One of my favorite YouTube channels, Half As Interesting, did an explainer about the founding of Oakridge, Tennessee. It was founded in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project. [Read more…] about Personal History of Oakridge, TN – The Secret City
A few years ago, my brother-in-law received a birthday gift to fly over Athens, GA in a single-engine prop plane. The plane had a total of 4 seats – and I was invited to come along.
We took off from Athens Ben Epps Airport. Here’s some of the pictures.
We stayed right around 10,000 feet or less for the entire flight. I was amazed at the perspective. On a commercial flight, you’ll rapidly ascend to over 30,000 feet where you lose a lot of the details on the ground.
But at this height, if was much easier to see and focus on individual landmarks rather than general patterns. I can totally see why aviation is such a popular hobby despite the cost and danger. [Read more…] about Flying Over Metro Athens, GA
Francois Chollet recently wrote an essay on “What worries me about AI”.
He argues that the big worry about AI for the near & medium term future is not AI itself – but how companies & governments will put AI to use. Humans are open-books and very vulnerable to manipulation. I love his section on key “vulnerabilities” of the human brain. [Read more…] about Understanding Persuasion in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta had an amazing exhibit called “Place in American Art.” The exhibit was incredibly well curated and fit well with the High’s permanent works.[Read more…] about Place in American Art by High Museum Art Exhibit Review
From 2007 to 2012, I read 263+ books. But I did not stop there. I haven’t kept up the same pace – but have kept on tracking every book I’ve read since. Ideally, I’ve also written a short lessons learned or review of each. Here’s the books I’ve read this past year.
On recommendations, I generally stop reading a book after 100 pages if it’s not any good. So everything that I finished is worth reading.
This post covers books read in 2017. You can also read from –[Read more…] about Books Read in 2017
It lives up to the hype. It’s well-written. It’s engaging. It’s thoughtful. It brings nuance and complexity to issues that need both. It helps advance the conversation even where other thoughtful writers have a different take.
The book is timely and provides an interesting, human perspective about a real-life ongoing crisis occurring across large swaths of America.
If you like to read non-fiction at all – then you should have this book on your reading list. I wish I had read it sooner.
Either way, I took away so many lessons from this book that it’s really hard to distill them down into a proper review.
Instead, I’ll simply share the notes that I took chapter by chapter. These are all ideas that I took from the material. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with these takeaways. But every single one gave me pause and a new perspective to consider. [Read more…] about Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Book Review