is free, setting up a shop is free, accepting payments are free.

Robot Parade

Mar 21 2016
First off while, I was writing this article, I had Robot Parade by They Might be Giants stuck in my head the whole time. I’ve been reading a lot of economists deriding a higher minimum wage and they’ve got me a bit riled up (here’s a very small selection). An Open Letter to Arindrajit Dube If Government Can Work Miracles… Alex Tabarrok on Price Floors and the Minimum Wage Where I live in Minneapolis there is an annual May Day Parade.
At this point I’ve bought lots of things on-line with Bitcoin, but I have not been able to buy anything locally (in Minneapolis MN) until now. I was surprised to find one of my “go to” Thai restaurants Krungthep got a new (to me) website, that accepts Bitcoin. It looks like they use Menufy and it looks like there are several restaurants in the area I can also order from using Bitcoin.
How to Setup a Soundboard This article will show you how to map a set of sound effects (I’ll show you how to do 10) to keyboard shortcuts that will be ready any time you need a rim shot, or sad horns or whatever else. You need to be running OS X. I’ve set this up on a 10.10 and 10.11. I do not know how far back into older versions of OS X this will work (or how far forward).