As I was going through my Goodreads account, looking through the ratings and reviews of books I'd read, I realised that almost all of them were highly rated! I couldn't help but think what a poor reviewer I was, contributing to a ratings inflation. Did I have an inherent bias of giving high scores to... Continue Reading →
On Nerdiness, Programming, and Cooking
The extent of my nerdiness was only realized this after reading the following excerpt from the book "Decisive" by Chip Heath (I find it a really good book, by the way): In our quest to convince you of the merits of a process, we realize we’ve been facing an uphill battle: It would be hard to... Continue Reading →
Promote what you love
Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Oh too true. #Singapore needs more of this type of thinking.
How the iPad has changed my reading habits, and how it hasn’t
For my birthday this year, my wife gave me an iPad Air (thank you!) Unbeknownst to me, this was to radically change my reading habits. I am--perhaps was, now with the iPad--huge fan of libraries and bookstores: the smell of age-worn books, newspapers and old people; the sounds of teenagers and their gossipy tongues; and... Continue Reading →
I haven't been to the kottke.org page for a while (like in five years) and was serendipitously reintroduced to it through Marginal Revolution on CK Chesterton's essay on success (and its associated BS). Talk about coincidence. Glad to see it's still standing and well worth a read.
The Brilliance of Malcolm Gladwell
I've been seeing a lot of Gladwell posts lately on the blogs I read, not least because he's come up with what seems to be a killer new book, David and Goliath. I'll be honest and admit I'm a Gladwell fan. Why? I'm not too sure myself. But there's a pretty interesting post (in the... Continue Reading →
The Unconsoled (A review): Just like Monkey Island
I recently completed the book The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. The book was borrowed from the library, and was quite a serendipitous find -- I had, in fact, wanted to borrow the book Never Let Me Go by the same author, but it was already on loan. After reading the first ten pages, I knew this... Continue Reading →